Researchers have found for the first time that essential oil from rosemary, when sniffed in advance, enables people to remember to do things.
In a series of tests, rosemary herb essential oil increased the chances of remembering to do things in the future by 60-75 per cent compared with people who had not been exposed to the oil.
Other studies have shown the oil increases alertness and enhances long-term memory.
The results showed that participants in the rosemary-scented room performed better on the prospective memory tasks than the participants in the room with no scent.
Researcher Jemma McCready said ‘These findings may have implications for treating individuals with memory impairments.
“It supports our previous research indicating that the aroma of rosemary essential oil can enhance cognitive functioning in healthy adults, here extending to the ability to remember events and to complete tasks in the future.”
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