“There’s rosemary that’s for remembrance: pray, love, remember.” Does this sentence ring a bell in your head? Well, if you have read Hamlet, then it surely will. The most famous literary reference to rosemary’s memory-boosting properties was quoted by Opehlia in Hamlet.
A fragrant herb native to the Mediterranean, rosemary is used worldwide as a culinary condiment in perfumes and essential oils. This herb has been hailed since ancient times for its various medicinal properties. But before I quote the rest, the most intriguing property that makes rosemary stand out is its ability to enhance your memory and concentration.
Research suggests that the pungent pine-like scent of rosemary oil can improve cognitive function, and improve speed and accuracy to perform certain mental tasks. Volunteers exposed to rosemary scent did better at remembering tasks and were more alert mentally than the placebo group.
Apart from this, rosemary is also known to have the following health benefits.
- Rich source of antioxidants and vitamins (A, B6, C)
- Boosts immune system
- Improves digestion
- Protects the brain and prevents brain aging
- Protects against cancer and macular degeneration
- Relieves stress
- Good for hair