Rosemary Folklore & Medicinal Use

For centuries, rosemary has decorated homes and Churches. In England, garlands of rosemary were wound around Church pillars, sprigs were strewn on floors and branches were placed on altars.

During the middle ages, all elegant weddings utilized the herb rosemary, which is the symbol of remembrance and fidelity. Sprigs were dipped in gold, tied with a ribbon and given to the wedding guests

Rosemary’s affiliation with Christmas may have evolved from the legend of Mother Mary, who was sheltered by rosemary bush as she rested on her escape into Egypt. As the story goes, she threw her blue cape on the bush to dry and the white flowers turned to blue. Forever after, the plant was called “The rose of Mary.”

Greek physicians prescribed the herb to relieve mental disorders and scholars studying for examinations braided garlands of rosemary into their hair, believing the herb would enhance their memory. Many superstitions surround rosemary’s power. It would grow only in the gardens of the righteous. A sprig placed under the pillow would repel evil spirits and bad dreams.

Dried rosemary was laid in the bed linen to ensure faithfulness.

Throughout the centuries the attributes of rosemary have been credited with cure-alls for melancholy, epilepsy, jaundice, nervous disorders, arthritis, reduction of varicose veins and more.

Modern Uses
Rosemary has a long culinary history and its pronounced and distinctive taste is best used with reserve. It is best known to enhance the taste of meat.

Modern day uses include cooking by simply clipping the leaves and adding fresh rosemary to your favorite sauces or soups. It gives the home a wonderful aromatic scent, simply clip off small leaves and place in your favorite potpourri container and brew for a fresh outdoors smell or cut stems and use in your favorite floral arrangement.