Rosemary for Remembrance BY JR

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Rosemary has been long been linked to memory, the most famous reference found in Hamlet when Ophelia declares: ‘There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance: pray, love, remember.’

We all know the saying, ‘Rosemary for Remembrance’, well I always thought it referred to remembering the dearly departed. I didn’t realise that Rosemary has been associated with memory enhancement for a long time.

While trawling through Facebook I came across a post regarding a recent scientific study into the benefits of Rosemary, in particular its effect on memory.

Mark Moss and team have found memory enhancements of up to an amazing 75% from the diffusion of rosemary essential oil.

The study involved randomly allocating 66 healthy adults to either a rosemary-scented room or another room with no scent. The participants were tested to assess their memory where tasks were explained and undertaken without prompting; if the task could not be completed, the participants were prompted until successful, thus lowering their score.

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