Memory loss happens to all of us at some time or another and we usually shrug it off thinking it will eventually come to us or how important was it anyway. Let's face it there are times when you can't just shrug it off - whether it be work related or family sometimes you really need a little help.
Are medications the answer? Sometimes people would rather do that because it is so publicized and you know that is what your doctor is going to recommend the majority of the time. Other remedies are being researched and hopefully being more accepted in the medical field.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for inhaling and massage. It not only smells great but has many therapeutic benefits and has far less if any side effects than medications. They heal the mind, body and spirit.
Let's take a look at rosemary essential oil and how it just may improve your memory and alertness.
Rosemary essential oil is one the oldest plants used throughout history for cooking, fragrance in soaps and other cosmetics and medicinally to improve memory, support circulatory and nervous systems, stimulate hair growth, and relieves muscle spasm and pain. Today, rosemary oil is used for curing infectious diseases, increasing hair growth, improve memory, ease symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, relieve gout, improve skin conditions, clear up throat and lung infections, improve liver conditions, and ease muscle soreness. The list can go on and on.
New research is finding out more and more every day just how special rosemary essential oil is. For instance, a recent study found that daily intake of rosemary and Thyme prevented thrombosis (blood clots). Here is the study for those who would care to peruse "Long-term intake of rosemary and common Thyme herbs inhibits experimental thrombosis without prolongation of bleeding time."
It is time to venture into the research that this whole article is about. Researchers enrolled 144 older volunteers to see how effective rosemary essential oil could be on memory. The volunteers were randomly assigned to one of three different groups - one group inhaled rosemary essential oil, another group (control) was exposed to no odor, the last group inhaled lavender essential oil.
The results were the volunteers who participated in the rosemary oil infusion treatment did significantly better than those in the control group (no aroma). The third group was the lavender oil treatment and they did not do well but let's face it lavender is traditionally known for sedation and sleep properties.
In further review, the rosemary group experienced significant enhancement of overall memory and were much more alert than the other 2 groups.
In conclusion, we can see for ourselves how rosemary essential oil was the winner and should be seriously taken into consideration for treatment of improving memory and for increasing alertness. Let's face it sometimes we could all use assistance in both areas!