Botanist's Glossary

Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis

  • Description
    • Rosemary (Lamiaceae family) is a small, bushy, evergreen shrub with a camphorous scent. It has tough, narrow leaves and bluish flowers that are present throughout most of the year, except summer. Since the Early Middle Ages, rosemary has been grown in gardens both for its therapeutic properties and as a herb. It is often found in the scrubland of the Mediterranean basin, and is one of the herbs included in the "Herbes de Provence" blend of dried herbs.
  • Traditions
    • Rosemary was one of the key ingredients in the "Queen of Hungary's Water". According to legend, the recipe for this elixir of youth was given by an angel to Queen Isabella of Hungary (14th century). A rosemary infusion in baths has an overall invigorating effect. Rosemary makes an excellent digestive aid, helps clear the respiratory tract, has antispasmodic properties and calms the nerves.
  • Properties
    • Rosemary is rich in an essential oil with antiseptic, antioxidant, purifying, relaxing and muscle-relaxing properties. It is also a deodorant. For fragile, oil-prone skin, rosemary helps to regulate sebum production.

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