Rosemary – Ružmarin

rosemary_plantRosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is an evergreen herb in the mint family (like lavender). It is native to the Mediterranean and grows abundantly in Croatia. In fact, the very first essential oil cooperative of any kind in Croatia was established way back in 1892 on the island of Hvar – the Rosemary Cooperative of Velo Grablje. Hvar is known more today for its wonderful lavender, but rosemary was more important to the island’s economy for centuries. On the Croatian island of Lošinj, rosemary blooms throughout the year because it likes sunny, rocky areas and the sea air.

Rosemary is renowned for its anti-inflammatory, astringent and antiseptic properties. It is said to benefit dry and mature skin, wrinkles, acne and eczema. The oil is a key ingredient in any soap, lotion or massage blend for sore muscles or joint pain. Because it stimulates circulation and hair follicles, it may be helpful for preventing hair loss. It also cleans oily hair well. It’s a good skin toner and strengthens the capillaries.

According to legend, rosemary was draped around the Greek goddess Aphrodite when she rose from the sea. 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’. In the Middle Ages, people placed sprigs under their pillows to ward off demons and prevent bad dreams. And a common Croatian wedding tradition is to welcome wedding guests with a rosemary branch that’s worn like a corsage.

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