Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) – fragrant evergreen grass growing in the Mediterranean Sea. It is used as a culinary seasoning to make body spirits, and for its potential health benefits. It is used in modern herbal medicine as an anesthetic and with migraine and digestive problems. Grass is not only good in culinary dishes, such as chicken and rosemary lamb, but it is also a good source of iron, calcium and vitamin B6. It is usually prepared in the form of dried whole herbs or dry powdered extract, and teas and liquid extracts – from fresh or dry leaves. Rosemary is also known for improving memory. Perhaps you’ve heard the mention of rosemary in Hamlet, when Ophelia says that rosemary is for memories.
Recent studies have shown that rosemary contains carnosic acid, which can help you deal with radical damage to your brain. It also has other natural acids that can help you protect your body cells and DNA from damage by free radicals. The basic ingredients of rosemary prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, which is a chemical that moves brain cells that are responsible for memory and communication. The researchers conducted a series of tests, and it turned out that this herb increases the chances of remembering what needs to be done in the future. People who were exposed to rosemary oil had 60-75% more chances to remember, compared to people who were not exposed to oil.
Researchers from another study, published in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, claim that the 1,8-cineole chemical compound is the main reason for improving memory function. Participants in this study inhaled the extraction of rosemary before performing a specific task. They received a level of stress, mood, speed and accuracy, checked before the task. The researchers found that the more 1.8-cineol is absorbed into the body of the participant, the more positive the results.
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