"Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant evergreen needle-like leaves. It is native to the Mediterranean region. It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, which also includes many other herbs."
"The name rosemary has nothing to do with the rose or the name Mary, but derives from the Latin name rosmarinus, which is from "dew" (ros) and "sea" (marinus), or "dew of the sea" — apparently because it is frequently found growing near the sea."
The fresh and dried leaves are used frequently in traditional Mediterranean cuisine; they have a bitter, astringent taste, which complements a wide variety of foods. A tisane can also be made from them. When burned they give off a distinct mustard smell, as well as a smell similar to that of burning which can be used to flavor foods while barbecuing.
Rosemary is extremely high in iron, calcium, and Vitamin B6.
Evergreen, member of the mint family.
Popular in foods such as meat for grilling, roasted potatoes, chicken, stuffing, very popular used in flavored olive oils and vinegars. Rosemary is used widely in Mediterranean cooking and the fresh or dried leaves are used to flavor meat (especially lamb and kid), sausages, soups, stews and to make tea. The flowers can also be added to salads.
Potential medicinal use
"The results of a study suggest that carnosic acid, found in rosemary, may shield the brain from free radicals, lowering the risk of strokes and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Lou Gehrig's."
"Rosemary contains a number of potentially biologically active compounds, including antioxidants such as carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid. Other bioactive compounds include caffeic acid, ursolic acid, betulinic acid, rosmaridiphenol, and rosmanol."
Herbs & Healing Usage
- This is magickally an all-round cleanser and purifier when used in incense.
- Place under the pillow if suffering from nightmares. It will also protect during sleep. Use in love and lust blends and healing poppets.
- An infusion can cleanse hands for healers before clients.
- Medicinally, an infusion will stimulate a tired brain if depressed or exhausted.
- Grown in the garden it depicts who wears the trousers in the home: if in the front, it is the woman, if in the back it is the man.
- Use the tea as a final rinse for dandruff or thinning hair.
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