Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis
Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean and is mentioned in early materia medica texts by scholars such as Galen and Dioscorides. It has been used medicinally for centuries but is also known as the ‘herb of remembrance’ and was traditionally used during funerals and remembrance services. The most famous scholar to quote this was Shakespeare himself.
Rosemary is famed for its high essential oil content and is often grown and cultivated specifically for essential oil extraction. It is the essential oils that have made Rosemary a popular addition to the kitchen cupboard due to its fragrant notes.
We harness its essential oil and carnosic acid in Illuminate. Remember, its rosemary.