In ancient days scholars wore a sprig in their hair. In modern days we’ve added this herb to oils, lotions, foods, and more.
If you haven’t heard the saying “He or she would forget their head if it wasn’t tied on.” then maybe you cannot relate to the problem of forgetfulness. Long ago my first husband came home one day from visiting friends and told me all excited “you will not believe who I saw!” His face was all excited, and at this point I am wondering who he saw, so I ask “Who?” His face quickly changed from excited to puzzled as he said “Oh you know, what’s his name.” I’m thinking if you weren’t going to tell me in the first place, then why even bring it up! But who isn’t guilty of forgetting?
In psychology class we may have been informed that we never forget, just repress, or have so many other things on our mind that we are unable to recall at that moment so we require triggers to jar our memory.
Thousands of years ago people used Rosemary to aid in remembering. Sprigs of rosemary were placed in the hair of students while studying for exams. And still today research is showing that rosemary has the ability to aid in memory.
Rosemary Aids in Alzheimer’s Prevention
Rosemary or Rosmarinus officinalis contains rosmarinic acid among a dozen or so other antioxidants reported to prevent the break down of acetylcholine. Although, according to James A. Duke, PhD. We are not certain whether the acetylcholine deficiency results from Alzheimer’s or is caused by Alzheimer’s, we know that acetylcholine is a brain chemical or neurotransmitter playing “a key role in cognition and reasoning.”Therefore it would stand to reason that anything that would aid in the prevention of the chemical breakdown of acetylcholine, while boosting the choline to preserve brain tissues would be desired.
Use it Topically
The extremely versatile rosemary can be eaten, inhaled, added to bath water, oils, lotions and shampoos, brewed as a tea, used as a preservative for meats, and to season meats prior to grilling. It contains many antioxidants and mops up free radicals. Several of the compounds found in rosemary are responsible for retarding the breakdown of acetylcholine and can enter the blood stream through the skin and aid the body’s defenses.
Two Teaspoons of Rosemary Provides the Following Nutrients:
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|vitamin A IU||68.80 IU||1.38|
|vitamin A RE||6.88 RE|
|A – carotenoid||6.88 RE||0.09|
|A – retinol||0.00 RE|
|A – beta carotene||41.32 mcg|
|thiamin – B1||0.00 mg||0.00|
|riboflavin – B2||0.00 mg||0.00|
|niacin – B3||0.04 mg||0.20|
|niacin equiv||0.04 mg|
|vitamin B6||0.04 mg||2.00|
|vitamin B12||0.00 mcg||0.00|
|vitamin C||1.36 mg||2.27|
|vitamin D IU||0.00 IU||0.00|
|vitamin D mcg||0.00 mcg|
|vitamin E alpha equiv||0.04 mg||0.20|
|vitamin E IU||0.08 IU|
|vitamin E mg||0.04 mg|
|vitamin K||– mcg||–|
|pantothenic acid||– mg||–|
Courtesy of the World’s Healthiest Food’s Organization
Rosemary is an Easy Addition to the Diet
Rosemary can be added to your favorite dishes calling for tomatoes or tomato sauces, as a seasoning for meats and eggs, added to dressings for salads or dipping breads or brewed in tea
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Rosemary for a Host of Ailments
- A muscle rub for arthritis, and taken internally for the painful inflammation of arthritis
- To regulate the menstrual cycle, drink in a tea or eaten
- One part rosemary oil and two parts olive oil rubbed into the scalp for growth and health of the hair
- There are anti-bacterial properties in rosemary, so soaking a cloth and pressing it to the underarm aids in controlling offensive body odors
- Rosemary is one of the oils used by aroma therapists to aid in fighting depression. It contains cineole which aids the central nervous system
- To revive a fainting victim place a drop or two of rosemary oil on a cloth and place under the nose.
- For muscle soreness toss a bag of rosemary into the bath water and relax
- To keep skin more supple and youthful drink rosemary tea and add rosemary to your favorite skincare regimen
- Rosemary improves circulation and blood flow to the head and brain
- Improves concentration
- Reduces the severity of asthma attacks
- Boosts your immune system
- Reduces swelling.
So if you forget everything else written in this article, remember one thing:
Thank you, and be healthy