Rosemary is one of the oldest forms of incense, and is used for food, medicine, and magic. Sometimes called Dew of the Sea, Elf Leaf, Guardrob, or Incensier, Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean Region and thrives along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
The use of this herb is ancient. References to rosemary were found written in cuneiform on stone tablets dating back to the fifth millenium B.C.E. Rosemary is again and again mentioned throughout the anals of Europeon history for it’s properties of purification and its healing powers.
In folklore it was said that a healthy rosemary plant grew where a woman was head of the family. Rosemary is associated with goddesses, especially of the sea. According to legend, it was draped around the Greek goddess Aphrodite when she rose from the sea. Catholic healers associated it with Mary. The legend says its flowers were once white, until Mary laid her cloak over them while resting. When she picked up her cloak again, they were blue. In fact, the flowers can be white, pink, blue or purple, depending on the cultivar.
Feng Shui Element: Wood
Ritual Uses for Rosemary: blessings, water rites/sea rituals, weddings, new moon, remembrance rituals for the dead, transformation, invocation, attract elves and faeries, and meditation
Magickal Keys: good for the “three P’s” of Purification, Protection and Passion
Use rosemary for cleansing, consecration, peace of mind, release and all kinds of psychic, spiritual and even physical purification.
Rosemary herb has been found to have antiseptic qualities. It has commonly been burned for centuries in sick chambers, hospitals, churches, courtrooms and other public venues to purify the air. Hence the French name incensier.
It is believed to provide good luck, prevents theft, protection, help psychic development, psychic protection, purification, release, prevent nightmares
Said to bring happiness, love, memory, passion, bless weddings with fidelity, honesty, longevity, wisdom
As an herb, Rosemary is good for indigestion, which is an added benefit when it is used to season food. However, the pure oil can can be harmful to the digestive tract and should not be consumed.
Rosemary Essential Oil Aromatherapy
Over 68 pounds of leaf material is needed to create one pound of pure Rosemary essential oil. Unlike coffee and other stimulants, it doesn’t deplete energy, but provides a much needed lift.
Massage a couple of drops of Rosemary Essential Oil mixed with a carrier oil such as Jojoba onto the temples to restore clarity. Use Rosemary as an herb or oil in the bath to revitalize and refresh.
Blends with: Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Lavender, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Tea Tree
Scent: Woody, Herbaceous, Powerful
Key Influences: Longevity, Conscious Mind, Love
Rosemary has a well-deserved reputation is that of an all-purpose herb that will help with practically anything. Rosemary Essential Oil is a key ingredient in most hoodoo recipes for the famous Four Thieves Vinegar.
Magickal Uses of Rosemary
- Looking for love? add a few drops of Rosemary Essential Oil to your shampoo or final rinse.
- Chase away nightmares by putting some of the herb herb beneath your pillow.
- Rosemary under the pillow also helps you to remember your dreams and thus can be useful when doing dream or journey work.
- Rosemary is also sometimes added to a salt circle to protect and sanctify a space.
- Taking an exam? Put a sprig or pinch of the herb in your pocket.
Rosemary in Folk Culture
Rosemary has been used for Remembrance in many ways for centuries, in weddings, funerals, and in daily life as a general memory aid. Different cultures had different customs:
- In England, Brides would adorn their veil with it.
- In England, this scent was considered to protect against pesky witches as well as to attract friendship.
- French legend has it that if a man didn’t like the scent of rosemary, he would be an inferior lover.
- In Asia, people planted Rosemary on graves in honor of their ancestors, so when beyond the veil, they would remember the bond between them and the living and continue to give guidance after death.
- Similarly, early Europeans commonly threw sprigs of rosemary into graves as a symbol that the dead would not be forgotten. (Shakespeare’s Juliet was honored at her burial with rosemary for remembrance.)
- In ancient Greece, students wore garlands of rosemary around their necks, or braided it into their hair to improve their memory during exams. Others would place it in their pillow the night before to enhance memory during sleep.
- In Sicily, this plant is associated with the Italian equivalent of fairies, who hide under it in the form of snakes.
- In Portugal, a dialect name for this magick herb translates as “Elfin plant.”
- In Rome, Rosemary was the garland of choice for the Romans’ household gods, and they purified their flocks by smudging them with this protective scent.
- In ancient Egypt rosemary was placed in the tomb to remember the dead, used in the bouquets of funeral flowers and even utilized in the embalming practices of that time.
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