LoveYourBrain Tip: Smell Some Rosemary!

SMELL SOME ROSEMARY!

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BRAIN HEALTH | 6.15.2015 | BY DAYA ALEXANDER GRANT, M.S.

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Rosemary is a delicious seasoning on roasted potatoes, the perfect infusion in olive oil, and a nice decoration for dinner party table settings. But, its scent may also be good for your brain.

The smell of rosemary is positively correlated with cognitive performance. Who knew? In a 2012 study, participants spent time in a room infused with the aroma of rosemary. Researchers then measured the amount of 1,8-cineole, the main chemical in rosemary, that was absorbed in the blood. They found that the higher the level of this chemical, the better the participants performed on an information processing task in terms of both speed and accuracy.

It doesn’t get much easier than enjoying the fragrance of an herb to improve cognitive performance! Keep some rosemary sprigs in a mason jar on your kitchen counter or use rosemary essential oil as a subtle, brain-boosting room freshener.