Friday, June 19, 2009
Rosemary is known as the herb of remembrance, after all, so I suppose that's a first clue to the tremendous supportive actions this plant has on the brain.
We think of rosemary as a culinary herb, of course, and it excels in that role. Besides tasting good, it has many helpful digestive aid properties, including reduction of cholesterol. It is also wonderful for concentration, and for varying blood pressure issues, dependent on dose. Baths with rosemary (oil or herb) are very restorative for tired muscles and minds, and as a venous decongestant, it can clear stuffy noses, help headaches, and relieve bruises. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, this little plant packs a lot of power in its deep green leaves.
Studies in the UK have shown that massaging a cream containing rosemary essential oil onto the legs improved concentration and memory function in Alzheimer's Patients (AROMATHERAPY, Price & Price). My own experience has shown this to be true for individuals with brain damage as well. Over a period of time, I have seen how a daily application of cream that includes rosemary oil has contributed to improved overall mental acuity for my client. Rosemary is also helpful in conjunction with other adrenal and brain function support herbs, working synergistically to improve mood and memory with schisandra and rhodiola.
Rosemary is a good friend to have! Many of my products contain rosemary, and if any of the above issues are of interest for you or someone you know, drop me an email. I'll be happy to help you.
Kelley Rico is a trained herbalist, aromatherapist, and a certified Flower Essence and Jin Shin Jyutsu® practitioner.