by Amy Reiley
“there’s rosemary, that’s for rememberance”– Ophelia from Shakespeare’s Hamlet
In addition to encouraging digestion, (no, it won’t whip you into teenie bikini form but it might burn off a pre-copulation feast), Rosemary is noted for its powers to increase circulation. Bathing in a tub scented by a few drops of rosemary essential oil promises to circulation to the skin and sensitivity to touch.
Folkloric legend associated rosemary with the Virgin Mary, for whom many originally thought the herb was named. But it was actually named for Aphrodite/Venus and, in many early depictions, the goddess of love was portrayed clutching or wearing a sprig of the fragrant herb.
Placed under your pillow, rosemary is thought to promote pleasant dreams. Steeped as a tea, it can calm nerves. In ancient Rome, the herb was considered an aid to empowerment.
Rosemary has not lost its power in the present day. Added to any savory dish, its intense flavor and comforting aromas are unforgettable. And perhaps, used at the right time and for the right person, rosemary may find you love.