Boost your Memory with Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary essential oil works for what ails you, and although it is prized by cooks for its flavor, this herb has some benefits that you may not be aware of, including cognitive function and recall benefits.
The British study discovered that people who sniffed the rosemary essential oil improved their memory by 75 percent, making it possible to treat memory problems.
A group of psychologists at the Northumbria University in Newcastle in the UK conducted the study. The study involved a group of people. Half were put in a room with a diffuser that had been loaded with four drops of rosemary essential oil five minutes before anyone arrived, while the other half worked in a room with no oil.
Performing simple tasks, the group in the scented room performed up to 75 percent better when it came to simple math and memory tasks than the group who worked in the unscented room.
The researchers discovered that people in the rosemary room had levels of cineole that were much higher than the other group, and took blood samples to prove it. The researchers discovered that the inhalation allows the compound to enter the bloodstream. Scientists now believe that rosemary essential oil can help people with memory problems, especially seniors.
In an earlier study on the effects of lavender and rosemary essential oil by the International Journal of Neuroscience in 2003, it was discovered that lavender was a memory deterrent, most probably because of the sedating effects that lavender has. While lavender helped people feel content, rosemary helped them feel both alert and content.
Another finding discovered that lemon and rosemary, when given in the am, and orange and lavender when inhaled or massaged at night helped patients suffering from dementia.
Other studies are supporting rosemary essential oil’s ability to enhance past memories and promote concentration.
Natural healers use rosemary, known as Rosmarinus officinalis, to reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, and promote healthy digestion.
Of course, the healing properties of the herb have been known for centuries with the ancient Greeks using the herb for memory. It was quite common for scholars to wear strands of the herb around their neck and in their hair during exam time. Shakespeare also talked about the benefits of rosemary in his writings.
Rosemary is a powerful antioxidant that has cancer-fighting properties. In fact, the ORAC score or antioxidant value of the herb is the same as the goji berry, which is known for fighting free radicals.
The herb is very rich in carnosic acid. Carnosic acid is an antioxidant that fights oxidative brain stress. Researchers have discovered that carnosol helps target cancer cells leaving healthy cells healthy.
As far as usage goes, natural health experts recommend diffusing a half a teaspoon of natural coconut oil with about three drops of rosemary every day for about an hour. Rosemary essential oil is also great for massage.
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