Rosemary: Helping Your Health

Rosemary is a versatile herb that we’ve previously written about. Being used within bug repellants and perfumes, lamb dishes and medicine, it’s always worth learning more about [1].

Natural News has a wonderful article [2] on some of its uses:

1. Keeps Food-Borne Illness Away

We’ve all heard stories about people who became very sick from food borne pathogens. Clearly, no one wants that to happen to them. It’s always a good idea to follow proper cooking methods and notice food handling practices when possible, but rosemary (surprise, surprise!) can help. Several studies suggest that rosemary helps inhibit food-borne pathogens like Listeria monocytogenes.

2. Improves Memory

If your memory has been foggy more often than not, turn to rosemary. Experts say that simply inhaling a little bit of it can boost memory. In fact, in ancient Greece, it was common for students to place sprigs of the herb in their hair while studying for exams. Today, it’s not much different. While we aren’t styling our hair with rosemary sprigs (that I’m aware of anyway), researchers have discovered that when participants sniff this herb, their memory and ability to concentrate improves.

3. May Help Reduce Cancer Risk

This fragrant, tasty herb has been found to play a role in keeping both breast and colon cancer cells from replicating. That’s promising news, and especially pleasing considering that it’s a natural means of fighting cancer. In particular, rosemary is most beneficial in this case when used with curcumin or as in extract form.

4. Combats Stress

I don’t know about you, but some days are certainly more stressful than others! Enter rosemary. It lowers cortisol levels, the hormone associated with the body’s stress response. Rosemary also produces a sense of calm in people. One study even found that nurses in extremely stressful, busy situations who smelled the herb were less stressed during test-taking than those who didn’t inhale the pleasant aroma.

Beyond this, it’s also been shown to aid digestion, protect against hair loss and work as an anti-inflammatory! So keep some around, and learn to cook with it, your body will thank you.

To learn more about rosemary, check out the original article from Natural News here! Or, to learn about its history as a herb, check out this piece.

Sources:
[1]About.com
[2]Natural News

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