1. Brahimi 

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. 

3. Catnip 

Receives anxiety, restlessness, tension, stress, and hyperactivity. As a mild relaxant Catnip promotes a restful sleep. 

4. Ginkgo 

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. 

6. Hops 

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. 

9. Valerian 

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.

12. Oats 

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.

13. Chamomile 

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):

Focus Formula:

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.