Rosemary contains volatile oils which are antiseptic, with antibacterial and antifungal properties and which enhance the function of the immune system.
By increasing circulation to the skin rosemary causes sweating and makes a good remedy to bring down fevers. Its warming and stimulating properties help to clear phlegm from the head and chest, useful for relieving colds, flu, catarrh, coughs, wheezing, bronchitis and whooping cough. Its additional relaxant effects help relieve spasm in the bronchial tubes as in asthma.
Rosemary is a wonderful tonic, particularly to the heart, brain and nervous system. By increasing the flow of blood to the head, it stimulates the brain and heightens concentration. It has been used for anxiety, tension, exhaustion, lethargy, depression, insomnia and as a tonic during convalescence and for the elderly. Rosemary makes an excellent remedy for preventing and treating migraines and headaches. It improves vitality and stimulates digestion, relieves flatulence and distension, enhances the flow of digestive juices. It helps move food and wastes efficiently through the system, removes stagnant food, improves sluggish digestion and helps absorption of nutrients.Its bitters stimulate liver and gallbladder function, increasing the flow of bile and aiding digestion of fats. Rosemary is famous as a rejuvenating tonic and is said to slow the ageing process. It is a powerful antioxidant, preventing damage by free radicals.
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Risemary is for rememberance. So said mad Ophelia, echoing the traditional meaning for this fragrant herb.
In England, rosemary was used in a spell to induce clairvoyant dreams. On the eve of St Mary Magdalen, July 22, three young women, none of them yet twenty-one years old, might dip rosemary sprigs in a mixtutre of rum, wine, gin, vinegar, and water, then spaking no word, each drink three times, place the rosemary sprig between her breasts, and go to bed. The night would bring true dreams and clear path for the future.
Anne of Cleves, marrying King Henry VIII, wore a crown of rosemary.