Why a whiff of rosemary DOES help you remember: Sniffing the herb can increase memory by 75%.
When I told this to one of our Clients this morning, his sharp and quick witted response was, “I bought a rosemary plant... But I forgot to water it!” Thank you Mr S, you always make us smile.
Researchers have found for the first time that essential oil from the herb when sniffed in advance enables people to remember to do things.
It could help patients take their medication on time, it is claimed, or even help the forgetful to post a birthday card.
In a series of tests rosemary essential oil from the herb 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.
Dr Mark Moss from Northumbria University said the benefit of aromas was becoming clear through scientific investigation and he wanted to build on previous research that indicated rosemary aroma improved long-term memory and mental arithmetic.
The study focused on prospective memory, which involves the ability to remember events that will occur in the future and to remember to complete tasks at particular times. This is critical for everyday functioning, for example when someone needs to remember to post a birthday card or to take medication at a particular time.
These findings may have implications for treating individuals with memory impairments or older people with the early stages of dementia.
For those people who want a more traditional method of reminders to take medication or to attend health appointments, or even help to remember to eat or go to bed Home Instead Senior Care in Durham can help, from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, personal care, medication reminders, shopping and errands. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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