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Herb of the week: Rosemary

January 12, 2012

So, as something fun and educating, I have decided to post every Thursday a new herb of the week. I picked this week’s herb but I’m hoping that people will post comments suggesting a new herb for the next week.

This week’s herb is rosemary.

 

Now, magically, rosemary is ruled by the sun therefore it is masculine and the element it is associated with is fire. Rosemary’s properties are protection, love, mental ability, healing, and remembrance. A couple of fun facts are that rosemary was considered the flower of Mount Olympus which was home of the Greek gods and rosemary can be used as a substitute for other herbs in a spell. Rosemary can also be used to smudge for when it is burned; rosemary emits a powerful cleansing and purifying energy.

Medicinally, it stimulates the body’s natural healing process, can be used as a digestive aid, treats depression, muscle spasms, promoter of menstrual flow, increase mental ability to think clearly, stimulate production of bile, relieve cold symptoms, headaches, and can lift moods. As oil it can be sniffed to “clear cobwebs” from the mind. If making an ointment from the oil, the ointment can treat rheumatism, sores, eczema, bruises, and wounds.

Disclaimer!!!!

Always remember that when working with pure essential oils, you are to dilute the oil before use either with a carrier oil or simply mixing with other ingredients. Never use pure essential oil on the skin! Don’t ingest it either or any other essential oil for that matter!!!!

Also, when making tea from rosemary never consume more than two cups a day for large doses internally can irritate the stomach, intestines, and kidneys.

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