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Rosemary, the dew from the seas

Updated: Jul 24, 2020

Rosmarinus officinalis, commonly known as rosemary, is a woody and fragrant herb, with needle-like leaves and beautiful white, pink, purple, or blue flowers. This herb is original to the Mediterranean region. The etymology of the name "rosemary" comes from the Latin word for "dew" Ros and the word for "from the sea" Marinus, therefore it would be "dew from the sea". Lovely, isn't it?

The Ancients were well acquainted with the plant, which had a reputation for strengthening the memory. On this account it became the emblem of fidelity for lovers. It holds a special position among herbs from the symbolism attached to it. Not only was it used at weddings, but also at funerals, for decking churches and banqueting halls at festivals, as incense in religious ceremonies, and in magical spells.

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