Rosemary – Rosmarinus Officinalis - Herbs
Blending Note: Middle
Main Benefits: Invigorating. Refreshing. Stimulating
Properties: Antiseptic, Anti Spasmodic, Astringent, Tonic, Pain Relieving, Tissue Warming,
Stimulating, Refreshing expectorant, decongestant
Other producers are: None on Record
Allergy Warning: Epilepsy, Hypertension, Pregnancy, High Blood Pressure. Rosemary Oil is
Short History of Rosemary
Rosemary takes its name from the Latin ros maris, which means “dew of the sea.” During the middle Ages, Rosemary was thought to be capable of dispelling negativity. As such, it was tucked under pillows to thwart nightmares and visits from evil spirits. It was also burned in the house to keep the black plague from entering. . In 1294 – 1342, The Countess of Hainault, Jeanne of Valois, sent her daughter Queen Phillippa, wife of King Edward III of England an accounting of the virtues of rosemary and it is presumed a number of plants or cuttings accompanied the gift.
The original manuscript can be found in the British Museum. The Countess suggests that laying the leaves under the head of a man while he sleeps will “doth away evil sprirites and suffereth not the dreeme fowl dremes ne to be feared. “Rosemary was historically associated with both death and weddings for the same reason - remembrance. Rosemary was often entwined into a wreath, dipped in scented water and worn by brides at the altar. The wreath symbolized fidelity, love, abiding friendship and remembrance of the life the woman had led prior to her marriage.
Rosemary history contains an interesting bit of folklore from the 14th Century. In 1515 – 1557, Anne of Cleves, Henry the Eighth’s 4th wife, wore a rosemary wreath at their wedding. At that time, wealthy bridal couples would also present a gilded branch of rosemary to each wedding guest. Rosemary root was “seethed in wine vinegar” and the lotion was then used to wash the feet of a thief. The lotion was thought to sap the strength of the robber so that he would no longer commit robbery, steal or do any further harm. In a humorous aside, our original source for this bit of folklore questions their own source with, “How the potential or suspected thief is to be persuaded to wash his feet, the manuscript does not divulge.”
Rosmarinus officinalis, commonly known as rosemary, is a woody, herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers, native to the Mediterranean region.
Rosemary are extracted by steam distillation, the leaves, stem, buds and flowers are used for extraction. The Colour of the oil is Clear and the consistency thin. The strength of the aroma is medium to strong. The aroma smells fresh, herbaceous, sweet, and slightly medicinal.
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