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What Does Rosemary Smell Like?

The rosemary plant is renowned for being low- maintenance. The name rosemary comes from the Latin name for "dew" (ros) and "sea". It has been said that all this plant needs to flourish is humidity and sea breeze.


Rosemary is a staple in virtually every herbal garden. Moreover, its utility in the world of culinary arts is far-reaching. This herb has a prominent place in many recipes but rosemary's versatility doesn't stop there. Since the 15 century, it has been distilled into oil and used as an essential oil for health and beauty purposes.


What Does Rosemary Smell Like?

Rosemary has very fragrant needle-like leaves, and it can have white, blue, purple, or pink flowers. The scent of rosemary is pungent and somewhat astringent, similar to eucalyptus or camphor. It has a herbal evergreen quality that's fresh and green without being sweet (unlike herbs like mints or basil). Whether you're smelling rosemary freshly grown or processed as an essential oil can affect the scent as well. 


The History of Rosemary

As a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, the name "rosemary" originates from a Latin word that translates to "dew of the sea." The Ancient Greeks would religiously burn rosemary as an incense, giving rise to a flavored smoke known to be profoundly cleansing. They also refer to rosemary as "anthos" or "flower."  

The Benefits of Rosemary

Rosemary has been linked to memory for thousands of years. In Hamlet, Shakespeare has Ophelia say to her brother Laertes: "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance." Modern research is showing there may indeed be a connection between the scent of rosemary and memory.

rosemary candle

Experience the benefits of rosemary and journey to the sunny Mediterranean  without ever leaving home with our Rosemary & Bergamot candleThe scent rosemary is ideal for your home office, kitchen or anytime you want an uplifting scent.


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