Memories contain the story of our lives. We like to reminisce about the wonderful moments we share with our loved ones, the exciting milestones that define us and our unique achievements. Memory and learning go hand-in-hand to assist us in our professional lives where we need to recall our knowledge to get crucial tasks done.
Nowadays, the stresses of modern living seem to come together as a conspiracy to impair our memory functions. High blood pressure, poor thyroid function, drug interactions and occasional bouts of forgetfulness cause our minds to go blank when we need to recall stored memories the most. We just have too much to deal with at any given time.
Nature infuses us with life in so many ways, and we can turn to the following five herbs to help us in revitalizing our minds to take back those memories and make them vivid as they always were:
1. Gotu Kola
Gotu kola alleviates the symptoms of anxiety and stimulates brain functions to improve memory. The herb works through chemicals called triterpenes which enhance the formation of collagen in cartilage, bones and connective tissue then promote healthy blood vessels and help produce neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers in the brain.
For a mental boost to keep you alert throughout the day, have a cup of tea made using one teaspoon of dried gotu kola steeped in one cup of hot water. You can add in agave nectar, honey, or lemon to mask the bitterness of the leaves.
2. Ginkgo Biloba
Gingko biloba’s antioxidant actions stabilize the structure of brain and nerve cells to protect them from oxidative attacks from free radicals. The progression of Alzheimer’s disease is effectively prevented through constant use. By maintaining appropriate blood flow to the brain to carry nurtients, gingko biloba reduces mental fatigue, increases energy and helps to maintain neurotransmitters in nerve cells.
Bacopin is used to improve brain function and enhance memory as it is effectiveness in the treatment of memory loss and possesses other health benefits. It acts as an adaptogen which helps the body combat stress. It protects cells and restores cell damage by acting as a free radical scavenger in the body.
4. Blessed Thistle
Blessed thistle improves circulation in the body and purifies blood to help eliminate toxins. It provides overall nourishment for your brain through several healing properties including improving digestion and enhancing your memory.Blessed thistle can be taken up to three times daily, preferably just before meals. You can make your own blessed thistle tea seeping its leaves and flowers in boiling water for over 10 minutes.
Rosemary is rich in carnosic acid, which dilates the cerebral vascular tissues and enhances blood flow. The scent of rosemary can improve memory performance in office workers. Rosemary helps to enhance memory, calm nerves, stimulates the circulatory system, and helps prevent the breakdown of neurotransmitters in the brain. It can be seeped in hot water to make tea just before strenuous work.