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107. Enhancing Mental Clarity: Herbal Support for Cognitive Wellness

Updated: Apr 9

Sharp cognitive function is crucial. Our ability to think clearly, focus, and remember is essential for thriving in this fast-paced world. Today, we'll explore how the gentle influence of herbal medicinal plants, carefully selected and available at Spiral Herbal Remedies, can provide a holistic approach to cognitive well-being.

Understanding Cognitive Function

Cognitive function refers to a range of mental processes that drive our thoughts and interactions with the world. Memory, attention, problem-solving, and language skills are all part of this intricate system. However, factors such as stress, lifestyle choices, and aging can sometimes challenge our cognitive abilities. Exploring natural remedies, especially herbal medicinal plants, presents an avenue for potential cognitive support.

Herbal Medicinal Plants for Nurturing Cognitive Health

Herbal medicinal plants, appreciated across cultures and generations, are celebrated for their potential to support cognitive function. These herbs have a long history of use and are gaining recognition for their potential to provide nourishment and support for our cognitive health. Let's delve into some herbal solutions worth considering:

  • Ginkgo Biloba: This herb has a long history of use for its antioxidant properties, which might help protect nerve cells and support memory and cognitive function. Used by herbalists for over 5,000 years, Ginkgo Biloba offers a legacy of natural support.

Ginkgo is believed to be effective by increasing microcirculation and promoting healthy blood flow in areas like the brain, ears, eyes, arms, and legs. Ginkgo has been used traditionally to support memory, focus, and cognitive function.

At Spiral Herbal Remedies we’ve created a synergistic blend with the addition of two other herbs used traditionally as brain tonics, for amplified potential.

The herbs in this blend boast a rich history of traditional use as Anti-Aging Herbs, containing antioxidants that protect against free radicals, properties for immune and liver support, enhanced cognitive ability, attention span, concentration, healthy circulation, and stress relief. 

These herbs also have a long history of use for enhanced libido.

  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): Revered for over 6,000 in Ayurvedic medicine, this herb has a long history of use in supporting focus and has been used to support ADD, memory, and focus.

Early research suggests Ashwagandha may play a role in aiding Alzheimer's and Parkinson's through Neuroprotective properties.

It has also been used traditionally to support both male and female hormones and reproductive health, as well as its history of use as an aphrodisiac. 

Ayurvedic tradition also recognizes it for its Blood Sugar Management: Offering support for lowering blood sugar levels along with its traditional use in stress management.

  • Nerve Blend: Reishi and Lion's Mane Mushroom Tincture:  Keep this potent blend on hand for its long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine for daily well-being, immune support, enhanced cognitive function, nerve regenerative, neuroprotective,  anti-neuroinflammatory, and calming properties.

Unlike powders or water-extracted tinctures, our blend unlocks the full range of benefits through meticulous water and alcohol extraction. Some properties are only alcohol soluble, some are only water soluble. We do both and combine them in this magical tincture.

AND our mushrooms are either ethically wildcrafted in pristine, protected landscapes or grown outdoors to ensure you receive their full benefits.

Other thoughts

What you put in your body has a profound effect on your mental clarity, mental health, and every other part of your body.

If you haven’t seen the Netflix series You Are What You Eat, I highly recommend you watch it. It’s a comparative look at twins. One eats an Omnivore diet, and the other switches to a Plant-Based diet. In summary, there are dramatic shifts in the markers for health on a Plant-Based diet. Keep in mind that various reputable sources encourage Keto, Plant-based, or what is known as the Mediterranean Diet, which is mostly plant-based but includes animal protein 4-5 times a month.

The unanimous takeaway is that eating whole foods, not processed, and organic if you have access is the best option for optimal health. If you have to eat animal protein choose pasture-raised, grass-fed, NOT food from factory farms.

There is also important information about how a healthy Microbiome impacts health. For more on the effects and “how to” of a balanced and healthy Microbiome, go to Blog Post #94 at

Consulting an Herbalist

Seek guidance from experienced Clinical Herbalist Donna Troy Cleary, owner of Spiral Herbal Remedies. She can illuminate the path to personalized cognitive wellness through tailored insights and suggestions based on individual health conditions and preferences.


Prioritizing cognitive health is pivotal for thriving in the bustling urban landscape of cities like New York City and Brooklyn. Herbal medicinal plants offer a promising approach to potential cognitive support. However, it's crucial to underscore that these herbs should complement a balanced lifestyle and not replace professional medical advice when needed. Engaging with reputable herbalists like Donna Cleary can unlock the potential benefits of these herbs. By merging the wisdom of traditional herbal practices with contemporary un

derstanding, individuals can aspire to nourish their cognitive well-being naturally, enriching their lives with mental agility, focus, and vitality.



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