Recent research is discovering a link between smelling a sweet scent while you slumber and brain function. The research suggests that if you inhale a pleasant aroma while sleeping that you can help to improve your memory and cognitive function – how well you think and reason.

Let us continue reading below as a reflexologist and massage therapist in Ballarat explains that while it takes time, it is possible to support your brain with essential oils.

The Study About Scents and Sleep

In this study, people were exposed to the scent of an essential oil for 2 hours every night. This continued for 6 months, at the end of which testing showed a 226% improvement in memory in comparison to a control group. An MRI was done, which showed improved functionality in the area of the brain linked with memory and cognition. The same area of the brain that typically declines in functionality with age.

Olfactory Enrichment

There have been many studies that have linked daily exposure to certain scents with improved memory and neurogenesis. This shows that there is a strong link between what you smell and your memory. It also demonstrates the vital role of scents in recalling memories and in maintaining the memory centres in your brain.

When the memory centres of the brain start to deteriorate, they can improve with olfactory enrichment.

Essential Oils to Support Proper Sleep

To help support your memory, consider adding some of the following essential oils to your night-time routine:

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Katherine Knott

Katherine is a certified naturopath and the founding director of Acorn and Oak.   She began studying Naturopathy when she was 18 years old and has practiced in both Melbourne and rural Victoria.  She has also studied 2 1/2 years of nursing and midwifery, but decided that she was happier to work with women as […]

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Nicki Stewart

Nicki has always been drawn to Holistic Health and she follows in her mother’s footsteps who is a Reflexologist and Natural Therapist. Nicki was inspired to study Herbal Medicine after attending one of Dr. Sandi Rogers’ (Naturopath, Director of National College of Traditional Medicine and former President of Australian Traditional Medicine Society) seminars on ‘Fruits […]

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Alyce Beaton

Alyce is qualified naturopath in Ballarat who loves supporting people on their health journey. Alyce believes optimising and restoring health first and foremost begins with food as medicine and creating healthy lifestyle habits. She is passionate about providing a safe, non judgement environment and endeavours to support her clients with strategies they can implement into […]

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