Smelling Rosemary in School Helps Children’s Memory

Smelling Rosemary in School Helps Children’s Memory

Why it works is a mystery, but the scent of this diffused oil seems to make kids tick.

So many public spaces are now no-scent zones. People with sensitivities find it hard to stay at the concert if the person in front of them is blasting the latest perfume, and doctors’ offices, hospitals and other workplaces routinely display ‘no scent’ signs.

And so, promoting the use of scents in classrooms comes as a surprise.

Is it a good idea? Maybe if you can tolerate them.

A study presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference in Brighton last week found that when kids are exposed to the smell of rosemary, their working memory improved.


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Dr. Mark Moss and Victoria Earle of Northumbria University had 40 children aged 10 to 11 take part in the test. The students were asked to perform different mental tasks, and to recall certain information in two different classrooms- one without any scent, and one that had rosemary oil diffused in it for 10 minutes.

What was found?

Curiously, the children in the aroma-infused room received significantly higher scores than the non-scented room.

Why it happened is a mystery, though.

“How rosemary has this effect is still up for debate,” says Dr. Moss. “It could be that aromas affect electrical activity in the brain,” he conjectured.

Whatever the reason, he thinks the findings are positive.

“The time is ripe for large-scale trials of aroma application in education settings,” says Dr. Moss.

Which is good news, seeing as seasonal allergies are apparently changing the course of your kids’ future.

Click here to find out why Norwegians think this is the case.





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