The in-laws were in for a long weekend, which meant a lot of cooking. I wanted to spend less time in the kitchen than usual...so this recipe was great because it roasts two chickens to use many different ways.
The rosemary scent also helps with memory. I just read this from the Herb Society of Nashville:
"A recent study suggests that one very effective strategy for remembering to remember to do something is to inhale the scent of rosemary. A study involved a group of volunteers over 65 years of age who were divided into two groups. The groups were put into 2 separate rooms and then given tests of their memory. In one room, four (4) drops of rosemary essential oil were diffused, and in the other, no scent was added.
To quote the article, 'Scores on prospective memory tests among the participants in the rosemary-scented room were 15% higher than scores among those in the unscented room, according to a paper presented at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Conference in April 2016. The study’s author attributes the memory boost in participants who had inhaled the aroma of rosemary to the presence in their blood of traces of eucalyptol, a compound found in the herb that increases brain levels of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter linked to memory. The compound appears to have an effect on the brain similar to that of drugs used to treat dementia. Further research may lead to new drugs to treat cognitive decline.'"
So, while the chicken is cooking, enjoy the smell of rosemary. (Yes, the delicious smell of chicken roasting is stronger than the rosemary on it. But you can keep a few sprigs on the table to smell, right?)