Your Guide to Adaptogens
What are adaptogens? And what can they do to restore balance and manage stress?
Adaptogens are natural healers that work on the molecular level to restore balance in the body. These non-toxic herbs, fungi, and roots come directly from the earth and promote the body's ability to adapt to stresses in the environment and restore equilibrium. These powerhouses help your body resist both stress and exhaustion without the crash of coffee or prescriptions. As with any herbal supplement, adaptogens have real effects on the body, and should be used in accordance with medical recommendations. Read on for more info about nature’s powerful balance boosters.
Properties of Adaptogens
Adaptogens and Stress
Ancient Herbal Medicine classifies adaptogens as miracle plants that may help reduce stressors of all kind from the body, leading to more calm and in sync bodily functions. Adaptogens are said to help fight stress in the chemical, physical, and biological sense. In these ancient Ayurvedic and Chinese healing traditions, adaptogens like Ashwagandha and Maca are said to ease both long term stress and acute stress and anxiety. By balancing hormones and boosting the immune system, adaptogens are hailed as natural stress relief.
Adaptogens and Balance
The core function of adaptogens is to promote balance in the body. Through balance the body is able to improve energy, manage stress, and support immune health. Adaptogens are reported to help balance the HPA axis, meaning the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands, in charge of your cortisol production. Adaptogens like Turmeric and Reishi may help balance your mood and your sleep cycle.
Our Favorite Adaptogens (+ products)
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
A plant in the nightshade family, Ashwagandha is described as a healing herb that protects the body against stress and anxiety. Ashwagandha has anti-stress properties and is linked to longevity and rejuvenation (Namdeo and Ingawale 2020). It works by reportedly helping to manage the body’s stress hormone cortisol, leading to more calm, greater mental clarity, and less stress. Try Ashwagandha + CBD Defense Drops to manage stress and protect your immune system during the cold season.
Maca (Lepidium meyenii)
Maca is a plant-based superfood that everyone is talking about. While caffeine-free, Maca is described as a consistent source of energy and focus to help you get through the day without crashing. Filled with iron, potassium, and vitamins, Maca is a surefire way to kickstart a productive and focused day. Try Rise + Shine Capsules with CBD and Maca to feel prepared and ready to take on a new day and a new challenge.
Reishi (Ganoderma lingzhi)
Reishi Mushroom is an ancient adaptogen popular in Chinese Medicine. Reishi is reported to help the body adapt to stress by supporting a healthy sleeping pattern. This red-capped mushroom may promote overall healing in the body by supporting the immune system and balancing stress (Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects). Try CBD Defense Drops with Reishi, Vitamin C, Ashwagandha, and Echinacea for a dynamic daily immune system upgrade.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Turmeric is a favorite spice used anywhere from lattes to curries, but did you know it is also a powerful adaptogen? Turmeric has a long list of natural benefits, and is used to bring the body back into balance while acting as a mood booster. Turmeric Cucumin, when combined with CBD, may help ease pain and discomfort by reducing inflammation and promoting a clam body and mind. Try Rise + Shine CBD Capsules with a proprietary blend of Turmeric, Maca, and B12 to ease yourself into a productive and positive day.
How do I get started with Adaptogens?
Whether Ashwagandha, Turmeric, or another miracle plant tickles your fancy, try a low dose of your desired product to start. If you are currently taking prescription medication, it is always a good idea to check with your doctor to confirm how these powerful herbs may interact with your daily routine. As always, please reach out to us at Support@venacbd.com with any questions!