Brain health is important especially as you grow older; as the saying goes, “use it or lose it'” is also true for your brain health and your memory. Not too long ago, I wrote a blog about memory suggesting a few tips on how to grow more brain cells ( yes, it is possible), and everyday health tips that can make a big difference on remembering everything we need to remember. With this blog, I thought I would talk about a few herbs that help with blood circulation and herbs the brain really loves.
My Three Favorite Brain Herbs:
Gingko Biloba – one of the more popular memory herbs, ginkgo biloba has been shown to improve blood circulation in the brain. It also contains antioxidants which is an added bonus to fight off those free radicals. All in all, Gingko helps improves memory and alertness.
My way favorite way to use: This herb has a slight sour taste, so I will take it either as a capsule or by placing a 1 tsp to 1 TBSP in a cup of warm water. Once a day is plenty for prevention. Gingko, may cause digestive upsets, headaches so it is best to take the, “less is more,” approach.
Rosemary – Rosemary is quite popular in culinary dishes, but it also can improve brain function, enhance memory and concentration.
My way favorite way to use: Purchase a rosemary plant. And all you not so green thumbs, don’t worry rosemary is the easiest plant to keep alive! I go outside, snip a few clippings and then keep them in a vase in my office. My daughter will also have a few sprigs in her room while she is studying.
Gotu Kola Centella asiatica– Gotu Kola is part of the parsley family and is a little spicy to the taste. It is native to Asia and Europe, and is known to nourish the nervous system, improves brain circulation, as well as mental performance and retention.
My way favorite way to use: Like Gingko, I will either take this as a capsule or as a tincture and place 1 tsp to 1 TBSP in warm water. Once a day is plenty for prevention.
An important side note, since these herbs increase circulation, it is not indicated to take them while pregnant or menstruating. And if you are on any pharmaceutical medicines, speak with your doctor before taking any of them.
Happy thinking and remembering!
Image credits: Jo Son