Three Ways to Boost Brain Health – Wildcrafter Botanicals
To celebrate Brain Awareness Week, let’s talk about three ways to boost brain health! As a culture, we’re finally starting to understand those good wellness rituals aren’t just about treating health issues — they’re about preventing them.
Many of us are prioritizing wellness in an effort to keep our bodies healthy. We try to eat a balanced diet and buy organic whenever we can. To fill in gaps in our diet, we choose high-quality supplements. We try to keep our stress in check. We practice self-care. We love our bodies, and we make an effort to show it.
But what about our minds? Weighing in at a mere three pounds, the brain is by far the most complex of our organs. It’s the center of our intellect and controls all of our movements and behaviors. The body is nothing without the brain, yet we don’t always give this vital organ the attention it deserves.
Just as you work to keep your body well, you can take steps to make sure your brain is in top form.
One of my favorite ways to stay healthy during the cold and flu season is to make Reishi Brews. Reishi Mushroom is a deep adaptogen tonic herb that strengthens the immune response and is very helpful for people who tend to pick up sickness easily. It also strengthens and nourishes the adrenal glands which are responsible for regulating our stress hormones. When stress goes up, immunity goes down, so taking Reishi can help bring your body back into balance. I also like to mix in Astragalus, an herb that raises immune resistance and improves energy levels. Blended with a warming, anti-inflammatory blend of Turmeric, Ginger, Cinnamon and Vitamin C-rich Orange Peel this recipe is a must-have for me this time of year.
Immune Boosting Reishi Brew
- 6 Slices Reishi Mushroom
- 10 Pieces Astragalus Root
- 1/4 cup Chaga Mushroom
- 1 Tbsp Ginger
- 1 Tbsp Turmeric
- 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp Orange Peel
- 1 tsp Licorice (optional)
There are two ways to prepare this blend. You can do it in the crockpot by adding the herbs to the crockpot with 4 quarts of water and cooking on low for about 4-6 hours. Or you can add the herbs to a stockpot with 4 quarts of water and simmer on the stove on low for about 30-45 minutes. Drink several cups throughout the day. Extra brew can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days
Essential oils are great to keep in your winter medicine cabinet. Many essential oils are highly antimicrobial and are effective against viral, bacterial and fungal infections. I love using these oils in hand and surface sprays and in diffusers to help clear space of pathogens. Here is my favorite recipe for a Hand Sanitizer / Disinfecting Room Spray
Hand Sanitizer Recipe with Essential Oils
- 2oz Spray Bottle
- 2 fluid ounces of an alcohol solution (at least 60% alcohol)*
- 13 drops Fir Balsam Essential Oil
- 10 drops Black Spruce Essential Oil
- 7 drops Thyme linalool Essential Oil
- 7 drops Juniper Berry Essential Oil
To make the hand sanitizer, combine all ingredients together in the spray bottle and shake well. Spray on hands, surface or in the air.
*For the base 60% alcohol solution you can either make a combination of 60% Grain Alcohol & 30% Aloe or use a simple 70% Isopropyl Alcohol solution that you can pick up at your local pharmacy. The option with aloe is a little easier on the hands!
I am gonna be honest here… I LOVE coffee. The morning ritual, the rich aroma, the bitter taste, … I love the whole experience. It just works for me.
INCOMES HERBAL COFFEE
Seriously, this herbal coffee is so yummy. And it satisfies that afternoon craving when I need a little treat, a moment to sit and breathe and enjoy a hot beverage.
Better yet, it supports liver health! Dandelion Root & Burdock Root both strengthen liver function and improve liver clearance. So it balances my morning cup of coffee, right?
To prepare herbal coffee, combine all ingredients together in a mixing bowl and store in a glass jar. Use 1 tsp per cup of water. Steep 3-5 minutes for a light brew. Steep 5-8 minutes for a darker brew. Sit down and ENJOY!
Herbal Coffee Recipe
4 pts Roasted Chicory Root
2 parts Dandelion Root
1 pt Burdock Root
1/2 pt Fenugreek