Saturday, February 8, 2014

Success Starts with a Single Seed: 5 Herbs for Promoting Concentration

by A. Grano 
All too often, we get wrapped up in complex plans or problem-solving, neglecting to see the simplest solutions right in front of us. Sometimes all it takes is getting back to the basics and nature to help us with many common health-related complaints.
A common difficulty many children and adults suffer from is ADHD, also known as ADD, which affects learning, concentration, effectiveness and productivity at work or in school. Natural remedies have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years to support the healthy functioning of the brain and nervous system, for both immediate relief of symptoms and lasting support for overall wellness.
BrightSpark is a homeopathic remedy that relieves hyperactivity, distractibility and impulsiveness in children with attention problems.
Top 5 Herbs for Improved Focus
-Skullcap helps to support the natural equilibrium normally present in the mind and contributes to the maintenance of a healthy attitude. Scutellaria lateriflora was recently studied with regards to its supportive ability on relaxed mood and calmness.
-German chamomile helps to gently soothe and lessen frustration caused by common every day overwork and fatigue, or attempting to learn new tasks.
-Gotu cola is recommended to support brain functions such as mental clarity, healthy memory and to maintain a balanced mood. Centella asiatica is also a favorite food of elephants and, as we all know, elephants never forget! Recent studies have suggested that Centella asiatica supports cerebral blood flow and circulation in general, thereby allowing oxygen rich blood to penetrate deep into the brain.
-Ginkgo Biloba is well-known herb known for increasing blood flow to the brain, as well as helping to increase neurotransmitter levels, all of which have a positive effect on a person’s ability to focus.
-Rooibos contains magnesium, zinc and iron, all which assist in maintaining a healthy nervous system. Zinc and iron, in particular, support natural systemic balance in the brain, promoting standard consistency and normal functioning of the nervous system.
Perhaps you’d like to support your body with a few of these herbs… or even get closer to nature by planting some yourself. While the herbs noted above must be taken in proper therapeutic dosage from a trusted natural remedy manufacturer to address ADHD, you can gain many emotional health benefits from gardening other herbs for culinary and relaxation purposes such as thyme, rosemary, chives, parsley, sage – just a few of the many easy-to-grow herbs that can be grown in a garden to a windowsill, to suit any lifestyle.
Research shows that both ADD and ADHD are considered the same condition. Although the term ADD is still used by the public to identify a subset of ADHD, ADHD is the proper medical terminology for people with attention disorders whether they display signs of hyperactivity or not. In our posts when we use the term ADHD, we are also referring to ADD and vice versa.