Rosemary Rosemarinus officinalis
Folk Names: compass weed, Dew of the Sea, Guardrobe, Incensier, Libanotis (Greek), Polar plant, Sea Dew
Powers: Protection, love, lust, mental powers, remembrance, exorcism, purification, healing, sleep, youth
The leaf and flowers are stimulating to the liver and the digestion. Use also for migraine headaches and to improve the digestion. When making the tea, steep two teaspoons of leaves or flowers in one hot cup of water for 20 minutes. DO NOT EXCEED 1 CUP PER DAY – an excess can cause fatal poisoning.
Rosemary can be used as a poultice and in salves for eczema, wounds and sores. A Rosemary mouthwash is good for bad breath. Add 3 drops of rosemary essential oil to a cup of spring water, gargle and spit out. DO NOT SWALLOW.
Rosemary can be used as a substitute for frankincense. Place the leaves and flowers in books and drawers to repel moths. This herb is ideal when someone wants to mark a celebration and will make an occasion more sacred. A traditional custom is to give small bunches of Rosemary to guests at handfastings; also used at funerals to remember the dead.
Rosemary is seen as a symbol of wisdom, love, loyalty and remembrance. It makes a wonderful incense for ritual work and has been used since ancient times. There is an interesting deva associated with this plant – in Sicily it is believed that faeries live in rosemary bushes and are able to shape shift and appear as small snakes.
Cunningham says that to burn rosemary as incense provides powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations, and can be burnt to get rid of negativity, especially before performing magick. When placed beneath a pillow rosemary ensures a good sleep and drives away nightmares.
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
A Compendium of Herbal Magick by Paul Beyerl
A Druid’s Herbal by Ellen Evert Hopman