"There is rosemary for remembrance" Hamlet; IV Ophelia to Laertes
Looking for a gift for the gardener in your life or even for yourself, how about a rosemary plant?
With a little effort they can be kept as a houseplant in the winter. They like sun, and need to be not too wet or too dry. Occasional misting of their needles will also help if you have a dry house.
The scent of rosemary is one of my favorites. Touching the branches as you pass by sends its fragrance throughout the house.
Rosemary is known to be a memory enhancer. Research has proven that this herb increases blood flow to the brain.
Scientists found that rosemary also slowed the degrading of acetylcholine, which is involved in the formation of new memories. Used in food or as a natural medicine it also had the ability to improve longterm memory.
Rosemary is also a rich source of minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, copper and magnesium.
When using in cooking be sure to either add as a sprig and take out at the end of cooking, or mince very finely to avoid the feeling of eating sharp needles!
The flavor of rosemary enhances meats, eggs, and tomato based foods. Serve it minced in olive oil for as dip with bread. As a tasty healthful tea add a sprig to boiling water and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink!
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