This herb and its oils have long been associated with numerous healing properties all over the world. Its disinfectant and anti-inflammatory qualities make it useful in a variety of ways. For example, rosemary tea makes an excellent mouthwash for one with toothache pain. The same tea can be used to soothe a sore throat, relieve cold symptoms, and to aid the digestive system.
Rosemary is well known in the culinary world for the amazing flavor it brings to a variety of dishes including things such as meats, pastas, vegetables, and a variety of sauces. This herb is so versatile that it is used in nearly every type of cooking from appetizers to desserts.
Some cultures even use it in magical workings to attract love, luck, protection, and healing. Wiccan groups will often use rosemary in the making of poppets to promote healing. Some will carry the herb in a pouch or wear the oil in order to attract the affections of another.
In ancient times, people would wear a crown of the herb on their head, wash their scalp with the oil, or sleep with it under their pillow in order to increase their memory. Some cultures use this herb to ward off evil by tying bundles of the herb and hanging them in the doorway or windows of their home. It is also believed that when grown near the garden gate it will protect the garden and all those who partake of the gardens abundance.
Rosemary essential oil is often used in massage oils and is known for reducing inflammation of sore muscles and joints. It is good for tightening the skin and causes an invigorating feeling while disinfecting the pores. The massage oil can be soothed into the temple areas and rubbed on the back of the neck to help relieve tension related headaches.
The oil can be used in the making of bath salts or poured directly into the bath. The fresh herb can also be used to infuse a bath by floating cuttings in the water. Through inhalation and absorption during a bath, it can soothe sore muscles, relax a stressed body, increase ones memory, and cleanse the body of odor causing germs and bacteria.
Its purifying and protecting qualities make it perfect, in any form, for preparing the body for spiritual ceremonies, especially that of marriage or passing into the spirit world. Some cultures will wear the herb during childbirth and marriage to strengthen the bonds of love and protect the wearer. Then, during burial, the herb will be tossed into the grave to help protect the soul as it travels into the spirit realm.
High quality fresh rosemary is readily available at most organic food, metaphysical, and holistic health stores. When purchasing the essential oil, be sure it is a quality organic product to ensure the properties have not been diminished. Essential oils should always be stored in dark colored glass vials or bottles in a cool dark place. Sunlight can reduce the properties of some oils.
Rosemary essential oil is an irritant; this means it can burn if applied directly to the skin so it is important to cut the oil with a base oil such as sweet almond, grape-seed, canola, or jojoba. If being used for baths or bath salts there is no need to cut the essential, as the water will dilute it. Spritzers can be made with essentials by diluting the oil in a liquid such as spring water or alcohol.