Rosemary – Healing & Magical Gifts

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Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, beautiful bluish purple flowers and piney aromatic leaves

Rosemary Oil in latin is called the “Dew of the Sea” also called “Rose of Mary”and associated with the Goddesses Isis (Hathor/Het Heru) and Aphrodite. It’s affiliation is so powerfully linked to ancient goddesses of the Mediterranean such as the indigenous roman goddess of the Etruscan era called Menrva equivalent to Athena (Greece) meminisse, meaning “to remember.”

Goddess Folklore

Its folklore is linked to Mary, Mnemosyne (memory) mother of the 9 muses (literature, science, and arts),  and other goddess archetypes of love, remembrance, memory, mother goddess, divinity, sacred feminine, fertility, protectress, scholarship, wisdom, and royalty. It’s used magically to repel negativity, bad omens and bad dreams, hair loss, worry, anxiety, increasing love, centeredness, music, the muses, the arts, motivation, increased intention, healing, medicine, warrioress, commerce, embodiment of the divine trinity, the mysteries of water and prescience, weddings, attraction of faeries, source of knowledge, poetry, myth, song,  and visions.

 

Menrva (also spelled Menerva) was an Etruscan goddess of war, art, wisdom

Menrva (also spelled Menerva) was an Etruscan goddess Goddess of war, art, strategy, wisdom, and health Associations: Athena (Greece) Mnemosyne (Greece) goddess of memory, remembrance Meneswā ( Etruscans) “She who measures” Menerwā (derived from Meneswa) to Menrva Name variations: (above), includes Minerva

Its pine-shaped, silvery leaves are full of the sun’s light energy.   Rosmarinus officinalis is one of my favorite oils that “feels” more eclectic and ancient than a popular choice in modern times. It’s omnipotent scent is a boost of strong woodsy pine aroma with hints of astringent-camphor that awaken the senses. Although many find this too strong to wear, I adorn my bath and body with this goddess-gifted essential oil. It’s as if my body, cells, organs, and auric field know just how invaluable this oil is to the body, mind and spirit!

rosemary_healing_NSG.pngRosemary is powerful stimulator inciting circulation. It’s also a cleanser detoxing the mind, awakening the heart and calming the liver as an all around well-being oil. It acts as an astringent, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, energy booster. It aids immunity function, relieves headaches, muscle pain and joint soreness, congestion and coughs, anxiety and depression. Rosemary stimulates hair growth and beauty, provides gum and teeth health, and improves digestion.

Coming from a Creole background, rosemary is one of my staple herbes-de-provence along with organic thyme and sage, I add to my culinary healing cabinet and a staple I can’t live without!  This sun-loving, perennial shrub is native to the Mediterranean, and sacred to ancient Egypt, Greece, and Mexico used in funerary embalming, memory, and spiritual purification rites.

 

Magical Rites and Properties

  • Protection, purification, and passion
  • Rosemary tied with orange, cloves, holly and mistletoe for New Years offering
  • Rosemary burnt with juniper to purify air
  • Women rule where Rosemary dwells!
  • Male energy of Leo (the Sun/Sol) – Fire element
  • Feminine energy of the Moon (Lunar) – use to increase dreams and memory of dreams
  • Psychic development, psychic protection
  • Increases wisdom and sacred memory
  • Attracts friendships and love
  • Repels negativity, psychic attack, chaos, confusion
  • Repels witches and lower level entities
  • Scholars and students to increase memory, academic excellence
  • Offering to the dead, ancestors, ancient embalming rites
  • Increases meditation and higher vibrations
  • Attracts high frequency beings like faeries, elfs, air elementals
  • Correspondences:
    Chakra: Solar Plexus, “I Do” mantra, characteristics: emotions, memory, discernment, clarity, strength, purpose, will, vitality, right to act, self-control. Tone: E, Planets: Mars, Venus, Mercury, Sense: Sight
  • Floor wash: add rosemary oil, lavender, or rosemary and frankincense oil
  • Burn: sage and rosemary,  juniper to raise spiritual energy vibration
  • Twigs: Carry in pocket for success, attract good luck, opportunity, commerce
  • Bathe: cleansing negative energy, blessings, & purification

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Health Benefits

  • anti cancer, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal
  • improved digestive system
  • circulatory system – hair growth, varicose veins,  and skin ailments
  • aids respiratory systems coughs, asthma, congestion
  • reduces pain, inflammation, muscle soreness
  • adaptogen (adrenal gland function)  – spray as immunity booster and preventative measures for colds
  • detoxes, purifies, and cleans air as air freshener
  • reduces stress lowering cortisol hormones
  • brings calm, stabilizing emotions and fights depression

 

 


 

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lavender essential oil – diy mosquito repellent

So I was playing in the woods yesterday! Getting some rest, meditation, and rejuvenation when something didn’t quite feel ‘right.’ I rushed out of the woods only to look on my arm and brush away a mosquito that was fully engaged in my skin. To my surprise I had in a very short time over 6 bites. Just a few days prior, I laughed at my son for escaping getting bitten while he had fallen prey to mosquitos in Washington, DC during dinner.  I had run out of lavender oil the week before and was too lazy to get fresh bottles.  I’m a natural advocate knowing that everything in nature is here for humanity to heal and prosper. I’m also in the midst of getting certified in Aromatherapy for healing (and its magical properties)!  You can make your own natural bug repellents and keep mosquitos, ticks, fleas, and other pesty creatures at bay.  Here’s why and how:

 

 

Lavender Essential Oil 

Lavender ( Lavandula angustifolia) oil is a carminative, mild sedative, anti-stress, depressant, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory. Not only does it relieve anxiety, and soothe nerves but it heals wounds, burns, cuts, pimples, eczema, even as a hair tonic for hair growth and to relieve sore muscles.

Lavender keeps the bugs (mosquitos) away acting as a natural, safe bug repellent. It also soothes insect bites acting as insecticidal and antiseptic reducing inflammation and itching. Apply the essential oil in a spritzer or drop some in hand to apply to skin prior to entering nature.  You can apply to skin undiluted.

Natural Repellent Oils

Some natural repellent oils include Citronella, Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Basil, Catnip, Garlic, Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Cedarwood, Pennyroyal. I’ve chosen to combine some of these oils with Lavender essential oil. For decades, I was a Cedarwood (and Frankincense and Jasmine) wearing gal until I realized that it just wasnt strong enough alone for mosquitos and wearing Lavender oil (for me and my chemistry) really worked better. I saw and felt better results! Here are a few DIY (Do It Yourself) recipes.

Essential Oil Spritzer Spray

Supplies: 2 oz  spray bottle, a carrier oil (avocado/almond/rosehip seed/olive oil/evening primrose oil), 10-20 drops of Essential Oils, distilled water, organic witch hazel

EOs (Essential Oils)

8 drops Geranium

5 drops Rosemary

5 drops Lavender

Add 1/2 tbspn (table spoon) distilled water, 1 tsp (teaspoon) carrier oil, 1 tsp witch hazel, 15-20 drops essential oils (blend). Shake well.

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Bug Be Gone Cream

  • 8 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 8 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops of lemongrass essential oil
  • 6 drops of citronella essential oil
  • 6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 4 ounces of (liquid/fractionated) coconut oil

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Bath Water 

5 drops Lavender Oil

More Oils to Blend DIY Recipes

Other oils include; Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Citronella, Basil, Lemonbalm, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Spearmint, Peppermint, Thyme, Cloves, Geranium

Cautions: some oils not advised for pregnant women

 

 

Uplift, Purify, Tone! Ancient Cedarwood Aromatherapy

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Not only do Essential Oils feel good on the skin, they can be used potently in Aromatherapy and inhaled through the nasal passages. Aromatherapy is an ancient healing modality practiced in Antiquity such as Egypt, Africa, India, Tibet, the Mediterranean and throughout the Tribal Regions of North America. Cedar was considered by the Sumerians to be the symbol of “Power,” “Greatness,” and “Immortality.”

Cedar Wood Essential Oil

Cedar Wood Essential Oil

Goddesses like Bast, Isis (Ast), Sekhmet, Hetheru and Aphrodite  were known for their magical and healing use of aromatic scents to heal the body, mind and spirit. These Goddesses were the Queens of Nurture and  in tune with the essence and elements of Nature. They healed the sick, heard flowers bloom,  and brought about births and the wailing back to life and memory. Using their divine feminine intuition, and shaman like powers they were revered, celebrated, honored and respected as the embodiment of womanhood and deity. There is much we can learn from these world culture stories and myth. Their energies and boons (spiritual gifts) remain in our DNA and in the very fabric of this Earth and cosmos.

Isis (Ast) the "Throne" Sacred Goddess of Healing, Magic, Regeneration, Agriculture

Isis (Ast) the “Throne”
Sacred Goddess of Healing, Magic, Regeneration, Agriculture, Children, Wisdom, Marriage

The use of oils and perfumes directly absorbed through the blood stream is a powerfully conscious way to heal, rejuvenate, maintain and strengthen the body’s immunity, mental clarity and sensuality and overall natural organic balance. By using a simple diffuser the essential oil can burn into a vapor by tea light candle in a ceramic sculpture. This method fills the room beautifully with any scent or combination you choose.

Red Cedar Tree

Red Cedar Tree

For the past few days, late nights especially I have blended Cedarwood EO with Tea Tree EO (my senses LOVE this Astringent) and a dash of Cinnamon EO!! ❤️
Note: Cinnamon Essential oil is powerful and can burn the skin! So add just a drop if mixing with other oils and carrier oils. I use Cinnamon mostly for household cleaning and spiritual clearing in prayer and rituals. I may also add Jasmine or Ylang Ylang to bring a lightness or floral air to my body and environment.

Cedarwood has been my favorite essential oil for over 20 years! It’s  safe and great for the skin, hair, in a spray bottle, or diffuser. It was known for its spiritual uses by Tibetan Monks in the Himalayas. It has a woodsy aroma that I add Jasmine oil floral scent. It can be used as an incense, perfume and massage oil.

Soapstone Aromatherapy Lamps

Soapstone Aromatherapy Lamps


11 Truly Amazing Facts about Cedar Tree and Cedar Wood Oil: 

  1. Cedar was considered the Holy Tree of Life -Sumerian
  2. Sumerian God Ea was the Patron of Cedar Wood
  3. Ancient Egyptian sarcophagus were made of ancient Cedar Trees
  4. Cedar resin was held in high esteem by nobility and royalty in Egypt, Iran, the Middle East, the Celts and Syths, Ancient Hebrews, the Greeks and Romans
  5. Temples and Tombs and fleets of Ships were constructed with Cedar Wood
  6. Cedar wood groves were considered Sacred and Guarded by the State
  7. Cedar wood trees are one of the only trees to mimic human sleep patterns based on seasons these trees shift their biological rhythms much like that of humans  waking up on overcast rainy days at 10 am, bright days at dawn, nap at 3 and 4 pm,  fall asleep at 11 pm (they are known to have souls)
  8. Cedar wood trees have oxygen rich bacterial properties that are so powerful  a hectare of these coniferous giants emits more than 30 kg of airborne organic substances   to render all the pathogenic microbes in a large city harmless
  9. the extracts, poultices, compounds of cedar wood have a history of healing inflammatory disease, eliminates asthma, edema, bronchitis, coughing, infections of the urogenital system
  10. it can aid in gynecological diseases, the bladder and uterus, strengthen immunity, help heal varicose veins, hemorrhoids, rheumatism, paradontal diseases, toothaches and tooth decay, arthritis, and muscle strains, insomnia, and stress, mental and physical fatigue, and help restore activity in the cerebral cortex
  11. as a Beauty Aid it has been used for dermatitis, blackheads, irritation, skin problems, nail repair, wounds, cuts and hair growth, and as a natural deodorant

Resource: L. A. Shchennikov

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More Healing Benefits of the Cedar Wood Tree Essential Oil 

From Organic Facts:
HEALTH BENEFITS:
The health benefits of Cedarwood Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseborrhoeic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, tonic, astringent, diuretic, emenagogue, expectorant, insecticidal, sedative and fungicidal substance.

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TONIC: Cedar Wood Oil can be used as a general health tonic, since it tones the organ systems and stimulates metabolism. It tightens and tones muscles, skin, nervous system, stomach, digestive system and brain functions. It boosts the functionality of the kidney and liver, which further improves overall health and wellness.

ANTISPASMODIC: Relieving spasms is yet another important medicinal property of Cedarwood Oil.  Nearly all types of spasms and related ailments can be relieved using this oil. This includes spasms that affect the respiratory system, intestines, muscles, heart and nerves. People that have trouble sleeping due to restless leg syndrome, respiratory seizures, asthma, and other spasmodic conditions also find relief from the soothing properties of cedarwood oil.

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