If you feel like your brain has been wandering a little more than normal you might be looking for ways to increase your concentration naturally. Sometimes this occurs in part because of anxious thoughts, and in this case you might find some mental clarity by using herbs and supplements that reduce anxiety and let you return to your naturally functioning state.
Guarana is an herb from South America, where the seeds from the plant are commonly used to add an energy boost in drinks similar to how we use caffeine in the United States. It also contains caffeine itself, but may be able boost mental alertness, improve your concentration levels, and keep you from getting tired throughout the day.
Skullcap is an herb that has been used as a tranquilizer, and it is that calming ability that might make it affected for reducing anxiety in a high stress situation so you can focus better. It can also increase the levels of HDL in your bloodstream, which can lead to the reduction of blockages in the arteries that could keep blood from flowing freely to your brain. Skullcap can be used during the daytime because it will not make you feel drowsy even though it calm the nervous system.
Ginko is an herb from China that that might be able to increase the flow of oxygen to your brain by inhibiting a substance called the Platelet Activation Factor. The Platelet Activation Factor (or PAF) inhibits blood flow to the brain, and ginko may be able to stop it from doing so, which could allow your concentration to increase. Some people experience irritability from taking ginko as a supplement.
The valerian root has been used in ancient Rome and Greece as a pain reliever and as a tranquilizer. It’s calming qualities might make it a good choice for reducing anxiety in stressful situations and also lead to a better night’s sleep which can help keep you brain clear in the daytime when you need to actively use it. For some people it can cause headaches.
Lemon Balm is actually in the mint family and its leaves are used to make tea or supplements. Lemon Balm has compounds that allow it to work as an anxiolytic, which inhibits the enzyme GABA transaminase and by doing so ultimately helps reduce anxiety. Lemon Balm is sometimes used for people with ADHD, and it can be used for nervousness, impatience, restlessness, and anxiety.
Kava Kava has sedative properties that make it good for calming anxiety, while increasing mental focus at the same time. Kava has phytochemicals called kavalactones that bring on the feelings of calmness and clarity.
Ginseng works as a brain stimulant that can help improve your levels of memory power and improve your focus. It might be able to help you remember things better. Ginseng is also known to increase energy levels.