Rosemary Meaning, Healing, and Magical Uses

Welcome to the Masters’ Grimoire of Magical Herbs page for Rosemary. Here you will learn everything you've ever wanted to know about this herb including Rosemary's magical uses, Rosemary physical healing, and emotional healing properties, plus its use in meditation, Rosemary lore and legends, and much more!

Introduction to Rosemary


When most of us think of Rosemary, we think of its aromatic scent. Just touching its piney, green branches can leave behind an herbaceous fragrance on your fingertips. Multiculturally, Rosemary is a popular choice in many cooking recipes and has been praised for its health benefits since ancient times. Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Hebrew cultures have coveted rosemary for its ability to improve memory, soothe digestive uses, and relieve muscle aches and pains.

Rosemary has also had great significance in spiritual practices throughout the ages. Since ancient times, it was also used to ward off evil spirits and nightmares. It was used during funerals rites to help those grieving remember their loved one and it has been used in rituals, along with sage, to drive out negativity from a space.


Rosemary, known scientifically as rosmarinus officinalis, has a woody, evergreen like the scent and is part of the mint family. The word Rosmarinus is from the Latin meaning "dew of the sea".  The sacred number of Rosemary is 129.


Rosemary Magical Uses and Purposes

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Rosemary is an herb of strength, setting priorities, concentration, and focusing on the completion of future goals. This is an herb of persistence and dynamic creativity. Its energies encourage you to think outside of the box, being creative and innovated, but also to focus and be decisive with your decisions.

Considered an all-healer and cleanser similar to Clear Quartz or a while candle, Rosemary can be substituted in any spell, ritual, or meditation in place of another ingredient. Hanging Rosemary sprigs in your home will bring clarity and positive energy into your home. Grow rosemary in your garden to win the favor of the elves and plant it outside your door or windows to deter thieves and trespassers. Create a wreath of Rosemary and hang it on your door to encourage energies of love, fidelity with a partner, honesty, longevity, and wisdom. It will also prevent unwanted negative energies from entering the home.

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Healing with Rosemary

Rosemary Physical Health Benefits

Notes from the Masters

Rosemary is like your Van Van oil or Van Van powder. It is a go-to substitute for many herbs when you are missing one for a spell or ritual.
~ Master Hank


Rosemary is a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which are thought to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. It is considered a cognitive stimulant, meaning it can help improve memory performance and quality. It is also known to boost alertness, intelligence, and focus.

Rosemary discourages hair loss and boosts hair growth. Rosemary oil has been used for centuries to stimulate blood circulation in the scalp, prevent hair loss, slow down graying hair, and help with dry scalp and dandruff.

Rosemary is also an effective liver cleanser and booster. It helps the liver secrete additional bile, which helps to cleanse the liver. It also helps to prevent damage to the liver.

Rosemary is effective in lowering cortisol levels (the 'stress hormone'). By reducing cortisol levels, the body is protected from chronic disease due to oxidative stress

Rosemary is also known for its anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. One of rosemary’s main active components is carnosol. Carnosol has been shown to have a selective toxicity towards cancer cells, opposed to chemotherapy which destroys both healthy and cancer cells.

Spiritual Healing with Rosemary


Rosemary is a powerful herb that is useful for remembrance, mental clarity, love, and protection. It encourages you to be your true self and to be assert in one's actions. It is often used in spiritual cleansing rituals for protection against negativity and evil spirits.

Bathing with rosemary will enhance your memory and will make you more memorable to those you meet throughout the day. It is a great addition to ritual baths and for making sacred herbal water for ritual cleansing, blessing, and purification.Rosemary is male in nature and ruled by Leo, the element fire and the sun.

It can be used in spells for fidelity and remembrance and also helps to dispel jealousy.

Rosemary can be used in spells to enhance memory, including those spells for success in school. It can also be used in spells to help retain youth.

Burn as incense when you are meditating or doing dream work to remember your past lives.

Place rosemary under your pillow to help you to remember your dreams and to keep away nightmares and other unwanted nighttime visitations.

Rosemary can be carried or worn by the bride and/or groom to symbolize love and loyalty and it may also be gifted to guests for the same purpose.

Burn rosemary and juniper together to aid with healing, and to fumigate a home where there has been a long illness to drive out the negativity associated with disease.

It can also be burned with sage to fumigate a ritual area or to drive negativity away from any space, object or person.

Wear Rosemary oil on those occasions that you want to make a lasting impression.


Emotional Healing with Rosemary

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Rosemary helps to relieve stress and anxiety. It can be used to cleanse the aura in much the same way as you would cleanse a room. This herb is known to strengthen memory and can help you to achieve a higher level of consciousness so it is the perfect herb to burn prior to meditation or any magical work.

Rosemary helps to awaken your heart chakra, bringing in energies for self-love and mental clarity. Diffusing Rosemary essential oil will aid in relaxation and clearing the mind.

Rosemary for Chakra Healing

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Rosemary is prescribed for treating imbalances of the Third Eye, Heart, and Solar Plexus Chakras.  The Third Eye Chakra is the center of perception and command. It directs our sight and everyday awareness of the world. Our consciousness is located here. This is the chakra that controls how we see ourselves and the external world.  When the Third Eye Chakra is in balance, we can see clearly and understand what we see. This is our 'intuition center' so to speak. We are able to interpret visual cues and our awareness level is high.


Rosemary is used to clear blockages from and balance the Heart Chakra.

The Heart Chakra is located near the center of the breastbone. It regulates our interaction with the external world. It controls what we embrace and what we resist. The Heart Chakra gives us the balancing ability to keep neither too aloof nor too involved in the world around us. It balances our inner being – our "self" with our environment. Shop for Heart Chakra Balancing Items +

The solar plexus chakra is located between the rib cage and the navel is the first of the chakras for relationships. It controls the immune system and digestive systems. When in balance you have strength to fight infections, are free of allergic reactions, and are able to use the nutrients you ingest. You will also feel free to live your live how you want to live without living in fear of others. However, when it is out of balance, physical symptoms may manifest into low tolerance to infection, hormone disorders, or have low tolerance for many foods. On a more spiritual level you will feel worries, fear, and disappointment.


Color Energy of Rosemary

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Margalob, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

The color ray for Rosemary is Blue, as that is the color of its art - its flower. The blue color ray brings in vibrations of patience, forgiveness, compassion, sincerity, and trust. While blue crystals can help make us more mellow, calm, and thoughtful, they can also help us face reality, deal with guilt and betrayal, and help us overcome insecurity. They can be helpful with recovery from substance abuse and assist us in maintaining our faith and beliefs.


Angels Associated with Rosemary

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Rosemary is  associated with the Angel Camuel, who helps to ease anxiety,

Oriel, the Angel of Destiny, and Yroul, the Angel of Fear.

Use Rosemary to call upon these angels during times where you need to reduce anxiety and fear in order to pursue goals.


Rosemary and the Goddess


Rosemary is sacred to Hebe, Aphrodite, and the Virgin Mary.

Hebe is the Greek Goddess of Youth and, according to Greek Mythology, was in charge of serving nectar and ambrosia that provided the Gods with eternal life. Being a cupbearer, like Hebe, was an honorable role for a young person in Greek society. They were in service to their elders, but in a position that put them in the center of dinners and feasts. Hebe was also the youngest of the Gods, daughter to Zeus and Hera. She is considered a domestic goddess,  described in myths as helping her mother and siblings with chores like drawing baths for her brother or helping her mother, Hera, in and out of the chariot. She was also the chief handmaiden of her mother. Dedicate prayers, spells, and rituals to Hebe in matters involving domestic service or with devotionals to elders.

Aphrodite was the Greek Goddess of Love. Worshipped for her ideal beauty, Aphrodite held sway over matters of love, desire, and sexual pleasures. Aphrodite often represented unity and harmony, as well as blending or intermingling. This may explain the goddess' wide range of associations such as warfare and politics, realms where diverse groups had to work together as one. She was also, more specifically, the protectress of city magistrates.

The Virgin Mary, venerated in Christian theology, is the mother of Jesus and is extolled as “the first believer”. As the "first Christian", she is the one in whom the humanity of the church was representatively embodied. Mary represents social justice, where the poor are exalted and the powerful overthrown. She is a patron saint of all human beings, especially mothers and young children. Mary symbolizes purity, faithfulness, devotion, and humility.


Rosemary Birth Herb


Rosemary is one of the birth herbs for those born on July 6, July 12, October 2, November 26, December 5, and December 11. Those with birthdays on these dates will find they have special attraction to rosemary and the magickal energies of rosemary may be dominate in their personality traits.



Rosemary I Ching Hexagram


Rosemary is governed by Hexagram 1, Taking Action.  Key energies are: “Decisive action, overwhelming strength, forceful motion, dynamic creativity, and making a difference. ”


Rosemary Astrological Sign


The zodiac sign associated with Rosemary is Leo.

Rosemary is associated with the Mansion of the Waves and the Mansion of the Alchemist.


Notes from the Masters

I like to use rosemary particularly for poultry dishes. It’s fragrance and taste enhance the dish and make it so much more enjoyable!
~ Master Tess

Uses of Rosemary in Feng Shui

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Petar43, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Rosemary brings Fire and Metal energies.

Fire energy is the energy of enthusiasm, warmth, brightness, illumination and activity. It is Yang in nature. It is the energy of heat, action, emotion and passion – of ideas, of concepts, and sex. It is traditionally associated with the south area of a home or room, and with the fame and reputation area of your dwelling. Use its energy to give your life the boost it needs to enhance your standing in the community and within your family.

Rosemary also brings Metal Energy to Feng Shui practices.

Metal energy is the energy of intelligence, contraction, healing, and creativity. It is the energy of togetherness and crystallization – of ideas, concepts, and groups. It is hard, sharp, and often destructive, yet an essential element in all lives. We have to be sharp, unyielding, and hard at times to find our way without being a victim of others. The metal element brings the power of concentration and determination to our lives and our dwellings.

Metal energy is traditionally associated with the northwest and west areas of a home or room. It is associated with the Helpful People and Blessings, and Travel area of your life and dwelling, and with the Creativity and Children area.


Uses of Rosemary in Talismans and Amulets

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Rosemary is used to make talismans and amulet for needs including: Autonomy, Boyfriend, Fighting Chaos, Fatalism, Diligence, Tenacity, Overcoming Insecurities, Self-Confidence, Sobriety, Surrender, Conquest, Success, Devotion, Dealing with Adversity, Achievement, Determination, Persistence, Drive, Attitude, Domestic Bliss, Empathy, Family Life, Friendship, Manners, Marriage, Energy, Conquering Fear, Intellectual, Balance Relationships, Base Chakra, Success, Development, Dexterity, Discipline, Dealing with Disillusionment, Focus, Genius, Industriousness, Innovation, Intelligence, Knowledge, Learning, Logic, Avoiding Mistakes, Objectivity, Open-mindedness, Order, Organization, Patience, Perception, Planning, Precision, Sticking to Principles, Reason, Diligence, Tenacity.


Using Rosemary in Divination

Use Rosemary in Divinations for taking decisive, focused action at the most auspicious time in order to align yourself with the best possible outcome.


Meditation with Rosemary

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Open yourself to wonder because what you experience is only limited by your beliefs. To be successful, you must ensure that any self doubt or insecurity is eliminated.


Lore and Legends of Rosemary

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Since ancient times, Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Hebrew cultures have coveted rosemary for its ability to improve memory, soothe digestive uses, and relieve muscle aches and pains. It was also used to ward off evil spirits and nightmares.

The wood from rosemary branches was used to make musical instruments and often woven into wreaths worn by brides at weddings. decorated rosemary branches were presented as gifts to wedding guests. In Wales, it was distributed to funeral guests to throw into the hole as the coffin was lowered.

In Pagan culture, rosemary was given as a gift for New Year's Day, along with an orange, stuck with cloves and it was used with holly and mistletoe to decorate for Yule.

Rosemary was also used to ward off sickness in hospitals. It was burnt, along with Juniper berries, to purify the air. During the plague of the Middle Ages, it was common to see a garland of rosemary worn around people's necks to protect them from infection.

In Egypt, it was used as an embalming herb. In ancient Greek culture, rosemary was associated with Aphrodite and is often depicted in images of her. Greek scholars used it to enhance their memory when taking exams. The mental strengthening ability of rosemary has been known for thousands of years.

Christian folklore says that rosemary will grow for 33 years until it reaches the height Christ was when he died, and then it will grow no more. Apparently, Rosemary's flowers picked up their blue color and acquired their fragrance when Mary spread her blue cloak over a rosemary bush to dry while they were on their way of fleeing to Egypt.


by Nicole Farmer

Nicole is the resident Tarot Master at Crystal Inner Circle. She studied English at the University of Florida and has been working in Crystal Healing including Divination, Feng Shui, and Alchemy for the past seven years. She specializes in herbs and is the co-author and teacher of the Crystal Master Herbalist Course offered by the Crystal Guild.

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