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  • Writer's pictureOlivine Moss

Rosmary

Updated: Oct 30, 2023






Friendship

Love

Remembrance

Fidelity


 

Lore and Legends


Rosemary is a fragrant herb that has a long history of symbolic and medicinal uses. In this blog post, we will explore how rosemary was valued by the ancient Greeks and Romans, and how it became associated with weddings and romance.


Rosemary derives its name from the Latin ros marinus, meaning "dew of the sea". It is native to the Mediterranean region, where it grows abundantly in dry and sunny climates. Rosemary was revered by the Greeks as a sacred plant, dedicated to Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. They believed that rosemary could enhance memory and intellect, and they wore rosemary wreaths or garlands on their heads when they studied or took exams. They also used rosemary as an ingredient in perfumes, cosmetics, and medicines.


The Romans adopted many of the Greek customs and beliefs about rosemary, and they also used it for religious purposes. Roman priests burned rosemary incense to purify the air and ward off evil spirits. They also sprinkled rosemary water on altars and statues of gods and goddesses. Rosemary was considered a symbol of loyalty, friendship, and remembrance, and it was often planted on graves or given as a gift to the departed.


Rosemary also became a part of wedding ceremonies and rituals in ancient Rome. Brides wore rosemary garlands or crowns on their heads to signify their love, fidelity, and devotion to their husbands. They also carried rosemary bouquets or sprigs in their hands or tucked them into their clothes. Rosemary was believed to bring good luck, happiness, and prosperity to the newlyweds. It was also thought to protect them from harm and evil influences.


Today, rosemary is still used for culinary, cosmetic, and medicinal purposes, as well as for decoration and fragrance. It is also a popular choice for wedding flowers and favors, especially in countries with Mediterranean heritage. Rosemary can symbolize love, friendship, remembrance, fidelity, or any other meaning that you want to convey to your partner or guests. Whether you choose to wear it, carry it, or burn it, rosemary can add a touch of elegance, aroma, and tradition to your special day.



Medicinal Uses


Rosemary contains acids that show powerful antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. Disinfectant used during the plague and a token of remembrance. Used to improve memory. Rosemary oils are used to relieve pain and sore muscles.



Poetry


“As for Rosmarine , 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 therefore to friendship ; whence a sprig of it hath a dumb language that maketh it the chosen emblem of our funeral wakes and in our burial grounds . ” Sir Thomas More


“ Rosemarie is for remembrance Between us daie and night, Wishing that I may always have You present in my sight.”


“ If there be Any so kind as to accompany My body to the earth, let them not want For entertainment. Prythee see they have A sprig of rosemary, dipped in common water To smell at as they walk along the streets.”


 



In-Depth Reading and Resources


History Of Rosemary – Learn About Rosemary Herbal Uses. (2022, March 22). Gardening Know How. https://blog.gardeningknowhow.com/tbt/history-of-rosemary-plants/



Rosemary in Legend, Lore and Self Care. (n.d.). Free Lion Body Care. https://www.freelion.ca/wild-beauty-blog/rosemary-in-legend-lore-and-self-care


Rosemary History. (2014, June 25). Our Herb Garden. http://www.ourherbgarden.com/herb-history/rosemary.html


Rosalind Northcote (1903), The Book of Herbs, retrieved from https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=pLhBAAAAYAAJ


Rosemary. (2019, February 14). Learn Religions. https://www.learnreligions.com/rosemary-2562035




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