Brahmi is a plant that has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine as a brain-booster. It is named for Brahma, the Vedic God of creation who, according to Indian mythology, created the universe with his thoughts while a state of deep meditation. According to the website WebMD, “Brahmi is used for Alzheimer’s disease, improving memory, anxiety, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), allergic conditions, irritable bowel syndrome, and as a general tonic to fight stress. “They go on to explain that, “Brahmi might increase certain brain chemicals that are involved in thinking, learning, and memory. Some research suggests that it might also protect brain cells from chemicals involved in Alzheimer’s disease.
That’s a lot of brain benefits for one small herb. This low-growing, perennial herb is native to watery shores and muddy banks throughout India and much of Southeast Asia. Also commonly known as water hyssop, this plant is now found in wet and watery locations throughout the world – even as far as Florida. Fans of aquaculture, aquariums and hydroponics cultivate the white-flowered herb for ornamental reasons, but devotees of natural medicine and herbology know brahmi is more than just a pretty posey -it’s potent medicine.
Another good article for information on the uses of brahmi is this excellent feature from the website of the famous pop physician, Dr. Mehmet Oz: http://blog.doctoroz.com/oz-experts/herb-of-the-month-brahmi.
People with thyroid conditions should consult their doctor before taking brahmi as it can have an effect on thyroid levels. It has also been linked to temporary reduction in sperm count in males taking the herb, so another note of caution for our male readers. Brahmi comes in many different forms – dissolved in oil or ghee, in pill form, or even in a powder, which is easy to add to other foods, such as smoothies. So if you feel like your brain might be firing a little more slowly than usual lately, brahmi might be just the thing to help you straighten out your thinking cap.
- Serves 1-2
- 1 cup wild blueberries
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup water (as needed)
- 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1 tsp maca
- 1 tbsp lucuma
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 5 drops liquid vanilla stevia
Directions: Blend ingredients (save for bee pollen) in a high-speed blender until a smooth consistency is reached. Serve immediately in your favourite glass and top with a tsp of bee pollen. Toast to the beauty of Biba fashions and yourself, and sip on some berry bliss.