Adaptogenic Herbs and Spices

Adaptogenic Herbs and Spices For Stress Relief…

herbsStress is a buzzword nowadays. So many people are talking about the stress they are experiencing or have experienced and the effect it has on their lives. Simple truth is, stress is a real thing and even health professionals are beginning to realize that!

Stress does indeed have an effect on your life and especially on the way that your body functions. Stress is unavoidable for many of us. But, there is help around the corner!

Have you heard about adaptogenic herbs and spices? They do what their name states. They help your body adapt. Adapt to the stressors in our daily life! They help the body respond to stress, help to increase energy and reduce fatigue ( They may also provide other activities, that will help to improve health and wellness. What’s not to love?

There are many different adaptogenic herbs and spices. Listed below, is a brief summary of some of the more commonly known ones:

Ashwagandha –

An ancient herb, used for thousands of years to relieve stress and improve mood, energy, and concentration. Ashwagandha has been found to block the stress pathway, so that stress and anxiety is not experienced, as well as lowering chronically elevated levels of cortisol – the stress hormone (

Rosemary –

Not only is rosemary an herb that has a distinct pungent aroma and taste, it is a powerful adaptogen. It contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds, which can help to balance many bodily functions, including digestion and memory and concentration (

Licorice –

Licorice root is well-known as a soothing herb. It comes in many forms, tea, syrup, pastilles, candies etc., and is easy to obtain. Not only does it soothe all types of inflammation (present in stress), it also helps balance cortisol, hence its soothing action in stressful times (

Milk thistle –

Perhaps a more indirect adaptogen, milk thistle is known as the “liver” herb, as it supports liver metabolism and detoxification ( A well-functioning liver aids in the management of hormones correlated to stress.

Rhodiola –

found in many places around the world, Rhodiola has been used for centuries to relieve stress, induce relaxation and boost energy and immunity ( It may be one of the most powerful known adaptogens.

Panax Ginseng –

Not to be confused with the many other types of ginseng out there. It is used as a tonic to help people cope with stress and for improved general well-being (

Maca Root –

An extremely nutritious root, maca is well-known for its hormone balancing effects. This means it can improve male and female health, as well as boost performance and energy ( A word of caution – maca is not for everyone, due to taste and possible potent side effects!

What to know when choosing herbs:

Herbs аrе vеrу personal tо thе individual person аnd thеіr life circumstances. Whаt works wеll fоr оnе mау nоt work fоr another. Thеrе аrе mаnу dіffеrеnt adaptogenic blends out there, from many different brands. You need something from a reputable brand which actually works. Some suggestions for finding a suitable herbal product:

Dо ѕоmе research оn thе herbs іn thе blend – іѕ thеrе еnоugh оf еасh herb? Cаn thеѕе herbs bе uѕеd together? Arе thе herbs easy оr difficult tо obtain (herbs which are rare are not usually found in the quantities that one would need that they could be put into herbal products)?

Iѕ thе herb organic, аnd іѕ іt sourced frоm іtѕ natural habitat (i.e. іf it’s а Peruvian herb lіkе maca, іt ѕhоuld bе sourced frоm Peru)!

Oftеn overlooked, but extremely important, dоеѕ thе herb interact wіth аnу оthеr supplements, herbs оr medications уоu аrе taking? Consult уоur healthcare practitioner

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