Mark Moss and Lorraine Oliver from Northumbria University had the same question. They then devised an experiment that would test if the aroma of 1,8-cineole (one of the main chemical components of rosemary) would improve brain performance and mood.
For their experiment they had 20 volunteers perform math and visual tests. Some were exposed to the rosemary aroma for 4, 6, 8, or 10 minutes while some were not exposed at all. After testing and analyzing results, they found that those in the rosemary-aroma room scored better on the test and were in a better mood than those who weren’t. They also found that participants with the higher blood levels on 1,8-cineole (those who smelt longer) had greater speed and accuracy on their test.
So, yes, just smelling rosemary essential oil could make you smarter. So grab your Rosemary and go diffuse!
Other uses for rosemary essential oils:*
- Supports healthy digestion
- Soothes sore muscles and joints
- Helps reduce nervous tension and fatigue
- When using internally, dilute 1 drop rosemary essential oil in 1 tsp. honey or 4 oz. of beverage.
- Blends well with basil, frankincense, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, and marjoram.
- Two drops in a pot roast in the crock pot with Basil, Oregano, Thyme and Black Pepper.
* These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any essential oils. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.