Rosmarinus officinalis is commonly known as rosemary. It is part of the lamiaceae family and the leaves and flowers are used in herbal medicine. Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen sub-shrub. It has pale blue flowers and needle shaped dark green leaves.
Rosemary is a carminative - meaning that it will help relieve indigestion, faltulence and colic. It is also a circulatory tonic and may be used alongside other herbs in the treatment of hypotension (seek advice from a medical herbalist). Externally rosemary can be used as a hair rinse
Gerard writes 'The Arabians and other Physitions succeeding, so write, that Rosmary comforteth the braine, the memoriem the inward senses, amd restoreth speech unto them that are possessed with the dumbe palsie, especially the conserve made of the floures and sugar, or any other way confected with sugar, being taken every day fasting.
The floures made up into plates with Sugar after the manner of Sugar Roset and eaten, comfort the heart, and make it merry, quicken the spirits, and make them more lively.'
Culpepper: 'The warming comforting heat. therof it helps all cold disease, both of the head, stomach, liver and belly'