Black pepper, rosemary and Slique infusion as nootropics

Nootropics are nutritional supplements that improve intellectual performance, improving memory, intelligence, mental alertness, attention and creativity [1].

Although coffee is the most well known and most used nootropic, essential oils such as black pepper, rosemary and Slique infusion contain molecules that also have these effects.

The term “nootropic” was coined by the psychologist and chemist Corneliu Giurgea in 1972, who defined precise standards for nootropics [2]:

  • Improves learning: A nootropic should help improve memory and learning.
  • Improves cognition under stress: A nootropic should be able to improve brain function under adverse conditions, such as low oxygen.
  • Increases resistance to brain damage: A nootropic should protect the brain from chemical or physical toxicity.
  • Demonstrated biological activity: A nootropic should show a real increase in bioactivity, rather than a placebo effect.
  • Facilitation of information transfer: A nootropic should help information flow better through the brain.
  • Absence of the effects of neuropsychotropic drugs: A nootropic should not be toxic to humans and should not have significant side effects.

It is a very specific list of requirements and very few of the so-called nootropics really are what they claim to be. Understanding this part of the black pepper, rosemary and Slique infusion [3] helps us to put aside the automatic pilot and to be more aware of how to calm ourselves emotionally and mentally.


You can check the sources here:

[1] Nootropics: what are they and how do they boost your intelligence?
[2] Nutritional Neuroscience
[3] The Slique infusion contains L-Theanine, considered a nootropic.