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 one author, it comes from two Greek words: rhops - low shrub and myrinos - balsamic. In another, less probable interpretation, from the Latin words ros - dew and marinus - seaside.
Rosemary has been widely used in traditional medicine for several centuries. Even in ancient Greece, students wore his sprig in his hair on the eve of exams.
Kingdom: Plants, Department: Angiosperms, Class: Dicots, Order: Clear-colored, Family: Clear-colored, Genus: Rosemary
Calyx ovoid-bell-shaped, two-lipped, double-split; upper lip with three short teeth; lower bidentate, three-bladed, with a large average lobe. Two stamens, single collar anthers. The leaves are opposite, constricted, linear.
Rosemary - an evergreen Mediterranean shrub. Its name dates back to the Latin ros marinus (sea dew) and was given to him not by chance: rosemary grows on the sea shore, in a spray of sea foam. That is why the ancient Greeks and Romans dedicated it to the penned-born Aphrodite (Venus) and believed that a wonderful plant can make a person happy, deliver from evil dreams and preserve youth.
They believed that it improves memory.
The link to rosemary is also 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 in it other acids that prevent the damage by radicals of DNA molecules.
Rosemary also prevents the breakdown of acetylcholine, a chemical that fuels brain cells 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 so much higher than the marks in the tests for memory and attentiveness for those who were given breaths before the exam.
Why is this happening?
A cool magazine for experts in psychopharmacology The Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology suggests that the cause is 1,8-cineole. It is contained in rosemary, and there is evidence that it improves memory performance.
Scientists advise to inhale rosemary extract before performing important tasks. If you do this, the time of important meetings, negotiations and interviews will be less stressful, and the speed and accuracy of thinking will grow at least one and a half times. Mood will also improve.
The higher the concentration of 1,8-cineol in the blood, the better the results!
Modern herbal medicine uses rosemary as a mild anesthetic that relieves migraines and abdominal pain.
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