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Feb 5, 2013 | Natural Society | Elizabeth Renter
Rosemary is a staple in any well-stocked kitchen. Meat-eaters say it’s great for rubs and everyone knows how good it is with garlic on roasted potatoes. But like thyme and mint, this herb has benefits that go far beyond culinary. Rosemary has a wealth of healing properties and you can grow it yourself. Here’s some essential information on rosemary health benefits and how growing rosemary at home can be one of the easiest things to do. Enjoy!
Rosemary is a woody herb with needle-like leaves. Its scent is unmistakable and it can be found in many herb gardens. In some southern locales, rosemary can grow year-round and the plants develop into glorious-smelling shrubs that can be used even for landscaping.
A Brief History on Rosemary
Historically, the herb has always been seen as a mental booster. It is said that Greek students would wear rosemary while sitting for tests, believing the plant’s scent would boost their brain power. It’s also been used in remembrance since ancient Egypt, when the tradition of putting sprigs or wreaths of rosemary on the tombs of the dead first began. But, rosemary’s power of remembrance doesn’t stop there—recent studies have found it to actually boost memory and stave off age-related cognitive decline.
Rosemary Benefits for Health
According to studies found in the Journal of Neurochemistry and Nature Reviews Neuroscience, rosemary’s active component carsonic acid (CA) can actually protect the brain from damage, including that caused by strokes and degeneration due to toxins and free radicals.