A Truly Medicinal Herb
Recent studies have found that rosemary increases blood flow to the brain, thus improving memory and mental clarity. One such study found that:
“performance on cognitive tasks is significantly related to concentration of absorbed 1,8-cineole following exposure to rosemary aroma, with improved performance at higher concentrations.”
But did you know that these studies are proving what was long ago believed to be true? In Ancient Greece and Rome, students wore wreaths of rosemary while taking exams to stimulate thought and improve recall.
Historically rosemary was also considered a valuable natural medicine. It was used to ease digestive discomfort, headaches, and joint pain. It was even applied topically to prevent baldness. Now ongoing studies are confirming all of these benefits!
Rosemary has also been shown to promote a state of relaxation and reduced stress. A 2007 study published in Psychiatry Research found that smelling rosemary has the ability to
“decrease the stress hormone, cortisol, which protects the body from oxidative stress.”
- To ease sore muscles and joints and promote relaxation, add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to warm bath water, or add a few drops to a carrier oil and rub into sore areas. (Never rub the oil directly on the skin without diluting it with a carrier oil such as almond or jojoba oil.)
- Rubbing a drop or two of the diluted oil on your temples has also been shown to ease headaches.
- Enjoy the benefits of rosemary by sipping on Rosemary Tea.
- Simply add 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried rosemary to a cup of hot water and allow it to steep for 10 minutes. Strain and sip. Prefer a sweeter tea? Add a bit of honey.
- Two or three cups of rosemary tea can help to ease digestive discomfort.
The pine-like aroma and flavor of rosemary is a perfect complement to many recipes including our Roasted Rosemary Cauliflower!