Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD
This is an easy ADHD Tea recipe to make that helps improve focus and concentration. I like to drink this in the afternoon as a “pick me up” when I need mental focus, but don’t want to drink caffeine and have it cause insomnia from drinking it after 2 pm. Remember that caffeine stays in your system for 12 hours and you don't want to drink it too late in the day.
Instead, you can give your brain a healthy refreshing boost with my "ADHD Tea" as I fondly refer to it. It is common for women suffering with hormone imbalance such as perimenopause, PMS, Adrenal Fatigue menopause, Hashimotos, and hypothyroidism to experience brain fog. By working to test and identify the hormone imbalance and correct nutrition, I have been able to help many women off of their ADHD medications over the years.
Correcting hormone imbalance with Bioidentical hormones and herbs can help women to improve their focus.
Nobody should ever suddenly stop taking their ADHD meds, but as a Naturopathic Doctor that used to take ADHD medication in the 90's I rely on this herbal formula instead to help me concentrate. The good news is that the main side effects are anti-aging! Gotu kola, Ginkgo and Rosemary are amazing longevity herbs to include regularly in your regime.
Combine equal parts of the following herbs:
1 part Ginkgo biloba
1 part Rosemary
1 part Gotu Kola
1 part Mint
1 part California Poppy
Combine all herbs together to make your tea blend then let it steep at 2 Tbl of tea blend per 8 oz boiling water. Keep covered for 15-20 minutes. By covering the tea you preserve the essential oils that provide the flavor from mint. Which are super important to effectively cover up the Rosemary flavor!
Ginkgo has multiple research studies that it aids cognitive function.
Rosemary is also a great herb for concentration and memory.
California Poppy is a weird choice as a nervine gentle sedative herb ....I am sure you are thinking....WHAT?!! But what I have found treating my own ADHD and many adults and children with ADHD over the years, is that sometimes we need herbs to calm us down instead of speed us up.
Nervine herbs help my ADHD patients with racing minds. Many of my ADHD patients have a paradoxical reaction to herbs I give them at bedtime. Instead of the sedatives calming them down it revs them up. They find they are up vacuuming at 2 am on Valerian when most of my other patients are knocked out.
As a result of this, I have learned over the years to add just a little tiny bit of a mild sedative to my patient’s ADHD regime and that can often help slow the mind down so it can fully focus.
Drink 2-3 cups of ADHD tea throughout the day to feel awesome, help focus, and fight the aging process. Never combine ginkgo with blood thinners as it is also a blood thinner and this is utterly dangerous!
This ADHD formula is cardiotonic and therefore may impact patients' high blood pressure medications if used regularly enough. If you take medication, you will then need to work with an Integrative Health Naturopathic Doctor that can help you monitor your blood pressure and taper the dose down if there is too much of a synergistic benefit between these herbs and cardiac medications.
Otherwise, I generally find these herbs very beneficial to my hypertension patients!
Dr. Nicole Sundene
Dr. Sundene is a Naturopathic Doctor in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is a Female Hormone Expert in Women's Health and Bioidentical Hormones. She specializes in Holistic Women's Health for Menopause, Thyroid, Hashimotos, PMS, Perimenopause, Autoimmune, Postpartum Depression, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Anxiety, Food Allergies, Digestion, Dermatology , Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema and Adrenal Hormonal Conditions. In 1999 she began working for a Hormone Doctor prior to starting Naturopathic Medical School. With over 23 years of experience in both Prescription and Natural women's health and hormones, she presents to women the best integrated health solutions for their Chronic Disease.
She has been an Herbalist for over 28 years and enjoys teaching women how to use herbs to balance their hormones, nutrition and optimize their health. Dr. Sundene relies on blood testing for her hormone metrics. The hormone testing is covered per the patient's insurance plan and conducted at certain points in the woman's menstrual cycle. To learn more about Hormone Testing for Women Visit: Bioidentical Hormones. Follow Dr. Sundene on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for more tips on Women's Health, Female Hormones, and Naturopathy!