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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Renew with Rosemary

Renew with


Rosemary is a fragrant herb that is a member of the mint family.  It is a native plant to the Mediterranean.  It is used in many culinary dishes, perfumes, and bath products and aromatherapy.  

Rosemary is a great source of calcium, iron, and vitamin B6.  It is a vital member of the mint family along with other herbs such as lavender, oregano, thyme and basil.  The name rosemary was derived from the Latin words ros (dew) marinus (sea) or "sea dew." Rosemary was used in ancient times as a medicinal herb for improving digestion, enhancing memory, relieving muscle pain, boosting the immune and circulatory systems, and promoting the growth of hair, and the prevention of the aging of the brain.   

Rosemary preserves the health of the brain by through a compound called carnosic acid.  which fights off damage to the cells caused by free radicals.  Free radicals are harmful particles that are by-products of chemical reactions that move freely around the body.  Carsonic acid, a powerful antioxidant, acts to remove and destroy free radicals before cells are affected.  Rosemary also protects against neuro-degeneration(beta-amyloid induced ) in the hippocampus region of the brain.  

Memory can be enhanced by increasing the concentration of rosemary oil in the bloodstream.  This is easily done by eating foods that contain rosemary.  A simple way to use rosemary is to create a rosemary infused oil.  This is easily done by store a few springs of rosemary in olive oil.  The oil can then be used to flavor foods or to cook with.  

This same oil can also be used as an aromatherapy remedy.  The oil can be used to make scrubs or added to a bath to help moisturize and nourish the skin.