Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, like thyme, is so common in our kitchen that we would almost forget that this beautiful, fragrant plant also has medicinal and magical superpowers. Flowering rosemary, with its small but numerous lipped flowers, is a joy to have in your garden. This is definitely a plant where beauty and practicality go together.
When it comes to medicinal properties, rosemary is, of course, known for its beneficial effect on digestion, as well as on related organs such as the liver and gallbladder. It’s less well known that rosemary is a boon to anyone with cold hands and feet because it stimulates peripheral blood flow. And those are just a few of its uses.
Rosemary also has plenty of magical properties. Rosemary helps with divination and protects against evil forces at the same time. It cleans and disinfects. It’s comparable to thyme in that regard. Rosemary magically promotes a good memory and a long life. It also has numerous sympathetic medical applications and much more which you can read about further on in this monograph.
Rosemary is on a fibrous root system. This bushy plant can grow quite large, up to 2 meters high. It has woody, highly branched, winding stems with sessile, opposite leaves. The leaves are dark green on top and grey on the bottom, linear and about 2.5 cm long. The edges of the leaves curl slightly. The flowers are axillary and appear in racemes of 5 to 10 flowers. They are double-lipped with 2 long stamens and come in different colours: white, pink, blue and lilac. After flowering, achenes appear which contain 4 small nuts.
In ancient times, Rosemary was dedicated to, among others, Aphrodite and Venus. It is therefore a real love plant.
Rosemary, like bay leaf, was a plant used to decorate home altars.
Rosemary was also strongly associated with death and funerals.
Rosemary is a very practical plant and keeps moths and other pests away.
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