We are all so stressed out these days, even more so if you are raising tiny humans. We are constantly on-the-go, racing to appointments, taking care of our household, careers, facing illness, and then there is always that public meltdown your toddler has. Personally we have suffered from our own stresses. Insomnia and anxiety are our two battles right now.
Stress is extremely hard on our bodies. According to the American Psychological Association, chronic stress can result in anxiety, insomnia, muscle pain, high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system.
But what are we to do about this stress? We personally prefer to go the au natural route when it comes to dealing with these issues. So after tons of research on how to combat insomnia and anxiety, I stumbled upon adaptogens. These babies have saved me!
*Note: Obviously we are not doctors. All research is research we have found on the internet and our personal experiences. Always consult with your doctor before trying*
What are adaptogens?
Adaptogens are powerful herbs that help your body adapt to biological and psychological stresses and reduce fatigue. These herbs are no new revelation either. They have been used in Chinese and Indian medicine for centuries and there is a plethora of medical research to support the claims of what these potent herbs can do for you. They are safe for long term use and are non-toxic. Although there are some contraindications for some of them. According to Moon Juice, current research suggests that adaptogens work on a cellular level. They increase our cells ability to respond to stress.
So we also take this Moon Dust occasionally. Moon Dust is a blend of adaptogens, superherbs, supermushrooms, and minerals. We have been taking the Brain Dust lately. This ‘adaptogenic elixir’ helps you to handle stress. It also improves your clarity, memory, and alertness. Don’t we all need a little help with “mom brain”. It’s a real thing people!
What do adaptogens do?
More like what don’t they do?! These powerhouse herbs do just about everything you need them to. They boost your immune system, support a healthy weight, increase mental focus, and promote a balanced mood. They do all this by helping to normalize body imbalances. Adaptogens support the adrenal glands which counteracts the adverse effects of stress.
Which adaptogens are we taking?
Ashwagandha is a potent herb in Ayurvedic Medicine with a long history in therapeutic use as described by Sun Potion. It is thought to act as an antioxidant and boost the immune system, help support emotional balance and brain function. There has been over 200 studies on this herbs ability to stabilize blood sugar, lower cholesterol, fight the effects of stress, and reduce anxiety and depression. There are many different way to take ashwagandha. Alex takes hers as a powder that you can add to your coffee or tea. Chanda takes hers as a capsule.
Tulsi (Holy Basil)
I just recently started taking this adaptogen and I love it! It’s used to help with anxiety, adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism, blood pressure, and acne. Another plus of Tulsi is that it contains vitamin A and C, calcium, zinc, and iron. Alex takes Tulsi in a tea form. It’s caffeine free so it can be taken at anytime.
This herb has been used in Russia and Scandinavian countries for centuries. It can be taken to help with depression, strengthen the nervous system, improve memory, increase energy levels, and boost immunity. This particular adaptogen is only recommend to be taken for short-term as there are no studies on its long-term usage.
We wanted to share with you a few other adaptogens because maybe you don’t have the same needs as we do. There are so many, find the one that works best with your body!
This is another great adaptogen you should add you to your pantry. Astragalus contains antioxidants, protect and support the immune system, lowers blood pressure, and protects your liver. It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Sun Potion describes this adaptogen as the “Queen Healer Mushroom”. It helps with stress relief, boosting the immune system, protecting your liver, improve circulation, and help fight fatigue.
This adaptogen is recommended for all illnesses as a tonic because it has shown to support the immune system. Other studies have noted it helps with endurance and resist fatigue. It has also been shown to act as an aphrodisiac as well.
This berry that is native to China is known for its healing properties. A study in the 2009 issue of “International Journal of Molecular Medicine” showed that this berry may serve as a promising anti-cancer agent. It also protects your liver, has anti-inflammatory properties, and improves cardiac function.