Did you know that rosemary can improve your cognitive function? Yes, that’s right, it can improve your concentration, focus and memory. It has been associated with memory for hundreds of years. In fact, the Ancient Greeks would wear garlands of the herb during exams.
Our sense of smell is very sensitive and smart. It sends messages to the brain that sets off responses where neurotransmitters in the brain that are associated with memory can be affected by scents.
A study conducted and found that students working in a room with the aroma of rosemary, in the form of an essential oil, achieved 5-7% better results in memory tests than ones without the aroma. Rosemary acts as a stimulant, picking up your energy levels, resulting in your mind becoming sharper. It also soothes nerves so as your energy boosts, rather than you bouncing off the walls, you feel calm and have the ability to channel it into the right place.
So, if you feel a bit confused, can’t think clearly or if you’ve hit that 4 o’clock wall, instead of reaching for a sugary snack (where you will only crash and feel worse). Grab yourself a few sprigs of rosemary, make a tea or if you have it in the form of an essential oil massage into your skin using a base oil.