Healthy recipe challenge – Win a $100 gift basket!

Do you have a simple, healthy recipe that your friends and family rave about? Share it, and you could win a $100 gift basket filled with a variety of natural products complements of Chelsea and the Natural Products Network. Here’s all that you need to do:

1. Choose a recipe with five to ten ingredients that is easy to make, nutritious and delicious.

2. Post your entry below in the comments, including directions on how to make the recipe to enter to win.

3. We will choose one winner based on taste profile, health component, originality and affordability.

4. The winner will receive a healthy package of natural products featured on our TV segments worth $100. You have until midnight, September 12th to enter to win.

Good luck! – Chelsea and NPN

Fine Print: US residents only. Must post complete recipe and recipe directions below in comments to enter to win. Not responsible for incomplete entries or electronic errors. Only one entry per person.

Healthy back-to-school essentials

Can you believe that it’s already time to prep to send the kiddies back-to-school? Get this year off to a healthy start with natural and eco-friendly essentials that your kids will love!

Applegate Half Time
Applegate believes kid food should be great food: highest quality, totally natural, and decidedly delicious. Applegate Half Times combine different products from Applegate, Annie’s and Stonyfield  that parents can feel good about packing for their kid’s lunch. Half Times offer an all-bases-covered meal with delicious meat, cheese and crackers without antibiotics, preservatives, or artificial ingredients.  Dig in!

Honest Kids
Honest Kids offers an easy-to-take lunchtime drink that is refreshing and not two sweet. They have about half the sugar of leading kids’ juice drinks and 100 percent daily value of Vitamin C. In fact, each Honest Kid beverage contains 9g of sugar per 6.75 fl oz pouch. The leading kids’ juice drinks in single-serve packaging contain approximately 20g of sugar per 6.75 fl oz serving. (Note: many leading kids’ juice drinks come in 6 fl oz pouches).

U Konserve
U Konserve was started six years ago by two moms who were shocked by the amount of lunchtime trash generated each day in their children’s school.  Here’s a scary fact: one child produces 67 pounds of lunch time trash each year!! Their very first product and one that is still very popular today, the Waste-Free Lunch Kit, features a cotton sack, cloth napkin, 13 oz stainless steel beverage bottle, two leak proof 8 oz containers for snacks and sides and a Food Kozy Wrap for a sandwich or crackers. Perfect for lunch all year round!

Green Apple Supply
Green Apple Supply believes that eco products should be affordable for everyone. They feel that without a universal shift in consumption, our physical ability to inhabit the planet is limited, so it needs to be easy to do something to make a difference. To this end, they offer a variety of everyday back-to-school supplies including colored pencils, paper, construction paper and backpacks that are made with the Earth in mind.

Natural sun protection

Did you know that you can choose a variety of natural products to protect yourself from the suns rays? You’ll find everything from natural and organic sunblock and lip care to products to shield your body from the inside out. Take a look at some of our favorites and tune into Everyday July 29 to see us chat about them!

Natural Skin Protection
Coola Organic Suncare Collection offers a variety of organic-focused suncare products including classic and mineral based lines. Patented Oleosome Technology, derived from eco-certified organic Safflower and rich in moisturizing Vitamin E, enhances sun protection and helps time-release actives, resulting in 75% less actives!

Natural Lip Protection
There are various natural lip products that provide great protection for your lips while you are playing outside. Alba Bontanica makes a very emollient natural lip care stick with SPF 25 that glides on easy and stays on. Also, make sure to check out Badger Lip Tint and Shimmer that feature natural ingredients like organic sunflower olive oil,  beeswax, castor oil and mineral sun protection complete with a natural looking shimmer. Finally, for super dry summer lips, check out Bodyceuticals Calendula Lip Balm. Calendula flowers have been used since ancient times to heal and nourish the body and help protect against burns.

Natural Sun Protection Options for Hair
While it’s great to wear a hat to protect your hair from the sun, sometimes that’s not always feasible. Also, long hair can extend outside your hat and go unprotected. Thankfully, it’s easy to make your own natural sun protection leave-in conditioner by utilizing oils that contain natural SPF. Products like Shea ButterJojoba OilCoconut Oil and Sesame Oil help seal in moisture and protect hair from the rays. You can make your own special blend and a little goes a long way. If you have colored hair, check with your colorist about the best products for you. We have done some experimenting and found these oils work good with our colored hair, however, there are many different types of color so double-checking is always a good idea.

Internal Ways to Protect Against the Sun
Dark Chocolate
Studies have shown that dark chocolate contains antioxidants and flavonoids that help protect skin from sunburn and skin cancer. The key is to get a very dark chocolate—at least 70% cocoa content—to get the most benefit.

Vitamin E, A and C
Many people don’t realize they can help protect themselves from the sun by taking vitamin supplements. However, combining vitamins C and E helps prevent sunburn and makes the negative effects of the sun less severe. Also, vitamin A is great tool to help heal skin from sun damage. The important part is to purchase high-quality vitamins that feature targeted nutrients that your body can easily absorb and utilize.

Green and black teas also offer sun protection benefits. In fact, as far back as 1991 researchers have demonstrated that feeding green tea extract to mice helps protect them from ultraviolet light-induced skin cancers. Also, a study at the University of Arizona found that drinking iced black tea with citrus peel provided a 42 percent reduction in skin cancer risk.

Best hypoallergenic natural makeup

Looking to brighten up your summer look without buying makeup with questionable chemicals that can cause a reaction? Check out some natural products that work in tandem with nature to give you the fresh appearance you desire. Also, make sure to tune into Daybreak this Tuesday, July 8 to hear us talk about them!

For the Face – Vapour Organic Beauty
Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation instantly transforms skin, evening tone and diminishing the appearance of fine lines with a synergistic blend of antioxidants, moisture infusing botanicals and rich mineral pigments. Atmosphere Luminous Foundation offers the ideal balance of opacity and luminosity to perfect the complexion while protecting skin with Vapour‘s therapeutic treatment base of light, dry plant oils and face-specific nourishing botanical blend of anti-inflammatory Frankincense, antioxidant Tulsi and moisturizing Lotus flowers.  And best of all, Atmosphere Luminous Foundation is 100% natural and chemical free with a minimum of 70% certified organic ingredients (the other 30% consists of natural mineral pigments and vitamins).

For the Lips – ILIA
ILIA offers a prestige line of natural and organic lipsticks that combine superior color performance and nourishing organics. All ILIA products are made with up to 85% certified organic ingredients that nourish and help aid in repair. The ethical-sustainable approach embodied in each piece make ILIA a pioneer in natural beauty. You’ll find beautiful colors for day and evening featuring certified organic bio-active botanicals that nourish and rejuvenate.  A combination of safer trend pigments and super hydrating elements sets ILIA apart and has made it a cult beauty favorite.

For the Eyes – Mineral Fusion
All Mineral Fusion products deliver the wide-ranging benefits of minerals.  The hypoallergenic Eye Color Trios feature a color coordinated trio of richly pigmented, crease-resistant shades that apply effortlessly, individually or together, to enhance eyes. They feature Pomegranate, White Tea, Red Tea and Sea Kelp to soothe skin and defend against free radical damage. Plus, they are free of gluten, parabens, artificial colors, fragrances and talc and never-tested on animals.



Natural products to repair sun damage

Going out in the sun is unavoidable and even if we do our best with the sunscreen, we still could be damaging our skin. Here are some natural ways to repair the sun damage you might already have. Also, make sure to tune into Daybreak tomorrow, July 1, to see us chat about them.

Effectively remove dead skin after sun exposure with one simple tool instead of harsh chemicals. Exfolimate is your own personal exfoliating mate, designed with innovative micro grooves and smooth edge technology to instantly glide along the skin with gentle fingertip control and pressure. By using your Exfloimate daily, you will naturally cleanse your pores and remove dulling surface debris to achieve clearer and healthier skin after being in the sun.

Honey Girl Organics
Honey contains high levels of healing antioxidants to help fight free-radical damage due to sun over-exposure. Honey is also a natural humectant, which means that it naturally draws moisture to the skin. In turn, this improves texture, tone and moisture.  Honey Girl Organics utilizes the healing power of honey to promote skin health. Their products help to stimulate collagen production, moisturize and provide nutrition without causing irritation.

Sibu Beauty
Sibu offers both internal and external products featuring Sea Buckthorn to help repair skin from the damaging effects of the sun and boost overall health. The Sibu Sea Buckthorn Liquid Supplement is a powerful free radical scavenger that helps to improve skin tone and texture. It is loaded with omega fatty acids 3, 6, 9 and the elusive omegas 7s which provide key building blocks for skin, hair and nails. Sibu Age Defying Eye Cream revitalizes and treats the delicate area around the eyes that is often affected by squinting into the sun.

Green Tea
You can also find both internal and external green tea solutions to fight skin damage. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, found that drinking green tea can help make you more resistant to ultraviolet radiation and therefore premature skin aging. You can also find powerful skin care products that feature green tea to apply direction to the skin. One standout is the Green Tea Clay Mask by Evan Healy that works as a purifying deep-action mask to firm and tone. 

Natural products for dry summer hair

The dry summer weather compounded by everyday blowdrying, styling and coloring can really take it’s toll on our hair. Thankfully, there are natural solutions that can help you achieve the silky, shiny hair that you crave.  Here are some of our favorite natural hair products, supplements and do-it-yourself ideas to get luxurious and healthy hair. Make sure to check us out on Everyday this Thursday, June 26 to see us chat about them!

Did you know that beer is great for dry hair? It’s true! BRÖÖ is an unique product line that utilizes the nutrients from beer to heal and nourish your hair. BRÖÖ  is the super drink for hair because it is filled with  B vitamins, proteins and minerals to make your hair strong, healthy and shiny. Special beer blends like the volumizing pale ale help to strengthen hair and give a weightless gloss that you’ll love. Plus products are color-friendly and 100 percent vegan.

John Masters Organics
A celebrity favorite, John Masters Organics grew out of a desire to create a luxury beauty line that respects the Earth. The result is an exceptional line that represents the culmination of hard work and dedication to utilizing organic and wild-crafted ingredients. The Hair Line includes a variety of wonderful products to get your hair looking exactly how you want. For instance, the extra-strength Bourbon Vanilla and Tangerine Hair Texturizer is perfect for shaping hair into any desired style, from the “bed-head” look to smooth and silky, without drying. Plus the Shine On leave-in hair treatment uses organic kelp in place of synthetic silicone to smooth the hair shaft, leaving hair shiny and soft all day long. A great natural-shine alternative to petroleum-based products. Both are safe for color-tre
ated hair.

 Rosemary Hair Oil
You can also utilize rosemary oil to help improve the health of your hair. Rosemary has been used since Roman times for improving health and beautifying hair. It is believed that rosemary helps to stimulate hair follicles, which helps hair grow thicker and stronger. This in turn can help slow down hair loss and premature graying. You can buy rosemary oil, or you can make your own. Simply take some fresh rosemary and remove from the stem (about four stems worth). Next, beat the rosemary with the end of a rolling pin to unleash and activate the herbal benefits. Finally, put the rosemary in a mason jar and cover with about a half cup of Almod oil. Leave the mason jar in a sunny window for about four weeks and you have a great natural hair treatment. To use it, drain it and then heat a little by warming in your hands and working through your scalp. Even though we have not experienced this firsthand, some say that rosemary can darken the hair, so keep this in mind. In fact, some suggest utilizing rosemary and sage together as a natural way to cover gray.

Silica is an important mineral found in all of us that contributes to healthy joints, nails, muscles and hair. The overall health of your hair can be compromised if you are low on this vital mineral. The degradation of our soil and prevalence of junk food diets can put us at risk. Thus, regardless of what you are putting on your hair, it can still still be weak and limp and grow slowly if you do not have enough silica in your body. There are many ways to get more silica including  purchasing a Colloidal mineral supplement featuring silica, getting a supplement like Hair Nutrients or checking out a bamboo or horsetail supplement, like Irwin Naturals Healthy Skin & Hair Plus Nails, or eating more brown rice and oats.

Celebrity natural product brands

Did you know that some of the coolest natural brands have a celebrity connection? From skincare and pet food to clothes and items for kids, it just so happens that some of the most innovative natural product companies were brought to market by some well-known faces. Check out some of our favorites and check us out on Daybreak Monday, June 2 to see us talk about them.

KORA Organics
KORA Organics comes from the vision of supermodel Miranda Kerr who sought to develop a range of products that bring together the very best in skincare ingredients that are designed to nourish, replenish and hydrate the skin. The KORA skincare 3 step system for  Normal/Dry, Normal/Sensitive and Oily/Combination skin types offer everything you need to achieve glowing, beautiful results that get noticed.

The Honest Company
Started by actress Jessica Alba, The Honest Company strives to offer savvy style, sustainability and extraordinary service and convenience to families everywhere.  To this end, they offer everyday products for baby, bath and body, cleaning and health and wellness to meet the demands of busy families looking for “honest” products they can trust. This means that you will find amazing products to add to your lifestyle that were made without harming people or the planet.

Happy Family Brands
Launched on Mother’s Day 2006, and founded and operated by moms (including key early investor Demi Moore), Happy Family is a leading premium organic food brand delivering optimal nutrition for the entire family. Happy Family provides organic foods for babies, toddlers, kids, and even adults! It’s delicious, convenient and made with a mother’s touch for all ages, all stages.

PACT Apparel and I and Love and You
Based in Boulder, Colorado, PACT and I and Love and You represent two cutting-edge brands led by natural products visionary and popular survivor contestant, Brendan Synott. PACT helps to fund cool community projects by offering super soft organic cotton underwear, socks, t-shirts and more for babies and adults. I and Love and You is a one-of-a-kind pet food with rigorous ingredient standards formulated by a holistic veterinarian. 



Natural sun protection you can eat

While most of us are used to slathering on the sunscreen to protect ourselves from the rays, did you know that you can boost your sun protection from the inside out? It’s true! While you shouldn’t skip the natural sunscreen you apply topically, things like tea, vitamins and even chocolate can create an additional internal safeguard from the sun. Make sure to tune into Daybreak Tuesday to see us chat about these strategies!

Dark Chocolate
Studies have shown that dark chocolate contains antioxidants and flavonoids that help protect skin from sunburn and skin cancer. The key is to get a very dark chocolate—at least 70% cocoa content—to get the most benefit.

Vitamin E, A and C
Many people don’t realize they can help protect themselves from the sun by taking vitamin supplements. However, combining vitamins C and E helps prevent sunburn and makes the negative effects of the sun less severe.  Also, vitamin A is great tool to help heal skin from sun damage. The important part is to purchase high-quality vitamins that feature targeted nutrients that your body can easily absorb and utilize.

Green and black teas also offer sun protection benefits. In fact, as far back as 1991 researchers have demonstrated that feeding green tea extract to mice helps protect them from ultraviolet light-induced skin cancers. Also, a study at the University of Arizona found that drinking iced black tea with citrus peel provided a 42 percent reduction in skin cancer risk.



Natural essentials for outdoor activities

Excited to get outside and enjoy the warm weather? Before you get out in the sunshine, make sure you have all the outdoor essentials you need for you and your family to make your time together more enjoyable!

For those days filled with fun and adventure, Aventura introduces the Greenwood Capri and Shorts, a series of quick drying bottoms made from a combination of recycled and traditional polyester with an added bit of spandex for comfortable mobility and stretch. Available in 4 colors, the Greenwood Capri has unique details like ties at the bottom of the leg and contrast stitching on the pockets and waist.

Goddess Green Sunscreen
Goddess Garden’s top-rated spray kids natural sunscreen makes applying sunscreen to your child’s skin easier than ever! Made in a recyclable bottle, it’s sunscreen that is good for you and good for the environment. Formulas are all 100% biodegradable and are packed with nourishing organic ingredients like aloe vera and sunflower oil.

U Konserve
U•Konserve waste-free and reusable lunch-packing and food-storage solutions were a natural outgrowth of what two women saw as a critical need that required immediate attention. Their reusable bag, totes and kozies are ideal for kid’s lunches and snacks, and are a must for on the go at a picnic or at the park.

Nothing is better than drinking from water from glass, but it’s hard to take a glass bottle on the go.  Lifefactory reusable glass bottles have a protective shield to prevent breaks and offer a large capacity to quench a big thirst while enjoying outdoor fun. They are available with a Flip Cap or a Classic Cap and are always BPA/BPS-free and dishwasher safe. Make sure to check out their new outside wine glasses!

Superfruit skin care

Did you know that fruits like pomegranates, apricots and raspberries are packed with nutrients that can help revitalize and feed your skin? More skin care companies are utilizing superfruits like these in products to heal the skin in new ways. Take a cue from nature and take a look at some of the best superfruit skin care products! Also, check us out on Daybreak this Thursday to learn more about them!

Superfruit skin care from Natural Products Network on Vimeo.

John Masters Organics Pomegranate Facial Nourishing Oil
Beyond a moisturizer, this nourishing oil contains a blend of 12 organic plant and essential oils that instantly penetrates and nourishes dry skin. The pomegranate oil works as a powerful antioxidant for the skin to help refresh and renew. Use alone or add to any moisturizer for extra hydration.

Kneipp Bath Products
Nothing is more soothing after a long day than a blissful, steamy bath. Transform your bathroom into an indulgent spa with Kneipp’s bath products, specially formulated to help ease stress, improve mood and promote a good night’s sleep. Each therapeutic bath product uses natural ingredients, including super-nutrient packed orange, lemon and mandarin to naturally soothe for a sense of total relaxation.

Earth Science Apricot Night Cream
This Ultra-rich formula contains Phytelenes, plant extracts and essential oils that rejuvenate the look of the skin, providing a healthy, more radiant appearance. The deeply-hydrating Apricot Oil moisturizes and relieves severely dry skin leaving it soft and supple. Apricots are chalk full of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and beta carotene which are powerful allies for the skin.

Organic Gardening Magazine Giveaway!

We are thrilled to be able to partner with Organic Gardening Magazine to participate in their May Gear Giveaway by offering a collection of products to celebrate spring! Throughout May, you can  enter to win a Celebrate Spring package courtesy of the Natural Products Network featuring amazing products from Aura Cacia, WishGarden and Honey Girl Organics!

Aura Cacia
Enjoy Aura Cacia’s calming, relaxing and refreshing Lavender Essential Oil and get grounded with their unique Chakra Balancing Aromatherapy Roll-On.

Rescue sun soaked skin with WishGarden’s Burn Balm multi-strategy formula and fight springtime sneezes with their legendary Kick-Ass Allergy product.

Honey Girl Organics
Treat gardening hands to Honey Girl Organics Cuticle and Nail Cream and moisturize parched lips with their luxurious, beyond-rich Lip Balm.

Each package is worth almost $70!
Make sure to head over to Organic Gardening to enter to win! Good luck!

Easy Natural Snack Ideas Kids Love

Choosing healthy snacks can make a big difference on how you and your kids feel throughout the day. Here are some nutritious snack ideas that will keep you and your kiddos coming back for more! We’ll be talking about natural snack strategies this Tuesday on Everyday! Make sure to tune in!

Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids from Natural Products Network on Vimeo.

The founder of Appleooz began by making dried apples using Golden Delicious apples from his backyard because he was tired of seeing them go to waste. He learned that by soaking the apples in fruit juices, which are natural preservatives, he was able maintain moisture in the product even after it was dried.  He also began to extend the drying time to make the dried apples crunchy.  This created a very unique, healthy product that kids love.

Bobo’s Oat Bars
Made with Natural and Organic ingredients, Bobo’s Oat Bars have a moist and delicious homemade taste that is unlike any other snack bar on the market. These one-of-a-kind bars are available in ten amazing regular flavors including four exciting Gluten Free flavors. Forget artificial ingredients, additives, sweeteners and other harsh chemicals — each tasty treat is baked from the heart using only pure

Justin’s Nut Butters
This Colorado company only uses the highest quality natural and organic ingredients that are sustainably harvested and found as locally as possible to make their delicious array of nutbutters, peanut butter cups and bars. Products include classic peanut and almond butter and innovative varieties such as Chocolate Hazelnut and Maple

Snikiddy Snacks
All lines of Snikiddy Snacks are vegetarian and gluten and wheat free. No artificial colors or preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, hydrogenated oils, or cholesterol. Plus, the best part is that they are absolutely delicious. We especially like Eat Your Vegetables™ which contain a full serving of veggies in each ounce serving (13 chips)

Best natural protein products

Are you looking for new, innovative ways to add more protein to your diet? Natural products provide more ways to get beneficial protein for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike! Read on to learn more about some of the best natural protein products on the market today and tune into DaybreakThursday to see us talk about them.

Natural Protein Supplements
Protein supplements can help you get the nutrition you crave without eating meat. For instance, Manitoba Harvest HempPro 70 is the world’s first water soluble hemp protein powder. This means that you can easily mix HempPro 70 in a shaker cup with any delicious drink of your choice. With 20 grams of protein per 30 gram serving, HempPro 70 is an easily digestible, complete plant based protein, offering all essential amino acids – great for vegan or vegetarian diets. Also, NutriBiotic Vegan Organic Plain Rice Protein is a high quality, low carbohydrate vegetable protein. This easily digestible protein provides an extensive array of naturally occurring amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Finally, Designer Whey Protein Powders are packed with 18g of premium natural 100% whey protein  and offer an excellent source of calcium, vitamin-D, and B-vitamins while being naturally flavored and sweetened – all for only 100 calories!

Almond Flour Products
Did you know that almond flour is low in carbohydrates and a good source of protein, fiber, vitamin E and magnesium? Lately, more and more people are opting for it because of the taste and how it cooks. You can find several products that utilize almond flour including Cappello’s, a Colorado-based gourmet food company specializing in high-end gluten free, grain free products. Their pasta products have a great texture and consistency that is making them a favorite for gourmet food-lovers, healthy eaters and people with dietary restrictions.

Natural Meats
For the meat-eaters, there is an array of natural meat products that your family will enjoy that are free of antibiotics, hormones, artificial ingredients such as Applegate and Earths Best. Recently, the Environmental Working Group released an analysis that showed the shocking link between antibiotic overuse in traditional grocery meat products and the development of superbugs. Definitely something to think about!


Healthy soda substitutes

Are you looking for an alternative to the soda you drink each day? Well, you are not alone as traditional soda can contain questionable ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup and aspartame.  Good thing that there are more natural options that still quench your cold-soda thirst! Check out some of our favorites and check us out on Daybreak this Thursday to hear us talk about them!

Hansen’s Natural
In the 1970s, Hubert’s grandson brought a new line of Hansen’s beverages into the fold with Natural Sodas. Revolutionary at the time and still today, they have always been free of preservatives, caffeine, sodium, artificial flavors and colors. In 2008 they made a radical shift and said goodbye to high fructose corn syrup and hello to real cane sugar. More than 75 years and 30 real fruit and spice soda flavors later, their Natural and Diet Sodas boast a nationwide following of loyal consumers.

Zevia Cola
Zevia Cola features notes of citrus and spice, the perfect combination for a cola and a rare find in natural soda. When you find out that their naturally sweetened cola has zero calories, no sugar (it’s sweetened with the Stevia Plant) and nothing artificial, you may even find yourself reaching for a second can. Whether you have special diet needs, health concerns, or are just looking for a low carb drink that is all natural, Zevia is a good choice.  Make sure to check out all the other delicious flavors as well!

Buchi Kombucha
Buchi advances 2,000 years of kombucha craft brewing tradition with the finest fair trade organic teas, fruits, spices, wholesome herbs and ancient mountain waters.  They have created boldly flavored, refreshing and restorative probiotic tonics for the body, mind and spirit that feature the same great fizz that you get with soda. Make sure to check out the Earth flavor that has the taste reminiscent of a traditional soda and root beer blend. Delicious!

Tumeric Elixirs
If you are looking for a beverage that is a little outside of the soda box, check out Tumeric Elixirs that combine the age-old turmeric remedy with vibrant cold-pressed herbal formulations. Their innovative beverages are not only delicious, but it also supports anti-oxidant function and longevity. It is the perfect beverage for anyone looking to rejuvenate, restore, and reenergize. Also, make sure to check out their NEW blends including Brooklyn Beet and Japanese Matcha Elixir.


Culinary herbs and spices for brain health

Did you know that there are simple culinary herbs and spices you can use to think more clearly and be more alert? Many people don’t realize that common herbs like rosemary have shown in studies to help us focus. Read on to learn more about how to use simple, everyday herbs and spices to help improve brain health. Also, make sure to tune into Daybreak this Thursday to see us chat about them.

Culinary Herbs for Brain Health from Natural Products Network on Vimeo.

Sage is known to add a delicious flavor to foods such as soups, sauces and dressings. It is also great for brain health. According to Natural News, in trials even small amounts of sage have been shown to significantly boost memory recall. It is thought to work by helping to improve the interconnectivity of the different parts of the brain. Also, interestingly the root of the Danshen or Chinese sage contains compounds that are very similar to the drugs used to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Check out the full article here.

Peppermint and Cinnamon
An interesting study conducted at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV found that smelling peppermint or cinnamon in your car might make your morning commute less frustrating and you more alert when behind the wheel.  According to the study, drivers demonstrated decreased levels of frustration, anxiety and fatigue when exposed to peppermint and cinnamon scents. The study also revealed that drivers were more alert.

Rosemary, the earthy spice that we use to flavor chicken breasts and perk up our sauces also has incredible power when it comes to helping us focus. Rosemary contains a component called cineole that increases our ability to think effectively. One study found that cineole helped to enhance the ability of rats to navigate through mazes, while another study found that smelling the scent of rosemary helped people to better perform tasks at work.

Gaia Mental Alertness
You can also find some of these everyday herbs in supplements to help promote mental clarity, focus and memory. Gaia Mental Alertness contains both peppermint and rosemary and works to help enhance the cognitive functions of the brain. Another great thing about Gaia products is that you can use the ID number on the back of the package to track the life story of each herb in your bottle, so that you can see the origin of each herb back to its source.