Rosmarinus officinalis

General Information

Botanical Name: Rosmarinus officinalis  

Plant Family: Labiatae

Medicinal Parts Used: Herb, root, oil (obtained from flowering tops)

Common Names: Compass Plant, Compass Weed, Polar Plant, Romero, Rosmarinus coronarium

History: The name Rosemary comes from the Latin Ros marinus which means 'sea-dew' or 'fond of the sea'

  • It was customary to burn Rosemary with Juniper Berries to purify sick rooms in French hospitals
  • It was mentioned in the old Anglo-Saxon Herbals of the 11th Century
  • The Spaniards revere it as one of the bushes that gave shelter to the Virgin Mary in the flight into Egypt and call it Romero, 'the Pilgrim's Flower'.
  • The ancients used the herb for strengthening the memory

Tradition: Rosemary

  • if drunk is said to do away with all body evil
  • is considered a safeguard from witches and evil influences in both Spain and Italy
  • is the Herb of Remembrance and Friendship
  • leaves were placed under your pillow dispel evil spirits and bad dreams
  • was the emblem of fidelity for lovers
  • was grown to attract elves
  • was hung on porches and doors keeps thieves out
  • was used at both weddings and funerals
  • was used as incense in magical spells
  • was used as incense in religious ceremonies
  • was used for protection and banishment 

Rosemary is used

Rosemary is used as a decorative plant in gardens where it may have pest control effects. The leaves are used to flavor various foods, such as Stuffings and roast meats.

general debility after long-term nervous or physical illness

improves the memory


mental fatigue

nervous anxiety and tension

nervous depression (tea taken warm)

nervous disorders

restorative effect on the nervous system

soothes the nerves

stimulates the brain and nervous system

tension headaches


improves circulation

raises blood pressure

stimulates the circulatory system

weak heart subject to palpitation (in small doses)

bad breath (mouthwash)

upset stomachs

promotes proper digestion

toning and calming effect on the digestion


regulates the menstrual cycle

promotes liver function

promotes the production of bile

stimulates the sexual organs