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HEALING HERBS: Whiff of rosemary will do you good


ANNETTE MAYNARD-WATSON, [email protected]

HEALING HERBS: Whiff of rosemary will do you good

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“If your memory isn’t as good as it used to be, you may want to start growing some rosemary plants. Researchers at Northumbria University have found that merely being in a rosemary-scented room could improve memory by 15 per cent among older people.” – www.tv3.ie

AS PROMISED, I will continue to give parents some useful tips in the area of healing herbs to assist students who are writing exams.

As usual, my social media inboxes were loaded with questions about the article published in the Monday, April 25 DAILY NATION titled Health Tips For 11-Plus Takers. Some readers requested more information about the relationship between silent doctor rosemary and memory. 

On the webpage Undergroundhealthreporter, it states: “When you take a whiff of rosemary, volatile molecules stimulate the olfactory nerve in your nose and are absorbed into the bloodstream. From there, memory-enhancing components of the essential oil travel via the bloodstream to the brain, where they act on memory systems.”

I can testify that these research findings are conclusive because when I am doing exercises which involve me using long- or short-term memory, I normally place a piece of rosemary in my locks. I then roll my locks into a Nubian knot. The aroma is very stimulating and positive.

Alternatively, I will put some rosemary oil in a container with water and place it in my bedroom for added assistance. For those who want to remember romantic occasions, this remedy can also be rewarding. 

The webpage further revealed that “rosemary improves memory, but it also alleviates pain, soothes migraines, aids digestion, calms itchy scalps and eases muscle aches”. I encourage readers to plant some rosemary today.

Parents who want to further assist with the well-being of children during this examination period can also blend some shakes which will build positive energy. A carrot, ginger and broccoli shake is very tasty and full of positive energy.  

Blend two small carrots, one small piece of ginger, half-cup of broccoli and two cups of Almond Breeze honey milk. This shake has an exceptional taste. Also give them snack packs with chopped raw nuts, dates, oats and dried grated coconut.

I am also encouraging parents to ensure that exercise is included in the study regime of students. Twenty jumping jacks, 20 squats and skipping for half-hour twice a day will assist with a positive body boost.

In conclusion, in a study of 180 people, they found peppermint tea helped to improve long-term memory, working memory and alertness.

I wish all students the best of luck in all upcoming examinations.

Annette Maynard-Watson, a teacher and herbal educator, may be contacted via [email protected] or by telephone 250-6450.

DISCLAIMER:It is not our intention to prescribe or make specific claims for any products. Any attempts to diagnose or treat real illness should come under the direccton of your health care provider.

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