Rosemary – it has been used for millennia, and it is well known for its numerous health benefits. This medicinal herb has been used to boost long-term memory and alertness. Rosemary been used to boost long-term memory and alertness for millennia. Even the famous Shakespeare mentions the incredible benefits of the rosemary in “Hamlet”.
Fun facts about rosemary:
- Ancient Greeks wore rosemary springs in their hair while they studied for their exams
- Shakespeare mentions the amazing benefits of rosemary in his popular play ‘’Hamlet’’
According to a study conducted at the Northumbria University, Newcastle in 2003, smelling rosemary is related to “an enhancement of performance for overall quality of memory and secondary memory factors”.
This cognitive-boosting ability of rosemary was more scientifically explained 10 years after. Namely, this study included people who performed subtraction exercises and visual information processing tasks and other tests. Experts used the scent of rosemary to assess the mood of the participants before and after smelling it by doing blood tests.
The study involved 66 people altogether. They were randomly assigned to either the rosemary-scented room or another room with no scent.
The findings were incredible – the rosemary smell significantly increased memory in the participants.
People who did tests in the rosemary-scented room performed 60-75% better. They remembered and recalled things much faster than the other participants.
The blood tests also showed – 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.
Dr. Mark Moss, which was the lead researcher, stated:
“This compound is present in rosemary but has not previously been demonstrated to be absorbed into blood plasma in humans.
It is our view that the aroma, therefore, acts like a therapeutic drug, rather than any effects being a result of the more sensory properties of the aroma. The chemicals are also believed to have directly stimulated the olfactory nerve in the nose, which could have effects on brain functioning.”
Rosemary dramatically supports brain health due to its carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid content. These contents fight free radical damage, prevent Alzheimer’s and stop the growth of cancer cells.
How to Use Rosemary
According to experts, if you want to experience the health benefits of rosemary the only thing you need to do is to diffuse a few drops of high-quality organic oil using a diffuser.
Place rosemary plant near you: in your office or somewhere in your house. You can also mix a drop of rosemary oil in a teaspoon of coconut oil and carry it in a small cosmetic bag in your bag. In this way you’ll keep your brain sharp all the time.
So, now you know that this herb (rosemary) fights dementia and increases memory by 75%.