Common Name: rosemary
Botanical Name: Salvia rosmarinus
Native Range: Northern Africa, western Asia, southern Europe
A description of rosemary in A Curious Herbal by Elizabeth Blackwell, 1737-1739:
It is accounted good for affections of the head and nerves. It strengthens your sight and memory, and opens obstructions of the liver and spleen. The dried herb burnt is good to sweeten the air. Officinal preparations are Conserva Anthos, Aqua Reginae Hungariae, the Chymical Oil and fixed salt.
Editors note: Conserva Anthos is a conserve, or preservation of rosemary flowers. Aqua Reginae Hungariae, also known as Hungary water, was one of the first alcohol-based perfumes in Europe made primarily from rosemary.
Last updated: 3/10/2020