Rosemary’s magical properties have been known since ancient times. Greeks used it as garlands on their heads to improve memory and concentration. In medieval times, it was used to fight infections. Napoleon had his cologne formulated with rosemary to stay calm in nerve-wrenching situations. Today, we can say many of these properties are proven by science. But rosemary has many uses in spellwork, too.
Astrologically, rosemary is an herb ruled by the Sun and embodies the element of Fire. Throughout history, it has been magically associated with health, love, intuition, focus, memory, longevity, youthfulness, protection, and cleansing. There are countless ways to include it in spells: as an alternative to frankincense, in spell jars, or in oil mixes.
Learn about the many uses and properties of this amazing gift of Nature and read until the end to find out how to incorporate rosemary into your spells.
Rosemary can be used for protection against evil spirits. It is especially effective to cleanse a room before practicing magic. It can also be used for home protection, as it is capable of driving negativity away. Rosemary will keep not only evil spirits away but also thieves and other undesirable visitors. Hanging a bunch of dried herbs on your door or walls is an effective protection method. For this purpose, you can mix dry branches of rosemary with lavender, rose, and mint. You can also use rosemary oil in your diffuser.
Lifting the spirit
Rosemary can be used to alleviate sadness or grief. It is a ward against evil spirits that promote obsessive thoughts. In other words, rosemary helps with anxiety and sadness. Of course, if these feelings become too frequent or lasting, you should seek medical advice. But even if you are under treatment, you can use rosemary as an alternative complement to medicine –burned, in oils, or carried in a small pouch. As an easy spell, wrap ground up rosemary leaves in a piece of linen cloth and attach the bundle to your right arm. This is a well-known trick to dispel sadness. You will feel lighter and merrier when you use it.
Rosemary can be used for protection during bedtime. If you lay it under your bed while you sleep, it will shield you from all kinds of harm. It also helps with insomnia, sleepwalking, and recurring nightmares. For a stronger effect, add it to your nighttime bath so you can go to sleep relaxed and purified. Popping some rosemary into your bath is also a way of maintaining youthfulness.
Purifying the air
Rosemary is known to be an air purifier. This property has earned it the reputation of being a substitute for frankincense. It is, in fact, one of the oldest incense. When you burn rosemary, it releases powerful vibrations. This clears the air and uplifts the people around. Another property of this herb is to expel all evil and negativity. Therefore, you can include it in incense mixes for purification and consecration.
If you like to work with oils, you can use a spell called “Clear the air.” You will need:
- an oil diffuser
- distilled water
- 5 drops of citronella oil
- 2 drops of rosemary oil
- 2 drops of lavender oil
- 2 drops of black spruce oil
To cleanse the air of stagnant energy, use this blend in an oil diffuser. While your diffuser works, recite this prayer: “In every corner of the room, drive out darkness, drive out gloom. Space be cleansed and air be clear, only good vibes welcome here.” To do a full home clearing, run the diffuser for a half hour in one area and then move it to a new location. Repeat this until your entire home feels renewed. You can take full advantage of your time by clearing clutter and organizing your space while the mist does its job. You can also use this mist to cleanse your crystals and other objects.
If you prefer working with fresh herbs, sprinkle salt water with a sprinkler made of fresh sprigs of mint, marjoram, and rosemary to rid a place of all evil.
Accentuating your beauty
Rosemary is widely used for love and lust incenses and mixtures. It is known to highlight beauty features when applied in different ways. For example, you can add it to your bath to preserve youthfulness. Also, you can prepare hair rinses or skin tonics to help you achieve a healthy glow. But be careful: check your allergies before applying directly to your body!
You can also make a spell spray with cedarwood, lavender, rosemary, and water. This mix is known as “Mermaid Spray”. If you spray it on your scalp, it helps you detangle hair knots and tame a wild mane. It will also give the appearance of thick, healthy hair. Due to its ingredients, Mermaid Spray can double as a purification and energy cleansing spray. Carry it along every day and use it whenever you feel like it.
Rosemary is known for emitting curative vibrations. One of the many properties of this herb is aiding the immune system. Rosemary leaves and juniper berries are often burned in rooms where sick people rest to promote healing. However, just carrying a bunch of leaves with you can help you keep healthy. You can use a small pouch or a spell jar. Prepared as an infusion, it helps relieve headaches. You can simply drink it as tea. Also, you can use this rosemary infusion to wash your hands before healing work. Rosemary is also associated with longevity.
An actual spell for health and protection is an oil blend known as “Death’s Own Cloak.” Its name can be shocking, but it has a curious (and probably familiar) origin. It comes from a fable of three brothers who cheated death with magic. One of them went on to live a long and happy life insured by death’s own cloak of invisibility. This oil mixture will not actually hide you from death. But it combines immune-supporting oils and defensive magic. You will need:
- 6 drops of clove oil
- 6 drops of eucalyptus oil
- 6 drops of rosemary oil
- 3 drops of lemon oil
- 3 drops of tea tree oil
- 1 drop of cassia oil
- carrier oil (you can use almond, jojoba, coconut, or olive oil, among others)
- 1 glass bottle or dropper (15 mL is the ideal size)
Combine the essential oils in the glass container and swirl gently to mix. Inhale the scent of the mix, visualizing a black cloak surrounding and protecting you, dissolving anything that would cause harm. Dilute with the carrier oil and assemble the container. Repeat this visualization and apply the mix to your feet and spine whenever you need extra magical protection and immune support.
Improving memory and concentration
The scent of rosemary is famous for inducing concentration and boosting memory. To magically enhance memory, inhale rosemary when you are studying or learning something new. Smell it again later, when you need to recall the information. A smart trick is to scent any books, papers, or anything that you need to memorize or remember with rosemary oil.
Rosemary can also be burned to induce visions and aid meditation. It is associated with mental clarity, which makes it an ideal ingredient in spells for divinatory work. If you practice divination, you know it is not always easy to sit down and get to work. Sometimes intuition and the voice of fear mix and it is hard to tell the difference between them.
For those moments when messages get blurry, you can use this spell called “Get Intuit Anywhere.” You will need:
- 3 drops of frankincense oil
- 1 drop of rosemary oil
- 1 drop of black spruce oil
- 1 diffuser (If you do not have one, you can use a small jar with a lid, filled with cotton)
Add the oils to your container. Inhale their scent and relax your mind. On the exhale, say the following prayer out loud: “I am connected to my highest self, who knows what my soul needs. I trust the signs and synchronicities that appear in my life.” Be open to receiving the answer you seek and trust your intuition. You can do this as many times as needed, during divination work.
If you feel confident enough to use rosemary or rosemary oil in your own spells, these are some herbs that blend well with it:
How do you feel about rosemary now that you have learnt about its magical properties? Do you have any rosemary spells of your own? Let us know in the comments!
- Cunninghams Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, by Scott Cunningham
- Essential Oil Magic: Natural Spells for the Green Witch, by Vervain Helsdottir
- The Green Witch, by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
- Italian Folk Magic, by Mary-Grace Fahrun