Natural Ways to Enhance Clarity and Focus
It’s not difficult to lose focus in this day and age. Televisions, smartphones and people constantly vie for our attention and can leave our brains feeling fuzzy and overloaded.
If you find that your memory and concentration isn’t what it was, don’t worry – we’ve used over 170 years of herbalism experience to identify the best natural remedies for restoring clarity, focus and memory.
Whether you’re revising for exams, preparing for a job interview, or just swatting up for the pub quiz, let these fantastic herbs and oils clear the fogged-up windscreen of your mind and renew your wellspring of concentration.
Excuse us for stating the obvious, but the easiest way to ensure sharpness is to make a few small lifestyle changes. A balanced diet, plenty of exercise and eight hours’ sleep will work wonders for your mental and physical health, not to mention keeping properly hydrated – try and drink two litres of water a day, more if you’re very active.
Stress is a major impediment to mental clarity, so try and minimise it as much as possible – not always easy in this day and age. Meditation or yoga can help clear and focus your mind, and we recommend turning off your phone, television and computer an hour before you go to sleep to avoid unnecessary electronic intrusion. Don’t answer work emails and phone calls after 8pm – you’ll only go to bed worrying about what you have to do the next day.
Despite eating healthily, exercising regularly and getting plenty of kip, the frantic pace of modern life makes it difficult to make sure you get all the nutrients your brain needs to function optimally. Baldwins Cod Liver Oil supplements are an excellent, natural source of omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), vitamin A and vitamin D and could help improve cognitive function, memory and alertness – not to mention treating everything from age-related macular degeneration to arthritis.
Curcumin, the chemical responsible for turmeric’s vivid yellow colour, is another fantastic brain-booster available in supplement form. Alleged to have anti-depressant properties, curcumin increases blood flow to the brain, boosts levels of dopamine and serotonin and can help maintain focus and concentration. You can make your own curcumin brain tonic by stirring a spoonful of Baldwins Turmeric Powder and a pinch of Baldwins Black Pepper Powder into a glass of water, however, you could also try The Really Healthy Company’s Alpha Curcumin Plus Vegetarian Capsules which would allow you to have your supplements on the move.
Herbs and Oils
As with any and all afflictions, there are a plethora of potent herbs and essential oils that can be used to regain focus and mental flexibility. Many of the most effective clarity-boosting herbs are borrowed from Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine – among these, Ashwagandha and Brahmi are the most notable.
Ashwagandha, known occasionally as ‘Indian Ginseng’, is prized in Ayurveda for aiding the regeneration and recovery of the brain after periods of stress and strain. It is believed to improve mental clarity, boost memory and protect against nervous exhaustion – properties shared in part by Brahmi. Brahmi is native to wetlands throughout the world and has been used on the Indian subcontinent for millennia for its immune system and brain-revitalising abilities. Brahmi is especially useful for those taking tests and exams, as it improves the brain’s ability to retain information, increases focus and even reduces anxiety.
Both herbs can be consumed in powder form: simply add a spoonful of Baldwins Ashwagandha Root Powder or Baldwins Organic Brahmi Powder to water or milk, stir and drink. If that’s too hardcore for you, Baldwins Brahmi and Ashwagandha Tinctures pack all the punch of the original plant in an alcohol solution, and you can even get your Brahmi fix with Organic India Tulsi with Brahmi Teabags!
Mental fatigue can also be alleviated with the help of certain common essential oils alongside herbal and dietary supplements. Baldwins Basil, Rosemary and Peppermint Essential Oils are particularly effective at delivering an invigorating hit of focus, creativity and clarity. Heat a small amount of oil using an Aroma Stone and breathe in the vapours, or add a few drops to shampoos or soaps.
Mental fatigue, difficulty concentrating and a lack of clarity needn’t be an inevitable part of modern life. If you feel worn down, lacking sharpness and generally dull, you could do much worse than giving one of these clarity-enhancing herbs, oils and supplements a go. Let us know how you get on!
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