I don’t know you, but I’ve noticed that I’ve started forgetting not only the things I’ve done yesterday but also things that I’ve had intention in doing today.
While not remembering the past is not affecting me very much, because what was important I cannot forget as I’ve lived it and the experience will be with me forever, but having difficulty in remembering my intentions is quite serious especially because I consider myself a very organised person.
But luckily food is giving us a helping hand even with our memory.
Did you know that certain culinary herbs have positive effects on our brain?
For example, drinking peppermint tea has been shown to enhance cognition and stir up our mood, improving working memory, the alertness and the long-term memory.
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On the other side, the scent of rosemary has been shown to improve “prospective memory”, which is the ability to remember to perform an action in the future, to remember to do something at a specific time or after receiving a prompt, like remembering to take medication or send a message to our friends and family, or reaching the supermarket and remembering what we were supposed to buy (in this case the groceries list is very useful though, just need to remember to do one).
Researchers shows that the scent of rosemary enhances prospective memory by about 15%, as well as making us more alert.
Well, two things I need to do in order to improve my prospective memory:
- Start the morning with a “To Do” list, making sure I’ll check them off at the end of the day.
- Start enjoying more rosemary. I do have a plant of rosemary in my little balcony and I do take care of it everyday and I love its scent. It just needs a little touch to release its pleasant scent.