If you cook regularly, you may have used the culinary herb Rosemary for flavor enhancement. But did you know that rosemary is also valued for it’s medical benefits? Rosemary has plenty of health benefits such as promoting digestion and improving hair growth. However, rosemary is most known as “the herb of remembrance”.
Since Ancient timea Rosemary has been renowned for it’s cognitive functions. In Henry Lytes, 1578 “Niewer Herball” He writes about Rosemary:“The Arrabians and their successors Physitions, do say that Rosemarie comforteth the brayne, the memory and the inward senses, and that it restoreth speech, especially the conserve made of the flowers, thereof with Sugar, to be received daily.”
And in Shakespeare’s Hamelt, he says ““There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.”
During major life events such as weddings, funerals and war commemorations in medieval times people would burn the rosemary leaves as an incense and throw it around the place of event as a symbol of remembrance. It was also common practice to place rosemary on pillowcases so that it can improve the memory.
Recent scientific studies have confirmed the ability of reosemary to improve cognitive function and memory. In one study, by Moss, Cook, Wesnes, and Duckett (2003) found that rosemary oil enhanced the overall quality of memory for a group of study participants. In a 2012 study done on 28 elderly people ( 75 plus) found that when given does of rosemary leaf power they had significant improvement in their cognitive performance.
As it turns out, rosemary promotes cognitive function it works by improving circulation to the brain and when used for an extended period of time it helps prevent Alzheimer’s. Rosemary contains antioxidant called carnosic acid which protects neurons from radical damage. All this means rosemary is beneficial for your memory. You can consume rosemary in several forms to receive It’s memory and cognitive enhancements. If you are a tea fan, you may prefer drinking rosemary tea.
Here is how you prepare Rosemary tea:
- Get some rosemary tea. Fresh leaves from a branch are preferred Place the leaves into a teapot.
- Boil water and pour the water into the teapot.
- You can add some honey to sweeten the tea if you want
- Allow the mixture to settle for 20 minutes.
- Large doses of Rosemary can bring about seizures, lung fluid or vomiting. So make sure rosemary quantity is small.
- Don’t drink if pregnant