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Medicinal and Magical Properties of Rosemary

Updated on October 6, 2011

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.



(Rosmarinus officinalis)

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.

An amazing guide to discover the unknown healing properties of herbs!

rosemary properties
rosemary properties


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

Vision tonic

Nervous system tonic

Emmenagogue (induces menstruation)


Relieves migraines and headaches caused by stress

Encourages hair growth

Relieves vertigo caused by inner ear problems

Enchances memory

Mouthwash for bad breath

Stimulates brain

rosemary tea
rosemary tea


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.


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.

We all need some magic! - Author of many books, Scott Cunningham, reveals the magical uses of herbs!

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      Very interesting. I've used rosemary in cooking but never thought to use it medicinally. Thanks.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I have fresh rosemary growing outside year round here. I wasn't aware it has magical properties too; that is cool. :)

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      SilmarwenLinwelin 5 years ago

      @Heidi Vincent: thank you :) much appreciated!

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      I squid-liked this lens on a previous occasion. I returned to BLESS it today!

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      I love Rosemary. Lovely Rosemary lens!

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, I have enjoyed reading it. Squidlike

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs.

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      Natalie W Schorr 6 years ago

      Well done!

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      poutine 6 years ago

      interesting benefits

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      sponias lm 6 years ago

      I believe that holistic medicine will surpass traditional medicine. The healing power of herbs is extraordinary. Blessed!

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      I have a huge bush of it. It grows so easily, I just love it. Great lens.. angel blessed!

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      jseven lm 6 years ago

      I love the natural benefits of herbs, way better than synthetic drugs. Good lens!

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      Tamara14 6 years ago

      Nice little lens about a great Mediterranean herb.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Oh, I had no idea about some of these properties of rosemary. Thanks for sharing.

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      NaturalVamp 6 years ago

      Another highly interesting lens dahling. Much needed information thank you again.

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      I also love Rosemary and write lenses on essential oils. Nice job on this lens, congratulations on your Angel Blessing!

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      WhiteOak50 6 years ago

      Rosemary is also used as a blessing, it brings in good spirits when smudging with sage. Many years ago, medicine people used Rosemary to cleanse the spirits of those who were ill and/or unbalanced. I love the magical properties of Rosemary as well, I personally use it often. Leaving you with a Blessing from a SquidAngel!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Interesting lens,really informative.

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      TheRosemaryComp 6 years ago

      Very interesting!!! LOVE the magical part

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      jojokaya lm 6 years ago

      I love spices and herbs..

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      Helene-Malmsio 6 years ago

      Love my herbs growing in the garden... I can't imagine my kitchen without herbs!

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      SilmarwenLinwelin 6 years ago

      @JoeLaBarbera LM: thank you, I'm glad you like it!

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      JoeLaBarbera LM 6 years ago

      Great lens. Very informative.

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      pangaloon 6 years ago

      I am going to try your suggestion on rosemary hair wash, I think that sounds wonderful, and I love the lens, and the fact that I learnt something new today.bookpea