Clean Diet

Sharpen Memory with Rosemary and Peppermint

What do peppermint and rosemary have in common? Both of these herbs help improve memory and alertness, according to studies conducted at Northumbria University in England.

Researchers found that peppermint tea was associated with improved long-term memory in study participants, while the aroma of rosemary was associated with better prospective memory (remembering to perform an intended action). In contrast to the memory-enhancing herbs, lavender was found to diminish memory due to its calming effects, while participants who drank chamomile tea were slower in responding to tasks compared with the peppermint tea drinkers. Although the research found that adults over the age of 65 benefited the most from the memory-enhancing herbs, researchers say that healthy individuals of any age can still improve their recall abilities by sipping peppermint tea or using rosemary essential oil in their homes.

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