Memory Improvement - 5 Herbs to Keep Your Mind Sharp
Memory improvement is very crucial for overall health.
Do you ever experience times when you cannot remember a friend’s name?
Have you ever entered a room and did not remember why you were there?
Have you ever opened the drawer to your desk or to your closet and could not remember what you were looking for?
We all experience such incidents from time to time. We feel guilty for having them and we might start to think that our memory needs some support.
The reality is that the potential of the memory begins to weaken slightly after thirty.
However, when our memories weaken happens at thirty, we do not give it much thought. When our memories weaken at forty, we might begin to worry a little bit. Then, at sixty, our fear and wonder are present as the first symptoms of Alzheimer's disease start to show.
Memory Improvement - The Crucial Ability to Remember Things
Memory is a complex functioning, through which, the human central nervous system records, stores, and recalls information. The way the brain stores information is extremely complicated, and scientists have not yet been able to explore it in its entirely.
Have you ever thought that you might owe your progress, memories, and existence, exclusively to your memory?
The ability to remember things, for short or long period of time, is crucial when it comes to conducting our various day-to-day activities.
In order for our memories to work properly, it is essential for us to get adequate sleep, high levels of physical activity, avoidance of as much stress (as possible), and of course, proper nutrition.
In addition, we can enhance our memories naturally with five different herbs that are specifically designed for this purpose.
Note: Don't try all the recipes listed below all at the same time. Decide which recipe you will use depending on the availability and the side effects of the herb.
The 5 herbs which stimulate brain function, memory improvement, and mental clarity include:
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
In ancient Greece, rosemary was considered a gift of the goddess Aphrodite. Students, used to use rosemary as a wreath on their heads, thanks to its capacity to stimulate memory.
The name "rosemary" derives from the Latin names "dew" (ros) and "sea" (marinus), meaning "dew of the sea”.
Rosemary has been shown to stimulate blood circulation. It is extremely helpful in terms of alleviating weakness, overwork, exhaustion, depression, insomnia, and anxiety.
Rosemary combats mental fatigue, as well as enhances mental focus and brain perfusion. Furthermore, rosemary stimulates the nervous system, clears thoughts, removes confusion, and improves memory.
A study conducted by Dr. Mark Moss and researchers of the University of Northumbria, at Newcastle in the UK, confirms the beneficial properties of rosemary in terms of brain function, especially in regard to memory.
The surveys have shown that rosemary affects brain function by inhibiting the enzymes that block its proper functionality.
This discovery will help in treatment processes for people with severe memory problems.
Use: Pour boiling water into a cup with 1-2 teaspoons of rosemary. Allow the mixture to sit 5-7 minutes, strain and then drink.
To increase concentration and to strengthen spiritual performance, rooms can be sprayed with a mixture of:
- 10 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 6 drops of lemon essential oil
- 1 drop of sage essential oil
Caution: Rosemary should not be consumed during pregnancy or by nursing mothers. Also note that rosemary can poison if consumed in very large quantities. People with hypertension should not drink rosemary because it has been shown to raise blood pressure.
- Green Tea
If you want a drink which directly stimulates the mind, then you might want to try some green tea.
Green tea is the second more popular beverage to be consumed in the world.
Researchers discovered that green tea helps to improve memory function because it increases the neurons produced in the brain.
A very important fact is that green tea is ideal in preventing memory loss, but also in terms of organizing and storing information in the brain.
The study's lead researcher, Dr. Stefan Borgkvarnt of the University Hospital of Basel, stated that green tea can "prevent the degeneration of neurotransmitters such as dopamine. This may inhibit the development of amyloid plaques in the brain, which disrupt intellect."
In a previous study, it was found that those who drink green tea daily are protected from mentally degeneration associated with Alzheimer's disease, as well as memory loss.
Use: Pour boiling water into a cup with 1 teaspoon green tea. Allow the mixture to sit for 3-4 minutes, strain and then drink.
Caution: For those who drink green tea for the first time, there might be some disorders that may occur and last for a few days, such as stomach pain, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.
The consequences of excessive consumption of green tea are most likely to occur in people who do not eat properly and do not have stable dietary habits.
Green tea should be used with caution in patients with a medical history of hemolysis or hemostatic disorders. Green tea should also be avoided by pregnant women or nursing mothers.
- Speedwell (Veronica officinalis)
Speedwell has a great medicinal value in terms of nerve problems, particularly those caused by excessive mental fatigue.
In the past, pharmaceutical importance of speedwell was so great that, in the year 1690, the herbalist Johannes Dauth Francus devoted a 300-page study to analyze its properties.
Before going to sleep, a cup of speedwell tea is highly beneficial for our minds because of the calming effect it has.
Speedwell has been shown to enhance memory, especially when mixed with celery root. Speedwell also helps the nervous system, removes dizziness, helps with mood disorders, and helps in the treatment of depression.
Use: Pour boiling water into a cup with 1 teaspoon speedwell. Allow the mixture to sit for 5-6 minutes, strain and then drink.
Caution: Because speedwell reduces high cholesterol, it should be avoided by people who take medication for similar health problems.
Speedwell should also be avoided by pregnant women or nursing mothers.
- Ginkgo Biloba
Herbalists call this the herb of remembrance. It first appeared in China in 2800 BC.
Clinical data has shown that Ginkgo biloba is effective in increasing blood flow to the limbs and to the brain. Ginkgo biloba also helps brain cells utilize glucose derived from food.
Today, Western countries hold the top position in prescribing this herbal formulation to enhance memory and brain function.
Ginkgo biloba helps to maintain blood circulation in the brain. Its consumption can significantly reduce vertigo, headaches, ringing in the ears, and emotional disorders.
Ginkgo biloba extracts help to improve memory problems and hearing difficulties in the elderly. This result has been proven by tests conducted in people with poor memory functions that occur in senile dementia.
Ginkgo biloba can also be used for tinnitus, and can improve the ability to concentrate.
Recent medical studies have shown that Ginkgo biloba has healing properties when it comes to people with Alzheimer's disease in its early stages, as well as in cases of dementia.
Clinical studies conducted in people who were treated with Ginkgo biloba, showed that this herb does not affect the heart rate, blood pressure, or the concentration of cholesterol, or triglycerides in the blood.
Use: Pour boiling water into a cup with 1 teaspoon dried Ginkgo biloba. Allow the mixture to sit for 10-12 minutes, strain and then drink.
We can enjoy this mixture hot or cold, twice a day.
To see desired results, it is advised that people should drink Ginkgo biloba tea for approximately three months, with a week’s discontinuous use every 15 days.
Caution: There may be some mild side effects to drinking Ginkgo biloba tea such as gastrointestinal disorders and headaches.
The consumption of Ginkgo Biloba is not recommended for children, pregnant women, or nursing mothers. It is also advised that Ginkgo biloba should not be consumed by people receiving anticoagulant therapy.
Herbalists note that Ginkgo Biloba should only be consumed after gaining correct medical advice, especially when being consumed with other drugs.
- Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Basil has been known since antiquity.
Basil’s place of origin is considered to be the tropical and subtropical zones of Africa and Asia, with a first expansion to India.
Basil removes nervous headaches and helps in strengthening weak memories, in melancholia problems, anxieties, and also in mental overwork.
Basil is a very important stimulant helping to affect the nervous system because it soothes nerves, reduces tension, cleanses and stimulates the mind, and improves the mood.
A remarkable fact about basil is that it provides energy when mentally tired all the while offering peace when stress and anxiety are present.
Basil soothes plurality of symptoms associated with stress such as headaches.
- Infusion: Pour boiling water into a cup with 1 teaspoon basil. Allow the mixture to sit for 5-6 minutes, strain and then drink.
- Decoction: In half a liter of water, add a handful of fresh basil leaves. Cover the mixture and boil for 6-8 minutes. Leave it to cool and drink 1-2 times a day.
Caution: The daily use of basil tea can cause lethargy. Avoid excessive intake of basil seeds because it could cause damage to the brain and the body.
Basil tea should also be avoided by pregnant women or nursing mothers.
- Final Note
Without memory, learning would simply be impossible. Our past would be nonexistent, our present would be incomprehensible, and our future would be uncertain.
Oscar Wilde said,
"Memory is the diary of life".
We do not know why some people suffer from senile dementia while others reach old age without any knowledge problems. The major role affecting both cases relate to a person’s diet.
If we forget a name or another fact, it is not necessarily an alarming problem.
Unless, this forgetfulness is done repeatedly and has a functional impact on our lives which then could become a medical disorder.
Memory is one of the most important functions in human beings.
We hope that with a continued study of the brain, scientists will be able to answer many questions by providing solutions and creating treatments.
Until then, if we wish to continue to exist to old age, we need to keep our memory in tip-top condition.
This can become a reality if we take care to strengthen our precious minds as much as possible.
I wish for you to be always healthy.