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New Research Suggests That Smelling Rosemary Can Help Your Memory Problems

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What did I come in to this room for? Where did I put my car keys? What is my voice mail password? If you are like me, the litany of these everyday questions is endless! What if sniffing something that you can find in the produce section of your grocery store could help you with your memory problems? Would you try it?

New research presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference shows that study participants in a room scented with the herb rosemary did better on prospective memory tasks than those in a room with no scent. The research indicates that the smell of rosemary may enhance the ability to complete tasks at particular times and to remember events. Jemma McCready, study co-author says the study “supports our previous research indicating that the aroma of rosemary essential oil can enhance cognitive functioning in healthy adults.” It has been suggested that regular exposure to the smell of rosemary can improve long term memory by 60-75%!  Researchers are also hopeful that these findings may be of some use in the treatment of older individuals with memory impairments.

I was thinking that I’d give it a try. Couldn’t hurt….I just can’t remember where I put it!


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