Herb of the Month: ROSEMARY
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Our Herb of the Month for June is the wonderful Rosemary. Here are some of the benefits associated with it.
- Energising for the mind and body
- Uplifting and clarifying
- Enhances memory and focus (great for studying)
- Soothes fatigued, overworked bodies (when added to massage oil or to the bath)
- Relieves sinus and lung congestion
- Improves circulation
- Increases self-confidence and self-worth
- Encourages fuller and brighter hair condition (add few drops to your shampoo or conditioner)
- Enhances creativity
- Soothing for women during their menstruation
- Boosts healthy digestion
How to enjoy the benefits of Rosemay:
- Spanish Rosemary can be applied topically (always diluted), as a compress, in the bath, through direct inhalation, or diffuser
- Through a diffuser: since rosemary is gently purifying it will freshen up and clean the air (especially with mint, eucalyptus, basil and clove). To uplift mix it with orange or lemon.
- Do not apply rosemary neat (undiluted) on skin. Use with caution in cases of high blood pressure and avoid use during pregnancy. Do not take rosemary essential oil internally.
Rosemary has long been used in ceremonies of rites of passage as well as to symbolize love, remembrance, trust and friendship. The Greeks and the Romans made rosemary garlands and headdresses for weddings and celebrations, and burned rosemary incense at funerals.
Rosemary is thought to bring good luck and to impart protection, and was one of the original ingredients in “Four Thieves" or "Marseille" vinegar, used by bandits to protect themselves in medieval times from the plague. Until recently, many French hospitals used rosemary to disinfect the air.