Rosemary is a wonderful plant indeed. Everything that we can get our hands on, that is obatined from this oil is of great value to everyone. Considering the oil of rosemary alone, it is highly antisepic and skin-friendly in nature.
The rosemary plant is light blue and blooms from March to May. For most tonics and recipes the rosemary leaves are use more often than the flowers or the rest of the plant.
Rosemary is a bushy type of evergreen that can grow six feet or higher. The tree contains leaves that are stiff and leathery.
Some herbalists and aroma therapists will label their formulas with the official name. The official botanical name for rosemary is “rosmarinus officinalis.”
Rosemary, as it is known to the general population, is part of the mint family of herbs. This family is described as the Labiatae herb family.
Other members of the same family include -
Rosemary is an all purpose herb that is ruled astrologically by Leo and the Sun according to some experts and the moon according to others. It is also known as one of the “brain herbs” because it stimulates mental activity.
Archeologists have uncovered pieces of the rosemary plant in ancient Egyptian graves where it was apparently used as incense.
The Romans considered rosemary to be a sacred plant that was a gift from the gods.
Rosemary has been used for religious cleansing and purification as gifts of beautiful wreaths for weddings and other celebrations, as food, for beauty rituals and as herbal medicines.
Paracelsus, an ancient physician, used rosemary as one of the chief ingredients in his healing remedies believing that it was a special tonic to help strengthen the overall body and heal the liver, brain, heart and eyes.
In modern times rosemary is used by herbalists to assist with illness related to the gall bladder and the liver.
Rosemary is also used as an antiseptic for treating flu, viruses and colds. Sore muscles, rheumatism and arthritis often respond well to rosemary oils applied during massage.
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