Rosemary - The Reinvigorator

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I am hopelessly in love with rosemary. I could write poems and poems for her, and I am hardly the first one to do so.

"As for rosemary, I let it run all over my garden walls, not only because my bees love it but because it is the herb sacred to remembrance and to friendship, whence a sprig of it hath a dumb language."

- Sir Thomas More

Rosemary is legendary. Where do I even begin to sing her praises?

We use her in the home internally and externally to stave off the cold and flu, but her magic anti-allergic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antioxidant and antiseptic properties can help keep many different illnesses at bay. She contains Vitamin C not only to boost immunity but also to keep blood vessels, skin, organs and bones strong. Studies show she can protect against free radicals, which are compounds that damage your DNA. What a superstar.

Rosemary, that’s for remembrance: pray, love, remember.

Rosemary aids with gum and teeth pain, not to mention bad breath. She is beautiful on the skin and hair, including treating dandruff and hair loss. Her antioxidants and manganese prevent skin damage and promote healthy collagen levels, not to mention she can kill bacteria, fungi and viruses on the skin, making her a beautiful ally for acne, eczema or psoriasis. She is a natural preservative in homemade body products (we use her often). She is also used externally to treat sprains, muscle pain and arthritis.

She is a digestion ally and is used to treat dyspepsia, or discomfort from eating. She can even help manage diabetes.

She supports memory and concentration. Greek students would braid Rosemary into their hair during exam times. As an herb of remembrance, famously written about by Shakespeare, it was placed on graves. When I meditate with her, she tells me to write.

Rosemary can also protect eyesight thanks to her Vitamin A content. She also can reduce anxiety, elevate mood and provide headache relief. I love being with her in the wintertime, when the blues tend to get me down. She is a beautiful, warm companion to take you in from the cold.

Rosemary, sweet rosemary, thank you for everything that you are.

Here is one more quote to help me sing rosemary's praises:

"Miss Ainslie gathered a bit of rosemary, crushing it between her white fingers. "See," she said, "some of us are like that it takes a blow to find the sweetness in our souls."

-Myrtle Rose

Kate Douglas