10 Herbs You Need to Know Now

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All herbs are special, but some are more special than others.

I’d love to tell you about six of them right now.

Then I hope you try the recipe I’ve included in this post and discover the benefits of these herbs.

Nature’s gifts are a huge part of my life and my healing journey, and when I discover some special qualities in these gifts, I love to share them with you.

That is the case with adaptogens, which are herbs that have an ability to counteract the effects of stress and anxiety in the body. 

None of us are strangers to stress and the physical and emotional harm it can do.

Stress can completely change your life and not for the better.

In fact, stress and inflammation go hand-in-hand, and as I’ve written about many times in the past, inflammation is involved in so many of our health problems, ranging from heart disease and obesity to arthritis, dementia, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, and many more.

However, if we incorporate adaptogens into our lives, the healing journey can be easier. 

Although our ancient ancestors enjoyed the stress-managing qualities of adaptogens, scientists didn’t really study them in depth and begin to better understand them until recently.

These herbs work at a molecular level and help regulate the balance in your adrenal, hypothalamic, and pituitary glands, all of which are associated with stress. 

When you are under stress, your body releases hormones that help you concentrate and resist the stress so you can think clearly and feel energized.

Using adaptogens helps you stay in that state of resistance longer before you reach exhaustion.

The longer you use adaptogens, the better your recovery response can be.

Adaptogens also may boost mental capacity and attention while preventing fatigue and stress.

Would you like to meet some adaptogens? 

  • Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) may help prevent stress, fatigue, and depression and to boost the immune system
  • Arctic root (Rhodiola rosea) grows in cold climates,and its hardiness is said to be the reason is can be helpful in managing stress. It also may improve memory and energy.
  • Schisandra chinensis can help ease depression and stress while also promoting liver health and aiding gastrointestinal problems. If you have blood sugar imbalances, this herb can help restore equilibrium. Schisandra also relieves exhaustion and poor mental performance. 
  • Tulsi basil (or holy basil) helps reduce stress, inflammation, and anxiety.
  • Maca root can boost energy and mood
  • Reishi mushrooms are especially good if you are lacking sufficient sleep because of stress
  • Cordyceps mushrooms work to balance hormones and reduce stress
  • Nettle leaf lowers stress and tension levels
  • Turmeric helps the body balance stress hormones and lowers inflammation
  • Ashwagandha is said to help protect the body against the effects of long-term stress and hormone imbalances that are often the result of it 

One of my favorite ways to enjoy the benefits of adaptogens is in beverage form.

Teas made from these adaptogens or adding powdered forms to smoothies, soups, or salad dressings are a few options.

Here’s an easy recipe for ashwagandha latte you can try.

Let me know how you like it and if you have any other recipes for reaping the health benefits of adaptogens.

Ashwagandha Latte

  • 2 cups pure water
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • ½ tsp Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ashwagandha

Bring the water to a boil, remove from heat, and then place the ashwagandha in a tea ball into the water. While the tea is steeping, warm the coconut milk in a pan. Whisk to make foam and then pour the milk into the tea and add the cinnamon. Stir well and enjoy.

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