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Best Mind Care Remedies for Seniors

Best Mind Care Remedies for Seniors

As we age it’s important we keep our minds active. This can help prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson and Dementia. But what herbal remedies are available to help improve our neurological function and keep our minds healthy?

I will share five herbs that you can add to your daily routine to help keep your wits sharp and slow the effects of aging on your mind.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo is associated with Chinese medicine but the tree can be found growing throughout the United States.

One thing ginkgo is associated with is improving memory, alertness, and the ability to focus. It is also thought to help patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. This could be because of ginkgo’s positive effects on blood flow to the brain. Studies have shown that ginkgo can help increase blood flow to various parts of your body. This can have a positive effect on heart and brain health and lower stroke risk.

Probably the easiest way to identify ginkgo is by the leaves. The leaves have a distinctive fan shape that is similar to the maidenhair fern and so it is often referred to as the maidenhair tree. Ginkgo is a deciduous tree and in the fall the leaves change to a beautiful yellow.

There are many different ways to consume ginkgo, but most commonly people use the leaves. These can be purchased as supplement in capsule form, drank as a tea, or taken in extract form as a tincture.

Ginkgo Biloba Tincture

You can make a tincture easily in your own home with materials you likely have already.

  • 3-4 ounces of yellow ginkgo leaves harvested in fall
  • Vodka (or other alcohol at least 80 proof)
  • Mason jar
  • Coffee filter
  • Funnel
  • Tinted bottles for storage

Recipe:

  • First, crush the leaves to increase the surface area
  • Place the crushed leaves in the mason jar
  • Cover the leaves with vodka to a minimum of two fingers above the top of the roots. If you are using dry leaves add more vodka as the material will absorb the liquid. Do not exceed double the height of leaves or your tincture will not be as strong.
  • Seal the jar and leave it in a cool dark place for at least two weeks
  • When your tincture is ready place a coffee filter inside a funnel and strain the liquid into a tinted bottle for storage.
  • Store in a cool dark place

Use a little as a few drops to start and no more than a teaspoon daily.

Turmeric

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a plant native to the tropics of SE Asia. It is best known for containing curcumin. It is thought that the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant qualities of curcumin are what contribute to turmeric’s over health benefits and benefit your brain.

In the same family as ginger, both are rhizomes, which means that the fleshy rootlike part is what is consumed in foods and medicines.

Best Mind Care Remedies for Seniors - Grow Turmeric

Not a small plant, the leaves can grow to be three feet tall. It produces a lovely flower that is usually a greenish-white color but occasionally is pink. 

While turmeric thrives in hot jungle climates don’t despair if you live somewhere that experiences frost. It is possible to grow turmeric at home in a container.

Found in many traditional Indian foods, turmeric is responsible for the distinctive yellow color in curries. What’s great is that no matter how you choose to add turmeric to your diet it will help improve brain function.

Turmeric can be used fresh or dried as a seasoning in foods. Dried it can be ground and put into capsules. It can be used to make teas, turmeric lattes, and golden milk.

Try adding this recipe for Golden Milk to your morning routine.

Golden Milk

  • 2 cups of coconut milk (or other non-dairy milk of your choice)
  • Best Mind Care Remedies for Seniors - Golden Milk2 tsp ground turmeric (you can grind the rhizome fresh or dry with a mortar and pestle)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp of cardamom
  • ½ tsp of cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Honey or another natural sweetener

Heat all the ingredients in a saucepan until they are warm. Then transfer the mixture to a blender. Blend until thick and frothy.

Ginseng

Ginseng has been used traditionally in Chinese medicine to help improve mental clarity. Modern studies have shown that ginseng can improve mental clarity, focus, and memory. It is a great herb for brain health.

Best Mind Care Remedies for Seniors - Ginseng Plant

There are two main varieties of Ginseng, American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng). A flowering plant, American ginseng grows wild in deciduous forests in the northeastern US and eastern Canada.

However, high demand has led to over-harvesting and wild ginseng foraging is now heavily regulated.

If you have patience, the plant can also be cultivated in your backyard. While not difficult to grow it takes between five to ten years for ginseng to mature and be harvestable.

Ginseng can be purchased in supplement form or be made into a tea or tincture.

Ginseng Tea

You can make ginseng tea by adding fresh or dried roots to boiling water.

Add ½  – 1 ounce of sliced or grated ginseng to 16 ounces of boiling water. Let steep for 5-10 minutes depending on how strong you want it.

If you don’t want to be making tea all the time, you can also use alcohol to extract the beneficial qualities of ginseng by making a ginseng tincture following the same method used for the ginkgo tincture.

Rosemary

Best Mind Care Remedies for Seniors - Rosemary

If you are looking for herbs that are a little more common, rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, has long been associated with improved memory.

Studies have shown that rosemary can be beneficial can aid people suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. Rosemary can be drunk as a refreshing tea or added to your food to enhance flavor.

Related: DIY Rosemary Memory Elixir

Sage

Best Mind Care Remedies for Seniors - Sage

Another common culinary herb that can help improve cognitive and neurological function is sage, Salvia officinalis. Sage can also be consumed as a tea or added to food. It mixes well with poultry, in stuffing, or even in pasta.

Healthy eating can lead to a healthy mind. By adding these herbs to your routine whether in tea, tincture or in your meals you can help ensure that your mind stays healthy and active even as you age.

Remember you are as only as old as you feel.

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  • Laura Posted February 16, 2021 2:27 pm

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  • Carolyn Wellington Posted February 16, 2021 5:25 pm

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  • Kevin Holbrook Posted February 16, 2021 5:55 pm

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  • Joan Posted February 17, 2021 12:16 am

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  • Eliza Posted February 17, 2021 9:44 am

    Wonderful article! I needed this!

  • Allie Posted February 18, 2021 5:11 pm

    I read that Ginkgo can act as a blood thinner is this accurate?

    • The Lost Herbs Posted February 19, 2021 3:08 pm

      Hi Allie,

      Gingko can thin the blood and has fibrinolytic effects. Some studies report that ginkgo extract has similar effects to streptokinase, a drug used to treat blood clots.

      Do not take ginkgo along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.

      God bless!

  • hugh Posted February 18, 2021 7:50 pm

    I have Parkinson’s,

    Parkinson’s (PD); diagnosed in July 7 2010 at age 56, and no known cure. I am trying to use God’s Medicine (herbs) in creation to get my own body to heal itself but will settle for stalling the progression…
    Below are 4 herbs listed below that have a direct influence on my Parkinson’s symptoms, based on my experience in “trial and error” testing. All together, I believe that I have stalled the Parkinson’s progression. And it is important to avoid stress and anxiety at all cost!
    1. Spirulina; NOW Foods, Certified Organic Spirulina, 500 mg, 500 Tablets.
    Dosage: 12 grams, 3X daily (36 grams total, retired, or more up to 50 grams when working.)
    Purpose: reduces tremors: increase neural-stem-cells; protect
    against the negative influence of TNF…
    A NASA Scientist recommends at least 15 grams a day for healthy people.
    This brand has more blue of the Blue-Green algae than other brands that I have ordered. The organic tablets has no binders or fillers.
    2. Chlorella; NOW foods, Certified Organic Chlorella, 500 mg, 200 Tablets.
    Dosage; 2 grams, 3X daily (6 grams total)
    Purpose: stops left hand extremely painful spasms…
    3. Amla; Paradise Herbs, Amla extract, 60 veg. Capsules
    Dosage: 1 capsule, 3X daily
    Purpose: reduces tongue and jaw tremor
    4. Tribulus; Source Naturals, Tribulus Extract, 750 mg, 60 Tablets.
    Dosage: 1 tablet (750 mg), 3X daily
    Purpose: reduces inner body tremors; increases levels of natural dopamine.

    Of the 4 herbs mentioned above, Spirulina is the most important! Yes you will notice that I take a lot but this is what is required for me to feel normal most of the day. Chlorella is the second most important for me.

    I also take the herbs mention on the “Best Mind Care Remedies For Seniors” site as support for my brain and nervous system. But I do not have the bio-feedback with these as I do in my own Parkinson’s trial and error list noted just above.

    Sincerely in faith, hope and love…

    …hugh

  • Bunny Posted February 18, 2021 9:02 pm

    Another one is mushrooms, cultures that eat lots of mushrooms do not get Alzheimer’s, Dementia etc. later in life…

  • Jennifer James-Singh Posted February 19, 2021 2:36 am

    Thank You for this article. I also grow Gotu Kola and Brahmi (bacopa monnieri) in pots. I live in Queensland, Australia. I’ve noticed my mind is more alert and my memory has improved.

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