Natural Ways to Combat Amnesia

: April 29, 2015
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It has happened with many of us that you have prepared your child for an important oral poetry examination. Your child has said it verbatim at home but on that all important day the poor child forgets to recite it correctly. Not just our children even we adults several times forget important meetings, at times even our spouse’s birthday. As we grow old obviously our memory weakens but as children and even in our youth we face the problem of weak memory or short term memory loss which is called in medical terms “Amnesia”. Forgetting minor things puts the sufferer to lots of frustration and annoyance.
There are several factors that contribute to having a detrimental effect on our nervous system which can result in memory loss.

Causes of amnesia:

  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Depression
  • Psychological diseases
  • Poor diet which is devoid of milk, proteins, and vitamins like vitamin B
  • Trauma or injury to the head
  • Medical conditions like Alzheimer’s disease
  • Smoking and alcoholism.
  • Inactive lifestyle
There are some home remedies which are safe and can be used effectively to boost memory. The ingredients used in these home remedies are simple and economical.

Home Remedies for Amnesia:

1. Almonds and Milk:

Almond and milk
Milk is rich with proteins while almonds as we all know helps improve memory as they contain omega3 fatty acids, omega fatty acids, vitamin E and vitamin B6.It strengthens the nervous system.
  • Soak few almonds in water at night
  • Peel them in the morning
  • Make fine paste of the almonds
  • Add the paste to a glass of milk
  • Boil the milk for 10 minutes
  • Add a little sugar for taste
  • Drink this rich combination every day in the morning
  • Follow this remedy at least for two months
This remedy is very useful in increasing memory. This is a healthy memory tonic especially for students.

2. Shankhapushpi:

This herb is widely used in ayurveda to refresh the nervous system and in various ailments related to the nervous system. It is widely used to increase memory. The whole plant that is fruit, roots, and stem can be used. If you do not have fresh shankhapushpi then you can easily get shankhpushpi powder from any of the ayurvedic stores.
  • Take a glass of milk
  • Add a tablespoon of the shankhpushpi powder to it
  • Boil the milk for 10 minutes
  • Drink this milk everyday in the morning.
  • Follow the remedy daily at least for one month

3. Brahmi:

Brahmi herb has dual advantage it boosts the memory and it also purifies the blood. It improvises the blood flow to the various parts of the body.
  • Take some leaves of the herb.
  • Grind with water.
  • Extract the juice
  • Drink two teaspoons of this juice three times a day.
  • Follow the remedy daily for best results 
Brahmi oil is easily available in the ayurvedic stores. Massage scalp with brahmi oil at night. Follow the remedy twice in a week. This remedy improves memory.

4. Cinnamon:

Cinnamon is found to improve memory and rejuvenates the nervous system. Simply smelling a piece of cinnamon revitalizes the nervous system.
  • Take a pinch of cinnamon powder
  • Add it to one teaspoon of honey
  • Mix it well
  • Eat this mixture once daily
  • Follow the remedy everyday.

5. Fish:

Oily fish like salmons and sardines are found to have a very positive effect on the brain. They are rich in omega3 fatty acids which are found to be very good for the brain and also for the heart. So if you prefer non vegetarian food then do make these oily fishes a part of your diet. Incase you prefer a vegetarian diet then you can opt for fish oil supplements.

6. Flaxseeds and Pumpkin seeds:

Flax seeds and pumpkin seeds
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Both these contain alpha linolenic acid which is very good for the brain. It is found to sharpen memory. Also pumpkin seeds contain zinc which boosts memory. Chew a few flax seeds and pumpkin seeds daily for best results.

7. Walnuts:

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Walnuts contain poly saturated fats, omega3 fatty acids like alpha linolenic acid which improves memory. They also contain vitamin E which is useful in treating age related problems. Eat a handful of walnuts everyday to improve memory.

8. Blueberries:

Blue berries
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Blueberries are rich in antioxidants which protects the brain from damage. They stimulate the communication between neurons and improve learning power. They also have an impact on reasoning, logic, mathematical ability.
Eat handful of blueberries everyday.


Onion contains anthocyanin and quercetin both of which help improve memory. Include lots of onions in your diet to boost memory.

10. Red Apple:

Red apples
Red apples have both anthocyanin and quercetin which helps in improving memory. Eat an apple daily to combat memory loss.

11. Honey:

Honey contains glucose, fructose, B vitamins and lost of antioxidants. The fructose present in honey rejuvenates the brain. Eat a teaspoon of honey daily in the morning.

12. Beet roots:

Beet root
They increase the flow of blood to the brain and boost memory. They also improve hemoglobin level in the body. Consume beetroot daily.
In addition to the above home remedies make sure to follow the below guidelines:
  • Practice meditation and yoga as it helps to improve concentration .It also keeps the mind fresh and agile.
  • Involve your brain in solving puzzles, memory games as it improves brain power as well as concentration.
  • Avoid a sedentary lifestyle. Be more active. Get involved in day to day activities to keep your brain sharp and rust free.
  • Drink water in ample quantities. It flushes out the toxins, sharpens the brain and improves concentration.
  • Quit smoking and drinking as it weakens the brain.
A change in lifestyle and proper diet which is rich in all nutrients is good for the health of the body and for the brain. Remember nutrition is the key to a healthy brain.


Sarjita Pradhan

Sarjita Pradhan

Sarjita Pradhan born and brought in Mumbai has a degree in Masters in Analytical Chemistry and a wide work experience in various fields...

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