I say this all the time, and I’m going to say it again (because if you are anything like me, sometimes you’ve got to hear something many times before it hits you in just the right way and integrates!): we live in mentally/attention demanding times. We live in the Information Age, and according to a Fast Company article, Americans take in the equivalent of 174 newspapers-worth of information daily (1)!
With a constant barrage of advertisements, articles, social media highlights, and emails, it’s no wonder we feel a little mentally frazzled. I hope that gives you a breath of relief; it’s not just you, and it’s likely not dementia! That doesn’t solve the problem of daily experience though, does it?
I have personally experienced brain fog and memory challenges as a result of a lifestyle that kept my body in a state of chronic stress. And as someone who really prided herself on her memory skills, this created even more stress!
What I’ve learned through my own experience and that of clients is that if the mental fog is a byproduct of hormonal imbalances, which is extremely common (especially amongst women), there is no quick fix or magic bullet. It takes time, and the willingness to make many lifestyle changes that will allow the body to feel safe and to come back into thriving balance.
While this can include changes in diet, exercise, work, relationships, and perhaps most importantly, changes to the way we think about and perceive the world we are interacting with, there are also natural, supportive resources we can incorporate as allies.
Enter rosemary essential oil.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the aromatic plant that is native to the Mediterranean (2). It is a member of the mint family and shares with it cooling and stimulant properties (2,3). While rosemary may be most associated with food dishes including lamb, chicken, or potatoes, it is actually a powerhouse herb that has many beneficial uses.
Personally my FAVORITE use of the oil is to inhale it directly from the bottle and to rub into temples and the base of my skull when feeling mentally foggy or spacey. It’s memory enhancing properties can be especially helpful when you are studying or rehearsing; according to one source (4) simply inhaling rosemary essential oil is enough to transport 1, 8 cineole (primary chemical constituent) into the bloodstream, directly impacting acetylcholine neurotransmitters, influencing learning, and cognition, and memory up to 75% (p. 208)!
In addition to 1, 8 cineole, it’s main chemical constituents include linalool (think lavender and basil) and terpinen-4-ol, giving the plant analgesic, stimulating, expectorant, and neuro-supportive properties (3).
Uses-Aromatically (add 3-4 drops to diffuser):
Uses-Topically (dilute with carrier oil and apply)
Uses-Internally (add 1 drop to 4 oz. water; veggie cap)
As you can see, pure, therapeutic grade, properly harvested and extracted oils are much more than a pretty smell; used properly, they can be incredibly potent health allies!
I hope that you found this spotlight helpful as you continue to build your Empowered Practice toolkit, and as always please feel free to comment or reach out with any questions!
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