Scientists Find Sniffing Rosemary Can Increase Memory By 75%
Rosemary has been used as a medicine and in the kitchen since ancient times. It has been known as the herb of remembrance. It is even mentioned in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, where Ophelia says:”There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.” Rosemary has also been used in funerals, where they throw it into the graves as a symbol of remembrance for the dead.
This herb is used to protect the sleeper from nightmares by placing the rosemary under the pillow. In the Arabic world they made bouquets with rosemary and smelt them in order to improve their memory.
Dried rosemary leaf was tested among 28 older people and the results were fascinating. They had big improvements in the cognitive performance.
On the other side this herb has a big role in aromatherapy, actually the essential oil from rosemary. It promotes mental clarity and relaxation.
I know is strange that only the smell of this herb can have positive effect on our memory and you are probably asking how this is even possible. This is a quote from a scientific paper: “Volatile compounds (e.g. terpenes) may enter the blood stream by way of the nasal or lung muscosa. Terpenes are small organic molecules which can easily cross the blood-brain barrier and therefore may direct in the brain by acting on receptor sites or enzyme systems.” Terpenes are strong smelling components of the essential oils.
You can grow your rosemary in your garden or home. It is very easy to grow and you will have abundant supply. It is so aromatic and you can use it while cooking, to make some tea or just for decoration. And don’t forget to sniff it every time you pass by. It will increase your memory and make you feel good and relaxed.