Oh, Rosemary is a favourite of mime! Rosemary helps you to remember. It is warm, dry, aromatic, spicy, diffusive, astringent and bitter. It pacifies Vata and kapha and aggravates pitta (being hot).
Action: Aromatic, circulatory stimulant, stimulant/relaxant nervine, stimulating diaphoretic
Thankfully, Rosemary is a common ornamental and culinary garden plant in my garden and can be gathered all year round. Rosemary has been a favourite ally of mine for quite some time, both for its beautiful and giving nature and because it’s just so damn useful. It’s a common ingredient in digestive formulas, especially for those with a sluggish, overtired liver and a cold gut typified by lack of appetite, gas, constipation and bloating. Other specific indications also include foggy thinking, general feeling of coldness, tiredness and intermittent depression with or without thyroid involvement usually with nervousness or anxiety underneath. There are also sometimes signs of heart weakness accompanying the poor circulation.
The taste is lovely and really harmonizes with the other herbs very nicely. Some amount of Lavender can also be added if there are significant signs of anxiety or insomnia, especially when accompanied by headache or confusion.
Rosemary is a very efficient and effective circulatory stimulant, and thus useful in a great many heart and circulatory formulas. Also great for headaches of a vascular nature.
As a nervine, it has both relaxing and stimulating qualities, making it ideal for cold-bodied people with a tendency to both depression and nervousness. It promotes clarity of thinking, calm awareness, a sense of groundedness and can be very useful for flighty people constantly floating out or sinking down out of their bodies. Cold, sad people with digestive weakness and have a hard time being in the present and tend to drift into dreamy or spacey thinking will often benefit a great deal from the ongoing use of this herb.
It is antimicrobial and helpful for any wound or infection that could use a boost in circulation and warmth.
Partially due to its intense volatile oil content, Rosemary works very well as an warm infused foot bath. Great at the end of the day for sore, tired feet and it is quickly absorbed through the feet into the bloodstream allowing the body to take advantage of its many healing qualities.
Headaches, coldness, exhaustion and sadness (among other things) can all be addressed quite well through this simple method. To make a foot bath, just throw a handful or two of dried leaves into a big pot (big enough for both your feet to comfortably fit in) half filled with water (depending on depth) and heat to just below simmering, turn heat off and let steep for ten minutes. You can then either let the water cool down to an enjoyable temperature or add some cold water before soaking your feet for as long as you like. You can also make a quart of strong infusion of the herb and pour the strained liquid into your regular bath.
Ingredients: Fresh, young Rosemary, 30% Alcohol, Distilled Water.
Dosage: s. Taken by itself 1-2 drops at a time and move up from there.