Rosemary Smells Great ... and Does Wonders For Your Body
As we get older, we often think, "Am I losing my memory?" I worry about my memory as I age and I want to do everything possible to retain optimum brain function and health. When I misplace items I think the worst, as I look for car keys or that pair of sunglasses sitting on top of my head.
Perhaps I should leave everything of importance in my potted rosemary plant for fast location? Because it turns out rosemary, the herb we sprinkle over baked chicken and has been known for thousands of years as a beauty-aid and for its healing, restorative powers is now the benefit of scientific studies. Rosemary, in fact, has been found to aid brain function and supply memory-enhancing properties.
A group of scientists led by Mark Moss at Northumbria University in Newcastle, England, conducted a study to test the value of rosemary and lavender on brain function in regard to our sense of smell. The results found that rosemary enhances mood and showed that test subjects had overall improved "quality of memory and secondary memory factors and enhanced cognitive performance.”
Additional studies conducted between U.S. And Japanese researches have found that naturally occurring phytochemical in rosemary, carnosic acid, produces powerful antioxidant properties and aids in protecting the brain from free radical damage, boosting brain function and increasing blood flow to the brain.
8 Benefits of Rosemary
Amazing Rosemary is great for the brain, but just look at what else it can do for us.
Helps Battle Cancer: Rosemary has been found to reduce the binding of carcinogen in both the breast and prostate. It has also shown results to help battle colon and skin cancer as well as leukemia.
Herbal Pain Fix: When made into a steeping tea and used as and inhalant, rosemary creates an easy migraine headache reliever that has been used for hundreds of years. It stimulates the blood flow to the brain and improves concentration, reduces headaches and improves attitude.
Eases Inflammation: Rosemary contains carnosic acid and carnosol, two powerful anti-inflammatory agents, which inhibit the production of nitric oxide and COX-2, a pain-causing enzyme.
Improves Circulation: As we age some changes normally occur within heart and blood vessels, leaving older people with circulation issues. Changes common to aging are due to modifiable factors that, if not treated, can lead to heart disease. Rosemary essential oil has been used for years as an aid to improve local blood circulation while alleviating pain.
Hinders Hair Loss: Women have bathed their hair in Rosemary, lavender, and thyme solutions for centuries and for good reason. It stimulates new hair growth and is believed to permanently ward off premature hair loss — it can also hold gray hair from sneaking up and keeps dandruff at bay.
Anti-Aging Formula: Rosemary improves skin texture as we age. Rosemary stimulates cell regeneration, helps to firm, tone and increase blood flow to skin cells, helping us keep that wonderful glow of health.
Attitude Adjustment Anyone? If anyone
gets a little grumpy just add rosemary to their life. Controlled studies show
that getting even a small little whiff of this herb has an amazing ability to
improve your emotional state. Potted rosemary kept around the home is an easy
fix for grumpy old man syndrome.
Herbal Medical Kit: Rosemary has been studied and found to boost the immune system. Drinking rosemary tea can relieve arthritis pain. It is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and anti-bacterial aid in the following conditions: Rosemary aids digestion, prevents food-borne illness, aids water retention issues and kidney function by increasing urine flow. It can also aid in respiratory health and when used during cold and flu season by breathing fresh rosemary or organically grown essential oil placed into a water bath will reduce congestion.
While rosemary offers many health benefits, pregnant women should be cautious not to ingest too much. Some studies have shown it to be possibly unsafe in that it may stimulate menstruation and possibly cause miscarriage. Additionally, people with high blood pressure, ulcers or Crohn's disease should avoid taking rosemary.