The Wonders of Rosemary!

The Wonders of Rosemary Blog Post by Raven Moonlight Botanicals

Rosemary is my favorite herb! Why? Because it is so versatile! Many practitioners see the magickal properties of Rosemary as all-purpose and soon you’ll see why. Rosemary is one of the most inexpensive herbs and essential oils on the market today – so anyone can use it!

 

The Magickal Properties of Rosemary

You can find Rosemary‘s magickal properties in its corresponding rulers. Rosemary is ruled by the Sun and by the element of fire. The Sun represents success, business growth, male energy, legal matters, and leadership. While fire’s magical properties represent success, power, stamina, destruction, creation, courage, motivation, male prowess, lust, intimidation, and cleansing. If you take Rosemary leaves in your fingers and grind them to release the scent, the bright, fiery scent comes out.

Rosemary can be used for all types of spells, mixes, and blends for love, healing, protection, purification, memory and so much more. It is an excellent replacement for Frankincense if you happen to run out. If you want to create an herbal bath or infusion but can’t use resin, use Rosemary instead! Rosemary can be used as:

An Incense

Rosemary is one of the oldest incenses in history. When burned, it can be used for cleansing and purifying. It is great to consecrate spaces and cleanse a new home before moving in. It can be used to cleanse bedrooms of people who are sick or depressed. Try using Rosemary in the home after the death of a loved one to aid in grieving. Not sure how to use Rosemary as an incense? Here is a guide on a few ways to use incenses.

As Infusion

An infusion of Rosemary was often used to wash a healer’s hands before doing healing work and was used in sick rooms to rehabilitate the ill. Rosemary infusions improve circulation which is excellent for those with arthritis. If you had a long workout, draw yourself a bath and add an infusion of rosemary. A Rosemary bath will help with relieving swelling and muscle pain.

As a Scent

Rosemary ‘s strong scent is perfect for aromatherapy. Just the smell can help dispel depression and clear negative feelings. There are many different ways to have Rosemary as a scent around you.

  • Add Rosemary essential oil to a diffuser or roller to boost your mood. Remember to dilute a pure essential oil with carrier oils like olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and almond oil.
  • Take some dried rosemary and grind it in your fingers.
  • Add Rosemary to a sachet and pull it out whenever you need a little natural pick-me-up!

In Beauty

Earlier we talked about how Rosemary improves circulation. Due to this effect, it is excellent as a facial steam to cleanse the pores and depuff the face. You can also use it as an herbal rinse for dark hair.

In the Household

Boil a handful of Rosemary in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes to yield an antiseptic solution for washing bathroom fixtures. Also, you can add about 30 drops of Rosemary essential oil to 4oz of water (I prefer distilled water) and use it as a natural air freshener! The magickal properties of Rosemary come alive in a homemade spray so use this spray to cleanse and consecrate your space.

In Food

Rosemary is an excellent spice for cooking! (Rosemary potatoes…. yum!) It is extensively used in Italian cooking because it adds a unique flavor to any dish! You can add the magical properties of Rosemary like protection, healing, and cleansing through cooking by using intent and visualization. Plus you get a tasty meal in the end! Try Rosemary on potatoes, roasted vegetables, bread, and meat.

In Herbal Medicine

In herbal medicine, Rosemary has been used to treat arthritis, headaches, pains, upset stomach, sprains, cuts and bruises. There are studies being done with Alzheimer’s disease – phytochemicals in Rosemary may prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, a chemical that allows neurons within the brain to communicate with each other. Several studies have indicated the Rosemary contains compounds that prevent carcinogenic chemicals from binding to and inducing mutations in DNA – thus helping to prevent cancer. Those with IBS have found that Rosemary relieves intestinal cramps and spasms by stimulating the release of bile that helps digest fat. It also relieves bloating and gas. And last but not least, the antioxidants in Rosemary help prevent uterine spasms associated with menstrual cramps!

One thing to remember: Rosemary stimulates blood flow – so women with heavy periods should avoid excess rosemary. Also, Rosemary essential oil is very strong and should never be taken internally.

Go ahead! Add a little Rosemary to your life in practice, food and home. You will be glad you did!

 

 

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