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Rosemary
SCIENTIFIC NAME

Rosmarinus officinalis

BIOTANICAL FAMILY

Lamiaceae, mint family

PLANT PART

Leaves and flowers fresh or dried

PREPARATIONS

Tea, tincture, bath, and food

THERAPEUTIC APPLICATIONS

Digestive, nerve, and circulatory tonic; boost memory and low energy; antioxidant, antispasmodic, immunostimulant; diaphoretic

EMOTIONAL/ENERGETIC QUALITIES

Uplifting and encouraging

ETNOBOTANY LORE AND ANCIENT PRACTICES

Rosemary is a small evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean region. The name Rosemary derives from two Latin words: Ros (dew) and Marinus (sea), referring to a plant that grows near the coast. It has a long history of being used as an aromatic and medicinal herb. The Egyptians loved it and placed it in tombs, starting with the first dynasty. The Greeks and Romans considered it a sacred plant, symbolizing love and death. Greek philosopher Theophrastus and Greek physician Dioscorides recommended using it for stomach and liver problems; Greek physician Hippocrates recommended cooking rosemary with vegetables to overcome liver and spleen disorders, while in the Roman Empire, physician Galen prescribed it for jaundice. The ancients also used to burn it as incense during religious ceremonies or with juniper berries to prevent infections and purify the air. In traditional medicine, Rosemary was regarded as a carminative and considered very effective against headaches and an overall tonic. The essential oil or tincture can be used to discourage lice infestation. Today, the oil is used extensively as a fragrance in soaps, cosmetics, perfumes, and detergents.

SAFETY

Food use is safe during pregnancy

DISCLAIMER: The information provided above is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease; these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Please consult a licensed healthcare specialist for specific medical advice.

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