Exam time: Rosemary can help

Rosemary is an amazing multi-purpose herb and its leaves have been used in traditional medicine for centuries.  The fragrant herb hailed for its ability to soothe muscle and ease an itchy scalp, but it could also have big brain boosting benefits, a study suggests.

However, the idea that rosemary improves memory is not new; in ancient Greece, students often put rosemary springs in their hair when studying for exams. You can also find the reference to rosemary in Hamlet, when Ophelia declared: “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember.’

A study published in the Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology suggests that the chemical compound 1,8-cineole is responsible for the improved memory function. According to the study, 20 subjects were exposed to varying levels of rosemary aroma before performing certain tasks while their stress levels, mood, speed and accuracy were tested. Interestingly, the more 1,8-cineole absorbed into the bloodstream, the more positive were the results.

But the results are preliminary, and the study consisted of only 20 participants. More research is required to show that rosemary, or 1,8-cineole,  are indeed providing the cognitive benefit.

Via Huffington Post.

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