In our times, scientists suggest a number of ways how to use natural approaches and certain herbal remedies to boost our memory. You can add to your diet such foods as walnuts, blueberries, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes or pumpkin seeds. Herbal remedies which can help us improve our memory include sage, rosemary, ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba or an exotic herb called “gotu kola“, which is quite popular in India. In the beginning of 2009, German scientists reported in the journal Science about one more effective way to use herbal remedies to boost memory. They claim that the scent of roses can have positive effects on our memory and help us memorize the things better.

Rose ScentDuring the experiments, which took place in Germany and were carried out by two groups of the scientists at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf and the University of Lübeck, medical students had to perform some concentration and memorization exercises.  In particular, they tried to memorize the localization of certain cards on a computer screen. After that, some of the students were receiving rose scent through special masks. The scientists were sending the bursts of rose scent because it was found out that our brain has a property to adjust to smells very effectively and for a very short period of time.

The next day, the participants were supposed to remember the location of the cards. Repeated experiments proved that rose scent have positive effects on our memory: those students who received the rose scent could remember up to 97% cards, but those who did not receive could remember only about 86% of the cards. The scientists also tried to apply rose scent bursts during sleep, and it turned out that the effects are even better. Neuroscientists who monitored the sleep, also underlined that sleep quality increases substantially under effect of rose scent. That is why this scent is highly recommended for aromatherapy in all cases of sleep disturbances.

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.

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