Rosemary is a component of many recipes and natural remedies… But did you know that this plant can stimulate and increase the memory? Remember, in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia said: “there’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.”
Rosemary: A Wild Plant With A Thousand Virtues!
Rosemary is a plant that traditionally grows in the wild, especially in scrubland, arid and limestone. Whether fresh or dry it is widely used in cooking and cosmetics because of its many therapeutic properties. In ancient times, rosemary was used as incense, and was thrown into the burial pit to remember the dead…
What are the components of rosemary?
The pharmacological composition of rosemary is as follows: it contains rosmanol, carnosic acid, flavonoids, oleanic acid and rosmarinic acid. These components have medicinal properties recognized for centuries: anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-oxidant, etc.
Rosemary protects the brain and brain functions
The carnosic acid reduces the damage of free radicals, protects the DNA and brain cells. The rosmarinic acid is a powerful antioxidant with antibacterial properties. Carnosol is an anti-inflammatory agent that prevents the appearance of cancers such as breast, prostate, skin, colon, etc. Carnosol present in the rosemary protects the neurons and delays the development of degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Rosemary protects the acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in the nervous system and stimulates brain cells to promote memory.
How to use rosemary to increase your memory?
Rosemary essential oil has purifying virtues… You can burn it as incense or pour a few drops of essential oil in a diffuser.
Numerous scientific studies have proven the effectiveness of rosemary to increase memory. According to one of them, the rosemary essential oil diffusion can increase the memory up to 60 to 75%! In fact, a US study conducted in 2003 showed that inhaling rosemary essential oil made it possible to improve the performance of the brain and memory.
Another study in 2012, conducted on 28 people with an average age of 75, demonstrated clear progress of their cognitive performance with the use of doses of powder of dried rosemary leaves.
According to an English study, rosemary contains a compound called cineole (1.8 cineol) that improves the cognitive performance and regulates the mood.
Moreover, students in ancient Greece were accustomed to rosemary around their head while they were revising their exams to boost their memory. Today, this plant is experiencing resurgence in its popularity. Rosemary is widely used as an analgesic to treat migraines and digestive problems.