The smell of rosemary increases memory up to 75%

The smell of rosemary increases memory up to 75%

The most recent study on this question has found that rosemary essential oil allows people to remember to do things, a finding that complements previous research about its usefulness in evoking the past and, in general, in improving the long-term memory.

Thus, after a series of tests carried out on healthy people by a team of psychologists from the University of Northumbria, in Newcastle (United Kingdom), it has been concluded that the essential oil of rosemary increased between 60 and 75% the probability of remembering do everyday things like take a medicine, go to an appointment or remember a certain date.


In addition to improving long-term memory and the ability to perform mental arithmetic exercises, therefore, this new finding attributes a great ability to promote prospective memory, making it a fantastic remedy for modern life, always so bombarded with small tasks.

Not surprisingly, the study participants who were in the room with the smell of rosemary obtained much better scores in the performance of these types of activities that needed to be remembered for their execution. Likewise, with respect to those who occupied a room with a neutral odor, those present in the perfumed room obtained higher blood concentrations of 1,8-cineole, a biochemical compound present in the blood that is also found in rosemary essential oil.

This most likely explains these results, as previous studies found that the volatile molecules of essential oils can be absorbed into the bloodstream by inhalation. Be that as it may, we now want to study these same effects in people with impaired cognitive ability, specifically in individuals with memory problems of varying severity.


An unconditional ally for pain !!

On other occasions we have talked about the great properties of rosemary, and among them we found that it is an excellent antiseptic, antioxidant, astringent, and is extremely effective in circulatory diseases and to relieve muscle contractures.

It is also very good for fighting colds, infections in the mucous membranes of the mouth, such as gingivitis, and irritation in the colon. You can relieve headaches by:

Prepare fresh rosemary leaves in a mortar, with two cinnamon sticks, and some cloves, along with a teaspoon of powdered ginger and mix with half a bottle of good quality wine, marinate and then store in a jar for 10 days. After this time, you must filter the preparation obtained, keeping only the liquid, and put it back in a cool, dry place.

When you suffer from any type of discomfort, muscle pain or any of the aforementioned conditions, you can soak a cotton ball or gauze, and place it as a compress on the affected area, or take a glass of it to relieve headaches.


"Natural scents can influence mental performance," study author Mark Moss of Northumbria University in Newcastle told Reuters Health.

To investigate the effects of essences, Moss and his colleagues conducted an experiment that included 144 young adults.

Participants carried out tests of attention or reaction time by working in cubicles, either without ambient aroma or with the aroma of lavender or rosemary, long-term memory, such as remembering words and recognizing images and working memory were observed how to remember a series of numbers.

Adults who were working in the lavender scented cubicles performed worse on tests of their working memory and reaction time than their peers who worked in scented cubicles.

On the other hand, those who worked in cubicles with rosemary essence had better long-term memory than those who worked in cubicles without essence in the environment.

In addition, the results of the mood tests that were performed before and after the adults completed the memory exercises revealed that those in the cubicles with lavender and rosemary scents felt happier after completing the tests of memory of what they were initially.

However, participants in lavender-scented cubicles reported that they felt less alert after their memory exercises, while those in rosemary-scented cubicles reported feeling more alert, both "may be the reflection of their (respective) performance "in the exercises, Moss said.

People who worked in unscented cubicles did not report any noticeable change in either contentment or alertness.

Despite the findings that rosemary appears to improve long-term memory and alertness, Moss did not recommend that students inhale the essence the night before a major exam. The scent "is never going to take the place of hard work," he explained.

"What I believe most is that these effects, in themselves, are not going to change life, we cannot take a shortcut or a quick fix," Moss said. "However, it may be that we use natural compounds to improve our daily lives."

For example, the scent of lavender may be unsuitable as an air freshener for cars and other vehicles, if they are going to slow down the driver's reaction time, according to research. But, since individuals generally use lavender for moments of play and relaxation, the findings indicate that this purpose may be "ideal," he said.

"Certainly lavender is good if you want to relax and rosemary is good if you want to feel a little more alert and (not) want to have caffeine in the morning," Moss said.

The study findings were presented at the annual meeting of the Psychological Society of Great Britain in Blackpool, UK.

"Here I bring rosemary, which is good to remember"



Video: Dietary Rosemary Strengthens Memory (June 2021).