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.”
Evelyn I. Funda, Professor
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, CHaSS
Director of the Mountain West Center
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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.
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.
Brookdale Community College
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Lincroft, NJ 07738
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