Rosemary, also known as Rosmarinus officinalis, is a fantastic multi-purpose herb native to the Mediterranean region. It is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves, and pink, blue, purple or white flowers. It has dark green leaves that have been used for thousands of years as a result of their health-promoting properties.
Rosemary Has an Ability to Improve Memory
The herb has been long used thanks to its ability to improve memory. Ancient Greek students typically put rosemary sprigs in their hair while studying to enhance their memory. That’s not all, the reference to this miraculous herb can also be found in Hamlet.
Many studies have confirmed that carnosic acid present in the herb can protect against free radical brain damage. In addition, the herb possesses natural acids, which can help protect against DNA and cell damage caused by free radicals. Moreover, rosemary has powerful compounds that can inhibit the breakdown of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is actually a chemical, which stimulates the brain cells responsible for reasoning and memory to communicate with one another.
Several tests have confirmed that participants sniffing rosemary essential oil had a higher possibility to remember doing things in the future by a whopping 60-75% in comparison to participants who were not exposed to the oil.
The Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology published a study showing that the enhanced memory function is attributed to the chemical compound known as 1,8-cineole present in the oil. Participants inhaled rosemary extract prior to doing specific activities while at the same time, researchers tested their stress levels, accuracy, speed, and mood. Researchers concluded that those participants who had a higher level of 1,8-cineole into the bloodstream had better results!
In fact, the earliest reported or recorded use of rosemary was as a cognitive stimulant. A large number of people considered that sniffing rosemary can enhance memory, concentration and increase intelligence to a great extent. Even though many of these claims are still being examined and studied, but the beneficial effects of rosemary on the brain show an increase in memory retention. Also, rosemary has been linked to an improved cognitive function in elderly, dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers.
Other Health Benefits of Rosemary
Rosemary has been used in modern herbal medicine as a mild painkiller to provide relief from migraines and digestive issues.
Rosemary has also many other unique health benefits such as enhancing mood, decreasing inflammation, relieving pain, preventing premature aging, improving blood circulation, boosting the immune system, preventing the onset of bacterial infections, treating skin conditions, and cleansing and detoxifying the body.