ROSEMARY

Rosmarinus officinalis

Ancient practitioners were familiar with rosemary as an herb of memory. It later became associated with lovers’ fidelity and was a popular gift for wedding guests. Rosemary was common in kitchen gardens and represented the dominance of the lady of the house. Roman priests burned rosemary as incense in religious ceremonies, and it is sometimes used for protection from evil spirits even today.

Parts Used: Essential oil, leaves

Associated Element: Fire

Magical Uses: Fidelity, protection, remembrance

Rituals and Celebrations: Funeral and memorial rituals, marriage ceremonies

Blends Well With: Juniper for healing

Substitutions: Frankincense

Often Used With: Jet, topaz

Precautions: In general, rosemary is not considered toxic; however, the essential oil should be diluted in a base oil before applying to the skin.

Applications: Burn rosemary to rid a home of negativity or as incense while you meditate. Hang bundles on your front door to keep danger away. Want to take advantage of this plant’s medicinal benefits? Fill a healing doll with dried rosemary. Anoint a white candle with rosemary oil for use in a farewell ritual for the dead.

 

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