Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis
Rosemary has an extremely intense scent. Its essential oil spreads a pleasnst aroma. Roemary is said to have a cordial and concentration stimulating effect. As tea it helps against low blood pressure. Additionally, it provides an intense flavour for the Frensh and Italian cuisine and goes nicely with chicken and grilled fish.
The herb has been shown, in trials, to improve working memory because it appears to have an arousing effect on a brain chemical called acetylcholine, which plays a key role in maintaining attention. Pick a bunch from the garden or dab a little rosemary oil on a tissue.
Hardy evergreen perennial, Height. 1m. Small pale blue flowers in spring and summer. Short dark green needle-shaped aromatic leaves. Upright habit. Culinary and medicinal.
A tea made from a 3cm sprig helps restore the memory.