by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
- Symbolizes: remembrance & fidelity, love & romance
- Uses: Spice, Medicinal & Herbal Remedies, Massage Oil, Sking Toner, Hair Tonic, Memory Enhancer, ward off sickness, evil & nightmares, and to burn as incense
This rosemary plant has been a part of my family for a good 15 years. Yes you have read this correctly. It began as a small seedling in a pot that moved with us from James Bay to Oak Bay and then to Oakland’s. Once planted in the ground at it’s current location it sprang to life in a new way. It has been cut back by at least 1/3 in the few short years at this location. It loves this location and responds impressively. I planted it in it’s current location with protection in mind. It is at the entrance to my home business pathway and close to my front door. Anyone walking towards either of these entrance-way’s face this magnificent rosemary plant.
When cutting branches and picking flowers for creating essential oils, tinctures, infused oils and vinegar’s, and drying for tea, I also lay branches along the front and side property lines to establish an intentional boundary. Being a renter I found the immediate neighbors where unable to respect boundaries when first moving in. One neighbour patrols the community to report any wrong doing to both the city and police resulting in loss of privacy for everyone in a six block radius and another simply walked onto the property without any notice. It took many months to settle this experience and I notice as the connection to this rosemary grows, it is no longer a personal distraction. I sense the energy of this rosemary plant as a protective mother and in my mind I call her, “Mother,” however I have just read that this plant apparently is male in nature.
Health & Wellness
The roots, leaves and berries are used for medicinal remedies and the flowers and the leaves are edible. The wood is used to make musical instruments!
Rosemary contains antibacterial and antioxidant, rosmarinic acid, essential oils such as cineol, camphene, borneol, bornyl acetate, and α-pinene that are known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties.
Some beneficial health constituents of Rosemary for you to consider getting fresh from your own plant and replacing processed capsules and pills are listed below. Your body will be happier as living minerals and vitamins are easier to digest and are in deeper alignment with your how your body absorbs and processes their benefits resulting in fuller and more whole system of well-being. Many vitamin pills go in and come out whole!
- Vitamin A,
- Vitamin B’s (pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin, folates)
- Vitamin C,
Uses of Rosemary are:
- Combat oxidative stress in the brain,
- Improve memory,
- Improve mood,
- Hair tonic to restore grey hair to natural colour, stop split ends, stop dandruff and grow new hair,
- Increase circulation,
- Reduce aches and pains,
- Healthy skin,
- Lung, breast and mouth cancers,
- Fighting infection,
- Improve blood and control heart rate and blood pressure
The flowers of the rosemary have a higher potency of the above qualities therefore this year I have managed to infuse a tincture remedy along with an oil and a vinegar? I am excited to explore these flower infusions. This rosemary has not flowered in quite the same way in the past and I find this exciting and have appreciation to this plant! Here is a picture of the oil and the vinegar infusion. You can see after only 12 hours the vinegar has begun to become the colour of the flowers. The vinegar began with it’s own apple cider colour so the flowers are quite dominant.
- Forsythia, English Daisy, Dandelion Infused Oils
- How to Infuse Wildflower Oils
- Edible Flowers and Weeds, Medicinal and Dye Plants
- Wellness Audits
Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.