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5 Adaptogens for Stress Resilience
By Giuliana Alfano
2020 has been a tough year, and many of us are burnt out, overwhelmed and heavy-hearted. We've been turning to adaptogenic herbs often this year for a supportive boost to help us cope. These herbs are powerful yet gentle, and bring us balance emotionally and physically.
You've likely heard the word, but do you really know what an adaptogen is? Let’s break it down! Adaptogens are a class of herbs and medicinal mushrooms that help us stay resilient through life’s daily stressors, bringing balance to the mind and body. These stress-reducing herbs calm the nervous system, protect adrenal health and cushion the emotional and physical impact of stress.
Adaptogens can support health whether or not we’re experiencing chronic stress. Over time and regular use, these gentle herbs uplift emotional well-being, and help us stay grounded.
Here are 5 stress-relieving adaptogens for grounding and balance:
Ashwagandha is a restorative adaptogen that is considered a vital herb in Ayurvedic Medicine. Ashwagandha gently revives adrenal glands and softens the highs and lows of stress. This soothing root is most well known for its ability to calm the nervous system, relax an anxious mind and alleviate hormonal imbalances that result from long-term stress.
Tulsi is another prized herb in Ayurveda. It’s calming and relaxing, enabling us to cope with daily stressors that slowly wear us down. This powerful adaptogen soothes the nerves, uplifts mood and mental clarity to help us face stress in a calm, cool and collected manner.
Pine Pollen restores balance after periods of extreme stress or burnout. This golden, adaptogenic dust stimulates the production of dopamine levels, helping us feel energized and happy.
Often called the “Mushroom of Spiritual Potency”, Reishi harmonizes the mind, body and soul. Reishi fosters a balanced stress response through its calming, meditative action on the adrenals and nervous system.
Schisandra is a powerful antioxidant that supports the endocrine system and improves overall vitality. It regulates our sleep-wake cycles and enhances our ability to adapt and overcome stress.
What are your favourite adaptogens to work with?
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