Rosemary for Remembrance

rosemary

rosmarinus officinalis

In this crazy-busy age it’s easy to find yourself forgetting things. I often drive back down the street to make sure that I closed the garage door when I left. It feels silly, but my mind is distracted with my ‘to do list’ and I fail to remember if I completed that task. Maybe I should scent my car with rosemary; it’s the brain oil.

“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember.” Shakespeare wrote these words in a time when herbs were used daily as medicine. In his age they may have been motivated by folkloric wisdom, but modern research is validating the same benefits of rosemary.

In 2003, a study was done to test the idea that rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) enhanced overall memory. More recently, another case study took place to see if rosemary could improve working memory and create a positive mood. The experiments showed that rosemary helped to focus the mind. The second study also concluded that the diffused essential oil enhanced general cognition, speed, accuracy, and mood.

Rosemary essential oil can help us to remember things, be more alert, and have mental clarity. Fortunately, it also reduces fatigue so our body is up to the challenges that our brain is ready to tackle. All of rosemary’s help is easy to access, too; just sniff the bottle. You can also diffuse the oil alone, or with a few drops of lemon (Citrus limon) or basil (Ocimum basilicum) for an added energetic boost.

Isn’t that great? A few drops of diffused rosemary can offer a nice smelling way to help us accomplish all those things that are screaming for our attention. Now if I can just remember where I put the diffuser…