Welcome to another post in the blog series, Herbs and Incense. In this post, we will be exploring Rosemary. Firstly the history of Rosemary will be discussed, then the properties will be listed, followed by the magickal uses of Rosemary. Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. For more information about what this means, please click here. There is also a free Rosemary correspondence sheet PDF at the end of this post.
The history of Rosemary
Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) is an evergreen shrub that is native to the Mediterranean. It is a well know kitchen herb that is used in a variety of recipes. Rosemary leaves are needles like pine and the plant produces small white, pink and blue flowers. It has a beautiful strong aroma and is one of the easiest herbs to grow.
Rosemary has been used since ancient times to treat a number of ailments. Rosmarinus translates to ‘dew of the sea’ in Latin. The ancient Greek scholars were known for wearing crowns of rosemary to increase their memories. In the middle ages, people would wear rosemary around their necks to keep the evil spirits from giving them the plague.
Rosemary was known as a funeral plant for a long time and it would be planted in graveyards as a sign of respect. At some point, it managed to do a complete flip and became associated with love and marriage. Brides would use rosemary in their bouquets and it was said that if you place rosemary under the bed it would ensure fidelity.
- Can relieve pain in joints and mussels.
- Can relieve headaches.
- May help with depression
- Said to stimulate hair growth
- Can be used as a herbal tea to aid digestive conditions (use sparingly as it is strong and can be very bitter)
Magickal uses for Rosemary
Rosemary is linked to the fire element and the star sign Leo. Its planetary correspondence is the Sun. Rosemary corresponds with Yule, Imbolc, Lughnasadh, Mabon and Samhain in the Pagan wheel of the year. In magick, rosemary is linked to; protection, healing, purification, attracting knowledge, memory enhancing, and love.
Practical ways to use Rosemary in magick
- Can be used as a substitute for other ingredients in witchcraft
- Can be used as a cleanser
- Make a smudge stick with fresh rosemary instead of sage.
- Weave fresh rosemary into garlands and wreaths for handfastings and home blessings
- Burn rosemary incense when studying to stimulate the memory
- Add to your ritual bath for removing worries and clearing the mind
- Use in spell bags and jars for spellwork connected to protection, healing, and love.
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