Rosemary is probably something you keep in your pantry on a regular basis. You might use it for seasoning chicken or adding a nice touch to soups, meanwhile, it holds uses far more important than just flavoring your food.
This herb has been used historically, dating back even to ancient times and civilizations, for uses like improving mood, avoiding nightmares, and aiding in the creation of better memory. It is often used as a symbol of remembrance at ceremonies such as weddings and funerals.
All this time, people have assumed that rosemary did in fact help with their memory, but it was finally scientifically confirmed in 2003. A study was done at that time, which showed that when people smelled rosemary oil, their memories retained more clarity. This was an important step forward in fully understanding just how much rosemary can help us with our memories.
In 2012, studies were taken even further when rosemary was proven to provide cognitive improvements to a sample of 75-year olds. It was discovered that rosemary contains a compound called 1.8-cineole, which increases a person’s ability to remember skills and also increases positive mood. Later studies demonstrated that sniffing rosemary oil helped to enhance memory up to 75%.
It seems that rosemary enters the bloodstream when smelled purposely, and that is how it is able to have such a strong effect on memory. The compiled results are important because they suggest a very simple and natural way to build and protect memory over time.
When thinking about dementia, and the way it develops, rosemary should be considered as a preventative treatment. While there is no way of knowing if rosemary can completely stop the development of dementia, it is helpful to know that by using it regularly, people can maintain their proper memory function longer. As demonstrated by the sample of 75-year olds, even people who already have dementia may benefit from using rosemary, as they may experience a returning of some of their skill memory and function.
Rosemary is a good supplemental tool for anyone interested in enhancing their memory.
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