Rosemary is a very popular herb, which is used as a spice for various dishes, due to its unique, pleasant aroma.
This multi-purpose medicinal herb offers various health benefits – a team of scientist has shown that smelling rosemary can increase the memory by 75%. It has been used to boost long-term memory and alertness for millennia. Even Shakespeare mentions the incredible benefits of the rosemary in “Hamlet”.
A study conducted at the Northumbria University, in 2013 discovered that smelling rosemary is related to “an enhancement of performance for overall quality of memory and secondary memory factors”.
After 10 years, these scientists scientifically revealed the cognitive-boosting abilities of rosemary. The experts followed 20 people as they performed subtraction exercises and visual information processing tasks and other tests. They evaluated the mood of the participants before and after the exposure to the rosemary scent and took blood samples.
The study includes 66 participants, and they were assigned to either the rosemary-scented room or another room with no rosemary scent.
The results were amazing – as the rosemary aroma significantly boost memory in the participants. People in the rosemary-scented room performed 60 – 75% better on remembering events to completing tasks, and also recalled things much better than the participants in the room without rosemary scent.
Moreover, the blood samples showed that the blood of the participants exposed to the rosemary-scented room had detectable levels of 1,8-cineole – an active compound in rosemary. This means that this compound was absorbed into the bloodstream.
HOW TO USE ROSEMARY
In order to enjoy the benefits of rosemary, you should spread out a few drops of high-quality organic essential oil using a diffuser.
You can also place a plant by your desk or somewhere in the house. To keep your brain sharp all the time, mix a drop of rosemary oil in a teaspoon of coconut oil and carry it in a small cosmetic bin. Rub a bit of oil on your wrists as needed to keep your brain sharp.
Source: Good Morning Center