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(Rosemarinus officinalis)
Common names: Compass Weed, Dew of the Sea, Guardrobe, Libanotis, Old Man, Polar Plant, Sea Dew.

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Parts Used: Leaves. Methods Used: Water extraction, Oil extraction.

Spiritual Uses: Used for blessing and anointing.

Believed to bring love and peace.

Provides protection and purification.

Once used as a memory aid, it gained a reputation for remembering and became the emblem of fidelity and remembrance. Brides wore it to indicate that they would always remember their roots and their relatives. The dead were buried with it to signify that they would not be forgotten by the living.

It was once believed that if the feet of a thief were washed with extract of Rosemary, the will to steal would be lost.

Physical Uses: Once used as a strewing herb in jails and courtrooms to prevent the spread of Typhus and burned in the chambers of the sick to purify the air.

Rosemary tea has been used as an antiseptic mouthwash and is considered to be effective in treating bad breath.

It has a reputation as a hair rinse, a treatment for scalp problems and may help to reduce hair loss.

Believed to increase circulation and relieve the pain of rheumatism and aching joints.

An antispasmodic, it is used to treat coughs and headaches. It is also used to aid in the digestion of fats and to relieve the system of gases.

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