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13 Herbs for Happiness

Here are the specifics on 13 herbs that have been linked to increased energy and focus.

1. Ginseng, the gold standard of energy

Hello, one of the most commonly used ingredients in energy drinks!

According to research, ginseng can help you focus and avoid exhaustion. In addition, athletes claim it improves physical and mental performance (though more research is needed).

Most research focuses on Panax ginseng specifically, so make sure you get the right kind at the drugstore. This ginseng’s ginsenosides, eleutherosides, and ciwujianosides may have energy-boosting properties.

Ginseng dosage varies greatly. People take between 200 and 1,000 milligrammes per day. According to experts, taking it daily appears to be safe for up to 6 months.

The fine print on ginseng

Just keep in mind that many supplements have potential side effects.

The following are the most common ginseng issues:

• diarrhoea

• insomnia

• a fast heartbeat

• high blood pressure

Ginseng may also interfere with medications. For example, if you take diabetes or heart medication, consult your doctor before taking ginseng supplements.

2. Sage, the brilliant genius

You thought sage was only used for smudging? This memory-boosting herb contains antioxidants such as luteolin and quercetin.

According to research, taking sage supplements may improve your mood, attention, and memory.

In one study, 36 adults given 50 microliters (uL) of sage essential oil performed better on memory tests and felt more mentally energetic for 4 hours after dosing. Because sage is an AChE inhibitor, it has been shown to improve brain function.

However, more research is required, as most of the research to date has come from cell and animal studies. Also, never take essential oils without first consulting your doctor.

3. The stimulant guarana

According to studies, guarana contains four times the caffeine of coffee beans. So it’s no surprise that it’s in so many energy drinks and powders!

This herb also contains saponins and tannins, which may help with energy and concentration.

The research on how much guarana is required to boost energy is conflicting. A 2017 study found that taking guarana with a multivitamin before exercising could increase stamina and focus for a few hours.

However, because the researchers did not compare the effects of the multivitamin alone and the addition of guarana, it is possible that the results were due to the nutrients in the multivitamin.

Risks that may exist

Guarana is generally thought to be safe. However, as with many supplements, high doses can cause side effects such as:

• anxiety

• pounding heart

If you are caffeine sensitive, this one is not for you.

4. Bacopa monnieri, a memory enhancer

Water hyssop (Bacopa monnieri) grows in the marshes of southern Asia. For years, it has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to treat mental health issues such as memory loss, anxiety, and insomnia.

So, what does science have to say about it? According to researchers, Bacopa monnieri contains triterpenoid saponins, which can boost brainpower and potentially protect against memory loss.

The dosage is individual, but your mantra should be: start low, go slow. For example, according to one study, people who took 300 milligrams of Bacopa monnieri extract daily for at least 12 weeks reported faster reaction times and more apparent mental processing.

Take care with your dosage.

Bacopa monnieri is generally considered safe. However, too much can result in:

• digestive issues

• unfavourable interactions with prescription medications

• some issues with pre-existing medical conditions

5. Peppermint, a minty mood booster

Want to perk up in less than 5 seconds? Close your eyes and inhale deeply while holding a bottle of peppermint essential oil. No, seriously, give it a shot. We’ll be patient.


So, what exactly happened? In addition to clearing your sinuses, you most likely experienced a baby mood and brain boost.

This is supported by science. For example, in one study, 144 people who inhaled the aroma of peppermint oil reported feeling more alert.

6. Rosemary, a herb to remember

Rosemary, like peppermint, has a deliciously refreshing aroma.

Terpenes are unique compounds in rosemary oil that can enter your bloodstream and directly influence your mental processing. Isn’t that cool?

In one study, 20 adults sat in cubicles with diffusers emitting rosemary oil. As a result, they automatically improved at tasks requiring speed and accuracy.

Another study found that people who drank rosemary-infused water performed better on computer-based tasks.

Reasons to adore rosemary.

We’re all aware that rosemary smells delicious. However, it may also help you concentrate and complete tasks more quickly. Find out more details here

7. Rhodiola Rosea, the anti-burnout herb

Rhodiola Rosea research (on mice) indicates that it may help you:

• endurance

• alertness

• Recall of memories

One study (though not a placebo-controlled one) suggested that it might also:

• control your rage

• Relieve stress

• alleviate anxiety

• alleviate depression

400 milligrammes of Rhodiola Rosea extract per day helped keep the exhaustion away in a 12-week study of 118 people experiencing burnout. They also stated that they felt more joy — and couldn’t we all use a little more of that?

Finally, some research suggests that Rhodiola Rosea may aid in the treatment of chronic fatigue. However, neither of the previous two studies were utterly reliable. More investigation is required.

Rundown of Rhodiola Rosea

It’s the ideal antidote to a dreadful week (or year) that makes you want to stab your eyes out.

Ashwagandha, the Ayurvedic superfood

For centuries, ashwagandha has been used in Ayurvedic medicine. Fans claim that this small herb can increase focus and energy significantly. Here’s what the research says.

People who took 600 milligrammes of ashwagandha root extract daily reported improved attention span and memory recall in an 8-week study. Those who took the placebo pill had no such experience.

A 12-week study of 50 older adults found that taking the same dose every day improves sleep quality, alertness, and overall feelings of well-being.

Another study found that taking 500 milligrammes of ashwagandha extract could improve athletic performance.

101 Benefits of Ashwagandha

This herb has the potential to improve your:

• sleep hygiene

• memory

• alertness

• span of attention

• athletic ability

• general sense of well-being

9. Centella Asiatica (Gotu kola) for everything ailment related

Gotu kola, another herb used in traditional Eastern medicine, is frequently associated with improved mood and focus. Although research is limited, here is what we know so far.

A two-month study found that taking 250 to 750 milligrammes of Gotu kola extract daily can improve mood, memory, and mental clarity. Meanwhile, a 2011 study of the elderly found that taking 500 to 700 milligrammes per day could enhance physical strength and function. FTW!

Another (albeit low-quality) study discovered that taking 1,000 milligrammes daily for two months improved attention span and decreased anxiety.

Why is Gotu kola so popular?

More research is needed, but Gotu kola may make you feel better in a variety of ways:

• less stress

• improves mood

• mental acuity

• improved memory

• increased attention span

• increased physical strength

10. Maca, a versatile adaptogen

For years, Maca has been having a moment. This powdered adaptogen has a lot to offer.

For starters, there’s the whole sexual performance thing (energy unto itself, amirite?). In one study of men with erectile dysfunction, taking 2,400 milligrammes of dried Maca for 12 weeks improved, hardened, and strengthened them…

Second, research suggests that Maca can boost overall energy and mood, as well as athletic performance. What is there not to like about that?

Make some moves with Maca.

Maca may aid #TeamPeen’s performance. It can also help improve your mood and energy levels.

Cordyceps is a fungus that lives among us.

Please give it up to make room for another adaptogen! This one is a fungus, not a leafy plant. It grows on insects — yes, you read that correctly — and is known to improve energy and post-workout recovery.

According to one study, people who took a cordyceps and mushroom supplement for 1 to 3 weeks improved their workout stamina with each additional week.

Other research indicates that cordyceps may reduce inflammation (which causes many health issues) and has anti-cancer properties. Isn’t that impressive for a fungus?

We enjoy a good fungus.

Cordyceps may help reduce inflammation and aid in recovery after a sweet session. It may even possess anti-cancer properties.

Shilajit, the mineral master, is 12 years old.

This one will be familiar to mountain climbers. Shilajit is a sticky, powdery growth that grows on high-altitude rocks. Natural medicine practitioners are rich in minerals and fulvic acid, an antioxidant touted as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Shilajit appeared to improve symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome in one animal study.

According to a 2019 study, 500 milligrammes per day could significantly improve muscle recovery and endurance. In addition, Shilajit may be an excellent energy booster for athletes or anyone struggling to recover from HIIT workouts.

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Shilajit is rich in minerals such as iron. If you have sickle cell anaemia or a problem processing iron, you should use a different supplement for workout energy.

13. Schisandra relieves stress

While Schisandra is not commonly consumed as food, it has been used medicinally for centuries.

This little powerhouse is high in lignans, which may increase antioxidant levels. That’s always good for your health and energy levels.

According to one research review, Schisandra may boost your endurance and energy during workouts — but the same review also states that more human research is needed to *prove* the connection.

What we currently know about Schisandra

Schisandra contains compounds that may help with brain function. It may also relieve stress because it is an adaptogen.