Latin: Rosemarinus Officinalis
Parts used: Leaf and twig.
The latin word officinalis translates to medicine and is often the second latin name of many herbs. Rosemarinus means rose by the sea. Rosemary tends to grow happily everywhere and it can often be seen in peoples gardens. The rosemary’s I have met by the sea though are the happiest, healthiest rosemary’s I have ever seen. It turns out rosemary is just like my mum, and loves the seaside and the salty air.
Rosemary is a strong herb, and not much of it is required for its effects. It is a circulatory stimulant, stimulating blood movement around the body, and to the head. It is useful for cold sluggish people, brain fog and is specific for memory. It is antidepressant and a stimulant to the nervous system. It can get things moving, where there is a low stagnant energy be it in the mind or the body. It can also be used when there is lot to be done, and long hours and high focus are required in the short term, it cannot be used in this manner long term.
It is anti depressant and a heart cordial, strengthening the heart and lifting the spirits. It works with the heart in building trust, and letting go after betrayal.
As a tonic it can strengthen and tone the digestion, aid flatulence, and improve liver function. It is an aromatic herb (strong smelling) and is antimicrobial like most aromatic herbs. Applied externally in creams it can help joint pain and nerve pain by stimulating blood to the area. It also stimulates hair growth when applied to the scalp or used in a shampoo.
Dose: Tincture dosage is 1ml (1:5) a day or 20 drops. Add 10 drops to a small glass of water in the morning and in the afternoon. Avoid in the evening.
Tea: Add 1 teaspoon of dried herb to a mug, cover with boiling water, and infuse with a a cover for 5 minutes. 2 x day.
Make and infused oil and either use to massage over the heart, joints or affected area up to 3 x day.
Hair: For a dry scalp
and to prevent baldness and stimulate hair growth, massage rosemary oil into scalp and hair and leave for 30 minutes before washing out.
For Oily hair make a tea and and pour gently over hair, massaging into scalp, cover hair with a towel, and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing or just leave on.
Creams: Add 10 – 20 drops of rosemary essential oil to a small pot of base cream (20 – 30g) and rub on joints and affected areas.