Rosemary herb and brain performance

Rosemary Brain Benefit: Study Shows Link Between Herb Chemical And Brainpower. … Researchers from Northumbria University in the United Kingdom found that the amount of 1,8-cineole, a main chemical in rosemary oil, in the blood is linked with brain performance.Feb 27, 2012

Jul 15, 2015 – 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.

Benefits of Rosemary for Brain Function |

Mar 27, 2017 – A half-teaspoon of dried rosemary can improve cognitive function. … And, more on improving cognition (or, at least, preventing age-related cognitive decline) in: … 80 responses to “Benefits of Rosemary for Brain Function”.

Brain-Boosting Rosemary Is Easily Cultivated in Your Backyard

Sep 1, 2017 – Rosemary is a fragrant herb that is evergreen and an easy addition to your landscape, kitchen and medicine cabinet.

Rosemary Brain Benefit: Study Shows Link Between Herb Chemical …

Feb 27, 2012 – Rosemary Brain Benefit: Study Shows Link Between Herb Chemical And Brainpower. … Researchers from Northumbria University in the United Kingdom found that the amount of 1,8-cineole, a main chemical in rosemary oil, in the blood is linked with brain performance.

A sniff of rosemary could boost the memory because it helps the …

Jan 1, 2016 – A compound that gives the herb its distinctive smell –1,8-cineole – aids a brain chemical which is the key to memory, researcher Dr Mark Moss, head of psychology at Northumbria University, claims.

Three ways to boost your memory with rosemary (that do not require …

If that wouldn’t build your brain, it’s hard to imagine what would. The rest, relaxation, and fresh air alone is an inspiration but it turns out that if we are breathing in rosemary aroma, we are likely to both improve our mood and become more alert. I mentioned this point in a post about rosemary tea (here) but thought it deserved …

Rosemary for Memory and Brain Power – Mr Vitamins News › Home › Herbs for Health

Rosemary acts as a stimulant to the circulatory and nervous systems. It increases blood flow to yourbrain and strengthens memory and concentration. Carnosic acid, present in Rosemary leaf, has been shown to fight free radical damage in the brain. Furthermore it can protect your brain from stroke and neurodegenerative …

Rosemary: Health benefits, precautions, and drug interactions

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Dec 13, 2017 – Scientists have found that rosemary may also be good for your brainRosemarycontains an ingredient called carnosic acid, which can fight off damage by free radicals in the brain. Some studies in rats have identified that rosemary might be useful for people who have experienced a stroke. Rosemary …

The Therapeutic Potential of Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis …

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Jan 28, 2016 – In an attempt to investigate the effect of rosemary tea consumption on brain function, Ferlemi et al. [67] have recently tested the potential anxiolytic- and antidepressant-like behaviour effect on adult male mice. The result showed that oral intake of rosemary tea for 4 weeks has shown a positive effect without …

Improve Memory With Rosemary Essential Oil – Organic Aromas › Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Mar 10, 2017 – Our minds are a key part of our entire livelihood. Without a healthy brain that is functioning properly, our physical health is only partially complete. And while modern medicine can help improve overall brain health, there are plenty of natural remedies that can have a dramatic impact as well.

Hospital aroma and smell of Rosemary can aid children’s working memory

Do you like the smell of the hospital?

If you are recovering from your illness, it is best to stay at home in the company of a caring caregiver.

The brain is influenced by the smell of our environment. Some carbon monoxide poisoning and other toxic chemicals affect our brain. Some essential oils can influence our brain. Can you heal your cells from the aroma of various plants and oils?

I use lavender essential oils to our senior clients to calm them during the massage. I cooked cinnamon, vanilla and rosemary in many dishes to increase appetite.


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According to a new study, your sense of smell could be responsible for weight gain. Using mice, researchers noticed that those who lost their sense of smell also lost weight, while those mice with a super sense of smell gained more weight on a high fat diet than mice with a regular sense of smell. Findings suggest odor may play an important role in calorie burning processes; if you can’t smell your food, you may burn it rather than store it. READ MORE…

NfKB protein as first responder to harmful toxins – infection – cancer

Nutrigenomics is the idea that studying diet-gene interactions can help identify the positive or detrimental effects of dietary compounds. For example, nutrigenomics can explain why eating rancid or oxidized omega-fats and refined sugar encourages inflammation and cancer growth.

It is important to understand that a diet rich in omega-3 fats can reduce inflammation in cancer. So can healthy omega-6 fats like gamma linoleic acid (GLA), found in evening primrose, black currant seed, and borage oil. GLA inhibits the action of the cancer gene HER-2/neu, which is overexpressed in 30 percent of all breast cancers, making them particularly lethal.

According to Donnie Yance, clinical master herbalist and certified nutritionist, chronic conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular disease have a strong link with chronic inflammation, which promotes the production of free radicals.

The transcription protein Nuclear Factor-kappa Beta (NfKB) is a major inducer of inflammation. In cancer, a mutation in the tumor suppressor gene PTEN (phosphatase and tensin homologue) is the likely driver that activates NfKB.

Some plant-based phytocompounds can enhance PTEN expression or inhibit PTEN mutation, including quercetin, resveratrol, and various isoflavones often referred to as phytoestrogens. An ever-growing body of evidence suggests that the use of these compounds can and should play an important role in cancer prevention and treatment.

NfKB modulation is an important target for cancer prevention and treatment. NfKB can be modulated by:

  • The curcumin in tumeric

  • Stilbenes such as the resveratrol found in grape skins

  • The proathocyanidins in grape seeds

  • Catechins such as EGCG, which is present in green tea

  • The ursolic acid in holy basil, also called Tulsi, and rosemary

NfKB can also be modulated by a number of other plant-based compounds. For more information, please read Donald Yance’s full paper linked below.

Donald “Donnie” Yance is a clinical master herbalist, certified nutritionist and the author of Herbal Medicine Healing and Cancer. He conducts his practice at the Centre for Natural Healing in Ashland, OR utilizing his unique integrative model known as the Eclectic Triphasic Medical System. Donnie is also the founder and president of the Mederi Foundation for professional education and research and Nautra Health Products where he formulates advanced botanical and nutritional products.

About NfKB

NF-κB is important in regulating cellular responses because it belongs to the category of “rapid-acting” primary transcription factors, i.e., transcription factors that are present in cells in an inactive state and do not require new protein synthesis in order to become activated (other members of this family include transcription factors such as c-Jun, STATs, and nuclear hormone receptors). This allows NF-κB to be a first responder to harmful cellular stimuli. Known inducers of NF-κB activity are highly variable and include reactive oxygen species (ROS), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα), interleukin 1-beta (IL-1β), bacterial lipopolysaccharides (LPS), isoproterenol, cocaine, and ionizing radiation.[21]

Receptor activator of NF-κB (RANK), which is a type of TNFR, is a central activator of NF-κB. Osteoprotegerin (OPG), which is a decoy receptor homolog for RANK ligand (RANKL), inhibits RANK by binding to RANKL, and, thus, osteoprotegerin is tightly involved in regulating NF-κB activation.[22]

Many bacterial products and stimulation of a wide variety of cell-surface receptors lead to NF-κB activation and fairly rapid changes in gene expression.[1] The identification of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) as specific pattern recognition molecules and the finding that stimulation of TLRs leads to activation of NF-κB improved our understanding of how different pathogens activate NF-κB. For example, studies have identified TLR4 as the receptor for the LPS component of Gram-negative bacteria.[23] TLRs are key regulators of both innate and adaptive immune responses.

NF-κB (nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells) is a protein complex that controls transcription of DNA, cytokine production and cell survival. NF-κB is found in almost all animal cell types and is involved in cellular responses to stimuli such as stress, cytokines, free radicals, heavy metals,ultraviolet irradiation, oxidized LDL, and bacterial or viral antigens.[1][2][3][4][5] NF-κB plays a key role in regulating the immune response to infection (κ light chains are critical components of immunoglobulins). Incorrect regulation of NF-κB has been linked to cancer, inflammatory andautoimmune diseases, septic shock, viral infection, and improper immune development. NF-κB has also been implicated in processes ofsynaptic plasticity and memory.



Five essential oils against cancer

Five essential oils that are effective in cancer treatment

  • Thyme essential oil: A 2010 study from Switzerland evaluated the effect of thyme essential oil on breast cancer cells, lung cancer cells and prostate cancer cells. Thyme essential oil exhibited the strongest cytotoxicity toward all three types of cancer cells. Thyme has an active compound, thymol, which has been shown to activate mechanisms that kill cancer. (3)
  • Rosemary essential oil: Rosemary has antioxidant properties that help protect agains free radicals that damage cell membranes, alter DNA and kill healthy cells. Recent studies have shown that rosemary extract has anti-tumor properties that are effective in treatment of colon, breast, liver, stomach, skin and blood. One study found that 1 percent concentration of rosemary essential oil was able to deactivate more than 90 percent of ovarian and liver cancer cells. (3)
  • Oregano essential oil: Research from Long Island University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences found that oregano compounds use signaling pathways that cause “cancer cell suicide.” Oregano also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Oregano essential oil contains carnosol which has been shown to stop the growth of colon cancer cells as well as cause cancer cell death.  Oregano essential oil has shown promising results in fighting prostate, breast and skin cancer.(3)
  • Chamomile essential oil: In studies, apigenin, a bioactive constituent, found in chamomile has been shown to have significant effects in inhibiting many human cancer cell lines. A 2010 study found that chamomile essential oil killed 93 percent of breast cancer cells. A separate study found that it was able to inhibit cell mutation by 60-75 percent.(3)
  • Frankincense essential oil: Frankincense oil has been shown to treat numerous health conditions, including cancer. Western studies are now showing that frankincense essential oils and extracts have a potent anti-tumor activity. Frankincense oil was tested against pancreatic cancer cells and was able to cause high levels of cancer cell death.  The same effect took place in a separate study on bladder cancer cells.  This study found that the essential oil was able to distinguish between cancerous cells and healthy cells, leaving the healthy cells alone.

Herbs than can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, used after a heart attack/stroke/migraine





lemon balm
Alzheimer’s is a traumatic, degenerative disease leading to memory loss and a decrease in cognitive brain function. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s include disorientation, especially at night, and possibly increased aggression. As the disease progresses, brain cells die and the brain actually shrinks in size.

The continual mental decline can be slowed with the use of ginkgo biloba or ginseng. These two herbs are known to improve memory and concentration. Lemon balm contains flavonoids that help improve memory. Rosemary, peppermint, basil, ginger, turmeric, sage, cat’s claw, and wormwood essential oil also improve memory and improve brain function. Other herbs that delay the onset of Alzheimer’s are bilberry and evening primrose. Royal jelly from honeybees can also help.

Herbs, supplements, and good nutrition can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin E, thiamin, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, fish oil, and acetyl L carnatine can slow the formation of plaque inside the brain which causes reduced cerebral blood flow and cell death.

Avoid red meat and include lots of eggs, soy, sea vegetables, whole grains, seeds, fresh fruit, and fresh vegetables in the diet. Add foods that are rich in B vitamins such as brown rice, brewer’s yeast, molasses, liver, fish, flax seed oil, and wheat germ to the diet. These foods also block aluminum absorption.

Many studies show that Alzheimer’s disease is related to a build up of aluminum and heavy metals in the body and may call for a detox. Beware of fluoridated water which increases aluminum absorption by up to 600%. Purchase flour that does not contain aluminum as one of the ingredients. Switching aluminum pans for cast iron or enameled ones can be beneficial. Avoid aluminum utensils, aluminum foil, deodorants containing aluminum, and drinks that come in aluminum cans. Another tip worth considering is having silver amalgam dental fillings replaced. Some studies show that they cause mercury toxicity.

Most Alzheimer’s patients have a noted tryptophan deficiency. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that cannot be synthesized by the body and therefore must be part of the diet . Eating poultry, bananas, cottage cheese, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, avocados and other foods rich in this nutrient may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s or improve existing symptoms.

Daily exercise can prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s by increasing available oxygen. Decreasing prescription diuretics and pain pills can also help. Many times there is a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s when the problem is actually over-medicating with prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

*Always consult with your healthcare professional before taking any herbal remedy.


Connie’s comments: After a heart attack and a stroke, my sister has a ruptured small blood vessel in her brain. She did not take her daily anti-hypertensive meds at 49. When rushed to the hospital, her BP was a high 200/120 and after a day in the hospital went down to 170/100. Most of the herbs listed above are rich in Vit C. Rosemary and thyme have anti-cancer properties. Both are rich in iron, necessary for healthy blood flow. All the listed herbs contain phytonutrients and calcium and magnesium (relaxes the nerves). Before any surgery, the following herbs should not be taken: gingko, garlic, ginger and ginseng. My grandma who died at 94, is not taking her hypertensive meds regularly but eats fresh garlic, ginger and onions when she feels that her heart is pounding, eyes painful, body seems to freeze and headache unbearable.


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