Summer beach parties may be on the horizon but sadly, there’s the small matter of exams to get out of the way first.
Luckily, trusty old science has given us a killer tip to help us on our way to straight A grades: get smelling rosemary.
Health food chain Holland & Barrett has reported triple sales of the herb during exam season after Northumbria University researchers revealed that it can help boost memory earlier this month.
The study showed that students working in a room scented with rosemary saw a five to seven per cent improvement on their test results than those who didn’t, so it’s little wonder that pupils are keen to give it a try.
The 10 and 11-year-olds in the rosemary-scented classroom found it easier to recall words, suggesting that the herb could prove particularly helpful to languages students.
Mark Moss, author of the study, told ITV News: “It could be that aromas affect electrical activity in the brain or that pharmacologically active compounds can be absorbed when adults are exposed.
“We do know that poor working memory is related to poor academic performance and these findings offer a possible cost-effective and simple intervention to improve academic performance in children.”
Rosemary has been linked to memory for centuries and, as English Literature students will hopefully know (!), Ophelia says in Hamlet: “That’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance”.
But Moss did point out that some pupils did not experience memory improvement, so rosemary may not be effective for everybody.
Unsurprisingly, you are still going to have to put in the hours when it comes to revision if you want those top grades. Sorry.