The herb rosemary has a long history of culinary, medicinal and metaphysical uses. Rosemary, or Rosmarinus officinalis, means "dew of the sea" in Latin. Modern witches incorporate the herb into spells or charms related to healing and love. The herb is also linked to luck, fairies, vitality, protection and memory. You can use rosemary in its leafy form or as a tea, oil or incense.
Rosemary is said to have different curative effects on the body. According to "Llewellyn's 2003 Herbal Almanac," rosemary has an uplifting quality and can energize the nervous and circulatory systems. The herb helps to relax stomach lining, stimulate digestion and relieve menstrual cramps In "Ariadne's Thread: A Workbook of Goddess Magic," author Shekhinah Mountainwater notes how you can incorporate rosemary into womb-related spells to ease blood flow as well as in teas to treat coughs and colds. Some witches add rosemary into healing poppets, or cloth dolls, that they give to a sick friend or relative.
Rosemary relates to love spells and attracting romance. According to "The Wicca Garden: A Modern Witch's Book of Magickal and Enchanted Herbs and Plants," Wiccans and witches add the herb into their love spells and enchantments. Witches use the herb in their spells to provoke lust. By wearing rosemary on your body, you can attract success in romance and love. Rosemary is also associated with good luck, and by wearing it, you can draw good fortune into your life.
"The Wicca Garden" says that rosemary has protective powers that assist its user. By placing a sprig of rosemary under your pillow, you can protect yourself from nightmares and ensure a peaceful night's sleep. If hung over a doorway or a window, rosemary can guard a home and drive away evil spirits, ghosts or thieves. The custom of tossing rosemary into graves after a burial service is meant to protect the dead and bring them peace.
People who desire to strengthen their mind and memory may do so with rosemary. According to "Earl Mindell's New Herb Bible," ancient Greek students believed that rosemary could strengthen their memory, so they wore sprigs of the herb in their hair. Mindell notes that rosemary may help preserve memory because the herb contains chemicals called acetylcholinestrase inhibitors. These inhibitors prevent the breakdown of the brain chemical acetylcholine, and acetycholine deficiency is linked to Alzheimer's disease, a degenerative brain disease that causes memory problems. To strengthen your memory, you can wear a crown of rosemary on your head.
- "Llewellyn's 2003 Herbal Almanac"; 2003
- "Ariadne's Thread: A Workbook of Goddess Magic"; Shekhinah Mountainwater; 1999
- "The Wicca Garden: A Modern Witch's Book of Magickal and Enchanted Herbs and Plants"; Gerina Dunwich; 1996
- "Earl Mindell's New Herb Bible ..."; Earl Mindell, Ph.D.; 2002
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