I never used to be a coffee drinker. To be honest, I used to gag a little bit at the smell. Whenever I visited my relatives in Croatia and Hercegovina, I felt so out of place for hating coffee because they all worshipped it, but I would force myself into drink it so I wouldn’t come off as rude. To say I hated coffee was an understatement. It was GROSS!
I found myself at a new job. This particular job required a certain level of alertness that I just didn’t feel I naturally had. It was suggested to me by a friend to have a good coffee first thing in the morning, that it may help me become a bit more alert. So, I made myself a long black with a bit of vanilla cream stevia (heaven if you ask me) and the rest was history. I was HOOKED and OH MY LORD I felt like my brain doubled in size. Things I genuinely struggled with, like brain fog and lack of alertness became just that bit easier to deal with.
My morning routine had me sitting on the couch, sipping on a freshly made coffee. It became my little piece of heaven that I was lucky enough to experience every single day. I felt so energised by my coffee, but at the same time I felt incredibly calm and centred. Ugh, it was EVERYTHING I wanted to feel, first thing in the morning.
One thing that became abundantly clear to me (mostly by my boyfriend) was that I had REALLY poor memory. He could have told me the most interesting and amazing story and no joke, when he’d bring it up again the next day, I would really struggle remembering how the story even ended. Some girlfriend I am!
I was aware that rosemary was believed to improve memory, remove brain fog and could help people feel more alert and present, so I had the idea to ADD fresh rosemary to my morning coffee.
It turns out, there were already HEAPS of people doing this! That made me feel a lot better! To be real though, I was mostly just annoyed that I didn’t come up with the idea first.
I decided that I was going to add fresh rosemary from my garden into my morning coffee for 10 days, just to see how I felt! Let’s just say, I was PISSED I didn’t do this earlier.
To my coffee plunger, I would add 2 heaped tablespoons of freshly ground coffee, about 350mls of boiling water and a sprig of fresh rosemary. I stirred then let it sit for a few minutes. Then I’d push the plunger down and serve.
I absolutely LOVED how the rosemary flavoured my coffee. It made a somewhat boring drink into a bit of a flavour fest and my GOSH I loved it!
On the first day I INSTANTLY noticed how much more alert I was. Things did not have to be explained to me 3 times before I understood them. I felt sharper, faster and less anxious.
Adding rosemary also made it really easy for me to become a bit more productive. Probably because I had a lot more focus than usual and my memory had slightly improved.
After day 10, I said to myself “oh my gosh this idea is like the Mecca of all good ideas”. I was so happy that I tried this little idea out – I was even happier by the fact that I had a large rosemary bush in my garden and I LOVE free stuff! I don’t want to have to buy the stuff when I can grow it – ain’t NOBODY got time for that!
To concrete things a little bit more and to further prove my point, I decided to continue having coffee but to omit the rosemary. I didn’t feel particularly different on the first 2 days but by day 3, I felt it HARD. I didn’t feel quite as alert or quite as productive and I let a few things slip my mind. To me, that was proof that the benefits of rosemary aren’t a myth, rosemary really did help me with my memory, alertness and brain fog.
Will I continue adding rosemary to my morning coffee? Absolutely!
Will adding rosemary to my coffee bring on any long-term results? I LEGIT have no idea – but I know it’s working for me now so I’m just going to go with what feels good for me.
Have a go, guys! Let me know how it worked for you!