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Scientists Find Sniffing Rosemary Can Increase Memory By 75%

Scientists Find Sniffing Rosemary Can Increase Memory By 75%

Scientists Find Sniffing Rosemary Can Increase Memory By 75 Percent

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Check bottom of post for ***Reposters Note if you can not find a really good Rosemary 100% Pure Essential Oil.

Rosemary is a wonderful herb with a tradition of use spanning millennia. It has innumerable uses in both the kitchen and in herbal medicine.

Did you know that rosemary has been associated with memory enhancement since ancient times? It is true – and it has even been referred to from the latter part of the Elizabethan Era to the Early Romantic period as the herb of remembrance. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia says, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.” (Hamlet, iv. 5.) It has also long been used as a symbol for remembrance during weddings, war commemorations and funerals in Europe and Australia. [1] Mourners in old times would wear it as a buttonhole, burn it as incense or throw it into graves as a symbol of remembrance for the dead.

It seems that this tradition of Rosemary may actually far more ancient and have its origins in the Arabic world of medieval times, which was greatly advanced in science: In Henry Lyte’s 1578 “Niewe Herball“, an English version of Rembert Dodoens’ French treatise, it is written “The Arrabians and their successors Physitions, do say that Rosemarie comforteth the brayne, the memory and the inward senses, and that it restoreth speech, especially the conserve made of the flowers, thereof with Sugar, to be received daily.” [2]

Because of this seemingly esoteric association, rosemary has at times been made into a sort of herbal-amulet, where it was placed beneath pillowcases, or simply smelt as a bouquet, and it was believed that using rosemary in these ways could protect the sleeper from nightmares, as well as increase their memory.

What’s fascinating is that several scientific studies have now found remarkable results for rosemary’s effects on memory:

Rosemary essential oil’s role in aromatherapy as an agent that promotes mental clarity was validated by the study of Moss, Cook, Wesnes, and Duckett (2003) in which the inhalation of rosemary essential oil significantly enhanced the performance for overall quality of memory and secondary memory factors of study participants. [3]

More recently, in 2012 a study on 28 older people (average 75 years old) found statistically significant dose-dependent improvements in cognitive performance with doses of dried rosemary leaf powder. [4]

Another study by Mark Moss and Lorraine Oliver at Northumbria University, Newcastle has identified 1,8-cineole (a compound in rosemary) as an agent potentially responsible for cognitive and mood performance. [5]

Further studies by Mark Moss and team have found memory enhancements of up to an amazing 75% from diffusion of rosemary essential oil. [6]

Now if you are asking “How is it even possible that an aroma can enhance memory?” – well, that’s a great question. Here’s a fascinating quote from one of the scientific papers referenced: “Volatile compounds (e.g. terpenes) may enter the blood stream by way of the nasal or lung mucosa. Terpenes are small organic molecules which can easily cross the blood-brain barrier and therefore may have direct effects in the brain by acting on receptor sites or enzyme systems.” [5]

Terpenes are primary components of essential oils and are often strong smelling, responsible for a diverse array of natural aromas. It’s also been found that 1,8-cineole enters the bloodstream of mammals after inhalation or ingestion. [7]

I’m interested to know if anyone uses rosemary as a memory enhancer. Maybe you could take some with you next time you have an examination and see if it helps with recall? One last tidbit to inspire you further: Lavender. In a 1998 study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, rosemary was found to increase alertness but lavender was found not only to increase alertness but also to increase accuracy in math tests! [8] The way this is going, I can sense the possibility of a magical custom oil blend for total recall! ;)

Rosemary is very easy to grow in many gardens and will provide an abundant supply – almost too abundant! Just the other day when paying a Christmas visit to my family, I cut a few sprigs from my Dad’s organic rosemary bush (rosemary is an evergreen!), left them on a radiator to dry for a few days and then put the needle-like leaves in a jar, ready for use in the kitchen whenever required. So aromatic… and much better than the store-bought stuff I had before!

Another thought that springs to mind from this – here we have yet another example of an ancient herbal lore that has been validated by modern experiments. This happens again and again – and yet still the remarkable herbals, lost treasures of the ancient world are considered spurious by modern medicine. If an herb has been in use for a thousand years for a condition, it should be considered probable that there is something to it. When are we going to catch up with ancient knowledge? Let’s hope soon – while there is still some untarnished, un-GMO-ed nature left…

This scientific discovery was brought to our attention by the remarkable Robert Tisserand, whose work on essential oils is considered by many to be among the very finest. Check out his original pages reporting on the memory effects of Rosemary here http://roberttisserand.com/2013/04/new-rosemary-memory-research/ – and here http://roberttisserand.com/2012/03/rosemary-boosts-brain-power/


[1] Henry Lyte “Niewe Herball”, 1578, p.264 http://books.google.com/books?id=ifxNAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA264

[2] http://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/customs/rosemary.asp

[3] Moss M., Cook J., Wesnes K., & Duckett P. (2003). Aromas of rosemary and lavender essential oils differentially affect cognition and mood in healthy adults. International Journal of Neuroscience, 113(1): 15-38. Retrieved 24 March 2013 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12690999

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21877951

[5] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3736918/

[6] http://roberttisserand.com/2013/04/new-rosemary-memory-research

[7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3671550

[8] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10069621/

***Reposter’s Note***

Well I’m game. I have some wonderful 100% PURE essential oils that are for use with my Oxygen Spa.  Now to just get some small containers so I can carry a small amount of each with me. If you cannot find excellent oils easily for a reasonable price. Check out the ones I use.   http://www.homespaedmonton.com/essential-oils-and-mineral-salts.php.

They are $80.00 CDN for 200 ml (which is such a excellent price for almost a cup of the superb quality essential oils) plus S&H and can be shipped anywhere. If you need some, just contact me (Deb) through the comments section of this blog or the phone number on the  home page of the Home Spa Edmonton website.

I have some one important in my life who is turning  80 this month. I have been having trouble finding just the right gift.  Thanks to http://www.herbs-info.com/ for this excellent article and for the perfect birthday gift idea.***

Cellulite – Exercises and Tips To Reduce Cellulite

Cellulite –  Exercises and Tips To Reduce Cellulite

Put on some good music and do these exercises to it for a couple of songs a few times a week. Make it fun.  Alternate daily with a brisk 15 minute walk to get quicker results.

Challenge a few friends:  Maybe the Losers can chip in to buy dinner for the winner – great reason for a get together and have some fun as a reward for sticking with it. Everybody will be a winner because a fun evening with friends is always a treat. People who have exercise partners are more accountable so get the best results. We all have great intentions – it is the follow through that trips us up.  Like any program – You have to USE IT to LOSE IT!

Cellulite exercises: How to reduce cellulite with exercise

Almost every woman has some cellulite and it’s nearly impossible to get rid of. But you can do exercises to fight the appearance of cellulite. Chris Freytag of Prevention magazine shows us all how to do an anti-cellulite workout.

Coffee Ground Scrub Can Fight Cellulite

This commentary is from NewJerseyNewsroom.com BY VICKY DeROSA

As many of you are aware I am fascinated by anything having to do with health and wellness. I research absolutely everything having to do with the body inside and out.

Many years ago I noticed that there were very expensive creams on the market to fight against cellulite. Many of these creams contain caffeine. I began to research anything and everything having to do with caffeine as it relates to the skin.

Consequently, I found out that caffeine increases blood flow thereby helping to reduce the effects of fat cells underneath the skin. Several of you wrote in and asked if coffee grounds were my number one solution to cellulite. You are correct of course but my technique is original and has a twist. Years ago I created a technique and shared it with people who were suffering with cellulite. It helped to make their skin smooth, soft and certainly reduced their cellulite. If you have cellulite I suggest you try it. Actually, if you don’t have cellulite I suggest you also try it, you will be amazed at the results.

Coffee Ground Scrub


Day old coffee grounds
Extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Bath mit (sponge, but looks like a glove)


1. In a large bowl combine 1 cup coffee grounds with olive oil and salt. Use enough oil to create a thick paste and sprinkle in some kosher salt. Depending on whether or not you like a hard or soft exfoliant will depend on how much kosher salt you sprinkle in. I suggest a tablespoon. Some people prefer more so as to create a harder scrub.

2. 35 minutes before taking a shower, put your hand with the bath mit into the bowl and grab some of the paste. Rub the paste onto your legs and hips (actually you can rub the mixture anywhere you like, you will see fantastic results after just a week of using this technique).

3. Wrap yourself in your bathrobe and keep the paste on for 30 minutes.

4. Rinse off in a warm shower. I would like to point out here that for all of you that like to take two or three showers per day, I strongly suggest you cool your water temperature. Showering with very warm water will dry out your skin. So if you take numerous showers throughout the day try to make them as cool as possible.

I strongly recommend you try this paste. I have recommended it to many people over the years and they always give me rave reviews. Remember it is great to exfoliate your body anyway, why not use something natural. This is one of the best ways that I know to fight cellulite, and might I add, the cheapest. So what do you have to lose my friend?

Vicky DeRosa is Founder and CEO of Studio V Health Corp. For more information check out http://www.studiovhealth.com.

Drink Plenty of Water: Water helps flush out the fat and toxins from the body. Water suppresses appetite and helps keep your body hydrated and energized. Some of My Favorites are:

Lemon Water,


Detox Water:  https://allaboutwellnesssolutions.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/detox-water/

Miraculous Weight-loss Drink:


Eat Smart and Healthy: Avoid all processed foods – eat natural and wholesome, 80% Vegetables and Fruits at a minimum.

Get Enough Good Quality Sleep – we make our metabolic enzymes and hormones during sleep – too little sleep will derail any health improvement program.  I ran into adrenal fatigue a few years ago and my body forced me to sleep a lot for 5 months. My family made sure I ate very well.  I basically ate and slept very deeply. I dropped at least 5 sizes and the cellulite went too. I DO NOT recommended this.  When I was functioning properly again, I had to understand what had happened and how – I learned how very important getting sufficient good sleep can be to reducing and maintaining weight.




Everything you do to Reduce Cellulite that is healthy and natural also leads to better overall health.

Thanks to Chris Freytag of Prevention Magazine for the great video.

Thanks to Vicky DeRosa for her commentary courtesy of New Jersey Newsroom.com

Natural Remedies for Migraine Headaches

 Natural Remedies for Migraine Headaches

(NaturalNews) More than thirty million people in the U.S. suffer from migraine headaches. That means that there is a migraine sufferer in twenty five percent of households, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders. Traditionally, sufferers use prescription drugs – 2.5 times more than the amount non-sufferers use – to help them get through it. However, even with the prescriptions, most experience an inability to function normally while having a migraine. The American Academy of Neurology says migraines range in severity and often come with a variety of symptoms from pulsating and throbbing pain, to light and sound sensitivity, to nausea and vomiting. There are a variety of triggers, including:

– Fluorescent lights
– Coffee
– Dehydration
– Smoking or alcohol abuse
– High blood pressure or hypoglycemia
– Vitamin B or D deficiency or mineral imbalances
– Reaction to food additives such as MSG, sugar, colorings, or preservatives
– Oral contraceptives or prescription medication
– Food allergies or intolerances

***Reposter’s Note

My Migraines are directly related to my back being out of place or my back and neck being tired. I suspect this may be the same for some other suffers. Try laying down in a dim room and gently stretching the spine while drinking lots of water. Do this at the first moment symptoms appear so they don’t get a good hold. Since I have started using my Oxygen Spa and am getting a hydrotherapy treatment and a full body massage with each use – I have seen a definite improvement in my circulation and decrease in Migraine frequency. Stretch to keep tension out of the spine, neck, jaw and improve blood flow to the brain.

Rather than just treating migraine pain with strong drugs that have potentially serious side effects, consider that these headaches are likely a symptom that the body is out of balance in some way. Reduce or eliminate triggers, improve circulation, learn effective stress reduction and drink lots of water daily. These actions can reduce frequency and severity of migraines when followed consistently Combine these tips with suggestions below for the best results .***

Natural treatments

There are lots of ways to treat a migraine headache with natural remedies that have a better success rate and far fewer health risks than prescriptions, including herbs, supplements, acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology, and aromatherapy.

HerbsFeverfew is effective at preventing migraines, but not stopping them once they’ve begun. The plant’s active ingredient, parthenolide, inhibits the chemicals in the brain that cause the blood vessels to dilate. Another preventative with a lot of recent success in blind trials is butterbur extract. Used medicinally since the middle ages, butterbur extract can be taken daily as a preventative to reduce the number and severity of attacks. It is available commercially in capsules, powder, tincture, or other forms and is thought to have both antispasmodic effects and anti-inflammatory properties. It should be taken for 2 to 3 months until the migraine sufferer experiences a period “free of migraines.”

Self help techniques – There are several things a migraine sufferer can do after the onset of a migraine to help ease the pain. Hydrotherapy is easy, and it works. Contrast showers help with many ailments. Stand in water as hot as you can stand for two minutes (this increases blood flow to the skin), then as cold as you can stand for two minutes (this sends blood to the core of the body). Alternate back and forth for 20 minutes to increase blood flow and circulation, bringing nutrients to organs and carrying away toxins. Another way to use water to help with a headache is to put your feet in very cold water and a hot rag on the back of your neck. This helps bring the blood down out of your head, by sending it to your feet.

Working acupressure points such as pinching the soft tissue between your thumb and forefinger can help alleviate pain as well. Another technique is to put your thumb in your mouth on the same side as the migraine pain, reaching up to find the cheekbone. Press that bone up and out. Repeat on the other side. Then place both thumbs on the upper palate (inside the mouth) and press the sides out. Several repetitions may be necessary. Relax and breath deep. Slowly inhale and exhale all the way out.

Last but probably most important, make the necessary diet corrections. There is no substitute for water. When you are thirsty, it is not for coffee or soda, but water and only water. When you drink anything else, you need more water to flush that out. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. Eating more vegetables and juicing are the best ways to correct nutritional deficiencies and correct your body’s pH. (See posts on Salt & Apple Cider Vingfar) Supplements help.

***Reposter’s Note – The best liquid Vitamin-Mineral Supplement I have found is Daily Complete. 194 vitamins, minerals, organic fruits, organic vegetables, antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, Mediterranean herbs, pure phytoplankton, and other important accessory nutrients to your body in one liquid ounce a day.


Aromatherapy – Peppermint and lavender are used most often, but rosemary, eucalyptus, sandalwood, and basil often work well also.

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