Rosemary is another herb brought to Britain by the Romans over a century ago. This sweet (and sticky) herb is widely used by the Italians, as well as Americans and other European countries. It is a small evergreen shrub that can grow wildy given the right conditions. It can also be found growing in many regions of North America and fares exceptionally well as a drought tolerant plant. It has silvery, needle-like leaves and delicate flowers.
This herb is known to be associated with weddings and funerals as it symbolizes friendship and loyalty. Many brides wear it in their wreath as a symbol of fidelity. Otherw wear it to ward off infection, evil and to protect both men and women.
What to look for:
Shrub looking plant with dark needle-like leaves and small blue flowers.
How Mother Nature loves it:
Rosemary grows best in dry, warm soil with sun light. It also fares better if planted in a sheltered spot to grow. Over watering the plant will cause the root to rot.
How to use it:
Historically speaking, rosemary has been used as a cure for many illnesses ranging from gout to the plague. Early in American history, rosemary found use as an antispasmodic, appetite stimulant, and digestion aid. It was thought that tying rosemary to their legs could relieve the pain of gout.
Today, rosemary is used as an herbal remedy for digestive problems, circulatory problems, pain, neuralgia, mild spasms, wounds, eczema, muscle pain, sciatica, rheumatism and depression as well as parasites. In India & China, rosemary rids headaches.