Lest we forget - use Rosemary
Tomorrow is Anzac Day, a day when we remember those who fought and lost
their lives to defend our country. It is a day unlike any other Anzac Day because
this year, due to social isolation, we cannot attend a dawn service: Instead as a
mark of respect and appreciation we are asked to stand in front of our gates,
driveways, apartment entrances with a lit candle and take a minute of silent
reflection. Lest we forget. The expression lest we forget is used to remember
those who fought for their country in war. It means we will never forget. We must
never forget those who fought for us on the battlefield, and this year particularly
those who lost their lives battling bushfires and those who are fighting for us
right now against the invisible enemy that is COVID 19.
In literature and folklore, rosemary is an emblem of remembrance and we pin it to
our lapels to commemorate and remember our brave soldiers.
Science often catches up with folklore, and studies now show that the aroma of
rosemary essential oils do improve the memory function in adults and can
significantly enhance working memory in children.
The adult study, conducted by investigators working at the Brain, Performance and
Nutrition Research Centre at Northumbria University, UK tested cognitive
performance and mood in 20 adults exposed to varying levels of the rosemary
aroma. Using blood samples to detect how much of the rosemary compound
participants had absorbed, the researchers applied speed, and accuracy tests, and
mood assessments, to judge the rosemary oil's effects.
They found that higher concentrations of the compound resulted in improved performance. Both speed and accuracy were improved. In relation to the mood they
found a significant relationship between a contented positive mood and cognitive
More recently the same team took their study into the classroom and tested the working memory of children in a classroom situation. A total of 40 children aged 10
to 11 took part in a class-based test on different mental tasks. Children were randomly assigned to a room that had either rosemary oil diffused in it for ten minutes or a room with no scent. The analysis revealed that the children in the rosemary-infused room received significantly higher scores than the non-scented room.
Rosemary does more than help us to remember. The antioxidants and anti-
inflammatory compounds can help improve digestion and prevent carcinogens
(cancer-causing compounds) forming on meat while it is being cooked.
So now you can see why it is a great idea to get stuck into the rosemary - after you’ve honoured our men who served the country at war, here are some suggestions on what to do with rosemary.
Here are 6 great things we love to do with rosemary
1. As a marinade. Combine olive oil, lots of crushed garlic, lemon juice and chopped rosemary into a marinade. Pour over lamb and leave overnight or for at least 4 hours to allow the flavours to penetrate.
2. Kebab sticks. Strip the leaves off the tough stalks, soak in water for 5
minute and thread your favourite meat and vegetables through them
3. Roast potatoes with whole cloves and pieces of rosemary
4. Make a scrumptious pizza topping. Slice potato very finely with a mandolin
and toss in olive oil, garlic and chopped rosemary and top a thin based pizza.
5. A flavoursome crust for fish. Mix chopped rosemary through wholemeal breadcrumbs with a little olive oil and use it to top salmon fillets – Sear the salmon on both sides for 2 to 3 in a small pan. Spoon the mixture over each fillet
and finish it off in a moderate oven for 10 minutes
6. Stuffing. You can never fail with a good old roast chicken stuffed with fresh
breadcrumbs, loads of seasoning and fresh rosemary.