Rosemary is a fragrant herb with a unique and pungent smell. It has been found that this herb can also be used for medicinal purposes, specifically for treating dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In Hamlet, Shakespeare wrote, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance: pray, love, remember.” He might have been aware of these properties of this beneficial plant.
Mark Moss and his colleagues studied the effects of the scent released from rosemary essential oil in the brain. The study led to some remarkable discoveries.
There is a strong link between the scent of this natural herb and the improved cognitive function, or to be more specific, to memory retention! The test subjects which took part in the study improved their scores on various recall and visualization tasks with the help of a whiff of rosemary!
There are compounds in rosemary essential oil that may be responsible for changes in memory performance. One of them is called 1,8-cineole, besides smelling wonderful, it may act in the same way as the drugs licensed to treat dementia, causing an increase in a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.
Furthermore, there is a recent study that is showing that rosemary anticipated positive effects in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. The discoveries were impressive:
“All patients showed significant improvement in…. cognitive function on both [tests] after therapy. In particular, patients with Alzheimer’s showed significant improvement in total scores.”
According to these studies, rosemary is promising a lot in the field of curing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
So to improve the performance of your brain, consume rosemary in all possible ways, just a whiff of rosemary can do the task.