Adapto-What? And Do You Need Them?
There is an infinite list of emerging wellness trends, and where to start seems daunting, but you’re eager. Lately, we’ve started hearing more about adaptogens, but what are adaptogens and what do they do?
Used for centuries in Ayurveda (a natural alternative and holistic medicine developed in India) and Chinese medicine, adaptogens are herbs that work in the body to boost relaxation. Offering many different benefits, they can do everything from make you feel more energized, boost your sex drive, and even help you get a better night of sleep. These are some things that are often compromised when stress levels rise, causing the stress hormone cortisol to also steadily rise in your body.
Below are a few of the most popular adaptogen herbs (and some of our personal faves) for balance:
Ashwangdha – One of the most important adaptogens used in Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha can be beneficial by supporting the adrenal glands. Offering feelings of calm and rest, it can also help with sleep.
Amla – Derived from a berry, is high in Vitamin C (which can improve skin texture). It’s great in oil form for hair and scalp care.
Rhodiola (aka “Golden Root”) – It can improve performance and endurance during exercise.
Holy Basil/Tulsi – It can help with gas and bloating. It helps the body to maintain balance and have energy throughout the day, and fall asleep at night.
Interested in adding adaptogens to your routine? These power herbs come in a variety of forms. Do your research and consult with your doctor to find out what may be best to boost your well-being! We love to explore herbs and adaptogens at Anima Mundi and Moodbeli.