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09/05/2018

Rosemary

One of our favourite herbs at Dunbrody - a powerful guardian and a protector of women and frequently used in witch magic as a protection for girls or women.   

This wonderful herb is widely used to bring good dreams, keep marriage faithful and the home peaceful, and for brewing up cleansing and beautifying baths.  Rosemary is also known as Compass Weed, Dew of the Sea, Elf Leaf, Guardrobe, Incensier, Polar Plant, and Sea Dew.  

Rosemary is considered masculine, and is associated with the Sun and the element of Fire.

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Ancient practitioners have long used Rosemary for strengthening memory and focusing thoughts. Rosemary is a symbol of love and it has been utilized for hundreds of years to insure the fidelity of lovers and is presented as gifts to
wedding guests.

Often found growing in kitchen gardens, Rosemary was believed to represent the dominance of the lady of the house. It was believed in many cultures to protect families from evil spirits and witches with evil intentions and used by goof witch magic to protect women. Catholic priests commonly used Rosemary as incense in religious ceremonies. When someone died of a disease, it was commonly burned in English homes and placed in the coffins of the dead to
prevent sickness from also infecting the living.

Uses of Rosemary:

You can remove negative energy from the home by burning Rosemary in a censor or metal stone incense container. It is believed to ward off evil spirits and to keep burglars and others with evil intentions from gaining entrance to your home to harm your family. Mixed with Juniper berries, Rosemary can be burned in a sickroom to promote healing and recovery and to drive out any negativity held within the room.

For centuries, Rosemary has been burned as incense to remove jealousy or infidelity. Placing a small amount of Rosemary in your bath water is believed to enhance memory and clarity of thought. A sprinkle of Rosemary placed between the pages of the book one is studying, is believed to enhance your memory when you take the test at school. And Rosemary is believed to remove nightmares if a
few twigs are placed under the pillow.

Interestingly, a few scientific studies have shown that rosemary actually stimulates the areas of the brain concerned with memory.

History of Its Use:

In England, if Rosemary was able to grow in your garden, it meant the woman of the house was the dominant partner in the household. "Where Rosemary flourishes, the Woman rules" was a common saying in France. Throughout Europe during the Middle Ages, it was also hung in a small cloth bag  around ones neck to ward off the plague. Mothers hung twigs of Rosemary above  the cradles of their beloved infant to attract positive energies and to prevent fairies from carrying away the child.

We suggest adding it to your bath or popping it under your pillow.

 

For the Foodies

Thoughout the year we offer some great dates for your diary - you can book any of these on their own or as part of a package: Call 051.389600 to book. 
 
Dunbrody Sunday Market Every Sunday from Noon - browse the artisan crafts and local food producers. There's lots of great gift ideas from Kevin Dundon's fruit cakes, gluten free fresh bakes, chutneys and books to hand-made jewelry, cards, walking sticks and spices.  A great gathering of local crafts people, foodies and artists every Sunday. The perfect way to spend a Sunday - followed by Jazz Brunch in the Local afterwards or maybe Afternoon Tea in the hotel.  The market takes place every Sunday.
 
Easter Sunday Jazz Brunch A leisurely stroll in the gardens and around the Dunbrody Easter market and afterwards a slap-up brunch with live jazz in the Local Pub at Dunbrody From Noon til 4pm. Not forgetting the Easter Egg Hunt too!
 
Spring Cooking Our fabulous new schedule of cookery courses is now available to book online as well as direct.  Check out Dunbrody Cookery School for all the information or call 051.389600 to enquire.
 
Dunbrody Classic Afternoon Tea €30 Now that the Spring has arrived why not treat yourself to the wonderful Duunbrody Classic Afternoon Tea complete with our delicious freshly-baked pastries and scones and made to order savoury snacks.  Served with the Tea Forte range of teas and Nespresso coffees. From 3-5pm Call 051389600 to book. 
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