Buzz words in the health industry come and go but we’re here to tell you that adaptogens are here to stay.  These wonder herbs have been used for thousands of years and been used by various cultures to promote health, vitality and to calm the body from stressors.

What are adaptogens you ask? Dr. Axe explains:

Phytotherapy refers to the use of plants for their healing abilities. Adaptogens are a unique class of healing plants: They help balance, restore and protect the body. As naturopath Edward Wallace explains, an adaptogen doesn’t have a specific action: It helps you respond to any influence or stressor, normalizing your physiological functions. (1)

 

Naturopath Marcelle Pick of Women to Women reports that adaptogenic herbs can recharge your adrenal glands, helping you to respond to stress. (2) Adaptogens include ashwagandha, astragalus, ginseng, licorice root, holy basil, some mushrooms and rhodiola. According to Jan Whiticomb, there are 16 proven adaptogenic herbs. (3)”

As you have probably noticed over the last year, we have really made an effort to include adaptogens in new tonics, elixirs and lattes we serve up a TWJ.  When it comes to adaptogens, as well as anything you consume, high-quality matters and we use only the best.  We source all of our adaptogens from our friends at Sun Potion, a high-vibe company that is committed to offering sustainable, wild-crafted and organic herb and superfoods.

Here are some of my top adaptogen picks:

Ashwagandha

This is our number one pick especially for those who with adrenal fatigue or are overly stressed.  It works to regulate the immune system, relieve anxiety and reduce stress within the body.

He Sho Wu

Anti-aging to the max!  This powerhouse has long been used throughout history to use as an anti-aging, longevity, beauty and rejuvenation food.  It may help to boost stamina, regulate endocrine glands, enhance immune function and increase antioxidant activity.

Astragalus

Works to offset the effects of stress!  This adaptogen may also promote skin health, boost metabolism and digestion, elevate energy and regulate the immune system.

Reishi

Known as the Queen Healer, this mushroom is known to boost immunity making it perfect for when you’re feeling under the weather.  It is the most potent and most studied adaptogen on the planet.  Additionally, it is known to be helpful in promoting anti-inflammatory responses, boosting anti-tumor properties and reducing stress in the body.

Pine Pollen

This powerhouse works to balance hormones, boost metabolism, increase libido, support and detoxify the liver, improve circulation and boost immune response.

Ready to give them a go?  Stop by your local Weekly Juicery to fill up on our favorite Adaptogenic Teas, Tonics and Latte’s.  We promise they won’t disappoint.