Adaptogens

In early twentieth-century living, we all know that you don’t need to be an athlete or an astronaut to be under stress! The underlying expectations and anxieties of the current society means that almost everyone benefits from an extra bit of support. Hence, adaptogens.

Why are they called ‘Adaptogens’?

Adaptogens are a relatively new concept in modern herbalism. The term ‘adaptogens’ was coined by a Russian scientist during the Cold War, who found that some medicinal plants can optimise the physical and mental functions of people working in high-stress situations, people such as athletes or astronauts. During extensive studies of plants from many different traditions, the research found approximately 20 medicinal plants that had non-specific, balancing attributes, which could be used safely by anyone wanting to optimise performance.

How do I take them?

Adaptogens are usually taken once or twice a day for approximately one month, then take a break for a few weeks to see how you feel. If your body still feels depleted, then the herbs can be taken again for one month. In this way, your body learns to manage stress more efficiently, reducing stress hormones, building immunity and adapting to the inner and outer environment more effectively.

Which adaptogen is right for me?

Choosing an adaptogen depends on whether you like making teas (from the dried leaves), decoctions (cooking medicinal roots), or you would prefer something more instant like a water-soluble powder. Most medicinal adaptogens can be the roots of a plant (such as Rhodiola), but some are fruits (Schisandra), others are medicinal mushrooms (Reishi), and also the leaves of plants (Tulsi & Jiaogulan).

Adaptogens

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