Rosemary has quite an interesting and varied history; from fairies and witches to weddings and even burials – this spectacular herb has been a story full of legend and maybe even a touch of fancy. There is also reference to rosemary in Hamlet when Ophelia proclaims: ‘There’s rosemary that is for recognition: implore, love, recall.” Unfortunately, most of the historical references and legends related to rosemary have grown vague overtime and the folklore of the origins of Hungary Water has its own legends.

Furthermore, rosemary is a fragrant evergreen herb native to the Mediterranean. It is used as a culinary condiment, to make bodily perfumes, and for its potential health benefits.

There is just no end to the benefits of this herb but did you know sniffing rosemary can increase memory by 75%?

Researchers have found for the first time that essential oil from the herb when sniffed in advance enables people to remember to do things. Rosemary contains carnosic corrosive, which is a chemical that fends off free extreme harm to the cerebrum. Rosemary contains acids which aid in protecting the body’s cells and DNA from free extreme harm. The new research suggest that rosemary herb help reduce the breakdown of acetylcholine, which is a concoction that actuates the mind cells that make are responsible of memory, and thinking to speak with each other. (1)

Other studies have shown that the essential oil in rosemary also increases alertness and enhances long-term memory. In a series of tests the oil from the herb improved the odds of making sure to get things done at a later date by an amazing 60%-75% compared to volunteers who had not sniffed the rosemary oil.

Now if you are asking “How is it even possible that an aroma can enhance memory?” – Well, that’s a good question. Here’s a fascinating quote from one of the scientific papers referenced: “Volatile compounds (e.g. terpenes) may enter the blood stream by way of the nasal or lung mucosa. Terpenes are small organic molecules which can easily cross the blood-brain barrier and therefore may have direct effects in the brain by acting on receptor sites or enzyme systems.” (2)

The best part of this research is that with these findings in the future scientists may find ways for treating individuals with memory impairments.

Researcher Jemma McCready explains:

“It supports our previous research indicating that the aroma of rosemary essential oil can enhance cognitive functioning in healthy adults, here extending to the ability to remember events and to complete tasks in the future.

 Remembering when and where to go and for what reasons underpins everything we do, and we all suffer minor failings that can be frustrating and sometimes dangerous. Further research is needed to investigate if this treatment is useful for older adults who have experienced memory decline.” (1)

Shakespeare was right in saying rosemary can improve your memory.

How To Use Rosemary

There are many different ways to start boosting memory with rosemary. Place a couple of drops of rosemary essential oil on a tissue and enjoy as the smell wafts through the air.  It really depends on your creativity and good thinking.

Some Other Uses & Benefits Of Rosemary Essential Oil

  • Arthritis treatment, anti-inflammatory
  • Sooth the stomach and relieve pain from indigestion, menstrual cramps
  • Rosemary infused oil remove bad dandruff of hair loss
  • Reducing anxiety, elevating mood
  • Protects against DNA damage
  • Improving circulation
  • Detoxifying the liver
  • Calming effects
  • Pain relief
  • Headache relief
  • Skin tonic
  • Hair tonic
  • Digestion soother
  • Immune booster
  • Cancer prevention

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References: Robert Tisserand (1), Herbs and Info (2)