What Are Adaptogens?

Posted: 05/24/2019

Adaptogens are a special category of plants, herbs and mushrooms that may help the body resistoccasional stress. True to their name, adaptogenic herbs are believed to adapt their effects as needed; the same herb may provide either calming or stimulating benefits depending on the individual.

Stress can manifest itself in a number of ways. Adaptogens are meant to boost resistance to occasional stress symptoms and help bring your body back to center.

In Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, adaptogens have been used as healing ingredients for hundreds—or in some cases, thousands—of years. Throughout history, adaptogenic herbs have been mixed into elixirs and tonics assist with a range of stress-induced symptoms.

Today, adaptogens are commonly consumed in the form of supplements, tinctures and adaptogenic teas. Some types of adaptogens (such as holy basil) can be eaten as part of a meal, while others are ground into a fine powder and mixed into smoothies and beverages.

The Best Adaptogenic Herbs for Stress

1. Reishi Mushroom

Reishi mushroom is one of the most well-known adaptogens and has been used for more than 2,000 years by traditional Chinese healers. Reishi contains antioxidants, which may protect cells from damage and enhance immune response.

Cultivated in the Changbai Mountains, Reishi is used by Chinese monks to nourish the spirit and boost immunity. Experience the restorative and rejuvenating effects of the “Mushroom of Immortality” with delectable Reishi mushroom tea.

2. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha root has been used for thousands of years by Ayurvedic healers in India to create a foundation of wellness and treat a range of ailments. Most notably, Ashwagandha root is known for its ability to reduce feelings of long-term stress.

Sipping Ashwagandha tea may invoke feelings of mental clarity and calmness*. For maximum benefits, inhale the earthy aroma wafting from the cup and focus your thoughts as you sip, allowing your body to unwind and your stress to melt away.

3. Maca Root

Maca is a root that is native to the Andes mountains of Peru, and was historically consumed by Inca warriors before battle. This ancient herbal energizer is also known for its libido-boosting and hormone-balancing effects, especially in times of significant stress.

Maca root tea has a nutty, earthy flavor and yields a satisfying and stimulating cup. Naturally caffeine-free, this herbal tea may improve energy levels* without the jitters of coffee.

4. Ginseng

Ginseng is another adaptogen that is known for its energizing effects* This herb has been used in China as an aphrodisiac for more than 2,000 years.

In modern times, Ginseng is commonly consumed with the intention of boosting cognition and mental focus. A growing number of health-conscious consumers are swapping out their morning coffee for a delicious cup of Ginseng tea.

5. Chaga Mushroom

Chaga is a fungus that can be found across the Northern Hemisphere, from Russia and Siberia to Scandinavia, England and North America. It most commonly grows on birch trees and has been used in traditional folk medicine for hundreds of years.

Chaga mushroom contains antioxidants and is believed to support cellular health, reduce fatigue, and boost mental sharpness. Sipping chaga mushroom tea may improve your daily energy levels and banish burnout*.

6. Holy Basil

Holy Basil (also known as Tulsi) is an aromatic herb native to the Indian subcontinent and the tropics of Southeast Asia. It is an important plant in the Ayurvedic tradition, and has historically been used to fight occasional stress.

Sip away your worries and suppress your stress with bright, flavorful Holy Basil tea. This calming adaptogenic tea tastes wonderful hot or iced.

Adaptogens have been used for thousands of years by a variety of cultures around the globe. The Republic of Tea is pleased to offer a curated collection of these healing herbs to our Citizens with our new organic SuperAdapt Teas.

Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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