Rosmarinus officinalis

Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Deities: Oya, Athena

Element: Air

Rosemary is one of the best purifiers I have found. It grows easily and is very tasty on potatoes so there is no reason why everyone shouldn’t have some rosemary growing on their porch or windowsill. Rosemary has a warrior spirit.

Medicinal Uses: The chemical compounds in Rosemary are strongly antioxidant and can prevent food spoilage. Like many other members of the mint family, rosemary is a digestive aid and can prevent flatulence. Inhaling the smoke from burning rosemary can act as a decongestant, especially since this herb is antibacterial and antifungal.

Note: Pregnant women should avoid medicinal preparations of rosemary.

Spiritual Uses: The smoke from rosemary is excellent for purifying and exorcizing the negative energies from a space. Rosemary is also strongly protective. This Mediterranean native has long been used to aid memory. Some believe that it is connected with elves and fairies. Some sources say rosemary is also associated with love and fidelity.

Rosemary is a perennial shrub that can grow to 4 feet tall with needlelike narrow leaves and small pale blue, pink or white flowers. The plant, in both fresh and dry form, are very aromatic and leave a strong scent on your on your hands. From food to toiletries, rosemary is used in everything. Rosemary can be burned without drying first and seems to work well with juniper and lavender.