If you’ve never taken supplements, it’s time to get on that train.
Recently, I started making a blend of adaptogenic herbs that I’ve been adding to my smoothies, drinks, and various breakfast foods — whenever I’m feeling the need for a little support.
My journey into adaptogens began as a way to cope with “the winter blues.”
It’s been fun testing out and trying new ways to incorporate these nourishing plants into my diet. Now that I’ve started, this blend of herbs won’t be leaving my side anytime soon.
What are adaptogenic herbs?
The research on this class of herbs is really extensive, not to mention the findings are incredible!
The word “adaptogen” was coined by a Russian scientist by the name of N.V. Lazarev in 1947. He defined them as “agents which help an organism to counteract any adverse effects of a physical, chemical or biological stressor by generating nonspecific resistance.”
This basically means that adaptogens are herbs/plants that help the body:
- maintain balance — specifically in the immune, endocrine, nervous, and hormonalsystems
- reduce the effects of stress — and increase the body’s resistance to it
- boost immunity
- encourage liver detoxification
- combat the signs of aging
- stabilize moods
Most of the research agrees — in order for the body to respond optimally — adaptogenic herbs should be consumed daily for at least three months. It is encouraging to note, in general, these plants can be taken safely for an indefinite period of time.
Types of adaptogenic herbs
For literally hundreds, if not thousands, of years the following herbs have been well-known to possess the power that comes with the definition:
- Eleuthero (formerly Siberian Ginseng)
- Holy Basil (Tulsi)
- Licorice Root
Here’s a recipe to help you get started on incorporating these plants into your diet.
Adaptogenic Herbal Smoothie Mix
- 3 parts Maca powder
- 2 parts Eleuthero powder
- 1 part Tulsi powder
- 1 part Ashwagandha powder
- 1/2 part Turmeric Root powder
1. Measure all ingredients and mix in a large bowl until well combined.
2. Transfer to a glass mason jar and store in a cool, dark place.
3. To use, take 1 teaspoon of the powder daily. It’s delicious in smoothies or when mixed into your favorite foods. You might even prefer putting it into a capsule.
While this supplement is good for all of us, this powder is particularly helpful if you are experiencing: chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, decreased libido, hormone disruption, hypothyroidism, or adrenal insufficiency.