Rosemary can garnish dishes and add spice to your meals. But there is now evidence that rosemary can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Scientists have found the herb can help with memory loss and mental slowing that is associated with those conditions. Mark Moss and his team found that the scent of rosemary improved memory retention and cognitive function!
One interesting fact is that the ancient Greeks wore rosemary springs in the hair while studying for their exams.
This amazing herb has been used to boost long-term memory and alertness for millennia. Even the famous Shakespeare mentions the incredible benefits of the rosemary in “Hamlet”.
A study conducted at the Northumbria University, Newcastle in 2003 found that smelling rosemary is related to “an enhancement of performance for overall quality of memory and secondary memory factors”.
After ten years, these scientists scientifically explained the cognitive-boosting abilities of the herb. Namely, the experts followed twenty people as they performed subtraction exercises and visual information processing tasks and other tests. They assessed the mood of the participants before and after the exposure to the rosemary scent and took blood samples.
The study involves 66 people altogether, and they were randomly assigned to either the rosemary-scented room or another room with no scent.
The findings were amazing –as the rosemary smell significantly increased memory in the participants.
Namely, people in the rosemary-scented room performed 60-75% better on remembering events to completing tasks, and also recalled things much better that the other participants.
Additionally, the blood samples showed that the blood of the participants exposed to the rosemary-scented room had detectable levels of 1,8-cineole, which is an active compound in rosemary. This means that this compound was absorbed into the bloodstream, and the higher the levels, the better the results were.
The perfect combination of herb extracts and aromas may lead to numerous health benefits.
How to Use Rosemary
Experts claim that in order to enjoy the benefits of the rosemary, you should diffuse a few drops of high-quality organic essential oil using a diffuser.
You can also simply place the plant by the desk in the office or somewhere in the house. To keep your brain sharp all the time, you can mix a drop of rosemary oil in a teaspoon of coconut oil and carry it in a small cosmetic tin in your bag. Then, rub a bit on the wrists.
Give it a try at home for yourself. The next time you feel out of it or ‘spacey’ – grab the rosemary and inhale deeply. Your brain may thank you! Share away, people.