Not just for Remembrance
Just a little more internet trivia for you to digest!
Rosemary is an evergreen shrub and a member of the mint family. It has nothing to do with Mary or Roses, instead deriving its name from the Latin Rosmarinus which means "dew of the sea," referring to its light blue flowers and affinity for wet environments. Rosemary has been traditionally used in Mediterranean cooking for both flavor and food preservation. In addition, rosemary has antioxidant effects, so may reduce inflammation.
Rosemary has a rich history of non-food use. Shakespeare's Ophelia refers to rosemary saying, "That's for remembrance." She might have been on to something. While evidence is conflicting, there are some indications that rosemary improves brain function and reduced anxiety when used as part of aromatherapy. Greek tradition says placing a rosemary twig under a pillow can prevent nightmares. There is less research on that. But, preliminary research does suggest that its topical use can prevent baldness (a technique some Native Americans have used for centuries). ~Christie Taylor~
It has been my experience to smell the essence of this herb before it is seen with the my eyes. A twig broken, the air is filled with the pungent aroma of this ancient herb. A real attention getter to say the least.
This photo was taken late last summer, I have added several layers trying to achieve a more etherial effect. Hope you enjoy it!