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When I say the name of this tea, I have had most people respond “I could use some of that!”  Apparently, most of us could use a bit of mental focus and clarity of thought, and why not an improved memory to boot?  Well, I can’t promise or guarantee that this particular blend of herbs will do these things for you, but it can certainly help improve those parameters you’re looking to improve.
By increasing circulation throughout the body, but particularly to the head and brain, and improving energy in a sustainable way, this blend of herbs can help increase “mental clarity” over time, or perhaps immediately when you need a boost during a long or stressful day, or just need to “clear your head”.
Gotu kola is often used to improve mental function, which is does perhaps primarily by increasing circulation.  It also acts as an anti-inflammatory and helps with all types of connective tissue repair and function.  Ginkgo may be the most-recognized herb for memory and focus, and although results are mixed in studies, there is no doubt that it increases circulation and is a powerful antioxidant.  Rhodiola is an adaptogenic root that can help normalize body functions and is best known for increasing energy levels and helping improve recall and retention of information.  As an adaptogen, it somehow acts on the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis to balance the body and increase energy and mental function.  Rosemary is another potent antioxidant, cell protective, that increases circulation and is uplifting in its action.  Hawthorn leaf & flower helps improve cardiovascular function and circulation and is antioxidant.  You may notice a theme here.  Finally, peppermint and spearmint add their invigorating scent and taste to open the sinuses and clear the head to complement actions of the other herbs in this mix.
Contains: Gotu kola, ginkgo, rhodiola, rosemary, hawthorn leaf & flower, peppermint, & spearmint.

Immune Power Balls
Adapted from “Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health” by Rosemary Gladstar
Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons Astragalus root powder
1 Tablespoon Maca root powder
1 Tablespoon Reishi mushroom powder
½ Tablespoon Spirulina, Blue-Green Algae, or Chlorella powder (optional)
1 cup sesame butter (tahini) or peanut butter
½ cup honey (or more to taste)
½ cup crushed almonds
Your choice of shredded coconut, cocoa or carob powder, raisins or goji berries, chocolate or carob chips, and granola for flavor
Instructions:
Combine the powdered herbs and mix well.
Combine the sesame or peanut butter and honey, mixing to form a paste.
Add enough of the powdered herbs to thicken, and add the almonds and the other optional components to your liking.  Thicken to consistency with carob or cocoa powder.  Roll into walnut or teaspoon size balls and eat two per day.  Store in the refrigerator or in a sealed glass jar and eat within a week.
The herbs in this recipe:
Astragalus root is from the Chinese system of medicine, as a long-term, supportive immune system tonic, antioxidant, liver protectant, antitumor, and adaptogen (stress/adrenal support).
Maca root is from high in the Andes and is eaten as a food, as a nourishing root vegetable high in B vitamins, protein, and carbohydrates.  This food and herb has been used to support a healthy immune system, increase energy levels, and enhance libido.
Reishi mushroom is used as an immune tonic for strengthening the immune syste and supporting the body’s ability to fight viral infections.
Spirulina/Chlorella/Blue-green algae are superfoods, high in chlorophyll, beta-carotene, and many trace minerals, and are detoxifying.