If you’re a Student or a Knowledge Worker, These Plants Will Sharpen Your Memory and Concentration

If you’re a student who is preparing for exam session or a person who “thinks for a living”, you know how it feels to lack concentration and to feel that your brain is “lazy”. In order to become quicker and more productive, in the workplace and at school, we offer you a list of the best herbs for improvement of memory and concentration.

Ramsons

Also known as wild garlic, wood garlic, bear leek, etc. this herb blooms in early spring. It has narrow bulbs and elliptical leaves. The flowers are star-like with six white tepals. It grows in wet meadows and wet plains, under bushes, and in deciduous and mountain forests.

It has a penetrating smell of garlic. The young leaves need to be picked up in April and May (before the plant flourishes) and the bulbs in late summer or autumn. When dried, its leaves lose its healing power; therefore, the best way to consume them is fresh as a spice as a salad ingredient. The young leaves are great for salads because they’re rich in vitamin, whereas the older ones are spicy. People with a sensitive stomach, ulcers, or gastritis should soak the bulbs for 2 to 3 hours in warm milk prior to consumption.

If you want to have wild garlic throughout the whole year, you should prepare the following tincture. Namely, chop the ramsons and then put it in a glass bottle. Fill the bottle with grain brandy or other homemade brandy with 38% to 40% strength. Close the bottle and put it in a sunny and warm area for 14 days. Drink 14 to 15 drops with a bit of water daily.

This herb is amazing in improving the memory and concentration, but it’s also known to prevent atherosclerosis, fainting, choking, pressure in the head, intestinal parasites, chronic skin diseases, and it’s also recommendable for detoxification of the blood vessels and the bowel.

Common gypsyweed

Also known as common speedwell or Paul’s betony, Germans call it the “the cure for any kind of pain”. It grows in forests with cut trees, near hedges and fences, in ditches, near the road, and in woodland edges. It has hairy green stems 10 to 50 cm long that cover the ground in mats and have short vertical shoots with soft violet flowers. It flowers from May until August. In order to prepare tea, you need to leave the picked flowers to dry for a few days. You can consume the dried flowers throughout the whole year. Pour ¼ of boiling water over one tsp of dried flowers, cover it, and leave it for a few minutes. You can also use them fresh-wash them and blend them in a blender together with some fruits.

If you’re a knowledge worker, it’s highly recommendable to drink this tea every night before going to bed. When mixed with celery root, common gypsyweed is excellent for strengthening of the nervous system and for curing depression. You will notice the first positive results after 14 days of drinking two cups of this tea daily. The herb has no side-effects whatsoever.

Swedish bitter

This herb was discovered after the death of the renowned Swedish physician Dr. Samsta. He died aged 104 after falling of a horse. All of his family members had a long life span. According to many, this herb can cure and prevent every disease and it helps you live a healthier and longer life.  The following tincture is a mixture of several herbs and it can be found in pharmacies since it is widely used and applicable. Here’s how to prepare it on your own:

10 grams of aloe vera

5 grams of myrrh

10 grams of senna leaves

0.2 grams of saffron

10 grams of rhubarb

10 grams of camphor

10 grams of curcuma root

10 grams of theriac venezian

10 grams of manna

5 grams of thistle root

10 grams of angelica root

Preparation: Put all of the ingredients in a glass bottle from 2 liters and add half a liter of grain brandy or some fruit brandy with 38% to 40% strength. Close the bottle and leave it in a sunny and warm area for 14 days. Afterwards, keep the bottle in a cold place. When stored properly, the cure can last for years.

You can drink it, inhale it, smell it, apply it onto the skin, pour it onto the tongue, use it as a compress, etc. To improve your memory and concentration, put a bit of the tincture onto a clean towel and then put the towel over your head and inhale the smell. This is an excellent way to treat pain and fainting as well. If you use it as a compress, in order to prevent itching, you need to apply marigold ointment first. When orally taken, you need to swallow 1 tsp in the morning for less serious health problems, whereas if you suffer from cancer or some other serious disease, drink 1 spoon dissolved in 1.8 liters of tea before a meal, three times per day.

Rosemary

This is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, and needle-like leaves. Its flowers can be white, pink, purple, or blue and it’s native to the Mediterranean region. It flowers in spring and summer in temperate climates, but the plants can be constantly blooming in warm climates. It’s used as a culinary condiment, to make bodily perfumes, and as a medicinal herb. It is known to encourage the blood flow to the brain and so it improves the concentration and treats headache.

When smelled, rosemary essential oil improves the memory for 60% to 70% as opposed to those who aren’t exposed to it. According to a research published in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology journal, the chemical compound 1.8 cineol is responsible for improving the memory. In the study, the subjects inhaled rosemary extract before doing specific tasks, and during this period, their level of stress, mood, speed, and preciseness were measured. The more amount of 1.8 cineol was absorbed in the bloodstream, the more positive the results were.

Rosemary leaves are used for preparation of tea, as well as in shampoos and baths since its beneficial ingredients are absorbed through the skin. You can prepare the tea by cooking 2 tsp of rosemary leaves for 2 minutes in 1, 5 dl of water. After the water has boiled, strain the content and drink it. Do this twice per day. In modern alternative medicine, rosemary is used as a mild painkiller, i.e. for headaches and indigestion.

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