The memory-boosting properties of Rosemary essential oil are truly fascinating. New research by Northumbria University has shown that Rosemary Essential Oil can significantly improve memory loss. This is both remarkable and ground-breaking.
After being tested against two control groups in a very complex series of memory tests a group inhaling rosemary essential oil from a diffuser did significantly better the those inhaling Lavender or just water vapour. Traces of Rosemary Oil were also found in the blood of the research subjects showing just how effective inhaling essential oil compounds can be.
Rosemary oil contains compounds including one called 1,8-cineole which is shown to increase a neural-transmitter called acetylcholine. This acts in the same way that drugs licensed to treat dementia. This shows just how helpful essential oils can be for people with Alzheimer's or other types of dementia. Dr. Mark Ross who conducted the research said it enabled people to “remember events that will occur in the future” by 60-75 percent and to “remember to complete tasks at particular times.” (Discovery News)
This is an exciting piece of research and is just the beginning. With more to follow it's hoped that further scientific credence will be given to the efficacy of Essential Oils.
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