Herbs Guide


Family Name: Labiatae

Botanical Name(s): Rosmarinus Officinalis

Popular Name(s): Polar Plant, Compass-Weed, Compass Plant, Rosmarinus Coronarium, Rosemarine, Incensier and Garden Rosemary.

Parts Used: Leaves and Flowers

Habitat: Native to the Mediterranean region, cultivated widely elsewhere.

Description: Rosemary is a hardy bushy perennial shrub with aromatic, evergreen leaves and pale-blue flowers around the stem. There are silver and gold striped varieties, but the green-leaved variety is the kind used medicinally.

Uses: It is used for headaches, as well as for nervous complaints. Rosemary is used widely in Mediterranean cooking, sausages, stuffing, soups and stews and to make tea. The flowers can also be added to salads. Rosemary is an effective treatment against scurf and dandruff. It can also be used in mouth rinses and gargles; and is applied topically to stimulate circulation.