People have used rosemary for more than five thousand years. In that time many myths and legends have arisen. The Rosemary Specialist explores some of these, together with modern scientific studies, in the sections below.
As for Rosmarine, I lett it runne all over my garden walls, not onlie because my bees love it, but because it is the herb sacred to remembrance, and, therefore, to friendship; whence a sprig of it hath a dumb language that maketh it the chosen emblem of our funeral wakes and in our buriall grounds.
There's rosemary, that's for remembrance; pray, love, remember.
Libanotis the Romans call rosmarinus and those who plait wreaths for the head use it. It is boiled in water and [drunk] before exercise. It is also mixed with remedies for the removal of fatigue.