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DIY Rosemary Memory Elixir

DIY Rosemary Memory Elixir

Rosemary (Salvia Rosmarinus) is part of the mint family and related to oregano, basil, and marjoram. All these herbs are familiar to most people who cook or enjoy food.

However, easy-to-grow rosemary offers so much more than delicious flavor and vitamin B-6, calcium, and iron. For centuries, this herb has been used as a tonic for the nervous system and those suffering from anxiety, depression, headaches, to boost the immune system, detox the body, aid digestion, ease cold symptoms, and – in oil form – ease aching joints.

While you may be aware of some of these health benefits, but did you know that rosemary can also improve your memory? This aspect of our lives is essential, but we probably become more aware of how good (or bad) our memory is as we get older. It’s rosemary’s ability to boost our memory and recall that this article will focus on.

Herbs and Your Memory

While there are reports that inhaling the fumes from fresh rosemary or rosemary oil in hot water boosts memory, there are other herbs that can be combined with it to produce even better results. Together these herbs and plants create a product – an elixir or potion – that has powerful benefits for your body and mind / memory.

  • Rosemary: This is, of course, the primary ingredient. There is both anecdotal and scientific evidence that this herb improves blood flow, stimulates the nervous system, and improves the health of the cardiovascular system. All of these have a positive impact on how our brains and memories function.
  • Gotu Kola: This plant, also known as Indian or Asiatic pennywort, also offers support to the nervous and cardiovascular systems. It is especially valued for its ability to increase blood flow to the brain and to ease anxiety.  It is also known to increase libido, calm epileptic episodes, and slow down the signs of premature aging.
  • Ginkgo biloba: Only the leaves of this plant should be used. Like the previous two, this herb boosts the health and strength of the cardiovascular system. Furthermore, it’s particularly beneficial for improving cerebral / brain blood flow and protecting nerves. This effect has a direct bearing on how well the brain and memory functions. 
  • Milky Oats / Oat Straw: This herb has a soothing effect, improves blood flow, boosts the health of the endocrine and cardiovascular systems, and acts as a tonic. The most valuable property is that oat straw can help to restore the myelin sheath around nerve fibers in the brain which has been shown to improve concentration and memory in some people.
  • Peppermint: This herb contains high quantities of several minerals and vitamins and is also a circulatory stimulant while also calming the nerves. The reason it is added to our elixir is that it gives it a lovely taste.

All these herbs can be obtained from a good health or food store. They are often offered in a variety of forms: fresh, powdered, dried, in capsules, as a tea, etc. You may even decide to grow rosemary and peppermint in your garden or a pot or container at your home. Both herbs are not challenging to grow even if you are a novice gardener.

The Rosemary Memory Elixir Recipe

You have the option to either make this with fresh or dried herbs. Of course, you may not have access to all the fresh ones and may have to settle for a dried version. Both will work!

Ingredients:

  • 4-parts Rosemary
  • 1-part Gotu Kola
  • 2-parts Gingko Biloba
  • 2-parts Oat Straw
  • 1-part Peppermint
  • Honey to taste (preferably raw)
  • Brandy.

Method:

Step 1:  Combine all the dried herbs in a dry bowl and mix the ingredients well using your fingers or a utensil.

If you don’t want to use the mixture yet, or use all of it, you can store it in a labelled paper bag in a dry, cool, dark place. Don’t use plastic as the herbs – even if they are dry – may become moldy. 

Step 2: Use a glass jar that holds a pint or approximately half a liter. Ensure that it is thoroughly clean and that it has a lid that fits well.  

Half fill the jar with your dry herb mix. If you are using fresh rather than dry herbs you need to fill the jar completely to obtain the same effect or elixir potency as dry and fresh herbs do differ in this regard.

Step 3:  Next, you need to half fill the jar with brandy. It doesn’t matter which brand you use although it’s not necessary to use a very expensive brandy. Top up the jar with raw honey.

Use a spoon to mix the ingredients well so that the herbs, brandy, and honey are all properly combined so the end-product will be uniform.

Step 4: One you have thoroughly mixed the ingredients, place the lid on the jar and label it clearly with the name and the date you made the elixir.

Put the jar in a place that is both dark and cool and stir the mixture a couple of times a week. It won’t be a big problem if you forget to, though. Leave the jar there for 6 weeks until it has had time to infuse.

Step 5: At the end of the 6 weeks your rosemary memory elixir will be ready. Use a strainer or sieve to remove all the herbs from the mixture. The herbs can be composted or thrown away.  

Place the elixir into a bottle or jar, label it, and store the bottle (or bottles if you made more than one batch) where the solution will remain cool and away from direct light.

Dosage, Storage and Shelf-life

  • The dose or amount to take is 30 drops daily. At this level you should experience improvement in your memory, recall, and general sense of well-being without having any side effects.
  • There is no need to refrigerate the elixir. However, it must be stored in a cool location where it is not exposed to direct light. A cupboard or pantry is ideal.
  •  Because the elixir contains alcohol in the form of Brandy, the shelf-life is up to 3 years if you have used dried herbs. The alcohol prevents the growth of mold and kills any bacteria. If you used fresh herbs, though, the shelf-life will be reduced to 6 to 12 months.

As with any health preparation, natural or not, its not a good idea to take too much. You are also urged to consult your pharmacist or doctor before you take this elixir if you have any medical conditions or are on medication. This caution especially applies to individuals who are pregnant, have heart disease, or are taking diuretics, anticoagulant / blood-thinning drugs, blood pressure medication, or lithium.

If you don’t fall into these categories, and you’ve been given the go-ahead to use it, gather the ingredients, enjoy making the recipe, and reap the benefits of this memory boosting rosemary elixir!

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60 Comments

  • Cristina Dorsey Posted June 22, 2020 1:27 pm

    This sounds delicious! I love all your concoctions and am learning so much!

    • The Lost Herbs Posted June 23, 2020 8:32 am

      Hi Cristina,

      Thank you so much for your comment. We really appreciate your kind words!

      God bless!

    • Varanisese Posted February 1, 2021 7:54 pm

      This elixir will be very useful.
      Excited n waiting for my book to arriive!
      Thank you.

      • Sylvia Posted March 6, 2021 1:34 pm

        Yes, I am excited to receive the physical books as well. I was a little disappointed when I saw the digital versions because I like to sit in the sunroom and read and make herbal recipes not looking at my computer or cell phone. So now I am happy to know I will be getting it in the mail. Because of your posting.

  • Wendy Rasmussen Posted June 22, 2020 1:43 pm

    Can you use vodka instead?

    • Ruth Caspell Posted June 22, 2020 3:15 pm

      I intend on using vodka. Having made many tinctures – which this seems to be though maybe the honey makes it an elixir. If the honey is just for taste – I’ll skip it. Have rosemary and gingko so I’ll buy some goto kola tomorrow and it will be ready for fall. At 72 I need it 🙂

    • The Lost Herbs Posted June 23, 2020 8:33 am

      Hi Wendy,

      Thank you so much for your comment.
      Yes, you can replace brandy with vodka. It does not change anything at all.

      God bless!

  • Andrea Posted June 22, 2020 2:11 pm

    Is it possible to make this into an oil supplement rather than using alcohol? What would the storage life be?

    • Denise Posted June 22, 2020 3:32 pm

      I have the same question as above. Can you make this recipe without alcohol? Thanks!

      • Jan Spears Posted June 22, 2020 4:38 pm

        If this question is answered please share. I would love to know if it can be done without alcohol, or at the least bit Brandy.

    • Jennifer WAITES Posted June 22, 2020 11:53 pm

      Should be able to use an 1:8 herb to glycerin in place of the alcohol. I think (but not positive) you can leave the honey in the glycerin tincture. But. Glycerin is fairly sweet so it might not be necessary.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted June 23, 2020 8:50 am

      Hi Andrea,

      Thank you so much for your comment.
      You can use essential oils instead and adapt it as you like.

      God bless!

  • Jacob Booth Posted June 22, 2020 3:25 pm

    I take lithium for brain and nervous health, what is the contraindication with lithium?

  • Joanna Posted June 22, 2020 3:45 pm

    is this an elixir because of the honey? If we wanted to make a tincture would we do this same recipe without the honey?

    • The Lost Herbs Posted June 23, 2020 8:44 am

      Hi Joanna,

      Thank you so much for your interest in our work.
      It is called an elixir because it is “a herbal healing potion”.

      Yes, you can transform it into a tincture if you use the same ingredients except honey and follow a tincture recipe.

      God bless!

  • Victor Robles Posted June 22, 2020 4:18 pm

    I love these recipes I save all these and plan to use it in the near future, I also love your bookm thank you for all you do

    • The Lost Herbs Posted June 23, 2020 8:45 am

      Hi Victor,

      Thank you so much for your interest in our work.
      We truly appreciate your kind words.

      God bless!

  • Victor Robles Posted June 22, 2020 4:20 pm

    I love your recipes I learn so much

    • The Lost Herbs Posted June 23, 2020 8:40 am

      Hi Victor,

      Thank you so much for your interest in our work.
      We are happy that our recipes are useful to you!

      God bless!

  • marian cronin Posted June 22, 2020 4:43 pm

    alcohol is a no no in our house due to misuse in the past so what can I use instead of brandy please.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted June 23, 2020 8:51 am

      Hi Marian,

      Thank you so much for your comment.
      You can try to use essential oils instead.

      God bless!

  • Ken Posted June 22, 2020 5:15 pm

    I believe the knowledge and experience that you impart is priceless and am extremely grateful as are many others, I am having some problems finding supplies for some of the more obscure herbs, could I ask you please to include where possible suppliers details if you have them, either prepared or seeds for cultivating, this would be massively helpful, once again many many thx for sharing. Kindest regards. Ken.

  • Rachel Schwartz Posted June 22, 2020 5:21 pm

    Can I use the oil instead.. for memory, anxiety, and more please.
    Thank you.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted June 23, 2020 8:49 am

      Hi Rachel,

      Thank you so much for your comment.
      Yes, you can use essential oils instead.

      God bless!

  • Yolene Tassy Posted June 22, 2020 6:33 pm

    Thank you for sharing. Quick question, what is a part in measuring form?

    • The Lost Herbs Posted June 23, 2020 8:52 am

      Hi Yolene,

      Thank you so much for your comment.

      A part can be any type of measurement. All you have to do is assign a measurement increment to be a part—for example, one part equals one ounce.

      God bless!

  • Veronica Mathis Posted June 22, 2020 8:03 pm

    I want very much to make this. Now I am on blood pressure medication but a low dose twice a day. I am hoping that this won’t stop me from being able to use it. Do you no of any reason it may stop me from being able to use it? I will check with a doctor, I am in the middle of finding a new one, but haven’t as of yet. Thank you for all you are doing to help people. I have a friend with MS who I have sent her some information about your book.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted June 23, 2020 8:36 am

      Hi Veronica,

      Thank you so much for your comment.
      Before taking any herbal remedies, you should ask your doctor, as you are taking blood pressure medication.

      God bless!

  • Michelle Gauthier Posted June 22, 2020 11:46 pm

    Can I use another ingrédient then Brandy ? I dont take alcool it has been 5 years .thank yiu

    • The Lost Herbs Posted June 23, 2020 8:35 am

      Hi Michelle,

      Thank you so much for your comment.
      You can replace brandy with vodka, but it is still alcohol.

      God bless!

  • Julie Peyreau Posted June 23, 2020 4:10 pm

    I am anxious to try this and also am excited to learn about oat straw and its effects on myelin sheath. My daughter has been living with MS since she was 18 (now 27) and is vegan, baffling doctors with her success of staving off major effects of this disease. I will pass along the oat straw info to her, but she may already know this. Could you substitute something else for the honey? Blessings!!!

  • Marg Posted June 24, 2020 6:07 am

    Hi, am just curious as to whether the metal screw cap on your pictured jars will affect the mixture?

    • The Lost Herbs Posted June 29, 2020 12:04 pm

      Hi Marg,

      Thank you so much for your comment.
      No, the metal screw cap will not affect the mixture.

      God bless!

  • Veronica Mathis Posted June 24, 2020 7:41 am

    Could you recommend a good place to buy the herbs.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted June 29, 2020 12:05 pm

      Hi Veronica,

      Thank you so much for your comment.
      If you are willing to purchase herbs, please check the link below:
      https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/

      God bless!

  • Nicole Posted June 27, 2020 4:08 am

    What kinds of essential oils do you recommend to substitute for recipes without alcohol? I am under the impression that some are not recommended for ingesting. Also, would the oils need be the same amount as the alcohol? also half the jar?

  • Patty Schell Posted June 28, 2020 3:49 pm

    I have used Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar in place of alcohol. Besides the benefits of the herbs, a spoon of ACV a day is a wonderful thing for your body.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted June 29, 2020 12:07 pm

      Hi Patty,

      Thank you so much for your comment and for sharing this information with us as well.
      We appreciate it!

      God bless!

    • Kimberly Posted March 1, 2021 4:32 pm

      The acid wouldn’t neutralize some of the constituents?

    • Ruth Caspell Posted April 6, 2021 5:14 pm

      Believe ACV is safer than essential oils.

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  • Jackson Posted January 5, 2021 1:38 am

    Dear The Lost Herbs: Is it possible for me to purchase The Rosemary Memory Elixir from the Lost Herbs Store?

    • The Lost Herbs Posted January 14, 2021 3:51 pm

      Hi Jackson,

      Thank you so much for your interest in our work.
      Unfortunately, at the moment, The Rosemary Memory Elixir is not available for purchase.

      God bless!

  • Jelina Posted January 5, 2021 7:47 pm

    thank you for that wonderful recipe. I recently ordered your book and cant wait until I can read all the great information. In the meantime do you have a recipe for anxiety?

  • Kathy Glass Posted January 21, 2021 4:53 pm

    I was wondering if you used apple cider vinegar instead of alcohol is the substitution an equal amount or do you need to make adjustments

  • Diane Posted January 22, 2021 6:53 pm

    I live in Alaska. How can I order Gotu Kola? I think finding milk straw may also be a challenge. Anyone know of a site or company I can order from?
    Thanks

  • Mukt Posted January 23, 2021 2:04 am

    Thanks a lot. I ordered you book. However, I am wondering if you can provide a remedy for severe stomach acidity, that causes nausea, mucus and headaches.

  • Mukta Posted January 23, 2021 2:04 am

    Thanks a lot. I ordered you book. However, I am wondering if you can provide a remedy for severe stomach acidity, that causes nausea, mucus and headaches.

    • Mukta Posted January 23, 2021 3:43 am

      Thanks a lot. I ordered you book. However, I am wondering if you can provide a remedy for severe stomach acidity, that causes nausea, mucus and headaches.

    • JACKSON Posted January 25, 2021 10:28 pm

      Mukta: The Lost Book Remedies says “Wild yam root is an anti-inflammatory and pain-reliever and is good for digestive issues.” I just started making the “Wild Yam Tincture.” I still need to wait for a month before it is ready.

  • margaux Posted February 15, 2021 2:33 pm

    What can i substitute for oat straw and gingko biloba as i cannot get a hold of them?

  • Glen Posted March 11, 2021 1:55 pm

    You keep saying ask your doctor first for, I would assume, possible drug interactions. But from what I’ve heard drs. spend very little time even on nutrition let alone ayurvedic type medicines. Probably because big pharma has too much sway over their medical education. Natural remedies does not serve their bottom line.

  • Carmen Posted March 16, 2021 8:41 pm

    I have never use the measuring method of parts. How do I translate it to cups/ounces?

    • Kimberly Posted March 17, 2021 7:13 am

      The whole point of ratios is that it doesn’t matter what unit of measurement you use. I learned this in elementary school, but I’m old. All I can think is – what are they teaching in school these days? LOL
      Carmen, the joy of ratios is that you could use anything! An ounce, a cup, some old pail you dug out of the barn, a random scoop, a teaspoon. It doesn’t matter. If a recipe, for instance, calls for a ratio of 1:12, then that means you use one Part of the 1st ingredient and 12 parts of the 2nd ingredient. Just measure both ingredients using the same unit of measure. You pick. If you only want a little bit of something – you might use a teaspoon. If you want a whole lot of it – you might use a bucket.

  • claude morrell Posted April 2, 2021 10:21 pm

    Hi i recently ordered a book, and by my surprise i received a digital copy, it was going to be a gift for my very dear friend. The physical book is what i was looking for if you could help me with this i would be happy. Hoping for a reply thank you so very much.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted April 5, 2021 8:48 am

      Hi Claude,

      Thank you so much for purchasing “The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies”.
      Please check your personal email. I have sent you an email regarding your order.

      God bless!

    • mary metcalf Posted April 6, 2021 4:49 am

      I wanted a regular book and it seems that people get a digital copy. I would not have ordered it if I had known that was what you were selling. For the price I don’t want to have to make a paper copy. If that will be what you send I want to cancel the order. Please inform me right away. Thank you.

      • The Lost Herbs Posted April 7, 2021 5:52 am

        Hi Mary,

        Thank you for purchasing “The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies”.
        A physical copy of the book is already on your way.
        Please check your personal email. I have sent you an email with all the details of your order.

        God bless!

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