Whether you need some extra brain power to study for a test, focus on tasks at work, or just to remember where you placed your keys, we can all benefit from improved brain health.
It’s important to discover why you’re unable to concentrate or focus in the first place, as decreased cognitive function could arise from inadequate sleep, high stress levels, anxiety, depression, lack of exercise, or certain nutrient deficiencies, but if you’re looking for a little extra support while working on your overall health, herbs can be really helpful in this area.
With more than 40 years of clinical research on the effects of Gingko on memory and concentration, it is one of the most well known and widely used herbs for brain health. As a circulatory herb, it works by increasing blood flow to the brain and vasodilation in the cerebral region. Regular use of ginkgo (suggested over a 2-4 month period for best results) can improve mental stability, memory function and mental vitality.
*Find it at The HC&D in our Gingko Tea or our Mental Clarity and Focus tincture. Also sold individually as loose-leaf dried herb or as a single-herb tincture*
Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis)
Rosemary acts as a circulatory and nervine stimulant, often used when psychological tension is present which can potentially show up as headaches or depression. It makes a great tea or tincture especially when combined with gingko, peppermint, and gotu kola. We also love it as a pure essential oil when used in a diffuser near your study or work area, or you can even dab a small drop directly under your nose or on your temples to help boost alertness and focus throughout the day. It never hurts to use rosemary as a culinary herb either! The more ways you incorporate it into your life, the more your brain (and taste buds) will love you!
*Find it at The HC&D in our Gingko Tea, Mental Clarity and Focus tincture, and bottled as one of the many Pure Essential Oil‘s we carry. Also sold individually as loose-leaf dried herb or as a single-herb tincture*
Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieris)
Bacopa is traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine for neurological and cognitive improvement. Indian texts dating back to the 6th century describe bacopa as sharpening intellect and reducing mental deficits. A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study conducted in 2001 found that subjects who took bacopa had significant improvement in memory, particularly in new information retention. Another double-blind, placebo-controlled study in 2013 found study participants who ingested an extract of bacopa exhibited improved cognition and mood, as well as lower levels of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress.
*Find it at The HC&D in our Mental Clarity and Focus tincture. Also sold as loose-leaf dried herb or as a single-herb tincture.*
If you’re looking for any further guidance on how herbs can help improve your health and wellbeing, come visit one of our trained herbalists at The Herbal Clinic and Dispensary at 409 Roncesvalles Ave. in Toronto. You can also set up an appointment with any one of our qualified health practicioners in our clinic. Find out more about what services our practitioners offer and how to get in touch with them by visiting our practitioner’s page here.
*Always consult your doctor or healthcare Practitioner if you want to make sure any given herb is right for you.