Herbal teas for memory and mental clarity are quickly coming to the foreground. You’ve undoubtedly been hearing a lot of buzz about these mood elevating and spirit-lifting medicinal herbs but you may not be so sure what they are exactly or how they can help you maintain a clear state of mind and alertness.
Below are some of the traditional uses by herbalist’s of the herbs in this blend:
Gotu kola: Gotu Kola was used for centuries in India, is an Ayurvedic herb that regulates dopamine. Dopamine is the brain chemical that helps protect brain cells from harmful free radicals boosts pleasurable feelings and improves focus and memory.
Rosemary: A team of scientists from the University of Northumbria, UK, has discovered that one of the active essential oils which give rosemary its favourable scent improves speed and accuracy when performing certain mental tasks. Thanks to 8-cineole, the main chemical constituent in the plant, we can score higher on tests and just function better mentally on a daily basis from taking the herb. In fact, the higher the levels of 8-cineole in the Rosemary bush, the higher the test scores as evidenced in the journal Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology.
Gingko: This herb actually helps to regenerate brain cells. While the research isn’t conclusive, numerous studies have found this herb to be beneficial for improving memory and adding intellectual zeal. This herb has been used for millennia. It is at least 250 million years old. **Caution: Not to be used if on blood thinners.
Siberian Ginseng: According to scientific research, the herb known as Siberian ginseng is instrumental in the body’s ability to exhibit greater physical stamina, overcome motion-induced illness and equip the mind with the tools that are necessary to focus on a task that requires speed and precision – even in a disruptive atmosphere. Due to the herb’s properties which affect an individual’s mental faculties, studies also show that basic administrative skills are enhanced, such as the ability to proofread more accurately when faced with the written word.
Mate: According to homeremediesdigest.com, drinking yerba mate can increase our “mental energy levels and focus” without having the “crash” affect that is often associated with drinking coffee. This is because yerba mate does not contain the same amount of caffeine as coffee does, instead supplying us with a balanced combination of the stimulants xanthine, theobromine and theophylline, which helps us fight fatigue, both mentally and physically.
Peppermint: Peppermint is very stimulating and also very effective to boost energy, creativity and learning.
Directions for use
• Use 1 teaspoon of herbs per cup of boiling water (approx. 2g) Always add the hot water to the herbs, never boil the herbs.
• Infuse for 5-15 min (The longer the brew the stronger the tea)
• Can be re-infuse up to 1 time (This brew will be a little weaker)
• Makes up to 25 standard cups of tea