Shakespeare was on to something when he wrote this line.
Because, according to a new study in the journal Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, the herb could very well boost your mental performance – and all you have to do is smell it.
The chemical component of rosemary essential oil responsible for the brain boost is called 1,8-cineole. In the study, this component seemed to help attention, working memory and processing.
The researchers are interested in studying the implications of this finding for Alzheimer’s research. It’s been previously determined that 1,8-cineole can inhibit acetylcholinesterase, which is a key enzyme in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s.
“Scent of Rosemary May Boost Cognitive Performance,” Medscape Today (medscape.com)