The smell of rosemary increases memory by 75%
Rosemary (lat.Rosmarinus) is a genus of perennial evergreen shrubs of the family Lamiaceae. Representatives of the genus are common in the Mediterranean and Europe.
According to B.K. Shishkin, the origin of the name Rosmarinus is not clear. According to some authors, comes from two Greek words: rhops - low shrub and myrinos - balsamic. In another, less likely interpretation, from the Latin words ros - dew and marinus - seaside.
Rosemary has been widely used in folk medicine for several centuries. Even in ancient Greece, students wore his twig in his hair on the eve of exams.
Kingdom: Plants, Department: Angiosperms, Class: Dicotyledons, Order: Laminate, Family: Lamiaceae, Genus: Rosemary
Calyx ovate-bell-shaped, two-lipped, bifid; upper lip with three short teeth; lower two-toothed, three-lobed, with a large middle lobe. Two stamens, one-anthers. Leaves are opposite, narrowed, linear.
Rosemary is an evergreen Mediterranean shrub. Its name goes back to the Latin ros marinus (sea dew) and was not given to it by chance: rosemary grows on the seashore, in spray of sea foam. That is why the ancient Greeks and Romans dedicated it to the foam-born Aphrodite (Venus) and believed that a wonderful plant can make a person happy, save from evil dreams and preserve youth.
They believed that it improves memory.
There is a reference to rosemary in Shakespeare's Hamlet, when Ophelia declares:
“Here is rosemary, for memory; I beg you, love and remember. "
Studies show that this plant contains ursolic acid, a substance that fights free radicals that damage the brain with age. There are other acids in it that prevent radical damage to DNA molecules.
Rosemary also prevents the breakdown of acetylcholine, a chemical that fuels brain cells responsible for memory and communication.
Several serious scientific experiments have shown that rosemary essential oil increases the chance of memorizing complex new information by 60-75%. In any case, it was just so much higher than the marks in the tests for memory and attentiveness of those who were given them breathe before the exam.
Why is this happening?
The coolest magazine for experts in psychopharmacology, The Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, suggests that the reason is the 1,8-cineole compound. It is found in rosemary, and there is evidence that it improves memory performance.
Scientists advise inhaling rosemary extract before completing important tasks. If you do this, then the time of important meetings, negotiations and interviews will begin to experience less stress, and the speed and accuracy of thinking will increase at least one and a half times. The mood will also improve.
The higher the concentration of 1,8-cineole in the blood, the better the results!
Modern herbal medicine uses rosemary as a mild analgesic that relieves migraines and abdominal pain.
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