In addition to the aromatic theory, I know that at one time in Czech communities, brides and grooms would wear sprigs of rosemary on their wedding day. I have family photos from the 1960s that still do this.   I’ve been told it’s a symbol of honoring ancestors. It’s probably a very old folk idea that is pretty wide spread.  Remember Ophelia, “Rosemary, that’s for remembrance.”


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Utah State University
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Subject: Re: [5BANKSTREET] Rosemary Leaves

I've always assumed its like putting lavender in a chest of textiles. Both are aromatics and will keep moths and other pests away, besides smelling nice.
On Sun, Jul 22, 2018, 8:09 AM James Cody <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:

Hi Everyone,

Does anyone know what practice Marie refers to when she says to Alexandra, "you put rosemary leaves in your chest, like I told you"?


Jim Cody, D.Litt.
English Dept.
Brookdale Community College
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Lincroft, NJ  07738
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