These days you find yourself often misplacing your keys. You read a message and forget to respond. It’s unclear whether you took your vitamins that day or not. Memory loss or forgetfulness is a common occurrence, especially as we age. But what if we told you there was a way to strengthen your memory and improve cognitive function with essential oils? First, let’s delineate what causes memory loss, lest we forget.
To better understand how certain essential oils work to improve memory, you’ll need to get a grasp on a little neurotransmitter called acetylcholine (ACh) and an enzyme, similarly named acetylcholinesterase (AChE). ACh plays a key role inlearning and memory enhancement. On the other hand, AChE prevents excess amounts of ACh from developing. But as we age, levels ofACh naturally begin to decrease. In this case,an AChE inhibitor may be necessary to keep ACh from depleting to the point of memory loss and other issues. Now that you have a little biochemistry under your belt, let’s move on to what this has to do with essential oils and memory improvement.
Certain essential oil constituents, namely 1,8 cineole, camphor and a-pinene,have been shown to inhibit AChE. These three constituents are naturally found in oils such as Rosemary Moroccan, Spanish Sage, Sage and Spike Lavender. As expected, researchers found that 1,8 cineole inRosemary essential oil directly enhanced mood, memory and cognitive performance in volunteers. A similarstudy revealed that Peppermint essential oil (high in menthol and menthone) also inhibits AChE, and likewise was shown to boost mood and cognitive function. Withnumerous studies and scientific evidence pointing in the right direction, essential oils’ effects on memory looks promising. Here’s a recipe that will etch this information in your mind.
This Unforgettable synergy blend is a reminder list for your brain. It’s penetrating, bright aroma is best diffused during study time, multi-tasking or daily to sharpen the mind.
5 drops Rosemary Moroccan
4 drops Spike Lavender
3 drops Sage
3 drops Peppermint
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