Vidanga

The black pepper-like fruits of vidanga (Embelia ribes) help your body better respond to leptin, the satiety hormone. The result is better portion control. Embelin in the herb also protects heart tissue from free radicals by supplying and activating antioxidants. By increasing the efficiency of a nerve-calming chemical called GABA, Vidanga can also make youContinue reading “Vidanga”

Passionflower

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) leaves and roots are good for sleep. The herb’s flavonoids, particularly chrysin, a compound called maltol, and the amino acid GABA (γ-aminobutyric acid) are likely at work here. GABA, also found in your brain, is a calming chemical that makes it easier for you to relax by not reacting to external stimuli.Continue reading “Passionflower”

Lavender

The flower lavender (Lavandula angustifolia, also known as L. officinalis) doesn’t only lend its fragrance to the cosmetic industry. It has other benefits for the mind as well. Linalool in it reduces nerve activity by increasing a calming chemical called GABA. It also helps induce relaxing brain waves like alpha and theta waves – theContinue reading “Lavender”

Dwarf Morning Glory (Shankhpushpi)

Dwarf morning glory (chiefly Convolvulus pluricaulis) is a herb that helps relieve stress and anxiety. It reduces the stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline, increases the production of signaling molecules called neuropeptides to improve communication in the brain, and fights free radicals generated due to stress. Early-stage research suggests that its flavonoids may also boost memory.Continue reading “Dwarf Morning Glory (Shankhpushpi)”