Adaptogens are a group of medicinal plants, herbal medicines that support a healthy response to stress. They help restore balance to the adrenal glands. They help us cope with the demands of everyday life. Adaptogens help to reduce inflammation. They help with balanced energy, mental clarity, hormone balance, and help provide a sense of calm. With the current pace of life, adaptogens simply allow us to keep going. But with that said, the ultimate goal should be to slow down the pace and take time to reset; Self regulate.
We’ve listed 11 of our favorite Adaptogenic Plant Medicines below. These plants have innate abilities to help our bodies adapt to stress help us to manage our stress in a more balanced manner. They also have a bonus anti-aging effect. Please consult with a qualified herbalist or practitioner of natural medicine who truly understands herbal medicine for proper dosing and before self-prescribing:
Ashwagandha: Helps combat stress and fatigue and may help reduce symptoms of anxiety. Ashwagandha has also been shown to support healthy thyroid function. Especially helpful for the feeling of “tired and wired.
Astragalus: Has a very positive effect on supporting the immune system and reducing inflammation. Astragalus also supports healthy telomeres, which are a key indicator of healthy aging and longevity.
Cordyceps: Is in all honestly, a parasitic fungus that is found in the foothills of the Himalayans. It’s highly regarded for it’s anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. Cordyceps supports a healthy immune system and may support adrenal health and stress management.
Panax Ginseng: Aids against stress and anxiety and helps with increased energy.
Eleuthero Root: One of the more popular adaptogens, Eleuthero (also known as Siberian ginseng) helps defend against adrenal stress and high cortisol levels. It has a positive effect on mood, the immune systems, and mental sharpness.
Holy Basil (Tulsi): Tulsi is native to Southeast Asia and is used in Ayurvedic medicine. It has many powerful health benefits, soothing the nerves, lowering blood pressure, reducing inflammation, and lowering stress.
Licorice root– Helps support the adrenals and promotes a healthy response to stress. It is also used to help with soothing digestive issues and supporting lung health.
Maca: Maca root is sometimes referred to as Peruvian ginseng – so that may tell you where it comes from. Maca is highly nutritious and it’s health benefits include mood enhancement, libido enhancement, improved energy, increased endurance, and enhanced cognition.
Reishi mushroom: An interesting mushroom that grows out of mature hardwood trees, but is indeed quite rare. Reishi contains beta-glucans, which support healthy immune function. Reishi is also used to support a healthy stress response, increased energy and heart health.
Rhodiola Rosea: Encourages a healthy response to stress, both mental and emotional. It may help normalize cortisol levels and may have a positive influence on mood.
Schisandra: May enhance resistance to stress and have a positive impact on mental cognition, metabolism, and liver health.
Our Favorite Healthy Skoop Products that contain adaptogens: