Rosemary is a common find in Singapore kitchens. Besides its ability to improve memory, the sturdy herb is a natural remedy for ailments.
With Mediterranean origins, rosemary has been a prized seasoning and natural medicine for a long time. The herb is widely believed to help in strengthening one’s memory; In ancient Greece, it was commonly thrown into graves of the deceased as a symbol of remembrance.
A rosemary plant can be easily distinguished from others because of its needle-like leaves and purple flowers. In a BBC report, Dr Chris Van Tulleken cited an experiment at Northumbria University that involved 60 participants. They were put in rooms infused with rosemary, lavender oil, or a third room with no scent. Those in the first room demonstrated an aptitude for memory tests.
Other than improving one’s memory, it has been used as a natural remedy for migraines, arthritis, sore muscles and other joint and muscle pains. The herb has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties that boost overall health.
Rosemary is also a mild diuretic that rids the body of bloating and water retention. If consumed regularly, it is said to increase urine flow and help kidneys function at the optimal level. It is also a common ingredient in anti-ageing cosmetic products as it reduces puffiness, increases firmness, stimulates cell regeneration, and improves overall skin tone.
Although the herb is generally considered safe with few side effects, pregnant women should avoid consuming large amounts as it may lead to uterine contractions and miscarriage.
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You have probably tasted the unique pine-like flavour of rosemary, often used as garnish for roasted potatoes, or as seasoning for chicken and lamb dishes.
However, you can do much more with the herb. Add it to omelettes, tomato sauce, soups, or even olive oil that can be used as a dip for bread.