The Best Herbs to Improve Memory and Brain Function, Including Brain Enhancer Tincture Recipe

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During the years, I heard many people complain about their short memory, and I could sympathise with it, as during exams I also needed more time than the average student to remember all the material. I’ve already written about foods that can improve memory, and this time I want to add to it and to share with you some herbs that improve memory and brain function. building a strong brain is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.


The Best Herbs to Improve Memory and Brain Function:

Ginkgo Leaf
In my e-book The Herbal Remedies Guide, I’ve already mentioned the ginkgo leaf as a remedy for several ailments. It is a versatile herb that strengthen memory and improve circulation. The leaves of this ancient Chinese herb help boost brain function by providing more oxygen to the cells. Scientific studies have confirmed these results in humans.


Gotu Kola
Another herb that is in use for thousands of years in Asia is Gotu Kola. It is a leafy herb that is a member of the parsley family. Gotu Kola’s traditional uses include promoting healing of wounds and resolving skin conditions, but in addition to it, it also improves mental clarity. In more recent times, research on Gotu Kola indicates that it is effective in stimulating cerebral circulation, which promotes brain health.

Some studies suggest that rosemary – the fragrant herb known for its ability to ease itchy scalp and soothe muscles – could also have big brain-boosting benefits. Some research linked rosemary scent to better performance on both the speed and accuracy tests, and that it improves the overall quality of memory. Read more about it in my previous article.


You’ve probably heard that along with smart teaching, careful preparation, a good night’s sleep and a full stomach, peppermint candies are said to improve test performance. In the 1990s, researchers at University of Cincinnati found that a smell of peppermint helped test subjects concentrate and do better on tasks that required sustained concentration and achieved improvement in focus and alertness.


Sage is a wonderful herb that can add flavor to soups, salad dressings and juices. But this herb also has powerful memory enhancing qualities. In trials, even small amounts of sage have been shown to significantly boost memory recall. Sage has even been also found to improve the interconnectivity of the different parts of the brain.

Below you can find a brain enhancer tonic to improve memory. It needs to be used consistently for at least 2-3 months to see effective results. It may help you to remember that things that you tend to forget, such as where you put the keys, or remembering phone numbers or the shopping list.

Brain Enhancer Tincture Recipe

2 parts gotu kola
2 parts ginkgo leaf
1 part peppermint
1/2 part rosemary
1/2 part sage
Brandy or vodka

Place the herbs in a jar and cover with brandy or vodka. Seal the jar tightly with a lid and place in a warm area away from direct sunlight for 6-8 weeks. Make sure to shake the jar every few days to prevent the herbs from sinking on the bottom of the jar. Strain the alcohol and store it in a bottle.

How to use it? use 1/2-1 tsp of the tonic diluted in 1/4 cup of water, juice or tea 3 times a day for 2-3 months.

If you are interested in herbs and herbal remedies, you can find more useful information in my e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide. This guide will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs:

Herbal Remedies Guide

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32 Responses to The Best Herbs to Improve Memory and Brain Function, Including Brain Enhancer Tincture Recipe

  1. Vaheedaanees says:


  2. JAIME GUEVARA says:


  3. raheel zafar says:

    Am interested in this information

  4. Alice moreno says:

    Very much interesting..i like it! Thanks for sharing this inf.God Bless !,

  5. naturalremediesexpert says:

    interesting rosemary actually improve brain function also because of its antioxidant

  6. dennise postrano says:

    I want to know everything. ..tanx 4 posting this…

  7. Terri Hash says:

    I would love to try the brain enhancer tonic but I’m an alcoholic. What other liquid could I use ??

  8. Mavernie Canterbury says:

    The information is quite interested, but I would like to know how can I get these herbs to purchase.

    • Jenny says:

      You can purchase dried herbs in herbal stores or if you don’t have them in your area, there are places where you can order online.

  9. Saleh says:

    I dont drink,Is there a substitute for the alcohol?

  10. kranthikumar says:


  11. muneer says:

    Hi dear Jenny I am from Pakistan country, my father is 60 years old 4 years ago he accident after that he has lost his half memory,can my father use your tablet.?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Muneer, I don’t believe this tonic will help your father, as it is not intended to treat such a serious condition.

  12. Amita kini says:

    Wonderful information. Thanks for sharing such a useful information. Kep it up

  13. Tina says:

    Does the herbal liquid form produce the same result or is it necessary to use the dried herb ? Thank you.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Tina, you don’t have to use dried herb. You can also use fresh herb but then the amount is usually double to triple larger (as dried herbs are more potent), so for example instead of using 1 teaspoon of dry herb, you need to use about 3 teaspoons of fresh herb. Some herbs are more common and therefore are more available in their fresh form, while other herbs that are less common are easier to obtain in their dry form. Here the tonic is in a tincture form, which is a liquid extract made from herbs that are usually extracted in alcohol and enter the bloodstream much more directly than by any other means. This means that the action in the body is usually quicker. You can use them in a herbal infusion form but then it involves brewing each time which is more time consuming, but it is a personal preference. Note that 2 droppersful of tincture equals one 8 oz. cup of tea.

  14. ANGEL says:

    Brandy or vodka,,MMMMM REALLY ,ALCOHOL GOOD FOR THE BRAIN,,,,,,????

    • Jenny says:

      This is a tiny amount of alcohol – you consume only 1/2-1 tsp of the tonic diluted in 1/4 cup of warm water. It will not damage your brain.

  15. Jangkholen Touthang says:

    So wonderful information, i am a boy who forgot so soon i will try it. thank you so much

  16. Qurratulain says:

    As a muslim we are not allowed to use brandy or vodka suggest some alternate liquid please

  17. Abdulrahman bello says:

    Please can someone helps me and tell me where I can get ROSEMARY and how to use it in order to improve my memory. Iam studying in jordan. Please I need your help thanks

    • Jenny says:

      Rosemary can be bought in plant nurseries as it’s a common herb, however if you cannot get it, you can use its essential oil instead – read more about it here. You can buy the essential oil in health stores or online through places like Amazon.

  18. Echoangel says:

    Hi Jenny, thank you for sharing this helpful info.
    What do you mean by 2 parts or 1 part of the ingredient? What is gotu kola? Is it a herbal plant? From where we can find/ buy this. I’m from middle east.

    • Jenny says:

      “Part” represents ratio between the ingredients. You can choose the measurement (part) according to the amount you want to create. For example, if you want to use teaspoon as a measurement, and the recipe calls for 1 part X and 2 parts Y, then you mix 1 teaspoon of X and 2 teaspoons of Y. It doesn’t have to be teaspoons, but also tablespoon or cups or liters etc. What it means is that the amount of Y in the mixture is double the amount of X (ratio of 1:2).

  19. Caitlin says:

    Where Can I get Gotu Kola?

  20. Michael says:

    Hi Jenny, Is this beneficial to someone who is studying Law and other programs?

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