Your memory is one of the most precious things you wish to preserve. With diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, it is a common fear of individuals that they may one day fall victim to such a disease and eventually lose their memory, in part or whole.
Natural Treatments for Memory Loss
This is definitely a very sobering and frightful thought, but luckily there are some natural remedies that you can incorporate into your life to prevent, postpone, and/or treat memory loss.
Studies have suggested that even just smelling rosemary can be enough to boost your memory. Rosemary is easy enough to incorporate into your diet: just steep one teaspoon of dried rosemary (or one sprig of fresh rosemary) in a cup of boiling water for about five minutes, strain, and then drink. Rosemary is also incredibly easy to grow; try adding the herb to your garden or keeping some in a small container in your kitchen.
Black Seed (Nigella Sativa)
Studies suggest that individuals that take black seed supplement (two 500 mg capsules every day) will experience improvement in cognition, memory, and attention. This is thanks in large part to black seed’s anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties.
Also called amla, Indian gooseberry is popular in Ayurvedic medicine and is used to enhance memory power and health of the nervous system. Take 1-3 teaspoons up to three times per day.
Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri)
Popular in Ayurvedic medicine, brahmi is used to improve cognitive health; similar to black seed, it has strong neuroprotective properties. This herb especially helps with word recall and depressed moods.
Coconut oil has long been believed to help improve memory and prevent dementia. Coconut oil can be used to cook or bake with, or you can eat straight from the container one teaspoon of organic, cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil two times per day.
Cinnamon and Honey
Cinnamon and honey both have so many benefits for your body, and improving your memory is just one of them. Similar to rosemary, research suggests that simply smelling cinnamon may boost memory and cognitive function. Honey also helps with productive sleep; this is important because it is during our sleep that our brains process memories and repair any cracks in the road.
You can eat a mixture of a pinch of cinnamon with a teaspoon of honey, or simply try to add each ingredient to more of your cooking, coffee, or tea.
Ginseng has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine to help improve memory. While ginseng should not be taken for long periods of time, you can take it in cycles, or simply just add it into your diet occasionally.
Ginkgo biloba can help increase blood flow, which therefore helps your brain function optimally. In general, you can take 40 mg of the herb, three times per day.
Memory loss can be extremely traumatizing and demoralizing to the individual, as well as to their loved ones. These herbs are excellent options to incorporate into your diet to treat or prevent memory loss and help maintain/regain memory health. Consult with your physician to find the best combinations and dosages for you, and start addressing the memory loss before it’s really too late.