Herbal Medicine

What is rosemary the plant used for

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) has many uses.

The whole plant is decorative.
– The trailing or prostrate form can be used in pots (in colder areas) or along slopes in a rock garden.
– The upright form is great as a hedge or back-ground plant (in warmer areas).
– The trimmed branches are wonderful in fresh flower arrangements and as the base or “bones” of garlands.
– In ancient time (and still in some cases today) brides carry rosemary as part of their bouquet for “remembrance.”
– The trimmed branches can be used in dried flower arrangements and potpourri.

Cosmetic and Household Uses
– Rosemary essential oil is found in some shampoos.
– It is used in combination with borax to treat dandruff.
– And also as a final rinse for dark hair
– Rosemary can be found perfumery, as an ingredient of some “woodsy’ fragrances.
– The flower is an ingredient in “Hungary water,” an old flower water made from rosemary, lemon, rose, neroli, sage & mint.
– It is a common ingredient in soaps and household sprays.
– Place sprigs among your lines for a fresh, but less floral scent.
– Water boiled with rosemary in it makes a nice anti-septic cleaning solution for your bathroom.

Culinary uses are many and varied.
– It is found in many meat dishes, particularly with lamb or pork.
– Used as part of Italian spice mixes.
– The flowers may be tossed in salads or crystallised in sugar.
– The leaves can be used (sparingly) to flavour baked potatoes or in an herb butter for vegetables.
– The stems work as skewers for barbequing meats and vegetables.
– Rosemary is an ingredient in some liquors.

– Rosemary oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
– Used to treat headaches, either as an infusion, or externally.
– It improves circulation and strengthens fragile blood vessels due to the effects of the flavonoid, diosmin.
– It is one component in liniments used to treat rheumatism.
– To treat digestive problems, particularly to reduce flatulence.
– It stimulates digestion, liver and gall bladder secretions (bile).
– It is also used to treat painful periods.

Aromatherapy and other uses for Rosemary essential oil.
Skin care
– To treat acne, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, greasy hair, lice, scabies, & varicose veins.
– It also regulates seborrhea, stimulates hair growth, & the scalp and as an insect repellent.
Circulation, Muscles & Joints
– To treat arteriosclerosis, fluid retention, gout, muscular pain, and palpitations.
Respiratory System
– To treatAsthma, bronchitis, & whooping cough.
Immune system
– For treatment of colds, flu and infections.
Nervous system
– To treat headache, hypotension, neuralgia, mental fatigue, nervous exhaustion, and stress-related disorders.

The use (ingestion) of rosemary and particularly rosemary essential oil is inadvisable if you are pregnant or suffering from a depression disorder.

And just for the fun of it
Magical Uses
Other names: Compass weed; Dew of the Sea; Elf leaf; Guardrobe; and Libanotis.
Gender: Masculine.
Ruled by the Planet: the Sun.
Element: Fire
Magical Powers: Exorcism, Healing, Love, Lust, Memory, Mental powers, Protection, Purification, Sleep (anti-nightmare), & Youth.
Magical uses
– As a smudge to cleanse, purify and rid the area of negativity.
– Under a pillow/bed to protect the sleeper, help restful sleep and drive away nightmares.
– Hung on a porch/door post to guard the house from thieves.
– Carried as an amulet to protect the wearer from theft and illness.
– Used in a bath to purify.
– Worn or kept close by, to aid memory.
– The wood, smelled frequently or used in a bath will preserve youthfulness.
– In incense as part of love and/or lust spells.
– In combination with juniper berries (incense) in sick-rooms for healing.
– Rosemary is an acceptable magical substitution for frankincense.

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