‘The mention of aromatherapy to someone who is skeptical of the practice might garner a sideways glance, but its powers of enhancing your physical and psychological well-being are more than merely anecdotal. In the latest evidence backing up what alternative medicine proponents have known for centuries, Northumbria University researchers Dr. Mark Moss and Victoria Earle recently demonstrated that the aroma of rosemary essential oil could enhance the working memory of school-aged children.

Inspired by their own previous study that found the oil enhanced cognition among healthy adults, they recruited 40 children aged 10 and 11 to participate in a class-based test of several mental tasks. They randomly assigned the children to groups that entered rooms that either had no scent or had been diffused with rosemary oil for ten minutes.’

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