Shakespeare was right – the smell of rosemary is good for your memory, according to a new study. Rosemary has long been linked to memory and fidelity, and was used by ancient Egyptians in weddings and funeral rituals
Essential oil of rosemary boosted healthy adults’ ability to recall past events and remember to perform future tasks, which could include taking medication or sending a birthday card, at the correct time. The improvement was unrelated to the participants’ mood, suggesting it was having a chemical influence which improved their memory, the study found.
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