There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray you, love, remember.
-William Shakespeare (Hamlet)
Rosemary, native to the Mediterranean, is a woody evergreen universally associated with enhancing memory and recall. Commonly used as a culinary herb, the rosemary bush is a member of the mint family which includes lavender, basil, thyme and sage, among others. It takes its name from the Latin ros maris, which means “dew of the sea.” According to Christian legend, while fleeing to Egypt, the Virgin Mary laid her blue cloak over a white-blossomed rosemary bush to dry and when she later removed it, the white blossoms had turned to blue. The shrub then became knows as the “Rose of Mary.” In Greek folklore, rosemary is often associated with Aphrodite, as it is said she was draped in it while being birthed from the sea.
Rosemary was also used to ward off evil spirits and nightmares, and worn around the neck as protection from The Plague. In French hospitals....