Herbs that Boost Energy and Focus

This  new age of constant hustling and crazy schedules eventually results in many of us feeling low in energy, focus and productivity.

While eating a healthy diet, exercising, maintaining a healthy body weight, getting adequate sleep and making self-care a priority are the most important factors for living a productive life; some herbal supplements have been shown to be helpful.

Please if you’re on any prescribed medications, keep in mind that herbs can interact with some medications which can lead to side effects. Please consult with your Doctor before using herbal medication.

These are the 5 best herbs that can help you boost your energy levels and focus according to research.

 

1. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is an herb that has been used for many years as an Ayurvedic remedy for its amazing effects on brain function. It is also commonly known as Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry or winter cherry. Because it helps the body cope with stress, it is classified as an adaptogen. It grows in some parts of Africa, India and the Middle East. Stress is one of the most common causes of burnout, reduced energy levels, and lack of focus; therefore reducing body stress levels with Ashwagandha is effective for boosting energy levels and improving productivity.

Research shows that using as little as 125mg of Ashwagandharoot extract twice daily for 8 weeks helps to reduce cortisol levels resulting in a significant reduction in stress symptoms.

2. Ginseng

You have probably heard of Ginseng. Ginseng is a popular herb supplement known for boosting energy levels and improving physical performance. It is also known to help relieve fatigue and improve mental alertness. There are different species of Ginseng but Panax ginseng commonly called Korean ginseng, American ginseng and Chinese ginseng are the three most commonly used ginseng herbs.

Research showed that using panax ginseng 400mg daily for 8 days helps to improve energy levels, calmness and mental alertness.

3. Maca

Maca is a plant native to central Peru. The amazing thing about maca is that it can be eaten, baked or roasted and it can be prepared as a soup but the root is used for medicinal purposes.

Maca has been reported to enhance sexual energy and is used in some parts of the world to improve fertility likely due to the fact that Maca contains Phytosterols or phytoestrogens which can help increase sperm count and mobility.

Although there are limited studies on the sexual prowess of maca roots, it has been shown to improve energy level and performance in humans.

Peppermint oil

4. Peppermint

Essential oils are popular for improving mood, energy level, focus and performance. In addition to these amazing benefits, peppermint oil has been shown to enhance memory. Simply inhaling the aroma is enough to provide these amazing benefits. Even though essential oils are relatively safe, please do not ingest essential oil as ingesting too much essential oil can be harmful.

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5. Rosemary

Just like peppermint oil, inhaling Rosemary essential oil may help to improve mental alertness, focus and energy levels.

Studies have shown that exposure to the aroma of rosemary oil results in improved performance on activities that task the brain including computerized tasks that require speed and accuracy.

The natural way to improve your energy level and focus is by living a healthy lifestyle that entails eating all classes of foods including fruits and vegetables in the right portion. Rejuvenating and replenishing your wellness store with 7-8 hours’ sleep a day. Learning to cope with stress by eating mindfully, exercising, and prioritizing self-care by engaging in activities that bring you joy but in addition, certain herbs supplements like the ones mentioned in this article can be beneficial. Please make sure you consult with your Doctor before taking any herbal supplements because some herbal supplements have harmful side effects and even those with minimal side effects should be taken properly.