strongly aromatic, shrubby, evergreen plant which
grows up to about 2 metres, with needle-shaped silvery-green
leaves and pale blue flowers.
of the earliest herbs to be used for food, medicine,
and magic, Rosemary is sacred in many civilisations.
In ancient Greece sprigs of rosemary were burnt
at shrines, and in the Middle Ages it was used to
protect against infectious illness and burnt to
‘drive away evil spirits’. Originally from the Mediterranean
area, Rosemary was first grown in Britain in the
14th century, and is now cultivated worldwide.
associated with remembrance, rosemary sprigs were
once scattered on coffins, or exchanged by lovers
- and has a reputation for improving memory.
is powerfully antioxidant, and has an anti-inflammatory
effect, mainly down to the rosmarinic acid and flavanoids
it contains. The flavanoids also strengthen capillaries.
As a nerve tonic, rosemary can be helpful for relieving
temporary fatigue and overwork, and a herbal tea
is useful for relieving headaches, migraines, and
mild depression. As a mental and physical booster,
rosemary helps relieve general body-aches, muscular
pain, rheumatism, arteriosclerosis, poor circulation,
and helps stimulate circulation of blood to the
head - improving memory and concentration, and reviving
a tried brain. Added to the bath rosemary makes
a wonderful pick-me-up after a stressful, long day.
an aide to the immune system it helps ward off colds,
‘flu, and infections, and is effective at treating
asthma, bronchitis, and whooping cough.
antiseptic, antimicrobial herb it makes a suitable
infusion for wiping down food-shelves and cupboards,
and makes an effective insect repellent : add to
hot coals, or the barbecue, to help keep mosquitos
and insects away, or rub the aromatic plant over
your skin, or add a couple of drops of the essential
oil to a carrier oil and massage into your skin.
in skin treatments rosemary is effective at against
spots, dermatitis, and eczema. It's antioxidants
also make it an effective skin care herb and is
known to help keep wrinkles at bay.
used to darken hair colour and restore grey hair,
rosemary is also effective at combatting dandruff
as it stimulates the scalp and improves blood flow
to the scalp, which encourages hair growth. Also
makes a suitable remedy for greasy hair.
some rosemary under your pillow if you suffer from
nightmares, and for protection during sleep. Burn
to purify and protect space.
Avoid during pregnancy - Not recommended for epileptics