an ode to rosemary - our ancient herb
It’s name comes from the Latin word ros “dew” and marinus “sea” or “dew of the sea”, however myth has it that when the Virgin Mary spread her blue cloak over a rosemary bush as she rested, the white flowers turned blue. The bush came to be known as the “Rose of Mary”.
A sacred herb to the ancient Egyptians, Hebrews, Greeks and Romans they believed in its healing powers and used it as a herb of remembrance. It is also said that it was used in the Middle Ages to ward off evil spirits and to protect against the plague.
Moving forward, scientists have found that it improves digestion, enhances memory and concentration, and can prevent brain ageing. Look into the history of a small town in the south of Italy called Acciaroli to learn more about why so many of its inhabitants have lived into their 100s.
A study was undertaken in 2007 that showed inhaling rosemary and lavender oils for five minutes significantly reduced cortisol levels. Cortisol is the main hormone that is released during the ‘flight or fight’ response to stress.
From our personal perspectives, when we burn or bathe in rosemary oil, it literally clears and renews the air and energy in the space. When we inhale it, it genuinely lifts our spirits.
When we rub rosemary oil on our wrists prior to yoga, the scent makes us feel stronger throughout our practise.
So when choosing the colour of our forth sock, we gave ode to rosemary. Our socks weren’t revered by the Romans or Egyptians but we believe comfortable feet can make you feel stronger and empowered too.