5 Tonic Herbs and Medicinal Mushrooms to Keep you Focused
We could all do with a little help in the staying-focused-department, especially when there are several (read a million) balls in the air. Your morning cuppa might help get you started but will result in a slump not too long after it’s been consumed… That’s usually when we reach for the second, third or fourth cup of (insert caffeinated beverage of choice).
Adding in some tonic herbs or medicinal mushrooms to your day is a sustainable way to promote energy levels, keep your neural pathways firing and support the function of your vital organs.
Here are some of our favourites:
Lion's Mane is a medicinal mushroom that has been used for thousands of years to support the brain and nervous system, improve cognitive function and boost digestive health. The power comes from the nerve growth factors found in Lion’s mane, which protect and regenerate brain tissue. Make a Keto coffee in the morning to get the day off to a rockstar start by blending 1 shot of espresso with ½ cup hot water, 1 tablespoon of MCT oil and ½ teaspoon of lion’s mane.
You might be surprised to hear that everyone’s favourite lamb roast herb is actually a medicinal herb that is stimulating to the circulatory and nervous systems. It increases blood flow to your brain and strengthens memory and concentration. Add fresh rosemary to a cup of hot water with lemon, ginger and a little honey for an afternoon tonic that is medicinally revitalising. Or simply keep a sprig on your desk and give it a good whiff!
Ashwagandha is one of the world’s most powerful adaptogenic tonic herbs, which means that it restores balance to the body and mind no matter what end of the spectrum you happen to fall on. Also, research studies at universities in Japan showed Ashwagandha’s ability to regenerate nerve cells and dendrite growth throughout the brain and body. Add a ½ teaspoon of Ashwagandha to a hot cacao to give it an adaptogenic boost.
Known as the anti-ageing adaptogen, chaga is known to reduce stress, boost immunity and regulate blood sugar levels, one of the main causes of that dreaded 3pm slump. Stirring 1 teaspoon of chaga into a cup of homemade bone broth in the morning is a delicious savoury start to the day that is also an amazing way to prepare your gut for the day.
Rhodiola is a nourishing adaptogen and has been widely documented to boost physical performance, enhance mental acuity, alleviate depression and anxiety, elevate mood and stimulate the immune system in direct proportion to the actual needs of the body. It can provide both cognitive stimulation and emotional calming, depending on one’s individual needs. Enjoy rhodiola capsules or stir some concetrate into your tea.
We always recommend consulting with a naturopath before starting any new herbs, tonics or adaptogens to make sure they’re a good fit for you.
Cheers to staying focused throughout the day no matter what time it is!