MEDICINAL PLANTS IN CASE OF FORGETFULNESS
HORSE CHESTNUT (Aesculus hippocastanum Folii)
The horse chestnut is a large and impressive tree. The leaves, the flowers and the chestnuts are particularly attractive and the horse chestnut is often planted in gardens, parks, drives and streets.
The leaves contain a substance which improves the circulation of the blood to the brain and consequently enhances memory performance and concentration. It causes the arteries to dilate, but also cleans the vascular wall resulting in a better blood circulation, an absolute necessity for the brain to function properly.
GREEN TEA (Camellia sinensis Folii)
Green tea leaves contain theanine, which improves memory and recall, the ability to concentrate and attentiveness, the powers of observation and reaction time. The flavonoids in the leaves also make an contribution by improving the circulation of blood to the brain. When the brain gets more oxygen and glucose – its two “basic needs” – it works better.
JATAMANSI (Nardostachys jatamansi DC)
Jatamansi has a long tradition of being used to combat stress and nerves. It stimulates the creation of serotonin, the neurotransmitter of the emotions, and of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter of the memory (in the brain). Jatamansi thus improves mental power, but still has a calming effect. This balanced operation is useful for memory loss and related complaints. In recent studies jatamansi was tested in stress situations with nervousness, fear and confusion and opens the way to more intense brain activity and improved mental functions.
CLARY SAGE (Salvia sclarea L.)
There are many types of salvia and many variants with medicinal applications. They are also valued as garden and potted plants for their colourful flowers and decorative leaves.
Clary sage enhances memory and recall, improves thought collection and promotes insight. This is specially useful for students and others who need to use their brains intensively. Clary sage improves memory, recall and decision-making.
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