Rose of Sharon (Rosary) is one of the most popular Christmas trees in the world. It’s popularity comes from its beautiful appearance and it’s ability to bring joy to children. There are many different types of roses available for sale in the market today, but there are only two species that have been used since ancient times – rosemary and rosemary oil. These two plants have been used for centuries in traditional medicine. They contain powerful medicinal properties which can help prevent colds, flu, coughs, sore throats and other illnesses.
The best way to prepare rosemary and rosemary oil is to dry them out completely before using them. If you don’t do this, then they will lose their potency quickly!
You can use dried herbs or fresh ones if you wish. I prefer to use fresh because I like the flavor better! However, dried herbs work just fine too.
When choosing a rosemary plant, look for one with large leaves that are at least six inches long. Look for plants that grow in full sun and not those that need shade.
Avoid plants with thorns or ones that have yellow flowers. When buying your rosemary, make sure it’s free of pests such as spider mites and aphids; they’re very harmful to the health of our precious rosemary!
When you get your rosemary plant back home, cut the long stems from the bottom up to about six inches. Put the rosemary in a large container filled half way with moist soil.
This will provide moisture for the plant and prevent it from getting root rot. Rosemary grows very quickly and reaches a height of about three feet. It will soon need more space to grow, so if you’re planning on keeping it in a container, make sure you get a large one!
At least once a year, remove all the dead leaves from your rosemary plant. Dead leaves can harbor pests and diseases that could be harmful to the plant.
When the plant starts to bloom, prune the stems at the base of the plant using very sharp scissors. This encourages new growth and will help to keep your rosemary bush healthy.
Rosemary oil can be toxic and should be used with care. Dried rosemary is much safer for children, but should not be given to babies younger than six months old.
When using rosemary in food, always start with a small amount and add more as desired. A little bit of this spice goes a long way!
You can easily overdo it and ruin the taste of your food.
You can also make your own rosemary tea. Simply put a few sprigs of rosemary in a cup of boiling water and allow to steep for about ten minutes.
Strain the leaves out using a strainer and drink up! This is great for colds, flus, coughs and sore throats. Rosemary tea can be used to flavor many dishes as well. Rosemary is a very versatile herb that can be used in many different ways!
Rosemary has been used as a symbol of remembrance. It’s often tied with plain old string and placed on memorials; gravestones; in books of condolence; or anywhere a reminder of the lives being celebrated would be helpful.
The rosemary tree was a symbol of fidelity among the Greeks, while the Romans considered it a symbol of love. It has also been widely used as a symbol of remembrance.
Rosemary has also been called “Camphor Tree” and “The Herb of Love”
Rosemary was so popular among the Romans, it was even featured in one of their Fables about a man who was convicted of theft during the time of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. The man claimed his innocence, but without any evidence against him, he was found guilty and sentenced to death.
On his way to execution, he happened to pass a rosemary plant and grabbed a branch. As the soldiers tried to pull him away, some of the branches snapped off in his hand. The officiating officer noticed this and ordered the man freed, saying that if he didn’t steal the branch, he surely wasn’t capable of stealing the goods he had been accused of stealing.
Rosemary is a member of the mint family and is related to mint, bee balm, lavender, sage and many other herbs.
Rosemary’s small white flowers are not actually used in cooking. They do not produce any oil.
The leaves are used instead.
The very first practical distillation of Rosemary Oil took place in France in the year 1630.
Rosemary plants like dry soil and do not tolerate standing water.
The species name of Sacred Rosemary is Rosmarinus officinalis.
Rosemary grows wild in the Mediterranean, especially on the hillsides of Yugoslavia. It was probably brought to England from there.
The plant was so common in England that it wasn’t known as a herb until the 16th Century when it became popular in French cooking.
The genus name, Rosmarinus, is a combination of the Latin words “rosa” meaning “a dew” and “marinus” meaning “of the sea”. This is in reference to the fact that Rosemary grows best in very damp conditions.
Rosemary flowers are lovely and can be used as a decorative element in cooking. The flowers can be added to salads or other dishes but will quickly dye the food a purple color.
Rosemary tea has been used as a cure for headaches, as a treatment for depression and even as an aphrodisiac!
The name “Rosemary” comes from the Latin word “rosmarinus”, which means “dew of the sea”. The plant needs lots of moisture in the soil and so it is often found growing near the sea.
Rosemary is a member of the mint family and is closely related to many other herbs such as sage, lavender, basil and even thyme.
The ancient Greeks believed that Rosemary had been given to Nero’s wife as a gift by the god Pluto to preserve her memory of her dead husband.
Rosemary is used as a symbol of remembrance on 11 November in England.
The essential oil in Rosemary has a powerful effect on the brain. It improves mental clarity and can help improve focus, which is why it is often used as an ingredient in beauty products, including shampoos and conditioners.
Rosemary was dedicated to Aphrodite, the Goddess of beauty and love.
Because of its beauty and power as an aphrodisiac, Rosemary was also dedicated to the three Graces: Aglaia (Splendor), Thalia (Good Cheer) and Euphrosyne (Mirth).
Because of its aromatic nature, Rosemary was also dedicated to Hermes, the god of travelers, merchants, thievery and luck.
In Elizabethan England, Rosemary was considered to be a symbol of love.
The oldest surviving manuscript of the Nine Herbs Charm dates back to 1100 BCE and is written in Anglo-Saxon. It refers to Rosemary as being used for healing as well as for magic purposes.
The Nine Herbs Charm also says that Rosemary protects one from being cursed and that it can banish sneezing (hmmm. .
. must try that one!)
In ancient Gaul, Rosemary was hung over doors and windows to keep witches away.
Since Rosemary has some camphor properties, it can be used to advantage in repelling dust mites from your bedding and in keeping your mattress smelling fresh.
Rosemary can be combined with salt and used to scrub floors.
Rosemary was thought to decrease mental acuity so it was not uncommon for brides to eat meat that had been cooked with Rosemary in order to dumb themselves down, thus making them less intelligent than their husbands. This would allow the woman to focus on being a homemaker rather than on more scholarly pursuits.
Rosemary is a flowering evergreen plant that grows up to 3 feet high. It has small pale blue flowers and needle-like leaves.
It tastes a bit like pine and lemon and can be used as a substitute for the herb itself.
Rosemary is available in two different varieties: Common Rosemary and Creeping Rosemary. The creeping variety (sometimes called Rosmarinus Officinalis Creeping) spreads across the ground and also grows upward: it can cover an area 2 feet in diameter in just one growing season!
It is also more likely to survive winter and can be planted outdoors in Zone 8 and 9.
Rosemary can be propagated from stem cuttings or by division of the plant itself in the fall (or by layering). Cuttings should be taken in the summer and rooted in sand.
Division can be done anytime but fall is best as the plants have had time to build up their energy stores.
Plant your Rosemary in well-draining soil. It can tolerate some drought but it grows much better if it receives some water on a regular basis.
The Creeping Rosemary plant is more cold-hardy and will survive winter in all the zones in which it is planted. The Common Rosemary plants need to be dug up and stored in a cool place (or even better, brought indoors) if you live anywhere that has even occasional freezing temperatures.
In addition to using the leaves fresh, dried or even preserved, Rosemary can also be used in the making of herbal oils and salves and as a natural moth repellent.
As with many herbs, Rosemary has many prized culinary uses. It can be added to any dish that contains meats or oils.
It is especially nice when added to potatoes, chicken or lamb.
Rosemary is also used in the making of cordials and liquors and as such has a long history of being used in the making of Vermouth.
Like many herbs, Rosemary contains antioxidants and is soothing to the digestive system. Because it stimulates blood flow, it is said to help stimulate mental activity.
If you are making an infused oil for magickal purposes, only use dry herbs (unless your goal is to make a lotion rather than an oil).
Dry your Rosemary (and other herbs, such as Mugwort) out in the sun for a couple of days. Place the fresh or dried Rosemary into a jar and cover with carrier oil (olive, jojoba, etc.) and allow it to infuse for at least a week before using it.
You can keep it in the fridge if you don’t plan on using it up quickly.
To use it, place some of the oil in your hand and rub it on your skin. Add more as needed to cover all the areas you wish to protect (legs if you are walking through a dangerous neighborhood, arms if you are going to have surgery, etc.)
If using dried herbs, use about 1 tsp. per cup of carrier oil.
For fresh herbs, double that amount.
Some people like to put a few drops of Rosemary oil in their bathwater to promote relaxation.
If you want to make a sachet, place dried Sage leaves (or any other herb) in the bottom of a piece of gauze or other fiber fabric and cover with a few drops of oil. Tie it off when you are done so that the oil doesn’t leak out and throw it away when it is no longer effective.
Rosemary can also be used in the bath to promote relaxation. Add 4 or 5 drops of oil to your bathwater.
If you are using the infused oil from the kitchen, use 1-2 tsp.
Rosemary is a very useful herb, both as an ingredient and for its magickal uses. It can be used in countless ways.
Rosemary is also part of the holy trinity of the Celtic religion, along with Sage and Wormwood. All three plants are burned as incense to cleanse a ritual area and to attract good spirits.
An herbal broom of Rosemary, Sage and Wormwood is used to sweep away negative energy in some magickal traditions.
The Italian Witch’s Rose was made from Rosemary, and represented protection, love and fidelity.
In days of old, Rosemary sprigs were placed in the beds of newlyweds to ensure a happy marriage.
Rosemary can be dried and burned as an incense before doing divination with a Pendulum.
Rosemary is also used in the following recipes:
The Lady’s Glove Spell Bag:
This bag is intended to increase your chances of success when asking for help from a loved one. This technique can also be adapted to a variety of situations in which you are asking for help from a person (or persons).
What you’ll need:
• One glove, preferably the mitten of a loved one. If this is not practical, you can substitute a glove, sock or stocking that you have worn.
• Rosemary (and possibly other herbs depending upon your situation).
What to do:
Add Rosemary to your Glove Spell Bag. While you do not need to know the outcome of your situation to create this bag, it certainly helps.
What you are looking to do is give yourself every advantage when asking for help from a loved one.
Sit quietly and think about your situation. Visualize how you would like it to turn out.
Be as detailed as possible. Really envision the outcome you desire. Once you have a good handle on that, move onto the next step.
On the day you intend to give your Glove Spell Bag to your loved one, gather together the following ingredients:
• One black candle for love and fidelity
• One WHITE candle for purity of intent
• Rosemary (and any other herbs that are appropriate to your situation)
As with all spell work, the more attention you pay to the details, the more impressive your results will be. Take time to carefully gather your supplies and set up your altar.
When you are ready, anoint the glove with Rosemary oil and then place it in the center of your altar. Arrange the black and white candles on either side.
Place a small dish of Rosemary beside the white candle.
Take up the black candle in your hand, close your eyes and concentrate on your intent. Place the black candle on your altar and take up the white one.
Anoint it with a few drops of Rosemary oil and then concentrate on your love. Hold the white candle in your hand and then place it on your altar beside the black candle.
Close your eyes and take a few moments to concentrate on your intent. Focus on why you believe your situation will succeed.
Remember, the more upbeat and positive you can be, the better your results will be.
Arrange your Glove Spell Bag and the two candles in the middle of your altar, creating a well-defined square. Place the dish of Rosemary beside it.
Stand back and take a moment to look at the altar from a distance. Try to visualize your intent.
When you are ready, light the two candles and the dish of Rosemary. Stand in front of the altar, close your eyes and concentrate on your intent.
Take as much time as you need.
When you are ready, open your eyes and pick up the Glove Spell Bag. Toss it in the center of your altar and step back.
Watch in silence as it burns.
Close your eyes and take a few minutes to really feel the energy of the moment. When you are ready, snuff out the candles.
Keep the Glove Spell Bag and when you feel the time is right, give it to your loved one. As long as you truly believe in your heart that you will succeed, you probably will.
Bag Spell #2: The Prayer Candle
If you are deeply religious, or just hold a lot of faith in your preferred higher power, then this Bag Spell is for you. Best for matters of the heart, this spell can also be adapted for other situations.
What you’ll need:
• One Pink Candle for romance or Purple if the situation is non-romantic (You can also use the color that is appropriate to your faith)
• Your Name Written on a Piece of Paper 9 times (In the Language of your Faith)
• A Small Metal Tray or Bowl
Before you begin, find a comfortable space where you can light your candle without fear of it setting anything else on fire.
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