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Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis

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.

Medicinal properties of rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis

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. Did you know that she improves brain function, for example? This way, she helps with disorders such as dementia, but also with concentration problems. I like to take a rosemary bath whenever I have a long day ahead of me, during which I need to concentrate and stay relaxed at the same time. This plant also has a beneficial effect on tense nerves and depression.

Magical properties of this fragrant herb

Rosemary also has plenty of magical properties. Rosemary helps with divination and protects against evil forces at the same time. She 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.

Botanical description Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis L.

Rosemary stands 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.

Interesting facts

In ancient times, Rosemary was dedicated to, among others, Aphrodite and Venus. It is therefore a real love plant.
Like laurel, rosemary was 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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