Rosemary

Connected with the goddess of beauty and the Virgin Mary, it is no wonder that this plant is so popular.  Originating in the Mediterranean, it’s a member of the mint family and this evergreen known for it’s light blue flowers.  The Greeks associated it with Aphrodite, believing that it draped around her when she first rose from the sea.  According to Christians, when the Virgin Mary was resting one day, she spread her blue cloak over a rosemary bush with white flowers.  These flowers then turned blue, earning the plant the name “Rose of Mary” or rosemary.

Mentally and physically, rosemary is a wonderful plant to add to your diet.  When taken regularly, it can help improve memory and reduce stress, thus improving people’s moods.  The stress relief can also be obtained by aroma therapy or applying rosemary oil to your skin.  Like many mints, rosemary is good for soothing upset stomachs and as a breath freshener.  It also helps boost the immune system and is extremely potent against bacterial infections.  Acting as a pain reliever, it can also help stimulate blood flow.  Rosemary is also a popular remedy for migraines and can help detox the body and improve skin health.  One important note, if you are allergic to other members of the mint family, you are probably allergic to rosemary as well.

When you take into consideration all the health benefits, it’s no wonder that it’s associated with healing and health spells.  Drawing from its connection with Aphrodite, it’s also used in love spells and potions (though using magic to affect someone else’s will is not a good idea).  Also used as a purification herb, if sewn into a sleep pillow, it will ward off nightmares and help improve memory.  This herb is also great for students, as wearing it will not only help improve your memory, but also help in most tasks that involved clear thinking.

~Elyce

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