The Sacred Plant of Rosemary
by Debra Mauldin
Where’s Rosemary that’s for remembrance. Pray, you love, remember.” WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
The sacred plant of Rosemary is truly an all-purpose magickal herb of great power. Rosemary is one of the earliest plants used for food, medicine, and magic. It is a beautiful plant to grow and a most necessary essential oil for every home. Traditionally associated with “remembrance”, Rosemary has been used at weddings and funerals for centuries. To the English, Rosemary was the symbol of love and marriage. Brides would adorn their veil with it. In Asia, people planted Rosemary on graves in the hope that their ancestors would remember the bond between them and continue to give guidance after death. Rosemary emits powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations. The ancient Egyptians were the first to burn Rosemary as a cleansing incense. It was used in the middle ages to drive away evil spirits and protect against the plague. In the European Tyrol, Rosemary was among the fragrant plants used to fumigate and cleanse houses during the May Day Festival. Rosemary is excellent for mental fatigue and poor memory. It promotes clarity, concentration, and awareness. In ancient Greece, students wore Rosemary in their hair during exams.
“Against weakness of the brain and coldness thereof, set rosemary in wine and let the patient receive the smoke at his nose and keep his head warm.”
(THE GRETE HERBALL, 1526)
Some of the most interesting characters in our history used nature’s essential oils as perfumes. Chardin, Napoleon’s perfumer, recorded the use of 162 bottles of Rosemary Eau de Cologne in the first three months of 1806. Reportedly, Napoleon used Rosemary for its vitality restoring properties, its highly antiseptic qualities, and its brain stimulating properties. Queen Elizabeth of Hungary used Rosemary in her famous toilet water, “Hungary Water”, produced in 1370. Rosemary was reportedly the important ingredient that helped her retain her beautiful appearance into old age. Sometimes called, Compass Weed, Dew of the Sea, Elf Leaf, Guardrob, or Incensier, Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean Region and thrives along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is the main ingredient in many Celtic recipes and is grown in the garden to attract Elves and Faery Folk.
Rosemary is associated with the Sun and Fire. A small shrub with pale blue flowers, the Rosemary plant has glandular hairs, glandular cells, and glandular scales on its surface; multi-cell pockets full of oil. The essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and flowers, and has a powerful camphoraceous, woody, herbaceous scent. Rosemary is one of the few plants that are suitable for tincturing, when dried. Rosemary adds green, pine scents to a fragrance. It is a base note in Guerlainís “Eau de Cologne Imperiale” and combined with Lavender in “Egoiste Ptaltinum” (Chanel) and “Cool Water” (Davidoff).
Rosemary is royal in stature. It stimulates sensitivity, increases creativity by lifting exhaustion, and philosophically awakens the heart. The Rosemary plant spills forth its fragrance in the midday sun. The aroma enables the human spirit to clear the mind and open blocked passages in the body allowing it to tap into the universal mind to receive and understand the assistance being sent forth from wiser beings. This brings the human spirit inner peace and contentment – allowing us to remember who we are and perform the tasks needed on our spiritual path and assist others if we are asked.
Used since antiquity to improve and strengthen memory, Rosemary is now known to reduce headaches, increase circulation, and stimulate digestion. Massage a couple of drops of Rosemary Essential Oil onto the temples to restore clarity. Use Rosemary as an herb or oil in the bath to revitalize and refresh. Unlike coffee and other stimulants, Rosemary doesn’t deplete energy, but provides a much needed lift. Essential Oil of Rosemary used in a massage oil alleviates water retention, promotes circulation, and breaks down cellulite. The inner thighs respond well to Rosemary Massage Oil and will produce results when used at least once a day for at least a week.
Being protein in nature, the hair readily absorbs pure essential oils. Rosemary stimulates the scalp and promotes hair growth. It prevents dandruff and hair loss while adding suppleness and shine to the hair. To attract love, add a few drops of Rosemary to your shampoo or final rinse.
Place Rosemary beneath your pillow to drive away nightmares. Hang sprigs of Rosemary on the porch to protect against thieves. Mix Rosemary with Juniper Berries for a healing potion. Wrap leaves of Rosemary, bound in linen, to the right arm to dispel depression. For scrying, burn dried Rosemary on charcoal and watch the smoke as you inhale the aroma and concentrate on a question. To restore an ailing friendship, cut stems from a Rosemary plant and keep some for yourself, while giving the rest to the person whose friendship you want to keep. Cook your friend a meal that includes Rosemary. As you prepare the food, concentrate on the person and the aspects of the friendship you want to maintain. Rosmarinus officinalis is truly a sacred, versatile, and magickal plant.
This article first appeared in:
In Light Times April, 2001
A Metaphysical, Spiritual, Holistic Publication
Debra Mauldin is a Certified Aromatherapist with over twenty years experience. She lives with her husband, three dogs, and 1 cat in Centre, AL.