Natural Healing Spotlight: Rosemary

Essential oils are something that are fairly new to me, having only begun using them in this past year. I am in love with them! As I read about them and use them on my family, I am just amazed by how powerful and healing they are. I'm finally digging into a book my husband got me last Mother's Day - The Aromatherapy Encyclopedia: A Concise Guide to Over 385 Plant Oils. At the time, it didn't seem specific enough, but now that I've learned more about using essential oils, I am finding it easier to read. As I was thumbing through it today, there were so many things I wanted to share because they are just so amazing. So, I decided that each week, I'd highlight a different essential or plant oil. Some weeks, it may be an essential oil, other weeks it may be a natural remedy that I've found works for my family. Other times, it may not even be something I've used but rather something I'm interested in learning more about. 

This week, I thought I'd start off with Rosemary. I was struck as I read about all of the many uses of Rosemary, and was especially struck by the history of its use. As I learned about Rosemary, I couldn't help but think:

WHY in the WORLD do we not (as a whole) rely on these powerful, God-given plant essences more?

They are so incredibly powerful and in most cases, extremely safe without the harmful side effects of some pharmaceutical drugs.

 
 

History and Information

Rosemary has been a symbol of love, loyalty, and eternity. It has also known as a symbol of remembrance. Brides wore rosemary bouquets to show they'd remember their families. Mourners would throw fresh rosemary into graves during funerals to show that the dead would not be forgotten.

In Ancient Greece, students wore sprigs of rosemary in their hair and around their head to strengthen their memory while they studied. Dioscorides, the Greek physician, recommended rosemary tea as a remedy for jaundice. Rosemary was one of the first oils to be distilled, in 1330. In the Middle Ages, rosemary was burned to fumigate sickrooms to protect against rampant diseases. During the plague of 1665, the herb was carried in the handles of walking sticks so the vapor could be inhaled when traveling through sick areas. From the 1800s until 1950, rosemary was listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia. During WWII, a mixture of rosemary leaves and juniper berries was burned in French hospitals to kill germs. Europeans combine rosemary with white wine as a remedy for poor circulation. Rosemary is used by British physicians to lower cholesterol and strengthen cardiovascular weakness.

Practical Uses

Warming; improves circulation
Improves digestion
Purifying; removes cellulite and lymphatic deposits out of the body
Vapors open the sinus and breathing passages; deepens the breathing
Mood uplifting to people who tend to have a slow metabolism; stimulates the nerves, metabolism, and all other body functions; refreshing, improves mental clarity, alertness, and the memory
Relieves aches and pains - reduces inflammation
Disinfectant
Repels insects
Boosts the immune system
Can help certain diarrheas

Cautions

Use small amounts
Should be avoided by those prone to epileptic seizures