Health First: 5 Culinary Herbs That Can Increase Focus and Productivity

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Cognition can be defined as the mental act or process by which knowledge is acquired, including perception, intuition, and reasoning. Concentration refers to your ability to focus on tasks. Insufficient sleep, too much stress, and external distractions can all take a toll on your cognitive skills and your ability to concentrate. But what about the foods we eat? If you want to work more efficiently, the brain has to be fueled with the best nutrients and antioxidants. Did you know certain herbs contain many nutrients that may improve brain efficiency? These herbs allow you to efficiently absorb information and complete tasks.

Whether you consume these herbs in tea form or use them to spice up meals, you’ll reap the rewarding benefits.

Sage has been used since medieval times to improve memory and to treat dementia. A clinical study of Alzheimer’s patients found sage to be effective for improving their cognition. Sage also has antioxidant, antimicrobial, astringent, and antispasmodic properties.

Valerian. American herbalists in the 1820s recognized this herb’s potential as a tranquilizer and sedative. Valerian may help relieve sleep difficulties thereby naturally improve cognition, memory, and concentration. The herb’s tranquilizing properties also improve concentration by relieving stress.

Turmeric, a common ingredient in curries, is a super-hero herb. It relieves inflammatory conditions like skin problems, dementia, pain, and arthritis. Studies now suggest it may be useful in battling cancer and preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric is revered in India, where the rate of Alzheimer’s is low comparied with the rate in the Western world. Now that is food for thought!

Rosemary has excellent antioxidant properties help the body fight free radicals—molecules responsible for aging. Boosting brain function, rosemary also treats poor memory, mental fogginess, and fatigue. This herb has also been known to increase alertness.

Garlic, though not an herb, improves the flavor and aroma of multiple dishes and is used all over the world. As one of the oldest known cultivated crops, garlic has been used medicinally since ancient times. Eating this powerful antibiotic is an effective way to detoxify and treat illness. Garlic clears up congestion, reduces blood pressure and cholesterol, and balances the flora of the gut. Consuming raw garlic is great for your overall health.

Using high-quality herbs and spices will not only provide the best taste, but also the best healing. Grow your own herbs if possible, or buy organic spices. Let color and scent be your guides—the more vibrant and aromatic, the better. Store them in a cool, dark area and replace once a year or when they fade in color or aroma. Your food will become delicious medicine—a recipe for wellness and productivity. Bon appétit!



Coach P. (@coachpsays) is a comic book reading, lipstick wearing, fitness pushing, holistic health coaching expert, inspired by Christ, people and nature. To learn more about Coach P. visit

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