Taking a Look at Rosemary

505 Words Jan 25th, 2018 2 Pages
But through time rosemary has been not only a name, but adapted to modern day medicine. Rosemary may even be the future aid to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. It could be the medicine of the future. Rosemary, or Rosmarinus officinalis, was originally grown in the Mediterranean. However, there are many recordings of rosemary in Egypt where they buried their dead with rosemary on their graves or in their tombs. Rosemary was also mentioned in Shakespeare, in Romeo and Juliet, Juliet wore rosemary throughout the entire story to foreshadow her death. And in Anzac day in Australia citizens are expected to wear rosemary in honor of their dead ancestors (2014 Monterey Bay Spice Company). Aside from rosemary’s obvious symbolism for death it also symbolizes memory. Shakespeare mentioned rosemary once again in Hamlet, but this time speaking of it out of an aid for remembrance. In Latin rosemary is Ros Maris, which means “dew of the sea” because of its growth near water and in Spain it is called Romero. The reasoning behind rosemary’s name is because if the story once told about a Mediterranean woman who, in hopes to hide her baby from King Herod, hid under a rosemary bush when she attempted to flee to Egypt. The woman’s name was Mary and rosemary was considered a rose bush. In the Middle Ages rosemary was also burnt in the homes of many because of its foretold ability to ward…

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