It is from the Latin, ros, dew, and marinus, sea hence the common name
dew of the sea. Other common names it goes by are Compass Plant, Compass
Weed, Elf Leaf, Guardrobe, Incensier (Old French), Libanotis (Greek), Polar
Plant, Rosmarinus coronarium, Rosemary, Sea Dew.
Rosemary is hardy in Zones 8-10, elsewhere it is container grown and
brought in for the winter.
It thrives in full sun but will tolerate light
shade in well-drained soil.
It can be grown from seed but germination is
extremely slow. New plants are best started by rooting stem cuttings.
planting in a garden space the new plants 2 to 3 feet apart. If growing in a
container choose one that just fits the size of the root ball because it does
best when crowded.
Indoor rosemary needs at least four hours of direct
sunlight or twelve hours of artificial light to thrive.
Never let it dry out
completely but allow it to become moderately dry between deep waterings.
Rosemary leaves can be cut at any time but thier flavor is best just before
When used in the garden it is a companion to the cabbage family,
beans, carrots and sage. It has the ability to deter the cabbage moth, bean
beetles and carrot flies.
Place it in books and drawers to repel moths.
The ancients were well acquainted with rosemary which was associated
with remembrance, fidelity and love. It has always been used in witchcraft
and has many legends attached with its history.
It was used at weddings as
well as funerals, as incense in religious ceremonies and for decking churches
and banquet halls at festivals. One legend claims that a man who is not
sensitive to the scent of the aromatic herb will never be truly able to love
The Treasury of Botany says: 'There is a vulgar belief in
Gloucestershire and other counties, that Rosemary will not grow well unless
where the mistress is "master"; and so touchy are some of the lords of
creation upon this point, that we have more than once had reason to suspect
them of privately injuring a growing rosemary in order to destroy this
evidence of their want of authority.'
Sir Thomas More wrote: 'As for
Rosmarine, 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; whence a sprig of it hath a dumb language that
maketh it the chosen emblem of our funeral wakes and in our buriall grounds.'
Rosemary is popular as an aromatic and flavorful culinary seasoning.
It is available whole, ground or even fresh and is excellent with lamb or
Spiritual Properties and Uses in Magic
Rosemary has the property of opening one's heart to the part of all of
us that is still child-like and innocent. It is strong yet delicate and
brings happiness and contentment. Smelling the fragrance and bathing in an
infusion of rosemary is said to preserve youthfulness and to bring success.
When placed in the bedroom rosemary drives away nightmares and ensures a good
sleep, it will protect the sleeper from all harm. It is used as a charm
against the evil eye and has exorcising qualities.
Rosemary is one of the
most ancient of the incenses and can be used as a substiture for
frankincense. When it is burned it emits purifying vibrations that will rid
an area of negativity prior to performing magic. If used as an incense it
enhances the sacredness of any occasion.
When using holy water take a sprig
of rosemary and sprinkle the water around with it.
Wearing or burning this
herb when divining will help the mind to be clear and the heart to be open.
Wash the hands in an infusion before healing work and the leaves mixed with
Juniper berries are burned to promote healing.
Rosemary has long been used
in love and lust potions, it preserves love.
When planted at the entrance of
your home it will impart an aura of protection to all who are present, some
even say it will keep thieves away.
If you wish to receive knowledge burn
rosemary inhaling the smoke even the very aroma of the plant will improve the
mind and the memory.
Healing Properties and Uses
Rosemary increases circulation and slightly raises the blood pressure
warming the body from the inside out.
Internally it stimulates the liver and
digestion, promotes blood circulation, tones up the blood vessels,
invigorates, and increases your awareness. To make a tea of rosemary steep
two teaspoons of the dried flower tops in one cup of water for twenty
minutes, take one-forth cup up to four times a day.
Use this as a mouthwash
for bad breath.
Rosemary tea relieves depression. It will aid in preventing
flatulence, bloating and disturbances of the intestines, stomach and gall
Steep rosemary in white wine for a week and strain, rub the wine on
gouty or paralyzed limbs internally it stimulates the brain, nervous system
and kidneys. This wine is excellent for those who lack exercise such as the
elderly, the convalescent and all who suffer from fatigue.
externally in salves for eczema, wounds, sores and as a treatment for muscle
and joint rheumatism.
A bath preparation made from rosemary leaves or oil of
rosemary is refreshing and stimulating when one is fatigued and can help
It will enliven you when added to soap or shampoos.
Rosemary is also smoked as an herbal 'tobacco' to relieve asthma and lung
Pregnant women should not consume rosemary internally.
When using rosemary tea the dose should not exceed one cup per day.