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by Vital Health

Memory loss is the inability to recall studies, people, objects, places, or even events that took place in the recent or distant past.

As we age, there is a slowing of the retrieval system in the brain. This means that it is sometimes difficult to remember as quickly as we do as younger adults. However, when this slowing process is accompanied by a loss of problem-solving ability, language difficulties, and a general deterioration of thinking ability and behavior changes, severe enough to interfere with activities of daily living, there may be a memory disorder present.

Causes of Memory Disorders

Common medical causes of memory loss include: normal aging, Alzheimer's disease, depression, head injury, seizures, chronic alcohol abuse, medications such as those used for anesthesia, lack of oxygen to the brain, such as a near drowning, stroke, multiple sclerosis, HIV, Parkinson's disease, and many others. Certain abnormalities of a person's metabolism or hormones may also be responsible for memory loss, e.g. hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism, medication side effects or drug interactions, etc.

Associated Signs and Symptoms

Many people with progressive memory loss may not be aware of their worsening forgetfulness. Depending on whether the memory loss involves short-term or long-term memory, the individual or family may notice certain events, such as: inability to recognize family members, forgetting one's phone number or home address, forgetting how to return home from a familiar location, forgetting to eat, bathe, or maintain one's hygiene, forgetting friends' or family members' names, etc.

How to prevent and treat the symptom

Mild memory loss comes normally with aging. Keeping the brain active may help to preserve brain cells. Reading, singing, doing puzzles, conversing, exercising, and eating a balanced diet stimulate blood flow and activity in the brain.

There are several other steps a person can take to improve his or her memory. These include: following a regular routine when possible and setting up a reminder system by using a book, calendar, or pocket diary, making daily lists, keeping track of daily medications by using a medication reminder box or a chart posted on the refrigerator, keeping track of appointments, birthdays, and bills to pay, keeping a list of names and telephone numbers, keeping keys in the same place, etc.

Occasional memory lapses or forgetfulness are common. These may be associated with depression, stress, lack of sleep, and normal aging.


Do you find yourself having a hard time studying? Are you easily distracted? Does your little brother steal your pencil, or did your dog eat your textbook? If so, you are probably finding it difficult to concentrate on your homework. One of the important skills of a good student is the ability to maintain focus by controlling your study environment, organizing your workload, and managing your time effectively.

Just hearing your teacher teach is easy. But actually LISTENING to her, and taking in what she says is slightly more difficult. To be able to understand and digest what she is teaching, you have to concentrate. Don't get disturbed by something happening outside the classroom. If you have any doubts, make a mental note of them and ask the teacher to explain them later. When the class is on, your focus should be only on what the teacher is saying, and nothing else.

It would be a rare student who has not had a teacher who insisted that you memorize by repetition. It is a fact that more the number of times you go over something, the better your memory will be of that information. But here's tip to ensure that you do remember what you learnt, not just for the little time after you studied. Every time you go over your topic, try studying it from a different angle so that you are not just repeating and memorizing, but also learning more about the issue. This approach will help you create more connections to it, and thus help you remember what you've learnt over the long term.


Latin Name: Rosemarinus Officinalis

Family: Labiatae

Note: Middle

Effects on the mind: Rosemary provides mental clarity and aids memory awareness. It enlivens the brain cells and is excellent for general dullness and lethargy.

Effects on the physical: Rosemary energises and activates the brain. It seems to revive the senses, and in some cases could play a part in restoring impediments of speech, hearing and sight. It also clears headaches and migraines.

Side Effects: Its’ highly stimulating action may not be suitable for people with epilepsy or high blood pressure. It is best avoided during pregnancy, and it may antidote homeopathic remedies. ·Burgess & Finch Rosemary oil is available in a 10ml bottle. Only the finest oils, sourced worldwide, are selected to carry the Burgess & Finch name, and are completely pure and natural, selected from s single plant source. · To enhance mental performance, Burgess & Finch Rosemary oil is best used in a massage, burner or a bath. · For a bath, add 2 – 3 drops, blended into a teaspoon of carrier oil to your bath water, after the water has been poured in. · Add a few drops to a burner or a piece of cotton wool on your desk, when studying for an exam, or preparing for a lecture or speech.

Other Burgess & Finch Essential Oil Memory Boosters · Basil – Sharpens the senses and encourages concentration · Eucalyptus – Clears the head and aids concentration · Lemon – produces clarity of thought · Lime – refreshing and uplifting to a tired mind · Peppermint – excellent for mental fatigue · Thyme – activates the brain cells, thereby aiding memory and concentration

* Never take essential oils internally


About Ginkgo biloba: Ginkgo biloba is one of the oldest living plant species. For centuries, extracts from the leaves of the ginkgo biloba tree have been used as Chinese herbal medicine to treat a variety of medical conditions. In the last 30 years, more that 300 studies have given clinical evidence that ginkgo prevents and benefits many problems throughout the entire body.

Ginkgo is gaining recognition as a brain tonic that enhances memory because of its positive effects on the vascular system, especially in the cerebellum. Ginkgo may help to counteract the effects of aging, including mental fatigue and lack of energy.

How does Ginkgo work? Ginkgo works by increasing blood flow to the brain and throughout the body's network of blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the organ systems. Benefits of enhanced circulation in the brain include improved short and long- term memory, increased reaction time and improved mental clarity. Ginkgo is often used to treat elderly persons with Alzheimer's and other symptoms of cerebral insufficiency. Cerebral insufficiency is a general term for a collection of symptoms that include difficulties of concentration and memory, absentmindedness, confusion, lack of energy, depressive mood, anxiety, dizziness, tinnitus, and headache.

Safety: Ginkgo is generally found to be safe, though there can be minor side effects. It is advisable not to use Ginkgo biloba during pregnancy or lactation. · Burgess & Finch Ginkgo biloba is available as a fresh herbal tincture, in a 30ml dropper bottle. · It is steeped in a 62% alcohol and spring water solution. For those who wish to take the herbal tincture without alcohol, adding a small amount of boiling water and allowing it to cool, effectively evaporates off most of the alcohol. · Burgess & Finch herbal tinctures are part of a range of the finest natural products, for use in complementary healing and health care.

For more information, go to the Burgess & Finch page, or the Vital page

Article courtesy of Vital Health Foods (Pty) Ltd

Author - Vital Health

Published - 2013-01-17