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How To Smell Your Way To A Better Memory!

Updated on April 9, 2013

1. Sniff Some Rosemary

A recent study from the University of Northumbria suggests that compounds in this common herb may enhance the brain's ability to remember complex tasks and events. Previous studies have also shown that sniffing rosemary may improve long-term memory and mental arithmetic. Although such scientific studies linking rosemary to improved memory are relatively recent, rosemary has been associated with remembering for ages, and has been used at funerals and commemorations as a symbol of remembrance for the dead.

2. Sniff Some Sage

Perhaps it makes a lot of sense that the name of this shrub is a synonym for "wise." Sage may be effective at helping to prevent memory loss and is even being studied as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's Disease.The memory promoting properties are thought to be due to the high antioxidant content of this herb. Sage has been touted as being a memory booster for as far back as the 1500s, when herbalist John Gerard wrote that sage is "...good for the head and brain and quickeneth the nerves and memory.”

3. Sniff Some Cinnamon

Smelling cinnamon has been shown to boost brain activity and memory. Try adding some to your coffee in the morning for an even bigger memory boost because coffee is also believed to enhance cognitive function.


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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks so much for the informative hub to help our memories. I think anyone over 4o could use some of these tricks. LOL Voted up and hit many buttons.