Chill Out With These 5 Adaptogenic Herbs

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Our health and happiness are directly linked to stressing less. We practice yoga, meditate, spend time in nature and are mindful of what we put in our bodies to create a holistic and balanced approach to lowering stress in our lives. We can also probably agree that when these things are out of balance stress starts to manifest. It is when we ignore our stress that issues can start to arise. 

Physiologically, elevated levels of cortisol cause stress in the body which can lead to autoimmune diseases, hormone imbalance, thyroid conditions and more if the problem becomes chronic. High levels of cortisol and chronic stress can make us irritable, anxious, and lead to bone loss and weight gain.

If you're looking for an extra boost to battle stress, adaptogenic herbs can be an amazing addition to your relaxation routine. Adaptogens, a unique and healing class of plants, can help to restore, balance and protect the body. Chill out with these natural health helpers!


1. Ginseng
 
Ginseng is rich in benefits and probably the best known and potent adaptogen. Use ginseng to improve mental performance and soothe stress. Red ginseng is known for its antioxidant and antidepressant effects, helping to naturally lower blood sugar and pressure. 



2. Holy Basil
 
Holy Basil, or Tulsi, helps to fight stress and fatigue, boost your immune system and regulate blood pressure, blood sugar and hormonal levels in the body.

 


3. Ashwaganda
 
Ashwaganda, also known as Indian ginseng, is used to regulate the immune system and ease anxiety. Used in Eastern medicine for over 2500 years, this adaptogen has immuno-modulating effects that help boost our immune systems and lower cortisol levels. 


4. Astragalus Root
 
Astragalus root increases the levels of anti-stress compounds our bodies use to repair and prevent damage caused from stress. Astragalus helps to boost immunity and buffer the effects of stress.


5. Rhodiola
 

Rhodiola works to buffer stress-related mental and physical fatigue.  It also protects the liver and heart, improves memory, increases oxygen use and may even help to extend longevity. 


Always remember to check the contraindications of any current herb, supplement or medication you may already be using. Wishing you health, happiness and all the tools to lower stress!