Thursday, July 16, 2015


We know that ancient Greek scholars used rosemary to improve memory! Now there is a useful mention in BBC’s Magazine section (July 15) of scientific evidence of the benefits of rosemary. The team of Prof. Mark Moss at Northumbria University is working on tests how rosemary essential oil could benefit future memory.

Rosemary has been linked to memory for hundreds of years. It is also used in aromatherapy and in herbal beauty products. Scientists now suspect there are compounds in rosemary oil that may be responsible for changes in memory performance. One of them is called 1,8-cineole - as well as smelling wonderful (if you like that sort of thing) it may act in the same way as the drugs licensed to treat dementia, causing an increase in a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.

These compounds do this by preventing the breakdown of the neurotransmitter by an enzyme. And this is highly plausible - inhalation is one of the best ways of getting drugs into the brain. When you eat a drug it may be broken down in the liver which processes everything absorbed by the gut, but with inhalation small molecules can pass into the bloodstream and from there to the brain without being broken down by the liver. As further confirmation Mark and his team analyzed blood samples and found traces of the chemicals in rosemary oil in the blood.

Being in the business of herbal natural beauty products, Herbally Radiant has been highlighting many benefits of rosemary. This herb has been in use for thousands of years in different civilizations in skin therapy. It improves circulation to the scalp and all other parts of the body, besides deodorizing and relieving soreness.  It is taken both in food, along with other spices, and in cosmetic formulations, with other natural ingredients, to speed up skin cell regeneration process.

After testing effects of rosemary in beauty formulations, we have found amazing benefits of rosemary when combined with other complementary herbal ingredients in our new products: Glowing Silk Primer, and Body DayCream. We have mixed rosemary with other essential oils for added potency: Lavender, Olea Europea, Tea Tree, Camellia Sinesis, Rooibos tea extract along with Vitamin E and B complex. Making them aloe based and adding Zinc Dioxide and Titanium Dioxide, these products also provide excellent protection from sun damage or other pollutants, making them the most useful especially for summer.

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