A sharp memory is an asset for every person regardless of age. Unfortunately, mental performance tends to decline with age. However, folk medicines offer a number of natural solutions for improving memory. One of the natural remedies that have been used for centuries in Europe for strengthening memory is rosemary. Recent scientific studies have shown that rosemary is indeed effective in improving your long-term memory and mental alertness.
According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Northumbria, sniffing rosemary helps in improving memory by almost 75%. Rosemary contains an aromatic compound called 1,8-cineole, which plays an important role in preventing degradation of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. When the small molecules of the volatile oil of rosemary enter your nostrils and are absorbed in the blood, they are transported into the brain where they help in increasing the acetylcholine level in the brain, which helps in improving the brain function.
To Improve Memory, Use Rosemary In The Following Ways
Rosemary Infused Bath
Soaking in rosemary infused bath helps in relaxation. While inhaling the aroma of rosemary helps to strengthen your memory, the bath also helps in reducing stress, which further helps in improving memory.
How To Make
Place one to two rosemary sprigs in a clean and dry mason jar and cover it with olive oil. Cover the bottle and keep it aside for about two weeks. Strain the oil. Add ¼-cup of the rosemary infused oil to your bath water. Soak in the warm rosemary infused bath for about 15 to 20 minutes daily.
An aromatherapy massage with rosemary essential oil can also help in improving your memory. It also helps you to unwind and stimulates blood circulation, which is good for your mental and physical health.
How To Do
For an aromatherapy massage, you will need the help of a masseur. To every 10 ml of carrier oil such as olive oil or almond oil, add 3 drops of rosemary essential oil. If a masseur is not available, gently massaging your forehead and chest with the rosemary essential oil and carrier oil blend will help in improving your memory.
Sniffing Rosemary Oil
However, the simplest way to improve your memory is to sniff rosemary essential oil. Pour 3 to 4 drops of rosemary essential oil on a handkerchief and slowly inhale the aroma for a few minutes. Alternatively, for a more long lasting effect, add four drops of rosemary essential oil to an aroma diffuser and turn it on.