Rosemary is a versatile herb that has been valued and used for centuries. In ancient Greece, it has been used to improve memory, and scientists are now confirming these properties of this amazing herb.
Rosemary contains compounds that prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, a chemical that induces brain cells responsible for memory and reasoning to communicate with one another.
There are a few herbs readily available in your spice cabinet that boast some amazing memory enhancing effects. One of which is..
Rosemary has been used since the times of ancient Rome. Students were known to braid fresh rosemary sprigs into their hair during examinations to stay alert and attentive. But you don’t have to to go walking around with rosemary on your head! Its internal benefits are just as potent as its aromatic qualities.
Making a tea is one the easiest ways to take rosemary for its memory enhancing benefits.
Simply put 1 tsp of dried rosemary into a mug and pour boiling water over it. You can use fresh rosemary for a stronger effect, I usually snip off a 1-2 inch piece – make sure it’s clean.
Cover the mug with a small plate to keep the essential oils of the rosemary from evaporating while the tea steeps.
Steep covered for only a few minutes as rosemary tea can get far too strong in flavor if you’re not careful.
Sip this tea 2-3 times a day as needed for mental clarity and stress relief.
Rosemary stimulates nourishing blood flow to the brain keeping you alert and focused. It also wards you against catching a cold because rosemary is full of nutrients that stimulate your immune system. So chances are, you may not be getting sick anymore from germy desks at school!
Another handy way to take rosemary is by tincture.
How to Make Rosemary Tincture
All you need is a small jar, 80 proof vodka (100 proof is better if it’s available), and fresh or dried rosemary (again, fresh is better).
If you’re using dried rosemary, simply fill the little jar halfway and fill the rest of the way up with vodka.
If you’re using fresh rosemary, fill the jar completely with rosemary, cutting it up into pieces as you go, and then fill to the top with vodka.
Shake the jar daily for the first week, and then let it sit for another 5 weeks in a cool dark place.
You’ll notice that your tincture will turn a beautiful vibrant green color. At the end of 6 weeks, strain your tincture and bottle in dropper bottles or just use a small spoon to measure out a dose when needed.
HOW TO USE ROSEMARY OIL
To use rosemary oil to improve your future memory, mix 3 drops of rosemary oil with ½ teaspoon of coconut oil and rub on upper neck or diffuse for one hour a day.