Strega's Pearls Remedies and Recipes
Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis Lamiaceae Family
Rosemary is a shrub with leaves about 1 inch long on a woody stem. The leaves are linear, revolute, dark green above, and paler green and glandular beneath. It has an aromatic, pungent scent with a camphor-like quality to it. The flowers are small and pale blue. This plant has an abundance of essential oils running through it, mostly in the sepals of the flower. Rosemary in its culinary use is famous in Europe. It adds a unique flavor to vegetables and poultry dishes. Rosemary typically is the dominant flavor when used in a recipe (but not always).
Rosemary for remembrance—This plant is famous for its ability to enhance the memory. Many of our most famous writers, herbalists, and healers have much to say about this wonderful plant.
Lindley and Moore, in The Treasury of Botany, says:
There is a vulgar belief in Gloucestershire and other counties, that Rosemary will
not grow well unless where the mistress is “master”; and so touchy are some of the
lords of creation upon this point, that we have more than once had reason to
suspect them of privately injuring a growing rosemary in order to destroy this
evidence of their want of authority.
Sir Thomas More writes:
As for Rosmarine, I let it runne all over my garden walls, not onlie because my
bees love it, but because it is the herb sacred to remembrance, and, therefore, to
friendship; whence a sprig of it hath a dumb language that maketh it the chosen
emblem of our funeral wakes and in our burial grounds.
— astringent, tonic, circulatory stimulant, diaphoretic, carminative, anti-spasmaodic, emmenagogue, nervine, aromatic, cephalic (relating to the head)
— nerve tonic
— helps with a headache caused by anxiety or nervousness, and especially with poor circulation; as a remedy, it should be taken as a warm tea
— helps aid in digestion
— induces sweating
— used externally as a rubefacient
— tonic to help grow your hair
In her book Fire Heart (2012), Maya Medicine Woman, Miss Beatrice Torres Waight, says:
Rosemary must be included in any talk about plant allies. She is cleansing, sacred,
and protecting and an important ingredient in many of our Maya herbal baths
and teas. Rosemary is a good one to put in the postpartum womb steam bath and
to wash the lactating breasts to help bring the milk down. We use rosemary to
bathe with, or to burn as incense after visiting a cemetery. Rosemary is burned
right before the birth of a child and in the baby's room where he is sleeping with
his mother, as a way of blessing and protecting the child.
Uterine Bodywork facilitates the healing of numerous emotional, menstrual, spiritual, and physical conditions.
The solar plexus is known in the Wise Woman, Chinese and other indigenous traditions to be our "power center", the center of our personal power source.
Incidents such as rape, incest, abuse, abortion, infertility, and traumatic childbirth can restrict the flow of necessary energy movement in the area and as a result we lose our sense of power. One very common side effect is poor digestion, this is an indication that our power source is lacking energy. Mayan uterine massage is a simple and effective therapy that shifts stagnation into positive flow once again.
Physically speaking, when the uterus is displaced oxygenated blood (arterial flow) coming to the uterus is sluggish and venous blood flow moving out of the uterus is restricted, This sluggish condition hinders outward flow and results in the buildup of carbonic acid and other toxins in the tissues. Without being able to excrete or dispose of these acids can lead to unpleasant symptoms and over a period of years, serious illness. Another symptom of a displaced uterus is clotting and brown blood during our moontime or monthly bloods. If this is something you are experiencing then circulation is stunted.
Stress is a HUGE factor in all of stagnation. Any one of the instances above precipitates an interruption of relaxation where metabolism and absorption function improperly. In a chaotic stressful environment, your energy also becomes chaotic, Your cells absorb the energy of your environment and this can lead to a digestive disaster. This stress-filled environment hinders one's ability to connect with a basic source of self love. Eating healthy food and absorbing the nutrition therein is an elemental task that so many people cannot manifest. Massaging the digestive organs brings blood and warmth with vital nutrients into these places whereas before they were cold and stagnant. Penetrating those dormant areas moves energy, blood, and body fluid, and also releases that chaotic (stressful) energy. This motion can release and breakdown negative thoughts stored in the tissue, a liberation related to this intense powerful healing.
When you come to see me for uterine bodywork and a vaginal steam, an individual's ceremony emerges. I hold the container so you can open your heart and release what does not serve your highest good any longer. I want you to engage in your healing journey feeling supported and nourished. I uphold the safe place, so that 'she who is healing' can shine.