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Rosemary essential oil may boost your memory

Provided by: RELAXNEWS
Written by: Relaxnews
Apr. 11, 2013

The scent of rosemary essential oil has been found to boost healthy adults' ability to both recall past events and remember to do things, such as send a birthday note or take medication, at the right time.

Researchers, who presented their findings at the British Psychological Society's annual conference in Harrogate, England, this week, said the results could improve the lives of those suffering from memory problems.

Previous research has linked the compounds in rosemary aroma with improved long-term memory and mental arithmetic, and the researchers said they wanted to build on this work.

"We focused on prospective memory, which involves the ability to remember events that will occur in the future, and to remember to complete tasks at particular times, this is critical for everyday functioning," said lead researcher Dr. Mark Moss.

For the research, 66 participants were divided into two groups and asked to wait in different rooms, one of which was scented with rosemary essential oil. The subjects then completed a series of memory tests, including hiding objects and finding them later, and instructing others to pass a specified object to the researcher at a particular time. Those assigned to the rosemary-scent room performed better at both types of tests and were found to have higher levels of 1,8-cineole, a compound in rosemary oil, in their blood.

"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," said research intern Jemma McCready. "Further research is needed to investigate if this treatment is useful for older adults who have experienced memory decline."


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