Brahimi is an Ayurvedic herb with a long history as a cognitive enhancer. Research shows that it the protects brain from free radical damage, while stimulating improved learning and cognitive function.
2. California poppy
A gentle sedative that relieves psychological and emotional disturbances in children. It also soothes and balances an over active nervous system. It reduces anxiety and tension in over active states.
Receives anxiety, restlessness, tension, stress, and hyperactivity. As a mild relaxant Catnip promotes a restful sleep.
Ginkgo leaves contain plant chemicals that increase local blood flow to brain, bringing greater oxygenation to the tissues. Improves focus, memory, cognition, knowledge retention and perception. Increases neurotransmitters, boots the brains ability to use oxygen.
5. Grape seed extract
Contains bioflavonoids with the most potent antioxidants effects known that protects and repairs the brain.
Idea for nervous tension, excitability, restlessness and irritability. Excellent for insomnia. Calms and improves mood.
7. Lemon balm
A gentle, safe and calming children’s herb for depression or anxiety. Relaxes the nervous system, eases agitation while soothing digestion.
8. Skull cap
Helps with anxiety, restlessness, irritability and nervousness. It is used for insomnia, restless sleep, agitation, nervous exhaustion, and nervous system weakness after prolonged illness. A useful day time sedative.
Another relaxing sedative, reduces restlessness, nervousness, and improves sleep. Shows improvements in learning skills and reduces aggressive behaviour.
10. Siberian Ginseng
Siberian Ginseng is an adaptogen. It helps the body to adapt to stressful situations of many types whether from internal or external causes.
11. Gotu Kola
Has been found to be useful for cognitive and nervous disorders and vascular problems of the brain.
Oats is a slow-acting nourishing nervine. Green oat extracts have been used in breaking addictive habits with substances like morphine, opium, alcohol, nicotine, and coffee. It is also used for insomnia, nervousness, and an irritated nervous system from exhaustion or stress.
Chamomile is a restorative tonic for the nervous system. A good treatment for nervousness and nightmares and is especially nice for infants and children that are restless when attempting to sleep.
David Winston, Herbalist AHG & Ethnobotanist (Author of: Herbal Therapeutics: Specific Indications for Herbs and Herbal Formulas):
◦ Oats (Avena sativa) fresh milky seed
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) fresh herb
Hawthorne (Crataegus monogyna) fruit, leaf and flower
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) leaf
Scullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) herb
Mary Bove, N.D. (Author of: An Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants):
The following formula – Compounded Melissa ~ A Children’s Hyperactivity Compound (same as ‘Melissa Supreme‘ ) – has been recommended for ADHD by herbalist, Mary Bove, N.D.:
◦ Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Chamomile flowers (Matricaria chamomilla)
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
Skullcap herb (Scutellaria lateriflora)
Wild oat seed, fresh (Avena sativa)
Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)
Mineral salts extracted from kelp, Irish moss, and other seaweeds
Sharol Tilgner, N.D. (Author of: Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth):
The following formula has been recommended for AD/HD. Marketed as ‘Liquid Serenity‘, Dr. Tilgner refers to this as ‘antidepressive formula’ in her book.
◦ St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) 25 – 40 %
Kava Kava (Piper methysticum) 15 -30 %
Oats (Avena sativa) fresh milky seed 10 -20 %
Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) 15 -30 %
Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) 5 -10 %
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) 5 -10 %
Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) 5 -10 %
Lavender essential oil (Lavandula officinalis) to taste
Orange essential oil (Citrus aurantium) to taste
◦ Dosage for Children: 30 drops 2-3 times per day.