The history of rosemary dates to the fifth millennium B.C. Legend says rosemary grows where you can hear the sea thus the name rosamrinus in Latin or sea dew. Rosemary has been used in religious ceremonies, weddings, and funerals. It was burned in Europe to ward off evil spirits and epidemics. It was thought to enhance the memory. It was further thought that the Virgin Mary hid in it fleeing from Egypt. It takes approximately 100 lbs. of flowering rosemary to make 8 oz. of oil. It is known to stimulate hair grow, reduce puffiness, swelling and is wonderful to reduce acne, dermatitis and eczema. We have rosemary essential oil in our foaming geranium clary sage body wash and foaming facial cleansers.
Sir Thomas More wrote:
“As for Rosmarine, I lett it runne all over my garden walls, not onlie because my bees love it, but because it is the herb sacred to remembrance, and, therefore, to friendship; whence a sprig of it hath a dumb language that maketh it the chosen emblem of our funeral wakes and in our buriall grounds.”