Medicinal and Magical Properties of Rosemary
Herbs: A Natural Treasure
Herbs have been used for medical purposes since milennia. Chinese, Egyptians and Sumerians were among the first to use herbs as medicines and their knowledge on the matter was surprisingly vast. However, that kind of knowledge was often the privilege of priests and magicians and for that reason, a kind of mysticism enveloped the use of herbs, hence their healing power was attributed to magical and supernatural properties. With the advancement of traditional medicine and chemistry, the use of herbs fell into disgrace for many years. However, the last few decades, with the boom of holistic treatments, homeopathy, ayurveda and many other forms of alternative therapy, herbs have once again taken a special place in treatments, one that they rightfully deserve.
The name Rosemary comes from the latin ros marinus and it means "dew of the sea". Rosemary is a very common herb in places near sea water, especially in Mediterranean. It's been used since ages for its therapeutic and cosmetic properties. It is said that Rosemary is one of the ingredients of the elixir of eternal youth, like the one that an alchemist prepared for Elisabeth, queen of Hungary, known as Hungary Water.
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Excellent tonic for those who suffer from burnout or chronic fatigue syndrome
Encourages the production of bile thus aiding digestion
Helps relieving the symptoms of Bronchitis, Asthma, Flu causing cough and clearing the lungs
Nervous system tonic
Emmenagogue (induces menstruation)
Relieves migraines and headaches caused by stress
Encourages hair growth
Relieves vertigo caused by inner ear problems
Mouthwash for bad breath
When buying herbs make sure they are organic!
HOW TO USE IT:
Tea: In 300 ml water add 1-2 spoonfuls of dried rosemary, let it come to boil for a couple of minutes.
Infusion: in a cup of warm water put a spoonful of dried leaves or flowers and let it steep for 10 minutes.
External use: For stronger and darker hair: put a handful of rosemary dried leaves in 3-5 lt of water, steep for a few hours and use it at the final rinseafter washing your hair. Some believe that rosemary stops hair loss. Washing your hair with rosemary water aids memory.
Antiseptic: Wash your hands with a rosemary infusion. Burn rosemary to eliminate harmful airborne microorganisms. Burning rosemary and cedar in hospitals for disinfection purposes was very common.
* Be careful when using rosemary if you suffer from hypertension, as it can raise blood pressure a bit.*
Essential Oils are powerfully beneficial but - use them with caution!
Use only a few drops in your burner and do not inhale them for too long. If you are pregnant, always consult with a doctor before using any essential oils. Some essential oils should not come in contact with the skin or should not be added to food or drinks. Always read the label or ask an expert.
MAGICAL PROPERTIES OF ROSEMARY
One of the strongest protective and banishing herbs, repells negative energies.
If placed under a pillow, it protects from bad dreams and hostile astral entities.
Used in ritual baths for cleansing (make a sachet with rosemary and let it steep in your bathtub for a few minutes).
Used for protection and healing.
Rosemary is a solar herb and as such it has masculine energy.
It is said that rosemary can substitute any herb in a mixture.
Symbol of remembrance. For that reason sometimes it's used in funerals.
A rosemary sprig burned in candle flame was believed to warm a cold heart.
In cooking, rosemary goes nicely with fish and pork dishes.