Rosemary has long been regarded as the preserver of youth, just by smelling the plant. Maybe this is because it is beneficial for restoring mental alertness and is known to help strengthen fragile blood vessels, improve circulation and relieve headaches that this herbaceous slightly medicinal smelling plant came to get this title. Rosemary is also known as compass weed, dew of the sea and polar plant and has antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and stimulant properties.
During the times of the Black Plague it was burned as a healing incense. When burned it has powerful healing and purifying vibrations helping to rid of negativity, especially prior to preforming any rituals or magik. Use an infusion of rosemary and distilled water to wash hands before any healing work.
Because of its regenerating qualities and toleration by the skin, rosemary is an essential hair and skin tonic. Used in massage to soothe sore, tired, muscles from exercise and massaged into the scalp to help prevent baldness. Use as a hair rinse for brunettes on the onset of graying. Rosemary may also be used as a gargle for bad breath. Here is a recipe for citrus rosemary nail and cuticle balm. Rub a small amount of this balm into cuticles twice daily to help soften dry cuticles and brittle nails. For external use only.
Citrus ~ Rosemary Nail and Cuticle Balm
Makes 1 ounce.
- 1/4 tsp Hemp Seed Oil
- 1/4 tsp Castor Oil
- 1 tsp Shea Butter (melted)
- 1/4 tsp Rosemary Extract
- 1/4 tsp Vitamin E
- 2 tsp Beeswax (melted)
- 6 drops Grapefruit
- 6 drops Lemon
- 4 drops Rosemary
Melt oils together in small pan – let cool and add essential oils – pour into a dark colored jar with lid for storage.
Paulette Gehrke has taken several correspondence courses in herbal preparation, reflexology and acupressure through Herbal Healer Academy, Inc. and is currently enrolled and Lakeside School of Massage Therapy.