Rosemary extracts or diluted rosemary oil was used for thousands of years as a salve to be applied externally on painful muscles and joints stiffened by rheumatism. Added to bath water, it provides a relaxing soak that eased pain and stimulated blood flow.
The remarkable rosemary also has a long history for improving memory and wasused as a symbol of remembrance. In Europe, mourners would throw it into graves as a symbolic promise to remember their dead. Even Shakespeare knew of the value of rosemary: in the play Hamlet, Ophelia says, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.”
This ancient belief is more than folklore; studies indicate that the rosemary leaf contains dozens of different types of antioxidants and other compounds which affect the brain by preventing the breakdown of a chemical nerve transmitter called acetylcholine. This aids in long-term memory retention and may even be beneficial for those suffering from neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition, the youthful herb is…
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