Can certain essential oils make you smarter?
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. Now go diffuse!
Read more about the study here.
Other uses for rosemary essential oils:
Diffuse while working or doing homework as it can stimulate memory and open the conscious mind.
Use topically for muscle aches and tension.
Dilute with fractionated coconut oil and use on face for extremely dry skin.
Rub on problem areas to help treat cellulite.
Put a couple drops in shampoo to help with dandruff, thinning hair, and to help promote hair growth.
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.