Want to increase your memory by 75%? A series of tests have shown this is possible by smelling the essential oil of rosemary daily. Memory improvement is at the top of the list when we discuss Rosemary benefits and uses.
Mental alertness and long-term memory is boosted by sniffing this herb and it is also nowadays used for migraines and digestive issues. The memory benefits have been mentioned as far back as in Hamlet when Ophelia declares: “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance: pray, love, remember”.
Rosemary contains an ingredient called carnosic acid, which can fight off damage by free radicals in the brain and 1,8-cineole a compound that has been linked to memory function. ***Please note: Pregnant women and users of chronic medication should always check with their health practitioners before taking any supplements or natural treatments and epilepsy sufferers should take caution with camphor dosages.
Rosemary benefits and uses include: good sources of iron, calcium, vitamin B-6 and is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which are thought to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation, alleviate muscle pain, improve memory as mentioned and even promote hair growth.
Well-draining, sandy soil and a sunny spot outside, or a brightly lit indoors space, is ideal for this perennial evergreen. Terracotta pots are perfect as it let excess water out and Rosemary’s do prefer drier conditions above constantly moist roots. Your rosemary plant prefers you to always let the soil dry out in-between thorough watering. Wind or drafts are not loved. Trimming the tips regularly (for cooking or finger-crushing for sniffing) will cause your plant to grow bushier. Always cut above a leaf node and never take more than a 1/3 of the stem.
Propagation through cuttings are easier than most plants. Soft stem cuttings, of about 10cm, that are placed to stand in water, will have roots within 2 weeks.