The Memory-Boosting Herb
Rosemary, or Rosmarinus officinalis, is an aromatic herb native to the Mediterranean region. It has a rich history of culinary and medicinal use, known for its distinct fragrance and potential health benefits.
Research suggests that Rosemary contains compounds, such as rosmarinic acid and carnosic acid, that may have neuroprotective effects and enhance memory and cognitive function. The aroma of Rosemary has also been linked to improved cognitive performance and mood.
Rosemary can be used fresh or dried in cooking to enhance the flavour of various dishes. Additionally, Rosemary tea can be prepared by steeping Rosemary leaves in hot water. Rosemary essential oil can be used aromatically, such as through diffusers or inhalation techniques. It is also available as a tincture.
Always follow safe usage guidelines for essential oils and consult a healthcare provider if you have any concerns.
Rosemary is considered safe for most people when consumed in normal food amounts or used topically. However, concentrated Rosemary essential oil should be used with caution and diluted properly. Rosemary is not recommended in high doses or for long-term use in individuals with epilepsy or seizure disorders. Consult with a healthcare provider for personalised advice.
Whether used in cooking or enjoyed as an aromatic herb, incorporating Rosemary into your lifestyle may contribute to cognitive health and overall wellbeing. As always, consult with a healthcare provider for personalised recommendations.