28 Feb '12, 12pm

Study: The Scent of Rosemary Can Make You Smarter

Study: The Scent of Rosemary Can Make You Smarter

The scent of rosemary wafting from a dish of roasted potatoes is one thing -- but when distanced from the aromas of garlic and olive oil, the astringent scent of rosemary, although lovely, can seem downright medicinal. It’s no wonder that the perennial herb has had a long history of performing therapeutic feats. Now researchers have shown for the first time that blood levels of a rosemary oil component correlate with improved cognitive performance, as reported in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology , published by SAGE. Mark Moss and Lorraine Oliver, working at the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre at Northumbria University, UK exposed a group of 20 people to varying levels of rosemary aroma, testing the cognitive performance and mood of the group. Focusing on 1,8-cineole, one of rosemary's main chemical components, the investigators analyzed blood sam...

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