It has never been a secret that household herbs are great for you, but they aren’t truly credited of their full potential.
Rosmarinus Officinalis in it’s scientific terms, rosemary to us, is one herb in particular that is noted for its powerful traits. Aside from flavouring our food, rosemary holds a vast amount of qualities that can help soothe the student experience a little.
First of all, its great for stress relief. By ingesting it, you’re adding not only a calming aroma for yourself, but also a physically beneficial one. It boosts your energy! Though not thoroughly scientifically tested, it’s been said to help stimulate the adrenal glands which bring up your energy levels significantly; more energy, more study motivation, less stress! And its simple enough to get hold of, as well as use every day. It is super easy to make rosemary tea: Add fresh rosemary to boiled water, steep the leaves for around five minutes and enjoy (obviously you can add honey or a sweetener if the taste is odd or off-putting). Or if you’re not a tea drinker, using it as your go to herb for cooking can help too.
Probably the weirdest and most talked aspect about rosemary and its power is the idea that it can help boost memory. This isn’t just from the basis of Shakespeare and the famous Hamlet speculation that it helps with remembrance, it has been tested by a group of scientists in Northumbria (discussed further here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33519453) to attempt to interrogate this claim. It was concluded that the smelling of rosemary can help to lengthen memory time due to its chemical enhancing of acetylcholine. What’s better for us students than the ability to boost brain power?
Rosemary is also jam packed with anti-oxidants and vitamins that all together contribute to a well-balanced healthy body. Apparent benefits include pain relief, gastro and intestinal aid, and assisting the immune system. And to top it all off, it brings a bit of liveliness and ‘good vibes’ to your room. Psychological testing has proven that having plants/herbs growing in your room can help with psychological well-being and overall emotional health.
And to wrap up the benefits, it’s also probably the closest we can get to having a pet in our flats.