We understand the importance of scientific research to show if and how a plant works in the brain. Science confirms specific plants clinically help improve memory, sleep, mood and more, safely and without side effects. Active compounds present in extracts of these plants are shown to enter the bloodstream, through topical application and through inhalation, to reach our brain to improve memory, focus and to calm, lower anxiety and improve mood.
Once in the brain, science shows how these compounds do this. They act on brain neurotransmitters (and their enzymes and receptors). Some of these plant compounds can increase our memory signal acetylcholine, others boost our calming signal (GABA) or our mood-boosting signals serotonin and dopamine, while others enhance sleep signals melatonin and adenosine. We have harnessed these active plant compounds in BrainBalms. Our pulse-point, face and body oils are designed to naturally boost calmness, memory, sleep and mood.
Plants also contain protective agents, compounds that are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It's just these last actions that have evidence to show they may also help protect our brain and our memory and mood. The science publication, Frontiers in Ageing Neuroscience recently stated that essential oil extracts of plants should be “developed as multi-potent agents against neurological disorders with better efficacy, safety and cost effectiveness”.
The story behind BrainBalms is a story of the amazing plants we have on this planet and of the amazing scientific research that show how these plant work.
Brainbalms began because of the scientific research carried out by its founder, pharmacognosist Dr Nicolette Perry. Perry specialises in the scientific study of plant medicine and received a BSc (Honours) degree in the Biology of Health and Disease from Manchester Metropolitan University. Her PhD at King’s College London considered the beneficial effects of European sage for Alzheimer’s disease, triggering a move for global research in this field.
Having researched brain bioactive plants for over 20 years, Perry has shared nature’s best bioactives with others by creating Brainbalms.
“I wanted to develop natural go-to products for myself in order help me be calm, alert and happier, especially in times of need. As a scientist I understand exactly which plant bioactives have neuroscience to show how they work. I’d like to share nature’s greatest brain-bioactive products with others.”
- Dr Nicolette Perry, Pharmacognosist and founder
Scientific research allows us to harness the properties of plants.
We have harnessed these active plant compounds in BrainBalms. Our pulse-point, face and body oils are designed to naturally boost calmness, memory, sleep and mood. We need to start looking at plants from a scientific perspective - as a combination of bioactive chemical ingredients that we can make use of to enhance our life, with the reassurance of controlled clinical science to show safety and efficacy.