Herbs have long been used to boost memory and cognitive function. There has been a lot of research done in Europe and the US on the effects of natural supplements on the brain. The results were promising. Dandelion, for example, contains vitamins A and C, and its flowers are one of the best sources of lecithin, a nutrient that increases acetylcholine levels in the brain and may play a role in preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
Sadness and melancholy can often dominate people’s emotional lives if they are facing serious problems, such as health. Often the presence of problems is accompanied by a feeling of hopelessness, symptoms similar to the state of depression. Many of these symptoms can be addressed with psychological support, and sometimes herbal supplements help. Some of the herbs that often help combat the emotional symptoms of depression are described below. It is important to note that people experiencing these symptoms need to consult a doctor before using herbal medicine.
Lemon balm ( officinalis): A safe and non-addictive herb often used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia, and neurological headaches. The plant’s volatile oils (especially citronella) are soothing even in low concentrations, so use this plant with caution.
Ginseng (Panax ginseng and Panax quinquefolius): An adaptogenic herb often used to boost mood, improve memory and focus, increase physical and mental stamina, improve test scores, and relieve anxiety.
Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus): An adaptogenic herb often used to increase concentration and focus without the subsequent dips associated with stimulants such as caffeine.
Centella asiatica (Centella Asian): An herb often used to improve memory, concentration and mental performance.
Yerba Mate (ilex paraguariensis): A shrub plant that can stimulate mental performance, enhance concentration and ease depressive moods.
Tutsan (Hypericum perforatum): An herb often used in the treatment of mild to moderate depression.
Golden Root, Arctic Root or Rhodiola Rosea (Rhodiola rosy): An herb often used to enhance mental and physical energy, cognitive function, memory and stress performance. By providing extra mental energy, this herb helps to overcome apathy and other symptoms of depression.
Passionflower (Passiflora): flowering plant that promotes deep sleep. This powerful soothing herb also helps reduce daytime anxiety levels. Passionflower can be brewed as a tea, tincture, or taken in capsule form.
Coffee (Piper methysticum): A sedative that is mainly used to help relax without disturbing mental clarity. It also helps to reduce anxiety.
Valerian (Valerian officinalis): An herb often used as a sedative.
Using aromatherapy can also be a positive and effective method for dealing with emotional symptoms. Essential oils can be sprayed to smell their scent, and in some cases they can be applied topically, usually in proportion with massage oils such as grape seed oil, almond oil, or avocado oil.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): “Memory herb”, the most famous aromatherapy remedy for improving memory, concentration, reducing fatigue and increasing mental clarity.
Peppermint (Mentha x peppermint): has a cooling and refreshing effect, peppermint essential oil improves mood, improves mental clarity and improves memory.
Basil (Ocimum basil): Basil oil is perhaps the best aromatic tonic for the nervous system. It is often used to clear the head, relieve mental fatigue, and increase mental clarity.