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Beat the exam blues with these botanical boosters

Published on June 23rd 2021
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In an ocean of work, deadlines, exams and social media, nature has become the dry land on which we can tread to find some relief. Reconnecting with nature, whether experiencing it outside or by bringing it indoors, have been proven to boost mental health and mood, both of which are quite important factors when you’re trying to keep yourself motivated to revise algebra or study Shakespearian poetry.
If you’re feeling a little anxious or demotivated during the exams, here are five botanically inspired tips to help you reach that level of inspiration and refreshment necessary to ace those tests!
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Plants to assist concentration

Rosemary has a long history of use in aromatherapy due to the belief that it can boost memory. In fact, in ancient Greece, students wore rosemary garlands around their necks when studying to promote memory retention, concentration and efficiency in mental tasks. Whether you want to test your crafting skills and create a garland of rosemary for your neck, or perhaps burn some rosemary essential oil, or just add an extra sprig to the veggie roast, be sure to incorporate this herb into your study regime.

Dress up your desktop

Plants can transform any space into a mood-boosting, calming, and productive study area. If you’re a bit worried about being a first-time plant parent, there are numerous easy to care for indoor plants you can start with. Here’s a short list of desk-hardy plants:

ZZ Plant

Zamioculcas zamiifolia

Peace Lily

Spathiphyllum spp.


Epipremnum spp.

Chinese Evergreen

Aglaonema spp.

A Dracaena plant in a pot

Dragon Tree

Dracaena spp.


Philodendron spp.

Note of warning: after getting your first plant, it’s quite hard to stop and you might just need to get a bigger desk...
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Plant-based snacks

Scientists hold that the stomach is the second brain, so in that case, you need to boost all the brainpower you can during the exam period. Nutritious, plant-based snacks should be a go-to when you’re rooted to your chair with your nose-in-the-books.
  • Berries are rich in flavonoid compounds that protect against inflammation and promote the production of nerve cells and cellular processes that help with learning and memory
  • You can never go wrong with adding citrus to your winter diet. A surge of vitamin C has a variety of health benefits, including supporting your immune function.
  • Nuts are another plant-based snacks packed with vitamins and minerals essential for brain health and functioning.
  • Last but certainly not least, avocados. These versatile fruits are a favourite wholesome study snack high in good fats and leave you satiated and energized.
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Take a green break

If you’re feeling the side-effects of sitting sedentary between four walls for too long periods of time, then it’s definitely time to take a stroll into the garden or nearby park. Offer to water a few plants on the balcony, spend your break time trimming your indoor plants or checking for pests. Spending time nurturing plants is seen as a form of self-care, a very necessary practice during a particularly stressful time.
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Boost your immune with these teas

The last thing you need to worry about during test season is getting a cold. Take a preventative step and enjoy a home-brewed immune-boosting tea by adding a few of our favourite plant-based ingredients to your warm brew.
  • If you’re a patriotic rooibos tea drinker, add some lemon, honey, ginger and a piece of cinnamon bark to your blend for added vitamin C and other disease-resistant properties.
  • If you’re a bit more adventurous or desperate to amp up your immune system, make a warm blend with two slices of fresh turmeric, 1/4 tsp pepper (black or cayenne), the juice of one lemon, and extra honey to curb the spicy burn.
Check out this tea recipe below!

Got any tips of your own? Share them with us in the comments below!

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