Overscheduling. Multi-tasking. Under-sleeping. So many of us are trying to fit too much into too little time, and it's hard to remain focused on the task at hand. Some Ayurvedic herbs can help with that, along with a few minutes of daily meditation.
Brahmi is often used in powder and syrup forms, and is also available in capsules. Brahmi can help reduce the rate of forgetting newly acquired information, particularly in people over the age of 45. Cognitive effects of brahmi may be due to its antioxidant properties. It can also help manage anxiety and depression.
Recipe: Brahmi chutney
Gotu kola is an herb in the parsley family and can be beneficial to people wanting to improve memory function, particularly after a stroke. Some use it to help protect brain cells from toxicity, particularly the plaque associated with Alzheimer's. It's also used to help alleviate inflammation.
Recipe: Gotu kola sambol (salad)
Hibiscus is known for helping manage blood pressure, but can also lower neuroinflammation associated with Alzheimer's disease. Additionally, hibiscus' anti-diabetic effect can help protect the brain because glycemic control issues and insulin resistance contribute to Alzheimer’s pathology.
Recipe: Hibiscus tea (hot or iced)
Shankhpushpi may affect memory, learning capacity, and concentration, particularly those living with ADHD. It can also benefit people diagnosed with various forms of dementia or depression.
Recipe: Shankhpushpi lemonade
Tulsi, aka "holy basil" is a very popular herb in Ayurvedic medicine. It can help increase mental clarity while relaxing the nervous system, and those diagnosed with anxiety and depression may reap some benefit. It is also a well-known mood-booster.
Recipe: Holy basil chicken
While this article focuses on cognitive function, remember that most herbs are multi-facted in their abilities to heal various ailments.
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