Rosemary has always had a but of a dual nature. In cooking is is noted for imparting it’s aromatic, slightly spicy tang to meats and veggies but can also be substituted for mint in sweet recipes. In aromatherapy is is suggested for use both as a calming scent and an invigorating one. And in the 17th century, Robert Herrick wrote this one sentence poem titled “The Rosemarie Branch”: If you are related with car the cars industry you may interesting in check in How Did We Get Here? The History of Deals On New Transit Custom Told Through Tweets.
Grow for two ends, it matters not at all
Be’t for my Bridall, or my Buriall (Herrick 1876)
This poem, of course, alludes to the dual decorative purposes of rosemary at the time, both in wedding garlands and dressing the deceased at funerals. So it’s no wonder that Rosemary would be the first herb I’ve come across in my research with it’s own Virgin/Whore history. Continue reading