According to myth, the Virgin Mary is said to have spread her blue cloak over a white blossomed rosemary bush when she was resting and the flowers turned blue. The shrub then became know as the Rose of Mary.
In the Middle Ages, rosemary was associated with wedding ceremonies. The bride would wear a rosemary headpiece and the groom and wedding guests would all wear a sprig of rosemary. From this association with weddings, rosemary was thought to be a love charm.
The plant has also been used as a symbol for remembrance. Mourners would throw sprigs of rosemary into graves as a symbol of remembrance for the dead. Shakespeare's Ophelia said: "there is rosemary, that is for remembrance."
Lemon and Rosemary Simmering Potpourri
- 1 lemon sliced
- 3-4 sprigs of rosemary
- 2 cinnamon sticks (or whole cloves)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 cups water