Rosemary - The Herb of Remembrance


“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance;

pray, love, remember. And there is

pansies, that’s for thoughts.”

- William Shakespeare, Hamlet


Everyone should have a rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) plant for culinary, medicinal and aromatherapeutic purposes. Native to the Mediterranean and cultivated worldwide, this shrubby evergreen, with pale-blue flowers, known as the “herRosemary Sprigb of remembrance,” has a strong, sharp, camphorous, herbaceous aroma with a warming energy. Rosemary essential oil is distilled from the fresh flowering tops – I prefer the chemotype verbenon to camphor and cineol for its gentleness on the skin, more citrusy aroma and slightly relaxing effects. From the resinous leaves, I make an infused oil that I use in cooking and medicine-making.

This divine herb has a multitude of properties – it’s a potent skin-cell regenerative, mucolytic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, cir

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