Researchers at Northumbria University found that the herbs peppermint, chamomile, rosemary and lavender had an effect on mood and memory. This leads to considerable advantages, especially in older people. The doctors published a press release on the results of their study.
What are the effects of different herbal teas?
Drinking peppermint tea, for example, improves your attention. Chamomile tea, on the other hand, has a calming effect, say the experts. Flavors such as rosemary and lavender can affect memory in people over 65 years old. Rosemary improves the memory, while lavender impairs the memory, the doctors add.
Experts Examine Effects of Teek Consumption on 180 Subjects
Researchers studied 180 volunteers for their study. They either ate tea with chamomile or peppermint. After consumption, the subjects were examined for cognition and mood. In addition, there was a control group, which consumed only hot water, explain the doctors.
Peppermint Enhances Long-Term Memory
The researchers found that peppermint enhances mood and moodcan improve cognition. This also leads to an improvement in long-term memory and increased attention. Camomile, on the other hand, has a calming effect that worsens our attention and memory, say the experts.
Scientists are also investigating the effects of certain flavors
In a separate study, 150 healthy people over the age of 65 were exposed to the smell of rosemary and lavender essential oils in a control room. In addition, there was one control group that was not exposed to any essential oils. Afterwards, the participants were asked to perform certain memory tests, the authors explain. In addition, the mood of the subjects was checked.
Rosemary Aroma Improves Reminder
Participants from the room with the rosemary scent showed a significantly improved memory, with 15 percent better test results than the subjects from the room without rosemary aroma. The rosemary scent also led to improved attention, say the doctors.
Lavender Scent Soothes
When attendees spent time in a room with a lavender fragrance, it resulted in significantly increased inner peace and contentment. However, the ability to remember to perform certain activities at a given time decreased.
Peppermint tea also improves long-term memory
Peppermint is psychologically and mentally stimulating. Peppermint makes you more alert and improves your attention, says author Dr. Mark Moss from Northumbria University. The tests should check whether these positive effects are also produced when using peppermint tea. It turned out that the consumers of peppermint tea had better long-term memory. Those affected could remember more words and pictures they had previously seen, adds the author.
Rosemary improves the memory of people over the age of 65
It has long been claimed that rosemary affects our memory. When volunteers were exposed to rosemary flavor, the participants' attention increased. It has also been found in people over the age of 65 that rosemary can improve memory.
Detected effects are particularly severe in the elderly
It is interesting to see the different effects the herbs can have on mood and memory, say the authors. Especially in older people, the effects are particularly pronounced. The research shows that there is an easy way to improve his memory, say the experts.
Sage, ginseng and lemon balm have a positive effect on mental performance
Scientists at Northumbria University have conducted a series of studies on the effects of herbs and substances on mood and memory. They were able to determine that, for example, sage, ginseng and lemon balm can also have positive effects on mental performance.(as)
For a long time, people have used herbs to treat certain conditions or to influence their moods. Researchers have now found that some herbs and herbal teas in older people can produce significant benefits of emotional mood and memory.