Natural Cures for Brain Fog

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Patty (Ontario, Canada) on 05/26/2012

Brain fog can also result from an unbalanced 'gut', hypothyroidism and allergies to certain foods like wheat and gluten. I have been suffering from very bad headaches and brain fog for close to a year now and suspect the long time use of allergic foods and an unbalanced gut. 7 days ago I started taking Probiotics, eliminated wheat/Gluten, added Aloe Vera juice 3x a day as a tonic and am blending lots of greens (spinach, kale, chard, cilantro, cucumber, green appleas and pear) into a smoothie 3 times a day to alkalize my body. Too early to tell yet, but noticed more energy, major improvement of my nails.

I will now add AVC daily. Appreciate everyone's input.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lennon (Capetown, Western Cape, South Africa) on 05/15/2012

Hey patrick, I just wanted to find out whether the apple cider vinegar helped with your BRAIN-FOG? What other symptoms did you experience with the brain fog? cause I experience similar symptoms.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Misty (Bloomington, In) on 02/25/2012

Will refined coconut oil work for brain fog?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia ) on 12/21/2011

Patrick brain fog could also be caused by Aspartame and MSG consumption. They are called "Excitotoxins" and can kill brain cells off (especially if you are magnesium deficient). If you are a student do you drink diet drinks or caffeine drinks? They are loaded with these. Google "Excitotoxins" to learn the dangers. Dr. Russell Blaylock has an excellent video on google video.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Patrick (Los Angeles, Ca) on 12/21/2011

I know it's been years since this post, but I'm in the same situation. I got sick with what I think was the flu, and not long after developed brain fog. It's been over a month and the flu has gone, but the brain fog has not subsided. Can this be from candida overgrowth, and does this have anything to do with the flu? I've just started drinking ACV with water yesterday after recommendations from a few sources on the internet, and I really hope this can finally alleviate this terrible condition, as I am a college student and I'm finding it extremely difficult to learn. Thank you.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Cc (Slc, Utah) on 12/04/2011

For brain fog: 1tsp Lemongrass (loose leaf) 1tsp Lemon Myrtle (loose leaf) 1 White TEA, tea bag. Take 2 cups of hot water brew for 5 to 7 minutes. Drink 4oz to 12oz a day for a period of time. You could add a Rose Hip tea bag to this mix. This cleared my head and it also made it where I can spell and retain words better. It also improved my ability to pronunce words. I wish I had this back in the 6th grade... I would also say I am on a green diet. Lemongrass and Lemon Myrtle both contain Citral. Lemon Myrtle (90-98%) Lemongrass (65-85%). Citral also has strong antimicrobial qualities. Side effects I don't know.

When I was a little kid I had a bad twitch with my eyes, mouth and my neck and in the 60's the doc's didn't know why I did it. Growing up I always struggled with english and spelling. I now think that from a young age my body has been dealing with some type of infection that caused brain fog and now that I'm in my forties I find myself with a much better clarity of thought.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Kharris369 (Seattle, Wa) on 11/25/2011

I notice you indicated that you were taking the apple cider vinegar for brain fog 3 times a day. How many times a day are you taking it now???

Coconut Oil
Posted by Dottywine (Dallas, Texas) on 08/07/2011
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Just wanted to add that whenever I cook my breakfast eggs with UNREFINED coconut oil, I have a noticeable increase in mood and alertness. I have no explanation.

Lemon Balm
Posted by Earthshine (Hillsboro, Oregon, Unitedstates) on 05/09/2011

Lately I've been noticing that I do not have that sharp of a memory well pretty much I have a horrible memory and I am only 21. I haven't done to much research on things that are good for memory but the other day I was told that Lemon Balm is good for your memory. So I randomly bought some at whole food yesterday and was just woundering if anyone else has tried this for brain fog and maybe knows a good dosage to take. The bottle says 30 drops equals one ml. So if you have any information that would be great. I feel like having a bad memory has stopped me from pursuing alot in my life and I think it is a big part of my nervousness and social anxiety.

Coconut Oil
Posted by John (Lakewood, California) on 03/29/2011

As far as your sex drive, you may want to ask your naturopath to do a Female Hormone Panel as you may need to supplement your hormones.

Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation
Posted by Tim (Spartanburg, Sc) on 02/12/2011

To Pam from Pittsburgh, You used peroxide from the store? That is poison! When you read about 3% peroxide, that means food grade 35% diluted to 3%. The 3% solution sold in stores contains many ingredients you do NOT want to ingest. Hence the skull and crossbones on the label. I know you posted this quite a while ago, I hope you are ok and did not harm yourself.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kelley (London, Ontario/canada) on 07/20/2010

You probably have candida overgrowth. That's exactly what it sounds like according to your symptoms. Apple cider vinegar kills yeast overgrowth and is very effective.

Dark Chocolate
Posted by Rose (Los Angeles , Ca) on 04/28/2010

I quickly got used to the bitterness and now find the taste very enjoyable.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Ruth (Hickville, Nj) on 12/06/2009

Hey Cathy, Just read your post from Feb 2009 and thought I would mention something: I have been working on curing my thyroid as well, and went through much of the same things as you have. Please consider adding Lugol's solution to your current regimen. I bought mine from amazon. Does wonderful things for fibrocystic breasts too.

Brain Fog Triggers
Posted by Nooree (Miami, Florida) on 08/15/2009

Hi Sangeetha, I have recently researched for my deep frying cooking oil and I got 5 different once. Grape seed is #1, Hazelnut is #2, Peanut oil is #3. and corn oil can be used for frying on 400 degrees. Even though canola being #5 on every article is good for most cooking and frying for most people but some people are allergic to it.I have read good and bad about canola oil and coconut oil so it is hard to believe on these articles, because people are benefiting from them. Specially the coconut oil. I fry my eggs in coconut oil if I can afford , I will fry every thing in the coconut extra virgin cold pressed oil but it is a little too expensive for me.

I think just like olive oil all vegetable oils are not good for frying they are ok for sauteing , stir fry and salads( they become rancid or toxic in high temps ) We can also use saflower and sunflower oil for cooking but not on high temps or frying. Since I read this I started using peanut oil for frying and coconut for all other cooking and medicinal use like for my hyper thyroid ( I probably am in hypo range now. Didn't take any blood test in 11 months) I feel fine so I think I do not need to. I am also taking kelp about 4 to 6 drop in water. I hope this helps.

Brain Fog Triggers
Posted by Sangeetha (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands) on 06/03/2009
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I found out the cause of my brain fog. No, it wasn't my hypothyroid, nor my anemia. And ACV seems to have been totally innocent. IT WAS CANOLA OIL.

I have been very sensitive to not-so-good quality of oil from my childhood. As we couldn't find the regular vegetable oil I use at the supermarket around beginning of April, I bought Canola oil. As the container was leaking, I transferred it to the vegetable oil container I had at home which was empty and forgot all about canola oil. Shortly after I had started using it, I had trouble with my memory and concentration, but I had forgotten all about my sensitivity to oils and about canola oil as it was coming out from the vegetable oil container. Just 5 days ago I remembered my sensitivity and researched about canola oil on the internet and found others who have had similar problems. It was also mentioned that it effects the central nervous system and could cause blindness in the long run. I stopped using it right away and started feeling better the next day itself.

I am glad I am sensitive to not-so-good oils as I feel the effects immediately. My family members who are not sensitive, would have seen worse effects after a few years if we continued to use it.

While I was reading about oils, I also found that the vegetable oil (the container of which has pictures of vegetables on the front) is actually a soy bean oil. I never read the ingredients as the name says vegetable oil and it has has pictures of vegetables. I found that soy bean oil is not at all good for thyroid and generally.

I have been using olive oil for normal cooking and vegetable oil for deep frying (sometimes) since. But since the vegetable oil isn't good and olive oil is not suitable for deep frying - it leaves the question...which is the best oil to use?

I would appreciate input from others as to which oil to use - which will not be hard on thyroid and which will also not cause brain fog or any other health issues.


EC: Read the rest of Sangeetha's posts on this subject here.

Posted by Katie (Edina, MN) on 03/24/2009
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I have had brain fog /die off (also known as Heximer's reaction) when I have cleansed and toxins are released. I have had success taking an amino acid combination: L-Arginine/L. Ornithine. I read that they absorb the toxins and I have relief from the brain fog within 1/2 hour. I take one capsule, 1000 mg on an empty stomach. Also, I have had good results with a molybdenum 120 mcg & Glutathione 50 mg complex, sublingual tablet. However, I use the amino acid combo more often, because it is easier to find online or in my local health food store.

Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation
Posted by Pam (Pittsburgh, PA) on 02/28/2009
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Better But With Side Effects

I tried inhaling 3% hydrogen peroxide today for chronic brain fog and headaches. I emptied a nasal spray and poured the 3% hp that I bought at the local grocery store. I sprayed 5 sprays in the back of my throat while breating in. It burned my throat a little and the taste made me gag but I noticed a small decrease in the amount of brain fog that I am experiencing. I think I may have done too much too soon though because 2 hours later I did the same amount and again 2 more hours later. I felt very fatigued and needed to sleep. Has this happened to anyone else? Also, when you spray it to the back of your throat, do you also swallow it? I just ordered 35% HP on the internet and plan to dillute it... maybe it will taste a little better and won't hurt my stomach as much?

Dark Chocolate
Posted by Roger (New Smyrna Beach, Fla USA) on 02/19/2009
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Hershey's Special Dark Mildly sweet chocolate.
This will clear BRAIN FOG.

It is high in antioxdants to help the brain make faster elect connection. The chocolate and sugar speeds up the blood flow to the brain.

You should take one section three times a day.
Most people the fog starts to clear in about 4 hours.
It will also help your memory.

It is a cheap fix that the Dr. will not tell you about as it is not approved by the Medical Board.

Try it it works great for brain fog.

If you take it everyday you will also lose weight.

If you have a question e-mail me.

EC: Actually, 100% dark chocolate (no sugar) is best if you can find it. A friend of ours, an osteopathic doctor, recently turned us on to the 100%. We buy it here: Click on the Pralus image (, then scroll down towards bottom of page to find 100%. Be forewarned, it is BITTER!!!

Oil Pulling
Posted by Rich (Boca Raton, Fl) on 02/15/2009

Many Americans have b-vitamin deficiencies, particularly Thiamin or B-1.

Many diseases can lead to brain fog. Candida, Staph, poor digestion problems. The first thing to test though, is a B-complex vitamin. Sometimes miraculous results can be produced in a day or two (if brainfog hasn't been a chronic condition).

Here is a discussion of sub-cortical dimensia:

This can be caused by b-1,b-12, folic acid deficiencies. Other b-vitamin deficiencies can also lead to brain fog. As a b-vitamin is water soluble, safe, and cheap($5)... if you have brain fog, it may be worth while picking up a bottle and testing this out. It might change your life, or at least buy you some time to figure out the underlying cause.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Cathy (Villa Park, Illinois USA) on 02/13/2009
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I have been using Extra Virgin Coconut Oil since April of 2008. One tablespoon per day. I have Hypothyroidism and was having a lot of problems with brain fog. I was having difficulty doing my job and sometimes would forget where I was going when driving home for a few seconds. I am a creative person but was totally unable to express my ideas in artwork or my writing. I could not organize my thoughts. I could not make decisions or remember what I was supposed to do. This on top of all the other symptoms of hypothyroidism. 2 weeks after I started taking it the brain fog totally went away. I am very dependent on the coconut oil now as I do not want to go back to not knowing what I was doing. As for my other symptoms such as totally lost my sex drive which is destroying my relationship and sleeping too much and low energy etc. it has not changed any of that. My thyroid has gotten worse and I have had to double my thyroid medication (Thyroxine). I am working with a Naturalpathic doctor which was a very wise thing to do. She told me to keep taking 1 Tbsp of coconut oil per day. I just wonder if I should take more than that since I have heard of other people have been able to go off the thyroid meds when taking 2 Tbsp per day. She is also treating me for Adrenal Fatigue and cervical dysplaisia and fibrocystic breasts. I guess I'm a mess right now and just want to be well again. I am a big fan of the coconut oil because it is the one remedy that has made the most difference for me. Also I want to add that the doc specified I should use the solid coconut oil instead of the capsules which I started out on because she said that way you can tell if it has gone rancid. But I still use the capsules for backcountry trips and road trips for convenience.

If anyone knows a way to bring back the sex drive I would be grateful.

Oil Pulling
Posted by Burton (Portland, Oregon) on 01/25/2009
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I read about oil pulling on this site and decided to try it, though i wasn't aware of any real health problems. I only had olive oil in the house so I went with that for 3 or 4 days and did the neti pot nasal flush afterward each time. I used a tablespoon of oil and swished for 15 minutes, rinsing afterward with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. baking soda in warm water. Throughout the course of those four days I noticed a startling mood elevation and mental clarity that I hadn't had in a very long time. I also noticed alot of sinus drainage and my ability to smell increased. Also my eyes stopped feeling itchy or dry. I switched over to sesame oil because it was recommended, but have since switched back to olive oil and experienced the same mood elevation and mental clarity. This has made me wonder if I was suffering from low-grade depression the whole time. I feel much calmer and focussed, less confused and find alot more reasons to laugh during the day. I also have a TON more energy and work much harder. This energy caused me to have some problems sleeping for the first few days. One last thing is that my beard seems to have gotten much thicker and softer. I'm excited about such a cheap and simple remedy and would recommend it to everyone.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Jon (Atlanta, Ga) on 01/07/2009

I have heard that colloidal silver helps with brain fog, but I have heard that heavy metals can attribute to brain fog. So does colloidal silver make brain fog worse in the long run? Please help.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Reverse Osmosis Filter
Posted by Wendy (Small Town, NC) on 12/09/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I tried ACV for UTI's with great success and have already written in about that. I am also loosing weight, and my arthritis symptoms have completely disappeared.

I also installed a reverse osmosis water filter to remove fluoride from my drinking water. I don't know if it is the ACV, or the fluoride free water that is making a difference, but I feel great. I have more energy and no more "brain fog"! My pain is gone! Maybe it is the combination, but it works!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sara (Washington, DC) on 11/13/2008

I have been suffering from an unexplained brain fog and fatigue. I noticed 2 remedies on your site, Apple Cider Vinegar and lime juice and baking soda. Which should I try? Can I try both?

Cold Showers
Posted by Nate (Los Angeles, CA) on 04/08/2008
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Cold showers for brain fog are great for waking up in the morning and actually lifting one's mood. Takes a bit to get used to (heavy breath intakes and shivering) but after you step out you feel alive and then, as you warm up ... awesome! I have been doing them for 4 days now - do it slightly "cool", to get used to it, then cool it down even more. I make it about a 3-4 minute affair. Seems to have cured morning "head fog". If you're new to it - get ready for a rush.

Chronic Fluoride Poisoning
Posted by Susan (USA)
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If you haven't yet seen this article on Earth Clinic, we suggest you take a moment to read Jason Uttley's brilliant article on Chronic Fluoride Poisoning. One of the more common side effects of CFP is brain fog.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Tina (Dumont, NJ) on 06/21/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Here is an update from when I recently wrote in about my experience of being "overly-energetic" after taking ACV. Upon further reading, I know now that ACV is a natural stimulant and the website for a popular brand of raw, organic, unrefined ACV 'with The Mother' actually recommends taking 1-2 teaspoons 3x/day, diluted with water (honey optional). OK, so now I understand why I've been bouncing off the walls the last week, feeling like I just downed coffee (very racing, manic feeling). Here's my new plan: 1 TEASPOON ACV with 7 oz. water and 1/4 tsp baking soda. I may take less or none with dinner because I'm not sleeping well. My husband is also sensitive to caffeine and he has had a similar experience to mine. I still love my ACV & what it's doing for my health - goodbye brain fog, depression, acid reflux & hopefully back pain!! Don't give up, folks, & God bless!

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