Imagine this: you’re making your family sauce recipe. As you start to chop the rosemary, you’re transported to the days of your childhood, cooking in the kitchen with your family. There’s no denying the deep connection our memories have with scents and aromas, but did you know certain scents have even more of an effect than bringing back memories?
While there are a number of studies and suggestions on how to improve memory function, one of our favorite at-home recommendations probably lives in your kitchen already. Look no further than your spice rack. We’re talking about rosemary. Fresh from your garden, dried, chopped, sprinkled, however you like it. While you’re probably used to just adding it as a garnish or stirring it into sauces, the benefits of rosemary certainly go beyond just adding flavor and aroma.
Rosemary contains iron, calcium, and vitamin B-6, as well as many other vitamins and minerals that are key to good health. Rosemary is historically known to help with many ailments, including improving mental function and cognition.
Studies have shown that after being exposed to the 1,8-cineole, a molecular component of rosemary essential oil, participants were able to perform better on visual processing tasks such as quick arithmetic, with higher doses associated with better speed and accuracy. While the exact reason why rosemary helps increase cognitive activity is unknown, some speculate that the high level of antioxidants fight free radicals. Either way, it’s clear that incorporating more rosemary into your life is worthwhile.
Here are a few ways to get started:
Rosemary has the ability to make you feel great inside and out. From improving memory retention to being a scent that recalls fond memories, there are so many reasons to add more rosemary into your life.
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