Rosemary

Folk Names: Compass Weed, Dew of the Sea, Elf Leaf, Polar Plant
Gender: Masculine
Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Powers: Exorcism, Healing, Love, Lust, Mental Powers, Protection, Purification, Sleep, Youth
Magical Uses and History: “As for Rosemarine, I lett it runne all over my garden walls, not onlie because my bees love it, but because it is the herb sacred to remembrance, and therefore, to friendship…” -Sir Thomas More

Rosemary has a long and rich history of being used to enhance memory and to remember the dead.. In fact, its powers of enhancing memory are so well know that Shakespeare mentions it in his play Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. Ancient Greek scholars wore wreaths of rosemary on their brow (the typical wreaths they are often portrayed wearing) to improve memory especially during exams. Wear rosemary to enhance memory or burn it on charcoal and smell its smoke to receive knowledge.

In the Middle Ages, rosemary became a popular herb for dispelling negativity. When burned it emits powerful cleansing vibrations and can be used to get rid of negativity without performing magic. Wreaths can be displayed in the home to ward off negativity and encourage happiness in the home.

Rosemary also aids in sleep and prevents nightmares. Furthermore it can be used as a wash to encourage youthfulness, attract love, or as a hand wash before performing healing magic. Burning rosemary and juniper berries in sickrooms will promote healing as well.

Rosemary can be used in a number of spells including:
Protection Magic
Healing Spells
Purification
Wards
Attract Wisdom
Memory Enhancement and Remembrance
Funeral Magic

Medicinal Uses: Rosemary acts on the circulatory and nervous systems as a stimulant, hence why it is able to enhance memory and treat depression and headaches. Furthermore it can be used to calm and tone digestion. Externally it can be used to ease muscle pain and to stimulate hair growth, especially for those suffering from premature baldness. Oil is most effective. For depression it can be mixed with Skullcap, Kola Nut, or Oats.

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