The Bacopa (Monnieri) plant is one of the most widely-known and closely studied natural nootropics in the world. Other names for it include Brahmi and Hyssop. It’s a member of the herb genus and a very hardy perennial, growing mainly, like the Maca plant (see previous article) at high altitudes. It’s to be found on the Hindu Kush and Himalayan ranges, along with areas across South East Asia and in some of the southern states of America. Bacopa comes with many colors of small delicate flowers and thick, succulent leaves.
What is Maca? The Maca plant (Lepidium Peruvianum) is a member of the Brassica family, which includes carrots, turnips, and broccoli. A clue to its remarkable effects is that an alternative name is “Peruvian ginseng.” It is extraordinary because it grows only at extreme altitudes - that is, above 3800m (12, 500 feet) in the Andes mountains of Central and South America. Studies have shown that the red Maca (pictured above) is the strongest of the 3 main varieties. That it survives and prospers in such thin soil and with
The Elder (Sambucus) is a bushy plant with delicate white flowers found mostly in semi-temperate parts of the world, differing only slightly from area to area. It is fast-growing, making it ideal as hedgerow and is much sought after for its many other qualities and uses. It ranges from the Himalayas, across most of Europe to America and Australia, where its flowers are used as decoration and in other areas for the wines produced both from the flowers and fruit. It is also used to make the clear, strong liquor,