Recently we shared three memory tricks you can use while traveling. Today we’re chatting about a quick way you can boost your memory power even more along your travels – aromatherapy! For centuries the unique scents of essential oils have been used to enhance both physical and emotional well being.
The sense of smell is extremely powerful, and from the medicinal to the mystical, these aromatic plants have long been valued for their perceived properties. You can easily tuck small vials of aromatherapy oils in your suitcase. Or you can take advantage of all the organic products available like essential oil roll-ons, therapy stones that absorb the oils and lotions for your travel bag.
You can even take a small travel candle along to use during down time in your hotel room. Just pick from any of these three essential oils aromatherapists recommend to help boost your memory:
Rosemary Aromatherapy for Memory
In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia begs, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray you, love, remember!”
Rosemary is a wonderfully fragrant herb whose needle-like leaves resemble those of a pine tree. Its bright and green scent enhances mental clarity as well as calm nerves. It was used by ancient Greeks and Romans in a variety of traditional and medicinal ways. Native to Mediterranean seaside areas, rosemary’s Latin name Rosmarinus Officinalis literally means “dew of the sea.”
Today rosemary complements a variety of culinary dishes. People also value rosemary for its medicinal and aromatic properties. Recent studies show carnosic acid, a derivative of the rosemary leaf, enhances nerve growth factor, and may even be of use in stalling and perhaps reversing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Lemon’s Aromatherapy Memory-Enhancing Properties
Lemons are known for their crisp, refreshing scent. From childhood lemonade stands to lemon meringue pie, these sunny citrus fruits are a staple in most households.
They have antiseptic and anti-fungal properties and their rinds freshen breath. They’re a common ingredient in household cleaning products. Lemons also receive praise for boosting memory. Their bright, clean scent aids in information storage and recall.
Recent studies have shown that lemons may increase the activity of acetylcholene, a chemical messenger in humans that assists in storing and retrieving information. In fact, some studies show that acetylecholine might help in retrieving formerly lost memories and information.
Peppermint Essential Oils are Great for Concentration
Beside flavoring candy canes, peppermint has beneficial properties. People use peppermint to aid in digestion (aka the after dinner mint.) Less known is that peppermint helps with one’s ability to concentrate.
Peppermint’s energetic and bright scent alone is uplifting, making it a perfect aromatherapy companion. It also contains antioxidants such as flavonoids that aid in memory and boost brain power.