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   Rosemary is a corruption of the Latin ros marinus, or dew of the sea, after the plant's habit of growing in coastal areas. In ancient Greece, rosemary's reputation for mproving the mind and the memory led Greek students to wear garlands around their heads while sitting exams. Later, rosemary came to signify remembrance and at funerals the mourners carried fresh sprigs to toss into the grave- a sign that the deceased would not be forgotten. Rosemary featured at weddings as an emblem of fidelity, and sprays were traditionally included in the bride's bouquet Anne of Cleves wore a rosemary wreath when she married Henry VIII. Tapping your lover with a fresh sprig of rosemary was said to ensure constancy.

   Rosemary's connection with the head persists since herbalists recommend it for headaches. The oil is an old remedy for gout, and muscular aches and pains, and it was the active ingredient of the celebrated Hungary Water that restored life to Queen Elizabeth of Hungary's paralyzed limbs. During the fifteenth century, people burnt rosemary branches in their homes to protect themselves from the black death, and in World War II rosemary and juniper were burnt in French hospitals to limit the spread of infection.According to an old supersition, sleeping with a sprig of rosemary under the pillow would banish both evil spirits and nightmares.

   In the home, rosemary is a popular kitchen herb. Its pungent flavour complements roast lamb, poultry and fish as well as a variety of vegetables. In cosmetic terms, rosemary extract stimulates the head and scalp, and the oil is a popular ingredient of hair tonics and shampoos. Rosemary extract is also a very effective food preservative. 

   HABITAT Native to the Mediterranean and widely cultivated in temperate climates as a garden plant. Grows wild on rocky Mediterranean hillsides near the sea and prefers light, dry, chalky soils. Several early-flowering cultivated varieties are available.

   DESCRIPTION Very aromatic evergreen shrub to 1.5m(5ft) with numerous branches that are downy when young and later become woody with greyish-brown, scaly bark. The narrow, leathery leaves are spiky, with a dark green upper surface and a pale grey, downy underside. When rubbed they give off a strong scent with camphor-like overtones and a hint of pine. From spring to early summer two-lipped, pale blue flowers grow in clusters towards the ends of the branches.

   GROWING TIPS Propagate from cuttings taken in summer that have had time to develop roots. Plant out in a sheltered, sunny position in well-drained, chalky soil and protect from frost during the winter.

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