This Mediterranean herb was well known to many ancient physicians such as the Roman herbalist Dioscorides. They attributed Rosemary with the gift of giving powerful recollection and scholars would often wear a wreath of Rosemary to help them remember. Today this common herb is used more for culinary purposes but still holds the traditional virtues which made it famous. Indigo Herbs offers 3 different Rosemary products; Rosemary Leaf Tea, Rosemary Tincture and Rosemary Pure Essential Oil that can be utilised to revitalise a weary mind and body or, like Napoleon Bonaparte, just for the pleasure of the smell and taste.
Being a herb common to the Mediterranean it is no wonder that the ancient Greeks and Romans found many uses for Rosemary. As a symbol of remembrance it was often placed in the hands of the dead at a funeral so that those attending would forever recollect their loved ones. It is said that the flowers of Rosemary used to be white but the colour changed to blue when the Virgin Mary placed her cloak upon a Rosemary bush when resting on her trip to Egypt. Later, during the medieval period, Rosemary was thought to help in curing the plague and was often placed in rooms of the sick to aid their recovery. Given its holy association with the Virgin Mary Rosemary was also used to keep evil spirits away from the home. The word Rosemary comes from two Latin words, ‘ros’ and ‘marinus’, and combined they mean ‘dew of the sea’.
Being a very aromatic herb Rosemary is used in many types of cooking. This is because the needle like leaves hold a great deal of aromatic oils which contribute to its flavour. This woody evergreen perennial rarely grows more than 2 meters in height and is very hardy. When there is drought the Rosemary plant is almost guaranteed to be able to withstand it. Flowers are generally blue to purple but can be pink or white. This herb can also be found in Northern Asia as it loves cool climates.