Rosemary Leaf

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Botanical Name: Rosmarinus officinalis
Origin: Turkey
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A zesty and bold herb with an uplifting, camphor-like aroma, rosemary is famous for its culinary prowess and has a long history of traditional uses spanning millennia. The name rosemary has its roots in the Latin phrase, ros marinus, meaning “dew of the sea” and the herb can be traced back to ancient Sumerian stone tables in the time of Mesopotamia. Rosemary resurfaced as an important herb in the times of ancient Greece and Rome. The Greek physician, Dioscorides, covers the herb in his pivotal herbal encyclopedia, De Materia Medica.

Our organic rosemary leaf is cut making it the perfect size for spice jars, shaker jars, and culinary use. Rosemary is often employed as a spice in cooking and is especially delicious with protein dishes, roasted vegetables, gravy, and stuffing. The herb is a staple of Mediterranean cuisine and is even incorporated into baked breads and crackers.

Rosemary leaves have a history of use in traditional Western herbalism for their beneficial properties, including supporting overall cognitive health.* Additionally, rosemary has been used as a support for the daily functioning of the digestive system, as incense in religious ceremonies, and has even been a component in liqueurs and cordials, such as Benedictine and Danziger Goldwasser. The herb can be steeped as an herbaceous rosemary tea, macerated as rosemary extract, or incorporated into homemade bath and body projects. It is especially wonderful in hair care creations.

Relating to its traditional uses in herbalism, rosemary is considered an herb of remembrance in many cultures. It has historically been involved in funeral rites as well as marriage ceremonies and is a symbol for fertility, relationships, and loyalty. In ancient Greece, wreaths of rosemary were worn during scholastic exams and were thought to aid in memory recall. Legend has it that rosemary was one of the herbs included in the herbal blend used by thieves in the Middle Ages during the time of the plague without getting sick. 

Rosmarinus officinalis is a perennial herb native to the Mediterranean. Woody in nature, rosemary has distinctive evergreen, needle-like leaves with flowers ranging from white to blue. Typically, rosemary flowers in spring and early summer but it is not unusual for the plant to sporadically flower throughout the year. A member of the mint (Lamiceace) family, rosemary is fragrant in nature making it an excellent addition to many culinary dishes.

Precautions
No known precautions. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.