Rosemary Magical Properties: Spiritual, Healing & Household

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Rosemary Magical Properties

Breathing in the scent of rosemary may instantly invigorate you, giving you a clarifying, uplifting feeling.

The healing properties of rosemary have made it one of the favorite magical herbs among magicians and physicians alike for centuries. 

This guide will tell you how Salvia Rosmarinus can aid you in your rituals and empower you in your spiritual journey. We will also explore household uses for rosemary and learn how you can cultivate it in your own garden.  

Rosemary Magical Properties

The history and lore of rosemary weave together thousands of years of ritual, belief, magic, and science. 

The spiritual traditions and lore surrounding rosemary focus largely on its powers to cleanse, protect, focus the mind, and attract and sustain love.

○ Rosemary for Focus: Clarify Your Mind and Energy

Ancient physicians such as Hippocrates and Dioscorides believed that rosemary had healing powers. 

Today, we have scientific evidence to support the wisdom of the ancients. Researchers have discovered that rosemary may help to enhance cognitive performance. It may also help to alleviate anxiety related to tests of cognitive performance.

When you breathe in the scent of rosemary, you may feel more alert, awake and refreshed than you did moments before, thanks to how the oil acts on the nervous system.

Here are a couple of ways, the spiritual properties of rosemary can help you work your magick:

  • Use rosemary smudge sticks, smoke wands, or incense during rituals. By raising your energy levels and clearing the mental fog, your intent will be laser focus.
  • Burn a rosemary candle as you study magickal theory. The more effectively you are able to concentrate, the more information you will absorb and process. Perhaps you are closer than you think to your next epiphany or breakthrough. 

○ Purify and Protect: Rosemary for Cleansing 

Rosemary for Cleansing 

Rosemary has powerful properties for cleansing and is among the most popular herbs for purifying and preparing tools for ritual use.

This practice goes back to the traditional medicinal use of rosemary as an air purifier. Physicians believed that burning it could help dispel sickness from a room.

Rosemary is said to possess this property metaphysically as well. The smoke from the herb can remove toxic spiritual influences from your surroundings. 

Start by using a smoke wand to cleanse your ritual space. Then, pass your ritual tools through the smoke to cleanse each of them in turn.

Many people believe that rosemary’s energy is not only purifying but also strongly protective. So, once you cleanse your space and tools, they should stay safe from negative influences for some time. 

○ Rosemary is the Herb of Venus, Goddess of Love

Besides rosemary’s cleansing and healing properties, rosemary is among the most romantic herbs.

The name “rosemary” translates from Latin as “Dew of the Sea.” Venus, the goddess of love, was famously portrayed by Sandro Botticelli arriving from the sea in the painting “The Birth of Venus.”

When you use rosemary, you are summoning the energy of love and desire. If you pray to Venus/Aphrodite, rosemary can help strengthen your connection.

○ A Tradition of Medieval Romance and Commitment

Centuries after the Roman and Greek gods had fallen out of favor, the link between rosemary and love remained strong. Grooms at weddings wore sprigs of rosemary during the Middle Ages, and brides wore rosemary headpieces.

University of Vermont professor Dr. Leonard Perry explains that a number of rituals came to involve the use of rosemary for love. Crafting cloth dolls with rosemary as a ritual to attract a partner is one example.

Another is the tradition of a couple planting rosemary after their wedding to invite a loving future. 

There was also a children’s game that involved tapping others with sprigs. It was believed that if there was an open blossom on the sprig, the person receiving the tap would fall in love. You can modify these rituals and traditions for use in your own magical practice. 

○ Sample Rosemary Love Spell: Rosemary Honey Jar

Rosemary honey Jar

A popular ritual for attracting love is a honey jar spell. For extra potency, you can add rosemary to the jar.

  1. Write your name and that of the person you desire on a piece of paper. Focus on your intent for the relationship.
  2. Open a jar of honey.
  3. Sprinkle in some rosemary.
  4. Place the paper inside.
  5. When you pull out your fingers, you should have some honey on them. Eat the honey.
  6. Close the jar. 
  7. Close the jar. 
  8. Put a rosemary candle on top of the jar and light it. Burn the entire candle. 

You can light a new candle every time you want to renew the spell, sending your intentions to attract love out into the world.  

○ Attune Your Intuition with Rosemary for Your Third Eye

Rosemary blooms have a very distinctive periwinkle hue. The colour is essentially pale indigo. Not surprisingly, this means that rosemary is associated strongly with the third eye chakra that is located between your brows.

This chakra facilitates psychic experiences, lucid dreams, and intuition. If you are looking to deepen your connection to the spiritual world, rosemary is an excellent herbal aid.

Some bedtime rosemary routines to try for lucid dreaming include:

  • Take a warm bath before bed infused with rosemary. Add some Epsom salts for extra relaxation.
  • Dab some diluted rosemary essential oil before you go to sleep.
  • Place a sachet under your pillow that contains rosemary herbs.

○ Other Ways to Use Rosemary in Magic

We have talked about using rosemary smoke wands, incense, candles, smudge sticks, essential oils, sachets, and baths. Here are a few more simple ways you can access rosemary magical properties:

  • Sprinkle rosemary in water and bring it to a boil.
  • Drink rosemary tea.
  • Add rosemary to a hair mask as part of a beauty spell (perhaps in conjunction with a love spell).
  • Kitchen witches can prepare delicious and magickal dishes with rosemary.

How to Use Rosemary Around the Home

Along with its ritual uses, rosemary can be quite the versatile helper around the household. You will find it can be especially useful in the kitchen and bathroom. 

○ Beauty and Hygiene

Rosemary for Beauty and Hygiene

Rosemary can play a couple of important roles in your daily beauty routine, one of which is to help refresh your skin and shrink your pores. Your skin will love the free radical-fighting antioxidants this herb contains.

You can easily make it into a facial toner by adding a few drops of rosemary essential oil or even a couple of fresh sprigs to several tablespoons of diluted apple cider vinegar. Voila! You have a toner you can dab on each day. Check out the detailed recipe and instructions.

If you are tired of rubbing commercial chemicals under your arms, you can use rosemary in a DIY recipe for all-natural deodorant. This recipe just requires coconut oil, rosemary essential oil and a container. Find the directions here.

○ Natural Hair Care

You can make a hair rinse using rosemary in much the same way you can a facial toner. Rosemary is one of the most powerful herbs for hair since it can fight itching and dryness, combat dandruff, and even promote hair growth. 

The same basic recipe you use to make facial toner works for hair too. You just need a mixture of ACV and rosemary diluted in water. In the shower, pour it over your hair after you are done with your shampooing, conditioning, etc.

You do not need to rinse it out. Just let it dry (don’t worry—the vinegar smell will go away once your hair is dry). Your hair should feel luxuriously soft and smooth afterwards.

○ Your New Best Friend in the Kitchen

Rosemary uses in kitchen

Last but certainly not least, do not miss out on the numerous culinary uses for rosemary. This herb can impart a piney, peppery flavour to your cuisine.

Rosemary goes particularly well with chicken, fish, eggs, pork, tomato-based dishes, squash, eggplant, beans, and peas. Some other spices that accompany rosemary nicely include lavender, parsley, oregano, mint and thyme.

You can also incorporate rosemary into cakes and pies or even use it to add some pizzazz to your cocktails.

Frequently Asked Questions about Rosemary

You may still have some additional questions about how you can use rosemary, especially if you will be growing it yourself. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about this healing herb.

How can you enhance the power of rosemary?

You might try mixing lavender in with rosemary. Like rosemary, lavender also has a strong link to the third eye chakra. 

Not only that, but lavender has a soothing, calming fragrance. Think of it as the yin to rosemary’s yang, helping to balance out rosemary’s invigorating energy.

How do you grow rosemary?

Rosemary is an easy, low-maintenance plant to grow. You can keep it in a container indoors or outdoors, or plant it in your garden beds.

Rosemary thrives best in sandy soil with excellent drainage. Put it somewhere it will get a minimum of six hours of sun each day. It is a drought-tolerant plant, so you do not need to water it often, especially if it is outdoors.

How do you harvest rosemary?

The right time of year to harvest your rosemary is just prior to blooming. Do it in the morning when it is not too hot yet, but make sure that the dew has had a chance to evaporate first. Snip off the rosemary sprigs using garden shears.

How do you store fresh rosemary?

If you want rosemary to stay fresh, you need to put it in your refrigerator. To ensure that the sprigs do not dry out, dampen a paper towel, and then use it to wrap them up. Get a plastic container with a lid you can seal or a Ziploc bag and put them inside. 
Your rosemary should stay relatively fresh for 7 to 14 days with this method.

How do you dry rosemary?

There are a few different methods you can use to dry sprigs of rosemary. Regardless of which one you choose, you should begin by washing the sprigs. Then, dry them off.

The simplest method for drying rosemary sprigs is to hang them. Of course, this is also the slowest method. It will only take you a few minutes to hang up the sprigs, but you will need to wait for them to dry over time.

An alternate method is to use a dehydrator. But if you do not have one, a third option is to bake them in your oven.

Should you use fresh or dried rosemary?

Neither fresh nor dried rosemary is superior to the other in general. But if you need to cook a dish for a long time, consider dried rosemary. Its concentrated flavour can better withstand the process than fresh rosemary. For a cold dish, on the other hand, you might prefer the flavour and texture of the fresh herb.

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Manasa is a passionate person who loves to share insights on life and everything it has to offer. She also love to explore the human mind, as well as offer advice for those seeking help in their journey of self-discovery.
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