Sniffing Rosemary Can Increase Memory By 75%

Published 8-April-2013 by Jenny Hope at

Rosemary herb Useful and attractive: Research has found the essential oil from rosemary helps long-term memory and alertness

Why a whiff of rosemary DOES help you remember: Sniffing the herb can increase memory by 75%

• The Tudors believed rosemary had powers to enhance memory
• In Hamlet, Ophelia says ‘There’s rosemary that’s for remembrance’
• Researchers have found the oil helps alertness and arithmetic

Shakespeare was right in saying rosemary can improve your memory.

Researchers have found for the first time that essential oil from the herb when […]

By |2018-04-24T20:25:59+00:00April 19th, 2013|Aromatherapy / Research, Sense of smell|27 Comments

Florian Birkmayer: aromatherapists & psychiatrist

Florian BirkmayerFlorian Birkmayer, M.D., founded the Birkmayer Institute in 2009 to offer holistic person-centered psychiatry and addiction medicine as well as seminars and workshops on a wide range of holistic topics to facilitate self-transformation and continued self-development. This approach has been inspired by C.G. Jung’s ideas about Individuation, which is the journey of the limited ego to the Higher Self. His emphasis in holistic psychiatry is on Equine-assisted therapy, person-centered psychotherapy and holistic medication management including aromatherapy.

I met Dr. Birkmayer in February 2013, when he attended a weekend seminar […]

Rosemary boosts brain power!

In 1652, English herbalist Nicholas Culpeper wrote, about rosemary: “Helps a weak memory and quickens the senses. The chymical [essential] oil drawn from the leaves and flowers, is a sovereign help…touch the temples and nostrils with two or three drops.” Scientists at Northumbria University (UK) are now uncovering how rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) oil does indeed sharpen mental faculties. Researchers Mark Moss and Lorraine Oliver detail how blood levels of 1,8-cineole, a rosemary oil component, correlate with improved cognitive performance (Moss & Oliver 2012).

Moss and Oliver exposed 20 subjects to […]

Essential oils and chemical ecology: interview with Kelly Ablard

I met Kelly when I gave a talk in April 2011 in Sidney BC, for the British Columbia Association of Practicing Aromatherapists . Kelly is on the BCAPA Board and is working on her PhD dissertation in Chemical Ecology at Simon Fraser University. She recently returned from Java Indonesia, where she conducted research on slow loris toxin for a BBC film.

What is chemical ecology?

Chemical ecology is the study of chemicals that mediate interactions between living organisms and their environment. These are known as semiochemicals. The subclass used for […]

By |2018-04-24T20:26:04+00:00December 16th, 2011|Interview, News, Sense of smell|2 Comments

Olfaction and cerebrospinal fluid

Gina Flores Gina Flores

Hi, my name is Gina Flores! A couple of weeks ago I asked Robert if he knew of any research linking olfaction with the lymphatic system and cerebrospinal fluid, and he sent me links to a couple of recent and fascinating papers. This inspired me to write the article you will find here which goes into anatomical detail. Ever since I read Masaru Emoto’s The Hidden Messages of Water, I have not stopped thinking about water, embryonic development, phylogenetics, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), essential […]

By |2018-04-24T20:26:11+00:00June 7th, 2011|Guest posts, Sense of smell|8 Comments

Tangerine-scented bird

Plants create essential oils by mixing together dozens of fragrant molecules. The functions of these fragrant molecules is primarily to attract pollinators and repel herbivores (generally insects in both cases) and to guard against fungal or bacterial infection. Interestingly, bacteria often produce fragrant molecules too. Insects produce the same aromatic molecules, which they use for intra-species communication. In insects we call them pheromones, and they impart messages that relate to mating, scent trails to food, alarm signals etc.

Aethia cristatella Aethia cristatella

Mammals don’t produce the same highly volatile fragrant molecules. […]

By |2018-04-24T20:26:12+00:00May 3rd, 2011|Fragrance, Sense of smell|Comments Off on Tangerine-scented bird

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