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Brain Enhancer Tonic Recipe
2 parts gotu kola
2 parts ginkgo leaf
1 part peppermint
1/2 part rosemary
1/2 part sage
Brandy or vodka
Place the herbs in a jar and cover with brandy or vodka. Seal the jar tightly with a lid and place in a warm area away from direct sunlight for 6-8 weeks. Make sure to shake the jar every few days to prevent the herbs from sinking on the bottom of the jar. Strain the alcohol and store it in a bottle.
How to use it? use 1/2-1 tsp of the tonic diluted in 1/4 cup of warm water, juice or tea 3 times a day for 2-3 months.
Ginkgo leaf is a versatile herb that strengthen memory and improve circulation. The leaves of this ancient Chinese herb help boost brain function by providing more oxygen to the cells. Scientific studies have confirmed these results in humans.
Another herb that is in use for thousands of years in Asia is Gotu Kola. It is a leafy herb that is a member of the parsley family. Gotu Kola’s traditional uses include promoting healing of wounds and resolving skin conditions, but in addition to it, it also improves mental clarity. In more recent times, research on Gotu Kola indicates that it is effective in stimulating cerebral circulation, which promotes brain health.
Some studies suggest that rosemary – the fragrant herb known for its ability to ease itchy scalp and soothe muscles – could also have big brain-boosting benefits. Some research linked rosemary scent to better performance on both the speed and accuracy tests, and that it improves the overall quality of memory.
You’ve probably heard that along with smart teaching, careful preparation, a good night’s sleep and a full stomach, peppermint candies are said to improve test performance. In the 1990s, researchers at University of Cincinnati found that a smell of peppermint helped test subjects concentrate and do better on tasks that required sustained concentration and achieved improvement in focus and alertness.
Sage is a wonderful herb that can add flavor to soups, salad dressings and juices. But this herb also has powerful memory enhancing qualities. In trials, even small amounts of sage have been shown to significantly boost memory recall. Sage has even been also found to improve the inter-connectivity of the different parts of the brain.
Article adapted from: healthyandnaturalworld.com/the-best-herbs-to-improve-memory-and-brain-function/
And now, if I could just remember to make the tonic...