INHALING A SCENT DURING SLEEP CAN IMPROVE MEMORY
Researchers in Germany have confirmed and added new data to an amazing finding that has implications for learning. It also points out how astoundingly powerful some natural remedies can be for memory, mood, anxiety, sleep, attention and energy.
Scents are Powerful Brain Modulators
Here’s the basic idea: The brain responds to odors in very powerful ways. Just the smell of lavender or frankincense for example, is known to decrease anxiety. They aren’t the only scents with that effect, and lavender oil and frankincense can also be ingested (e.g. in capsule form).
But what about memory?
Well, the German researchers took 54 young people and split them into two groups. One group was exposed to the scent of roses (via an unlighted incense stick) while studying or sleeping or both. The other group studied and slept without the scent. Both groups were then assessed for their performance on memory tests related to what they had attempted to memorize.
The incense sticks, by the way, produced a detectable scent, even though they were not lighted.
The results showed that the group of students who studied with the rose incense and then also slept with the incense nearby performed 30 percent better on the tests. Why? Well, it turns out that the brain “decides” partly during sleep what information from the day is worth storing away. And somehow the scent of roses helped deposit information in the brain’s memory banks.
Natural Supplements Also Combat Low Mood, Anxiety and Inattention
When this research is seen in the context of other research that indicates, for example, that curcumin is as powerful as Prozac in treating depression, and that lavender oil is as powerful as some benzodiazepine anti-anxiety medications, the potential of natural remedies to improve emotional suffering, increase attention, promote learning and enhance many other aspects of well-being should be plain.
In just the last several months, I have seen the power of supplements, including special probiotics, to dramatically improve the following in my clients:
- Low Mood
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Low Energy
- Problems Concentrating
- Brain Fog
What has also become clear is that combining the proper natural remedies with counseling and life coaching triggers real synergies that help folks address the problems they need to in life and start on the paths that they want to in life.
Here’s how to start on this powerful healing path, when you are ready. Simply schedule a one hour consultation by emailing [email protected] or calling 978-462-1125.
Dr. Keith Ablow