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Rosemary: a kitchen herb for memory

Rosemary has not only been used for centuries for culinary and medicinal purposes, but for symbolic purposes as well. In Rome, all wedding attendees would carry sprigs of rosemary to represent love and fidelity. It also symbolizes eternity and historically has been placed on caskets. Historically, rosemary was also used as a perfume.

Rosemary is known as the herb of remembrance for good reason. It is high in antioxidants and boosting cognition. It helps with improving our short-term memory. There are also studies being done to show the benefits of rosemary on improving the cognitive function. Rosemary is showing wonderful results with Alzheimer’s. It is also known to help with headaches and depression. Also, when one is studying keep a sprig of rosemary nearby smelling it often, then when the exam is taken, also take the sprig or the essential oil to help the mind to recall the information easier.

Rosemary helps with digestion. It is a member of the mint family, which when made into a tea, it may help with a slow or cold digestion that causes gas, nausea, cramping or bloating. Rosemary also supports the liver by helping with fat digestion. Some even use rosemary tea for a mouthwash as it is great for the mouth, gums, halitosis, and sore throats.

Rosemary is high in antioxidant properties. Some other traditional medicinal uses of rosemary are:

  • Helps the heart to increase circulation and decrease inflammation in the cardiovascular system.

  • Helps with hair loss.

  • Helps with pain, especially arthritis pain.

  • Helps with colds and flu because it helps with stagnant congestion in the sinuses & lungs.

  • Helps with cataracts.

  • Helps with protecting the skin and with wounds as it decreases the sun’s UV damage, prevents wrinkles, and helps against the bacteria that causes body odor.

Although rosemary has some amazing medicinal properties, it is prudent to also specify special considerations as rosemary may lower blood glucose so those taking insulin should closely monitor their levels. Also, while culinary amounts of rosemary are fine during pregnancy and breastfeeding, large doses should be avoided at these times.

written by Beth Davis

Master Herbalist and Footzonology Practitioner

She loves empowering others to take control of their health by

teaching numerous classes on topics ranging from

Kitchen Medicine to Immune System Health.

Currently, her family is traveling around America exploring its many wonders.

If you would like to have her teach a class or two in your area, you can find her at

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