In recent years adaptogenic herbs have made a renaissance springing to prominence as powerful remedies which can help individuals cope with the stressors of daily life .
What Is An Adaptogen?
An adaptogen is a natural substance that increases the body’s ability to adapt to stress. They provide a buffer against physical, mental and external stressors. Adaptogens work by restoring balance (homeostasis) to the systems and organs in the body. They can help manage the stress hormone cortisol, restore depleted energy levels, fight fatigue, enhance immunity, improve thyroid function, enhance physical and mental performance, balance hormones, boost fertility and enhance libido.
Popular Adaptogens Include:
1.) Ginseng - The most extensively studied adaptogen and touted as the most powerful, ginseng is traditionally used to provide energy and enhance the immune system. Ginseng can also improve your mood and act as a mild appetite suppressant.
2.) Ashwagandha - Traditionally used for it’s ability to manage stress and improve athletic performance, endurance and exercise recovery.
3.) Rhodiola Rosea - A powerful adaptogen used to fight fatigue and for restoring energy loss during intense physical activities.
4.) Astragalus - A powerful adaptogen most commonly hailed for enhancing the immune system.
5.) Reishi Mushroom - A medicinal mushroom also classified as an adaptogen. Reishi is a powerful immune modulating adaptogen that can decrease or increase immune function depending on what the body needs.
6.) Eleuthero Root - Also known as Siberian Ginseng, eleuthero helps increase energy and enhances mental performance.
7.) Maca Root - Traditionally used to balance hormones and provide relief of PMS, PCOS and menopausal symptoms.
8.) Schisandra Berry - An adaptogenic fruit which helps counter stress and improves skin texture.
How to make your herbal tea infusion:
Drop a teaspoon of loose tea into your French press, add in a cup of hot water, close the lid and let it steep. Herbal infusions need the most steeping (5 to 30 minutes).
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