Focus Friend5 Reviews
- Supports attention
- Aids concentration
- Stress and mood support
- Brain Support
- Made with Adaptogens
- For both kids and adults
Focus Friend is a tasty, alcohol-free herbal blend designed for kids (and adults) that specifically supports attention, concentration, mood, memory, and focus. Simply refer to the “dosage by weight” suggested use guide and add to your child’s water, smoothie or favorite juice. You can also give it directly under the tongue since it’s in a base of vegetable glycerine which is naturally sweet.
Focus Friend helps busy and excited children with focus and learning. This formula is also suitable for adults who would like support with mental fatigue, concentration capacity, focus, and restlessness. The Rhodiola in our blend supports a healthy mood and disposition, while Ginkgo and Gotu Kola leaf support focus and healthy circulation to the brain.
DOSAGE BY WEIGHT:
For children 10-30 lbs, use 5-10 drops per serving.
For 31-60 lbs, use 10-20 drops per serving.
For 61-100+ lbs, use 20-30 drops per serving.
Adults can use 1+ full dropper per serving.
Take 1-3 servings per day or as directed by your health care practitioner.
Can be taken in juice, water, or directly in the mouth.
NOT DESIGNED FOR:
* Children under 1 year of age
* Use caution and ask your doctor if you’re an adult with high blood pressure or on high blood pressure medication (licorice root is contraindicated with this pre-existing condition)
TASTE AND APPEARANCE:
* Sweet, mild, herb-y
* Formula may contain small amounts of herbal precipitate (small particles of plant matter) due to the preparation method involving whole herb extraction.
- Ginkgo – brain tonic that supports concentration and blood flow.
- Got Kola – calming nervine that supports brain health.
- Rhodiola & Licorice – adaptogens that provide stress and mood support.
- Lobelia – grounding and supports “parasympathetic” rest and digest state.
1. What is the ideal age range for this product?
This product is technically safe for children 1 year of age and older, however due to the intended goal of the formula it is best for school-aged children 5+.
2. Can this formula be used on adults?
Yes. Adults can follow the dosage by weight chart and take 1+ full dropper.
3. Is this gluten/dairy/corn/soy/nut free?
4. In terms of supporting attention and focus, what’s the difference between Focus Friend and Mellow Plus?
Focus Friend is for improving alertness via ginkgo (cerebral circulation), gotu kola (nourishes circulation and thyroid), licorice (supports cortisol balance) and Rhodila (adaptogen and supports oxygen uptake). We also add a small amount of Lobelia to support entering the “parasympathetic” branch of the nervous system which allows us to focus, rest, digest, etc. While the Lobelia here helps with hyperactivity, Super Soother also contains this herb *and* offers other pathways to “chill mode.”
If hyperactivity dominates the pattern, go with Super Soother to start, always at the lowest dose of about 5 drops to begin.
If the pattern is more about being tired, moody and unable to focus as the primary concern, start with Focus Friend.
5. How often can it be given? Would once before school in the morning be enough?
Focus Friend can be taken several times per day if needed. Frequency always depends on how much trouble they have focusing and how long it’s been going on (plus how sensitive they are to the herbs as even adults respond well to different doses of both herbs and pharmaceuticals). Some might be fine taking it once before and once after school. Taking it to school can be an institutional issue so you don’t have to do a mid-day or lunch dose if this isn’t possible.
6. Is there a cut-off time for the last dosage of the day so that sleep is not affected?
The main adaptogen in this blend (Rhodiola) along with the other herbs are energizing, but not central nervous system stimulants (and rather regulate the HPA axis) so they should not keep one up at night. The last dose can be given after school if needed.
7. Can this be given on an empty stomach or should a child eat first?
Either is fine. Absorption is slightly optimized on an empty stomach, but for sensitive stomachs you can always give with food.
8. Would this be a good alternative to Brain Juice (for an adult) for someone who gets overstimulated by Panax Ginseng?
Yes! This can be a great alternative as Rhodiola is still energizing, but does not stimulate the central nervous system like Ginseng. That’s why we used Rhodiola for our kid’s blend instead. Adults can follow the dosage by weight chart and take 1+ full dropper.
9. Can this be combined with ______?
Always ask your child’s doctor before beginning any herb or supplement. This goes whether they are currently on medications or not — it’s best to have everyone on board.
10. Are there any contraindications if combined with other herbs or medications for adults?
This formula contains Gingko Leaf which helps to thin the blood and support circulation so always ask your doctor first if you are on blood thinners. This formula also contains Licorice Root so it is contraindicated for adults with high blood pressure.
11. Effects on adults – mild or major?
Mild to moderately helpful as a tool, but not major. Other factors such as diet, especially omega 3 status and sugar intake, must be addressed in order to holistically support focus issues. Same goes with kids; we must remember that herbs are a helping hand, and lifestyle changes should accompany them.
12. Is it safe to add in all these blends at once? Slowly, one at a time?
It’s always best to layer them in one by one with several weeks in between to see what is helping most so that one can track progress and which formulas are making a difference! There are no contraindications in using several together (i.e. Focus Friend in AM/afternoon, Super Soother in PM) but ideally you want to go slowly, one at a time, to notice changes and progress.
13. How long would it typically take for it to take/show an effect?
Depends on the severity, how long issues have been present, and how much you’re doing in terms of lifestyle interventions. Ideally you’d see an effect within a week, but greater benefit comes from longer term use.
*NOTE: When starting, you may begin with the lowest dosage of 5-10 drops and work your way up to the full suggested dose for your child’s weight class. Some will respond to lower dosages where others require the full dosage by weight. We ideally want to find the lowest effective dosage that yields an improvement as this saves you money and helps the formula last longer.
I purchased the kids bundle for my daughter on the launch day and have been so pleased that we have ordered another focus friend along with couple other tinctures 😍 She’s not too keen on the taste but doesn’t dislike it either. She takes it straight and must I say, it has done wonders! I have noticed that she is actually focused more than her usual self after taking Focus friend because in the past we have had issues with her concentration during homework and even organised play time. She’s a very busy/ active 5 year old girl with tons of energy and at times struggles with doing 1 thing at a time. Often she would jump from 1 activity to another! So this tincture has been a blessing to help her focus and past week we had great feedback from her teacher too!
I have a 9 year old daughter who wasn’t able to focus in class. She herself would tell me that when the teacher spoke that she sometimes would just look around and her mind would drift away. This is the first year where it actually started affecting her grades. I bought Focus Friend for her and I give it to her every morning, she is very picky about tastes so I put it in a little bit of water and she’s ok with that. At the end of the 2 weeks cause then she had Thanksgiving break, I spoke to her teacher and asked him if he noticed any change in her. And he said that come to realize he hasn’t had to tap on her desk as he walks around the class to get her attention and he’s seen all her class work being turned in. Her grades have improved as well and she only has one C. I couldn’t believe it, she was actually paying attention and completing all her class work!! No more bringing it home to finish. We also check her grades daily, make sure her homework’s gets done, we remind her to turn everything in, and reminding her happens at least twice daily before she got dropped off at school and in the evening to prepare for the next day. It just seems that now it’s become easier for her. She comes home from school and says I turned my math in and I finished my writing and I turned that in too. I know my daughter is smart and she needed something to help her focus. When this product came out I was so excited to give it a try especially cause it’s organic and herbal. I can’t recommend it enough, thank you Olivia!!
I got focus friend hoping that I could tolerate is as I’m highly sensitive to everything and worried brain juice might be a bit too much and this has been amazing! The first morning I took it, I immediately noticed it work. As a kid, I was diagnosed with adhd and was on a multitude of medications for it. One thing I hated was how it did make me focus on school yet I was a zombie ( and years later sick from so many meds) this helps with that kick of focus without that odd walking dead feeling! It gave me that feeling of energy and I even felt really positive and happy, noticing I was smiling throughout the day. Focusing on work tasks has been easier and I don’t feel sluggish/ have that brain fog anymore after I take it.
I purchased Focus Friend, Super Soother & Mighty Minerals for my picky 3 year old daughter. After she tried focus friend she said “mmm that’s good!”. I tried it too and was surprised how mild the flavor was. Perfect for kids. Shes a busy girl, always bouncing around. She does seem more attentive and calm after taking Focus Friend. I’m hoping to see an even bigger improvement the longer she takes it. Also, I ordered when the products launched and I had a couple questions. Customer service was amazing and answered my questions within minutes.
I purchased Focus Friend, Super Soother & Mighty Minerals for my picky 3 year old daughter. After she tried focus friend she said “mmm that’s good!”. I tried it too and was surprised how mild the flavor was. Perfect for kids. Shes a busy girl, always bouncing around. She does seem more attentive and calm after taking Focus Friend. I’m hoping to see an even bigger improvement the longer she takes it.