Plant Profiles – Rosemary

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”It helps a weak memory and quickens the senses.”

~ Culpeper’s Complete Herbal

Can a herb garden really be called such if it doesn’t include rosemary? This culinary classic is perhaps among one of the most well known of herbs and with good reason as it can enhance the most basic of meals into something delicious as well as having so many other useful applications, both magickal and mundane.

In times gone by in parts of the UK, especially Wales and those bordering counties, rosemary was a traditional part of a brides bouquet and was also handed to mourners at funerals to throw into the open grave. Modern scholars attribute this to the strong scent of the herb and its antimicrobial properties. In fact, like many herbs, rosemary has many medicinal benefits. It is warming, acting as a diaphoretic, antioxidant, carminative, warming and a stimulant and can be used in the treatment of many common illnesses.

Rosemary Remedies

  • Rosemary tea is perfect for helping ease the symptoms of cold and flu, though can be strong tasting so you might want to add honey, not only to sweeten but to add a medicinal boost. Simply steep 1 teaspoon of rosemary, fresh or dried, into a cup of boiling water for five minutes then drink. The tea will also help with digestive issues.
  • If struggling with coughs, colds and catarrh, make a steam inhalation. You can do this by adding a few drops of the essential oil into a bowl of boiling water, or else by making a strong infusion with the fresh leaves.
  • You can make a tincture of rosemary by steeping the leaves in a good quality brandy (or another spirit like rum or vodka) for around a week, then draining into a clean bottle and diluting with water, one part infused brandy to one part water. Take a teaspoon of the mixture every four hours when ill with a cold or flu. If alcohol isn’t your thing, then place in a clean jar with an onion, sliced and layered and a crushed garlic clove and then fill with runny honey. Leave for a week, then strain into a clean jar. Keep refrigerated and take as required.
  • Rosemary is a great conditioner for hair. Infuse coconut oil with it (you can use fresh leaves if you are only making a small portion for use within a few days, else use dried rosemary as the water content will shorten the shelf life). If putting oil on your hair doesn’t appeal to you, then make an infusion with water and use as a rinse.
  • Make a muscle rub to ease sore and aching muscles by infusing oil with rosemary and a hot pepper before straining into a clean container then rub onto the affected areas. keep out the pepper and you have insect repellent!

Magickal Applications

Ruled by the sun and associated with the Greek goddess Aphrodite, rosemary packs a punch in magickal workings and can be used in spells for success, love, beauty, loyalty, remembrance, longevity and protection. Whilst sage is often the go to herb for cleansing rituals, rosemary is often overlooked but is just as potent for such workings. You can make bundles for burning by bunching the herb together and using cotton thread to bind before hanging to dry,  or alternatively it can be  burnt as a loose incense.

Because rosemary is particularly useful for enhancing the memory, it can be used in a range of settings to help remember important details. Make a sleep pillow or hang a sprig by your bed to help recall dreams, or burn as incense during meditation and trance work to help remember any important messages that might come through. You can also make a wreath from this evergreen herb and hang it on your front door to protect the home, warding off evil and negativity or add the dried herb to witch bottles and bury close to the entrance of your home. Keeping a rosemary plant in a pot by the door or at your property boundaries  helps to keep away unwanted visitors.

Grow Your Own

Rosemary is a hardy plant, making it easy for anyone to grow at home. You can grow it from seed or by taking a semi-ripe cutting in the summer, however it’s important to note it will not regenerate from a old wood so make sure the cutting is from new growth. Or if you’re not so green fingered, there’s no shame in buying an established plant from a garden centre or nursery.

Rosemary can be grown indoors and out, making it good news for anyone who doesn’t have a garden as it will flourish in a pot placed on a warm and sunny windowsill. In the garden, rosemary prefers well drained soil (and it doesn’t mind poor soil either) in full sun, though can grow to around a metre and a half tall so proper planning is important, though regular pruning will help manage the size and spread. And that’s all it takes to keep rosemary happy!

In Conclusion

As you have seen, there is no end to rosemary’s talents, making it such a useful herb for the witch to grow at home. If you only have room for one plant, you’d do well to make it rosemary.

”There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray love, remember…”

~ Shakespeare

 

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My name is Emma Kathryn, my path a mixture of non-Wiccan Traditional British Witchcraft and Obeah, a blend that represents my heritage. A Devotee of Hekate, my witchcraft is what is needed when needed. I live in the middle of England with my partner, two teenage sons and two crazy dogs.
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My name is Emma Kathryn, my path a mixture of non-Wiccan Traditional British Witchcraft and Obeah, a blend that represents my heritage. A Devotee of Hekate, my witchcraft is what is needed when needed. I live in the middle of England with my partner, two teenage sons and two crazy dogs.
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