Remember Rosemary?

I know, I know – can a plant really help with memory loss?

Studies have shown that up to 75% of a person’s memory improves when essential oils extracted from the herb Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) are inhaled (through the nose) meaning that this increases the chances of a person remembering to do something compared to those who had not inhaled the scent.

The ancient greeks believed that Rosemary could strengthen memory.

How it works rosemary……. well it’s believed to stimulate the nervous system which increase circulation to the brain. The effect of this is an increase in memory, concentration and alertness. This alternative form of therapy alongside conventional medicine could have a significant impact on our residents living with dementia.  


In the shakespearean play hamlet SCENE V. Elsinore. A room in the castle. Ophelia says


“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray,

love, remember: and there is pansies. that’s for thoughts”.

Using a room diffuser in communal areas and bedrooms and placement of Rosemary plants around the home is a subtle way our we have introduced aromatherapy for our residents whom live with and without dementia.

 I have a feeling I may find a great use for Rosemary myself especially when trying to find my car keys in the mornings!
Sarah Stafford 

Dementia Champion 



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