• – By Jacklyn Fernandez, RHN

Rosemary for memory


Prospective memory is what our minds do for “remembering to remember” – for example, when you say to yourself, “I must remember to take my medication at 3pm.” Now a team of researchers at Northumbria University in the UK have discovered that rosemary can improve memory.

The study was conducted on a group of healthy seniors, split into two groups: One in a room scented with rosemary, and the other without any scent at all. The prospective memory in those in the rosemary scented room tested 15% higher.

But this is not news, after all it was Shakespeare who wrote in Hamlet, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember…”

The UK study indicated that people in the rosemary scented room found they felt more alert, invigorated, and focused. Prospective memory tests were run on the group, and found their ability to remember important tasks were largely – and quickly – improved.

Other benefits of rosemary include, hair growth and baldness prevention (when oil-infused and applied topically), stress and anxiety reduction, hormone balance, anti-aging skin effects, cough reduction, and when ingested it has been shown to boost immunity, aid digestion, stimulate blood flow (good for vision, arthritis, digestion, gout, movement in general), and migraine relief.

The name “rosemary” is derived from the Latin words ros marinus, which literally means “dew of the sea.” Rosemary is a member of the mint family.

PRECAUTION – Rosemary has been known to interfere with certain drugs like Warfarin, Lithium and Lasix, and if used in the form of an essential oil, it’s not recommended for pregnant or lactating women. •

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