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The Empress' Essence

october 2010
«There's rosemary, that's for remembrance, pray, love, remember.»
Ophelia in Hamlet - Shakespeare
Myth and Legend

Rosemary comes from the Latin name rosmarinus which translates into Dew (ros) of the Sea (marinus). Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and beauty, born from Uranus and Dione, was draped in rosemary when she rose from the sea. Aphrodite's Roman equivalent is the goddess Venus and therefore shares the same attributes that were described in the last Newsletter.

It is not surprising to find in the legends attached to the history of rosemary, a link to a Queen of the past. It is said that Elizabeth of Hungary would have been given by a monk or an official court alchemist a recipe to heal her gout and help her to recover her youthful energy. This potion became known as the Hungary Water. The encyclopedia Wikipedia underlines a different aspect of the history of rosemary. It focusses on the fact that the Hungary Water became the first alcohol-based perfume. Regardless of the variations within its legends, the Hungary Water was the most popular fragrance until l'Eau de Cologne appeared in the 18th century.


The most common associations attached to rosemary are: friendship, weddings and funerals. The most enduring symbolic meaning is: remembrance. Shakespeare's quote from Hamlet illustrates the belief that rosemary aids the power of memory. This belief goes back to the Pharaohs. They were buried with rosemary to aid in the recollection of previous earthly incarnations. The Greek scholars used it so that their works would be remembered. And today, the Remembrance days (Anzac Day in Australia and New Zealand, the 11th of November in France and armistice days) a small frond of rosemary is worn in a coat buttonhole or on a bracelet.

Rosemary Healing Properties
September 2010 Antioxidant

Rosemary herb is rich in antioxidants that protect cellular environment against the damage caused by free radicals.

Prevents Cataract

Consumption of rosemary tea prevents the formation of cataract in the eyes because it's riche in vitamin A essential for good vision.

Delays Aging process

Rosemary extract is known to protect skin cells because it safeguards a particular protein essential to skin tissues.

Increases Energy

Rosemary herb helps to eliminate liver toxins and consequently increases energy level in the body. It is also known to flush negativity.

Memory Enhancement

Rosemary herb and oil contains substances that prevent the breakdown of neurotransmitters in the brain. Carnosic Acid found in rosemary helps to lower the risk of developing Alzeimer's Disease.

Stimulate Blood Circulation

Being rich in iron, rosemary helps increase the oxygen carrying capacity of blood.

Digestive Benefits

Rosemary aids with constipation, stomach cramps and bloating. It also stimulates appetite.

Improves Hair Shine

The application of rosemary oil on hair invigorates the hair follicles and increases blood circulation to the scalp.

Prevents Water

Rosemary herb works as a diuretic and improves kidney function.

Helps With

Consuming rosemary tea on a daily basis helps to regulate menstruations.

"As for rosemary, I let it run all over my garden walls, not only because my bees love it but because it is the herb sacred to remembrance and to friendship, whence a sprig of it hath a dumb language."
- Sir Thomas More (1478-1535) British writer, statesman and philosopher