Rosemary

Rosemary

(Rosmarinus officinalis)


Also known as Compass weed, Compass plant, Dew of the sea, Sea dew, Elf leaf, Guardrobe, Rose of Mary

 

Description

A hardy evergreen perennial with a height and spread about 90 cms. It has short needle shaped aromatic leaves and produces small blue flowers.

 

 

Properties and Uses

Because of its aromatic flavour it is widely used in cooking meats especially lamb. It has been known as the 'herb of memory', said to help improve concentration and memory. It is also supposed to stimulate the circulation, making it beneficial for low blood pressure. It can have a stimulating effect and help overcome anxiety and mild depression. Burning sprigs of rosemary freshens a room and may stimulate the mind.

 

History

It is reputed that in her flight to Egypt, the Virgin Mary threw her cloak over a white Rosemary bush which turned the flowers blue for ever. hence the name 'Rose of Mary'. In ancient greece students wore garlands of the herb around their necks to improev their memories when taking exams. sprigs of rosemary are worn on Anzac Day (25th April) in remembrance of Australian and New Zealand servicemen who died at Gallipoli during World War 1. Australian soldiers spoke of rosemary growing well on the battlefields of Gallipoli and how the smell of its crushed leaves evoked memories of lost friends

 


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