by Jonathan Benson
August 16, 2012
Its rich scent, prominent historical presence, and deeply-symbolic
significance throughout the ages has earned
the rosemary herb quite an
honorable status in many cultures around the world.
And a significant portion of rosemary's
legacy involves the incredible soothing, nourishing, and healing
properties possessed by this amazing herb, including its ability to
improve memory and protect the body against cancer, among other
Rosemary has long been appreciated as a symbol of friendship,
commitment, loyalty, and remembrance, as it was often used in both
weddings and funerals of old to bring to mind each of these
important facets of civilized humanity.
The herb has also long been used
medicinally to relieve and even cure chronic health conditions like
gout, for instance, or rheumatoid arthritis.
Long before humans were able to identify scientifically how rosemary
works to improve health, civilizations of old were using the herb as
an antiseptic to kill harmful germs, and as a mechanism by which to
improve blood flow to the brain, which aids in boosting memory.
There are so many medicinal uses for
rosemary, in fact, that even Biblical accounts of this
precious herb refer to it as a cleansing agent of choice for
purifying the body.
"Rosemary is a much-cherished
symbolic and medicinal herb with a history that goes back for
thousands of years," says a Body Ecology piece on rosemary.
"Since ancient times it was a symbol
of friendship, loyalty, and remembrance. Brides wore rosemary
wreathes as a symbol of their love and fidelity, believing that
this beautiful herb was a gift from the goddess of love and
DNA with rosemary
One of rosemary's most powerful medicinal functions is its ability
to prevent malignant mutations of human DNA, particularly in the
liver and bronchial cells, which in turn helps to prevent the
development of cancer cells and tumors.
Because it is also rich in free
radical-fighting antioxidants, rosemary can effectively protect cell
membranes from being damaged, as well as protect brain cells from
As far as brain function and memory are concerned, rosemary has a
stimulating effect on the mind in that it promotes healthy blood
flow to brain tissue, and cleanses blood all along the way.
Rosemary also prevents the degradation
of acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter that is
responsible for maintaining proper memory and cognitive acuity.
Beyond its antioxidant and memory-boosting capacities, rosemary can
help improve circulation
relieve muscle, nerve, and
help clear up eczema and other
boost liver function
eliminate bad breath
boost immune function
cure adrenal fatigue
kill harmful bacteria
Rosemary is also said to possess unique
anti-fungal properties that make it a powerful tool in fighting the
debilitating yeast overgrowth condition known as candida, or
albicans, from which thousands of people now suffer.
Because of its unique ability to fight
harmful bacteria and fungi while preserving that which is
beneficial, rosemary is also a great, natural alternative to
antibacterial drugs, which tend to disrupt proper bacterial balance
by killing off all living organisms within the body.