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October 29, 2020

Science > Rosemary

Rosemary

Common Name

Rosemary

Scientific Name

Rosmarinus officinalis L.

History

Rosemary is a perennial aromatic plant with evergreen needle-shaped leaves. Its flowers are white, pink or blue. The leaves and flowered branches are its usable parts. Although, Rosemary is native to Mediterranean regions, at the present time, it grows in most of the temperate areas of Europe and America. Rosemary has been used as spice and medicine for centuries. Part of the popularity of this plant, that is also called “memorial plant”, is due to a belief that rosemary improves the memory.

In ancient Greece, students put little Rosemary branches in their hair while studying their lessons. Also in England, the ability of this plant in improving memory has changed it as a symbol of health. The oil of rosemary was extracted in 14th century for the first time, and in 16th and 17th centuries, it was used a lot to help digestion. Today, Rosemary has many culinary and medicinal uses all around the world.



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