Words: Jana Holstein
Is there anything essential oils can’t do?
Easing pain, healing wounds, improving sleep, reducing stress … the list goes on. Several studies have also shown that certain essential oils can actually improve focus and make you smarter. Today, we will focus on the benefits of rosemary, and discover the wonders of this magical oil!
Do you have a test coming up or an important presentation to give? Maybe you should slather on some rosemary scented lotion or put some in a diffuser. Consider this: rosemary has been shown to help your brain perform better!
Essential oils have long been known for calming anxiety and helping us focus our mental state of mind, but to actually make us smarter? Yep, apparently so. A whiff of rosemary really could boost your performance at work or school.
According to WebMD, a recent study suggests that the pungent and pine-like scent of rosemary oil may improve speed and accuracy when performing certain mental tasks.
Twenty people were asked to perform subtraction exercises and a task to see how quickly they could process new information before and after being exposed to the scent of rosemary in their work stations. Researchers measured participants’ blood levels of 1, 8-cineole, rosemary’s main chemical component, after the experiment.
The study showed that the higher their blood levels of this compound, the better the participants scored on these tasks. Speed and accuracy got better, but the oil did not seem to improve alertness.
They also found that not only did rosemary make some of the participants smarter; it made them feel more content. Exactly how rosemary can improve mental ability is not fully understood, but let’s face it, if contentment can improve my brainpower, I’m in!
So next time you have a big test coming up or need some extra brainpower at work, don’t forget to pack your rosemary essential oil! Check out our Aura Cacia Rosemary Essential Oil for a product that is 100% pure.
NOTE: Always test a small area of your skin first, to check for sensitivity. Please avoid contact with eyes and approach all oils with extreme caution if you have any skin allergies. Please seek professional advice prior to using essential oils while pregnant or nursing.