One study lends some credence to this reputation. When the smell of rosemary was pumped into cubicles where people were working, those people showed improved memory, though, with slower recall.
Thousands of years ago the ancient people noticed that when they wrapped meat in crushed rosemary leaves that it preserved it and gave a pleasing flavor. And the ancients were right. Its ability to preserve meats led to the belief that rosemary helped preserve memory.
Another study showed that carnosic acid, found in rosemary, shields the brain from free radicals, lowering the risk of stroke and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s.
Like most culinary herbs, rosemary herb may help relax the smooth muscle lining of the digestive tract making it an antispasmodic. And like other aromatic herbs, it may help relieve nasal and chest congestion caused by colds, flu, and allergies. Other uses include bad breath, blood circulation, fever blisters, hemorrhoids, mouth sores and sore throats.
It contains chemicals that may help fight infection causing and food spoiling bacteria and fungi. In reference to "natural remedies for pets", rosemary will help with joint pain and muscle tension.
Antispasmodics sooth not only the digestive tract but other smooth muscles such as the uterus and back making it useful for menstrual cramps and back pain. Pregnant woman need to stay clear of medicinal preparations of rosemary. Other woman may try it to promote menstruation.
As with all herbal nutrition supplements, rosemary supplements should only be used in amounts typically recommended for medicinal purposes and you should always consult with a health professional first, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking prescription medications.
CHEMICAL & NUTRIENT CONTENT:
Antioxidants, betulinic acid, caffeic acid, camphor, carnosic acid, rosmaridiphenol, rosmanol, rosmarinic acid, ursolic acid, vitamin A, C, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and is high in calcium, iron and vitamin B6.
Rosemary herb is a woody, pine scented perennial with needle like leaves. It reaches approximately three feet and produces a pale blue flower. Its easy to grow and is pest resistant. It can be grown from seeds, but seedlings are slow to develop. I recommend to start with cuttings. If you sow seeds, plant them in the spring about six inches apart. Plant cuttings in sandy soil, leaving only one third of each twig showing.
Rosemary prefers light, sandy, well drained soil in full sun. Over watering could cause root rot. It usually survives zero degree temperatures without special care. You can also grow this herb in pots, and bring them inside when temperatures dip to low. If you bring indoors, keep in a south facing window. Growing herbs indoors is no more difficult than growing them in the garden and using for added flavor to your favorite recipes.
Other herbs containing anti-spasmodic effects include balm, black cohosh, blue cohosh, chamomile, dong quai, fennel, garlic, licorice, mullein, passion flower, red raspberry, rhubarb, skullcap, thyme and valerian.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR PETS:
A tincture is well known as a tonic and can be used to cleanse and sooth the eyes. It can easily help with pain relief, fights infections for wounds, minor cuts and burns. Oil of rosemary (diluted with water) is useful for treatment of rheumatism. Massage the affected area by working through the fur and into the skin.
To keep pets tick free, dry a bunch of sprigs in your microwave, strip off the leaves, grind in a blender - then rub the powder into your dog or cats fur and sprinkle around their play area.