is an evergreen, half-hardy shrub that originated in the Mediterranean
and is now widely cultivated in many countries because of its popularity
as a kitchen herb. It is even grows suitably in our Philippine weather.
It has strongly aromatic leaves that is leathery in texture and dark
green to top but light (almost white) underneath. It supposedly flowers
in April or May in pale blue or sometimes white blooms but I have yet
to see my own plants flower.
is a very useful herb to have handy in the kitchen because it is not
only valuable as a cooking herb but also as a medicinal remedy as well.
It is good general tonic because its scope ranges from improving digestive
dysfunction to aiding liver action through the production of bile to
helping in poor circulation. Since Rosemary has a stimulant action,
it is best not to take it before bedtime.
has particular applications to the head. Combined with chamomile, it
is used for headaches, with cardamom for depression, and by itself for
improving scalp condition, strengthening hair growth and preventing
premature baldness. Rosemary even makes a good mouthwash for the prevention
contains carnosic acid a substance that prevents oxidation. For this
reason, rosemary is a good preservative for preventing fats or oils
from going rancid. This also makes rosemary an antioxidant for our bodies.
This means that it inhibits free radicals, another by-product of oxidation
that damages healthy cells in our body. These free radicals are responsible
for such chronic diseases as cancer, heart disease, macular degeneration,
and premature aging. Another active ingredient of rosemary is rosmarinic
acid which is antiviral and antibacterial to help fight infections.
It is also an anti-inflammatory substance.
is also reported to be a brain booster probably because chemicals called
acetylcholinestrase inhibitors, which prevent the breakdown of a chemical
produced by the brain called acetylcholine. Acetylcholine deficiency
is pointed out in such ailments a Alzheimer's disease and other memory
As a slimming
supplement, Rosemary helps to digest fat better and keeps wastes from
accumulating, including cellulite deposits. It also has antispasmodic
properties making it helpful in bronchial conditions because it helps
relieve bronchial spasms to improve breathing.
amounts of Rosemary can cause taken internally can cause fatal poisoning.
Do not use if pregnant because of a potentially abortive effect although
small amounts in cooking may be acceptable.
Steep 1/2 to 1 tsp dried flowering tops or leaves in 1/2 cup hot water
for 3 to 7 mins. and strain. Take only up to one cup a day.
Make an oil infusion by soaking the fresh or dried leaves in vegetable
oil for at least 2 weeks. Shake at least once daily and strain. This
may be used as a rub for the hair before rinsing out with a gentle shampoo
as treatment for a dry scalp. The oil may also be use for rheumatism,
eczema, bruises and sores.
Infusion: Is used for weak hair and greasy scalp. Make like in oil
infusion and add 2 tsps of this to the final rinsing water.
additive: Infuse about 50 g leaves (around 3 tbsps) to 1 liter hot
water and use with or without borax as hair rinse to prevent baldness
or simply add to bath water as a tonic soak.
Dosage: Usual oral dosage is 4 to 6 g per day (about 1 teaspoonful)
Herbaceous, woody, sharp, camphoraceous
uses: Known for it memory enhancing properties. It is also used
in massage oils because it especially penetrating as a liniment and
is excellent for increasing poor circulation. It is antiseptic and works
well as a vapor balm that can be applied on the chest and throat to
relieve lung congestion and sore throat. However, it is a stimulant
to the nervous system and increases energy. Cosmetically, it aids dry
mature sky to produce more of its own natural oils.
Could be overly stimulating and may increase blood pressure.
Properties (from Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs)
Folk Names: Dew of the Sea, Elf Leaf, Compass Weed, Incensier, Libanotis
(Greek), Polar Plant
Protection, Love, Lust, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Purification, Healing,
Uses: Rosemary, when burned, emits powerful cleansing and purifying
vibrations, and so is smouldered to rid the place of negativity, especially
prior to performing magic. It is one of the oldest incenses. Place under
the bed, protects the sleeper from harm. Rosemary is hung on the porch
or doorposts to keep thieves from the house and is carried to remain
healthy. Placed in the bath, it purifies. Rosemary has long been used
in love and lust incenses mixtures and are stuffed in healing poppets
because of its curative vibrations. Rosemary infusion is used to wash
the hands before healing work, and the leaves mixed with juniper berries
are burned in sickrooms to promote healing. If you wish to receive knowledge
or the answer to a question, burn rosemary on charcoal and smell it
smoke. Rosemary is known to attract elves, and the powdered leaves wrapped
in linen cloth and bound to the right arm dispel depression and make
the emotions light and merry. Rosemary is generally used as a substitute
Recipes: (coming eventually)
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