There are many simple teas and tinctures to help optimize brain health and to boost the mood, creativity, and the ability to focus and be productive.
Herbs for Mental Alacrity
- Gingko biloba: You’ve probably heard of gingko before, and with good reason! Gingko leafs have been used since antiquity for complaints of the mind and in recent years studies have shown it to have a mild affect in staving off dementia in elderly populations. It increases circulation to the brain, and is best to avoid if you suffer from chronic migraines, are on blood thinners, or have suffered cerebrovascular damage such as strokes, recent head trauma, or from surgery.
- Tulsi: Tulsi is related to basil and it’s also known as Holy Basil due to its reverence in Indian culture. Tulsi is an herb that opens the mind and the spirit, tastes delicious in teas and tinctures, and provides gentle support. This safe and effective herb not only helps you have a clearer day, it helps you tap into your deeper desires and, with time, is an ally to achieving that which you most desire for yourself.
- Rosemary: Rosemary for remembrance is not just simply an old saying, it’s actually true! Research has shown that just smelling rosemary can help stimulate the mind and increase short term recall. This herb can be brought into your life in a multitude of ways as it grows easily, works great in cuisine, tea, and tincture. For memory, it is often best used when tasted or smelled just before a memory task.
- Green Tea: Green tea is my stimulant of choice. It lacks the higher caffeine content of coffee or energy drinks and also contains calming phytonutrients such as Theanine to help promote a calm, collected, focus rather than feeling over stimulated. It is also wildly antioxidant which helps support cardiovascular, neurological, and digestive health.