Once valued by early healers, this popular Culinary herb is used to flavor stuffing, grilled vegetables, and meat dishes. A woodsy perennial in the mint family, Rosmarinus officinalis originated in the coastal Mediterranean regions. Plants can reach 5 feet in height and display evergreen, needle-like leaves and pale flowers. Rosemary was once used to treat memory loss, sour stomach, diarrhea, and pain. Today, its antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and anticarcinogenic properties pose a threat to disease that impacts the immune system; Rosemary also combats bacterial infections such as Helicobacter pylori, which causes stomach ulcers and staph infections. Recent studies have found it stimulate brain activity in older adults, even those with advanced cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s.