Herbs for Concentration
Next time you go through a period of your life during which good concentration is essential, try adding some herbs to your diet.
- Rosemary – Rosemary is invaluable for increasing your peers of concentration. It is tonic for exhaustion or for fatigue after illness and also helps to lift the spirits if you are feeling low. You can boil rosemary in water to make a tea, or add a sprig of it to your bathwater. Rosemary will left your mood because of its antidepressant properties.
- Thyme – Among its other properties, thyme is antibacterial, sedative, stimulant and tonic. It is a useful herb for when you are recuperating from illness and helps to ease symptoms of depression. Thyme makes alcohol taste very unpleasant, so if you are intending to cut down on your intake, put two tablespoons of thyme in hot water, infuse for 30 minutes and then drink. To improve your brain power, add thyme to cooking, especially with fish.
- Sage – A sage is able to improve the function of most of the organs in the body, it can help to boost your concentration. Drink sage tea, burn the dried leaves of this plant as a natural incense that will aid concentration or rub the leaves into powder and add to hot water. You should void this herb if pregnant. Sage is an all round internal body booster.
- Burdock – Burdock is a bitter tonic that is digestive, cleansing and purifying. The cleansing action of burdock helps to clear your head and increase your concentration. If you are convalescing, the whole plant can be used in an infusion as it treats so many aspects of the body. For a mental or concentration boost, make tea with the leaves.
- Dandelion – It may be viewed as a nuisance weed, but dandelion has tremendous healing properties. Use dried dandelion root boiled in water for five minutes to make a dandelion coffee that will perk you up without caffeine. Dandelion is a more useful healer than its reputation implies.
- Ginger – Ginger’s warming and stimulating properties aid concentration as well as boosting your entire system. Add greater ginger to your cooking, or boil it in water for five minutes then drink it with a small dash of honey for an instant energy lift. For an immediate energy boost and a tasty drink, make some ginger tea.
Ginger and Burdock Olive Oil – This pretty, homemade herbal olive oil makes a wonderful present if made in a beautiful bottle. It is also highly aromatic and tastes great! To make this herbal pick me up, which works on your whole system and gives you a welcome energy boost, you will need :
- 1 bottle cold pressed virgin olive oil
- 1/2 inch section ginger
- Sprig of burdock
How to Prepare
- Finely chop the 1/2 inch section of ginger and the sprig of burdock, which should include both the twig and leaves. Open the bottle of cold pressed olive oil and add the ginger and burdock to it.
- Replace the cap and shake well.
- Allow the oil to infuse for a week, then use on salads and in cooking to give your concentration a regular boost.