Dunbrody's Blog

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.

 

Winter Specials

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. 
Escape to the Country - nothing beats 2 nights getaway to the stunning Hook Peninsula & Dunbrody Country House & Estate especially when it includes a dinner on one night from Kevin Dundon's kitchen!  Treat yourself to a well-earned break of relaxation, pampering and indulgence.  You've definitely earned it  

Available throughout the year.  Click HERE to book

Live Like a Lord (or a lady!) To the Manor Born at Dunbrody   - Live like a Lord for 2 days in 1800s Dunbrody House...Georgian architecture meets modern luxury with this 2 day package which includes a Classic Afternoon Tea, dinner in the Harvest Room Restaurant from our Summer Seasonal Menu and champagne breakfast in bed til Noon on one morning.

Available throughout the year.  Click HERE to book

A Gatsby New Year - This New Year's Eve, the most glamorous pleasure-seekers are invited to shake out their pearls and tassels, unfurl their feathers and elude the beady eye of the law at the most lavish Prohibition Party yet. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the classic elegance of art deco of the Roaring 20’s. Be transported to an era of a modern renaissance where style, opulence, and grace were the only way to swing. Kicking off with traditional Prohibition cocktails and canapes and followed up with a Vintage Gala Dinner with live music throughout.

New Year's Eve Gatsby Package includes: 2 nights B&B with breakfast, Afternoon Tea on the day arrival (between 3 and 5pm), Cocktails & Canapes from 7.30pm with 8 course Gala Dinner on New Year's Eve from  8-8.15pm finishing up with Live Music with our resident two piece From Mars to Venus.

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Love Is 2 days of indulgence at Dunbrody House throughout this Winter.  The perfect treat for someone you love. 
Love Is package includes:
- Sundays & Midweek accommodation in one of Dunbrody's luxury rooms or suites, Dinner for Two from the Harvest Room Seasonal Menu on one of the nights, Champagne Heidsick & Flowers in room on arrival, Breakfast til Noon next day.

Sundays & Midweek Click HERE to book

The Lodge at Dunbrody - For the perfect family break the original steaward's house at Dunbrody House offers all the perks of being in the main house but with loads of space for kids of all ages too.  Sleeping up to six you have the option of self-catering or let us look after all your dining needs. Minimum two night stay. Click HERE to check availability

Kevin Dundon's Online Christmas Cookery Course Part 1 & Part 2

In two parts starting on Monday 16th November - learn how too take the stress out of Christmas. From to bake the perfect Christmas cake and pudding, whip up a delicious brandy butter, cranberry sauce and much much more. This seven day course with daily tutorials and recipes will have you well prepared for your family Christmas feast.  A downloadable PDF of all the recipes will be available and you can access the full course content at the time of your choice.  Also included are two live cook alongs at 7pm Tuesday and Thursday evening Irish time. 

Part 2 takes place from Monday 7th December where Kevin will share all his chef secrets in making sure you'll know how to prepare a delicious and moist turkey, glazed ham, different stuffings, braised red cabbage, traditional and new idea treats & desserts and will follow the  same 7 day format as part 1 with the 2 live cookalongs too.  

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