• Effects of Lavender and Rosemary on Cognition and Mood: Different

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    Effects of Lavender and Rosemary on Cognition and Mood DifferentRosemary in present is used as a spice in the cooking world. Its aroma is quite pungent and is used either fresh or dry. Usually, its best use in cooking is in roasting meat.

    Lavender on the other hand is known for its soothing and relaxing aroma. Hence it is very if not the most powerful relaxing fragrance in aromatherapy and massages. In culinary, it is used as a condiment or a garnish.

    Ancient Greeks held essential oils in the highest esteem, believing that rosemary oil in particular could improve memory. In the 15th century, rosemary was believed to be a disinfectant. The documented clinical use of essential oils for mood-disorders goes back to 1920s Europe. Throughout the centuries, people have reported the same effects for the same oils. In the last decade, researchers who hadn't often officially studied essential oils, wanted to know – Is this just a belief? Or do these claimed far-reaching complex oils produce an actual biological shift?

    In a controlled blind study in 2003, published in International Journal of Neuroscience, researchers not only confirmed one wide belief about rosemary oil, but unwittingly showed the importance of knowing the recommended uses of oils like lavender. M. Moss et al wanted to evaluate the olfactory impact of the essential oils (EOs) of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and rosemary (rosemarinus officinalis) on cognitive performance and …

    Remarkably, lavender presented a noteworthy drop in execution of working memory and late reaction times for tasks requiring memory and attention compared to controls. (It's usually used for anxiety.)

    In contrast, rosemary considerably improved performance for total memory quality and secondary memory factors, but the scientists thought it reduced the speed of memory compared to controls. Better memory, less speed performance of memory.

    As for the mood factor – while both the control and lavender groups were less alert than the rosemary group – both lavender and rosemary groups were found to be more content than the control group.

    By separating and understanding belief and fact, researchers ratify age old beliefs about the health remunerations of EOs, but also deliver the significance of knowing the EOs' projected purpose. If you take time to know and understand their differences, you can improve your health by avoiding accidental and unintentional results.

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