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Rosemary is a popular member of the mint family, native to the Mediterranean regions near modern Greece. Poets and physicians from antiquity through the present day have lauded Rosemary. The name derives from the Latin for “Dew” (ros) and “Sea” (marinus). It can indeed survive with just the sea mist and ambient humidity in its native range. It has been long associated with memory, youth, fertility, romance. In Christian Mythology, The Virgin Mary is said to have spread her blue cloak over a white-blossomed rosemary bush when she was resting, and the flowers turned blue. The shrub then became known as the 'Rose of Mary'. The culinary uses are many and it was also used as a preservative for meat prior to refrigeration along with Oregano and Thyme.
Our Herbal Reference Guide lets you enhance your relationship with herbs by giving you a comprehensive profile of each plant.