Rosemary: Dew of the Sea
Ahh, the peppery, earthy, and slightly sweet scent of the beloved Rosemary plant. Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs, and I can’t get enough of it! So, let’s dive right and learn why I think this magical herb should be in everyone’s garden.
History of Rosemary Herb – with a folklore twist
The plant of love, joy, friendship, and remembrance. Rosemary represents the circle of life if you will. The beginning and end of all things. The cycle that all living things follow. Rosemary’s origin starts on the rocky, sea-salted dry coasts of the Mediterranean.
In Latin, when looking at the genus name: Rosmarinus, it beautifully translates to “dew of the sea.” If we look back, we will find that the Greeks and the Romans widely used Rosemary. One of the more well-known tales has to do with the flowering buds of the Rosemary plant. It was said that times before, the flowers bloomed into a beautiful, pure White.
But one night, as Mary was making her voyage to Egypt, she laid her cloak over a Rosemary shrub. As she woke, she saw now this cloak was a beautiful blue color, and ever since that night, the flowering blooms of the Rosemary plant are now the same blue as her cloak. Since this is the herb of love, Rosemary is also associated with Aphrodite.
Then we bring it back to beginnings and ends, it is also used in wreaths or crowns worn by brides, and when life comes to an end on this plain, it is given at funerals for guests to throw into the earth along with the body. Also, used to spread good tidings during Yule with a gift of Rosemary, Holly, Orange, and clove on New Year’s Day.
Benefits of Rosemary Herb
( I am not a medical expert, so please consult your doctor if you have health concerns about ingesting Rosemary)
Are you having trouble remembering things here and there or trying to recall things of the past? Then try turning to Rosemary. Why do we look at Rosemary as a remembrance plant? Well, science! The antioxidants found in Rosemary can help to slow the breakdown of acetylcholine, which has to do with the part of the brain that manages memory and logic.
Feeling a little tickle in your throat? Try chewing on a few sprigs. The eucalyptol contained within can help loosen the congestion. This magical plant also has anti-inflammatory properties, which also help to alleviate a sore throat. You can also make Rosemary water.
Simply mix with some lemon, add a spring of Rosemary, and chill. It will last about one week with the lemon; otherwise, just add the lemon as you make each drink, and you should be able to get about two weeks out of it. This is a great and easy way to get the daily benefits of the plant.
Create your own burning bundle. Cleansing the energy in your space with Rosemary helps to heighten your creativity. The aroma can clear the mind and help open up blockages within, thus allowing for a more attuned and direct connection to receive the universal lessons the energies around us are trying to give. Burning Rosemary also helps to ward off the evil eye and negative energies. I have even read that Rosemary oil can help enhance hair growth. There are just so many benefits of this hardy plant. Isn’t nature AWESOME?
How to Dry Rosemary
Trim your plant into an ideal hanging length; some say around 2 – 4 inches. I also like to burn my Rosemary, so I try to shoot for about 6 inches when creating burn bundles, cutting at the top part of the plant, leaving the thicker branches to continue and grow. If you’re looking to make your own bottled herb for cooking, place it in the oven on the lowest setting for about 2-4 hours, you’ll know when it has thoroughly dried once the needles easily fall off of the branch or springs.
My favorite way is simply letting them hang dry. Quick and easy, first wash and dry. Bind together with a twine or rubber band at the bulk end and hang in a place with healthy ventilation. There are also other options out there, such as freezing and dehydrating. No matter what method you use, just make sure your Rosemary is nice and clean.
How to Plant and What to Plant with Rosemary Herb (companion plants)
If you’re like me, there may be times when you inadvertently forget to water your plant babies. Well, no need to fret with Rosemary since this plant prefers dry and hot conditions. Here in the Midwest, my potted Rosemary does fine in a sunny window location during the winter.
Then during the dog days of summer, I let her enjoy the heat outside. My Rosemary I have only ever started from seeds, but you can also take about a 4- 8-inch clipping from another plant and place it in a potted planter. Make sure to remove the lower leaves between 1-2 inches.
Once removed, insert it into the dirt so the first leaf is just sitting above the soil and let her do her thing. Rosemary likes well-drained soil, so keep that in mind when choosing your dirt and/if you add stones to the bottom to help with drainage, newspaper will do the trick too.
Starting from seed will take a bit longer to see results and plant more seeds than you think since germination of Rosemary seeds is not consistent, so most likely, some will not produce anything. Cover with plastic wrap and put in a sunny place to help create some excellent heat for the seed. Once you see little babies arriving, remember to keep it in a nice sunny spot.
If you live in a warmer climate and can grow outside year-round, planting next to Sage is said to help enhance the Sage flavor. Another great herb to plant with Rosemary is Thyme. Rosemary is also good to plant with vegetables since the aroma of Rosemary repels certain pests that may hinder some vegetable plants’ growth.
Now, in climates where Rosemary can grow year-round, it will produce bright blue blooms. Sadly, I haven’t seen this happen before, but I hope maybe one year, my indoor one will decide to surprise me, though! So, if you get to see this up and close, send me a picture; I would love to see it 😊
Now, here in the Midwest
I can’t benefit from a year-round outside garden, so I have started to experiment with potting my favorites that I just can’t wait 6 + months to have back in my life. I have found that Rosemary does very well potted. This one here is about two years old, and it came from the dollar bin at Target!
Angelic ( I do name my plants when one comes to me) has been re-potted only once, and that was only this spring. I noticed that some of her leaves were starting to turn a bit yellow, so after a bit of research and listening to her (yes, I talk to my plants), I knew she was ready for a larger pot. Within a few weeks, she returned to her normal rich green color. YAY!
Gardening is what I call my happy place. Something about playing in the dirt soothes my soul. If you’re looking to create your own little herb garden, Rosemary should be top on the list. Even novice gardeners will find ease in caring for Rosemary. What are some of your go-to must-have plants? Let me know in the comments below, and stay tuned for more herbal goodness 🤗Don’t forget your free download cheat – sheet on lovely Rosemary.
Wishing you love, light and inner peace babes ✌🌈✨💜
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