Rosemary

by Regan Schwartz

a bundle of fresh rosemary sprigs is tied with twine and sitting on a wooden dish.  A pair of scirros is just to the right of them.

Rosmarinus officinalis

Energetics: warm, dry, tonifying

Actions: nervine, circulatory stimulant, cardiac tonic, digestive, hepatic, choleretic, alterative, antimicrobial, diuretic, expectorant

How do  I love rosemary, let me count the ways….no, it is too much, let me sum up. (If you read that in Inigo Montoya’s voice, hello kindred spirit!)

Rosemary is one of those plants that just speaks directly to my soul.  I can’t leave my house without brushing my fingers through the bushes that grow in my front yard - the scent remains on my hands through my commute and offers aromatherapeutic medicine as I get ready to tackle the day’s tasks.  I often have a sprig in my pocket and there is always rosemary drying in my apothecary.  Culinarily, I put rosemary in everything, including chocolate chip cookies and pecan pie.  Seriously.  Just try it.

Rosemary’s warming antimicrobial action makes it a key player in my cleansing balm and invigorating steam.  In my sweet relaxation and cooling herbal aromatherapy blends, we see rosemary at work as a diffusive circulatory stimulant and nervine.  That circulatory action also makes rosemary a crucial element in my hair serum - improving circulation in the scalp and nourishing hair growth.

Rosemary is one of a handful of especially aromatic herbs with antimicrobial action that I work with to clean my home, both as infused vinegar and as smoke bundles.  Magically, rosemary is associated with memory/remembrance, protection, and cleansing.  It is that association with memory and remembrance that sits so deeply in my soul. We are, after all, made of memories and in a quite profound way, rosemary brings us home to that reality.