While the majority of us are loving the heat, it seems to be giving some of us a fuzzy brain but 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 and in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet Ophelia says “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance”
Our sense of smell is incredibly sensitive and intelligent. It sends messages to the brain that sets off responses. Neurotransmitters in the brain that are associated with memory can be affected by scents.
A study was conducted and it was found that pupils working in a room with the aroma of rosemary, in the form of an essential oil, achieved 5-7% better results in memory tests that ones without the aroma. Rosemary acts as a stimulant, picking up your energy levels, resulting in your mind becoming sharper. It also calms and soothes the 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, keeping in the right frame of mind.
So, if you feel a little foggy, can’t think straight 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 rosemary essential oil, pop it on a burner or massage into your skin (using a base oil).
Check out the Rosemary Water floral aqua spray for face and body by Aqua Oleum available on reception – your mind will love you for it!!