ROSEMARY

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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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