Rosemary - The Herb
Rosemary's role in the remembrance of the dead appears in Shakespeare's work.
In Hamlet, Ophelia says: "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance, pray, love, remember."
Rosemary is for Remembrance – The herb Rosemary has a reputation for improving memory, and has been used as a symbol for remembrance during weddings, war commemorations and funerals.
Rosemary was primarily used years and years ago widely throughout Europe before coming to North America. Studies have shown that the aroma of rosemary, which was pumped into cubicles where people were working, improved memory and recall almost immediately.
There are brain studies currently being done with rosemary as it possibly could shield the brain from free radicals, which lowers the risk of stroke and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s. Wouldn’t that be wonderful if we could find a way to eradicate these diseases with a simple garden herb?
Description of the Plant
Rosemary is an attractive evergreen shrub with pine needle-like leaves. It's blue flowers last through spring and summer in a warm, humid environments. The rosemary plant will grow to a height of between three and five feet in size.
Because the rosemary leaves are long and narrow, they are versatile enough to be used either fresh or dried.
Rosemary plants are also known for their prized ornamental qualities. Many times you will find these plants in nurseries, specialty stores and even upscale grocery markets as they have been manicured to resemble a miniature Christmas tree
Brides used to wear a rosemary headpiece and the groom and wedding guests would all wear a sprig of rosemary, and from this association with weddings rosemary evolved into a love charm.
A rosemary branch, tied with silk ribbons of all colors, was also presented to wedding guests, as a symbol of love and loyalty. Another example of rosemary’s use as a love charm was that a young person would tap another with a rosemary sprig and if the sprig contained an open flower, it was said that the couple would fall in love.
Rosemary is an extremely useful herb, with many culinary, medicinal and aromatherapy attributes. Rosemary stimulates the central nervous system and circulation making it beneficial for those who suffer from low blood pressure and sluggishness.
Every good kitchen witch has at least one rosemary bush outside her door. I use this amazing herb in some form almost every day, including meats, vegetables and breads.
The essential oil of rosemary has an antibacterial and anti-viral action and is useful in treating burns and wounds. Added to pet shampoos or powders, the oil is also helpful in deterring fleas and in treating flea dermatitis. The essential oil can be diluted for topical use to alleviate the pain of sprains, arthritis, sciatica and neuralgia.
Rosemary is the queen of the herbal hair tonics as it brings out the warmth of dark colored hair. Rosemary is also known for its ability to stimulate the scalp. A few drops of essential oil of rosemary can quickly condition dry hair. It is also an excellent remedy for dandruff.
This is a great marinade recipe for chicken.
3 large lemons
1/2 cup fresh rosemary (3 tablespoons dried rosemary)
1/4 cup of olive or salad oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
Cut lemons in half and squeeze out the juice into a bowl or resealable plastic bag. Place the lemon halves and remaining ingredients inside. Mix together well. Marinate for at least 4 hours.