Children facing exams could enhance their recall by inhaling the smell of rosemary.
The woody herb often used to add flavour garnish lamb has long had a reputation as being helpful to the memory. In ancient Greece, scholars wore sprigs of rosemary when taking tests to give their recollection a boost. Shakespeare also credited the herb with memory - enhancing powers, writing the line 'Rosemary, that's for remembrance' in Hamlet.
Now researchers at Northumbria University found that rosemary essential oil is helpful to children's recollection, following on from previous research that it boosts adult memories. Dr Mark Moss and Victoria Earle will outline their findings at the British Psychological Society's annual conference in Brighton later this week.
Dr Moss said: 'Our previous study demonstrated the aroma of rosemary essential oil could enhance cognition in healthy adults. Knowing how important working memory is in academic achievement we wanted to see if similar effects could be found in school age children in classroom settings.'
Source - Daily Mail