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Adaptogenic herbs can help modify the body’s reaction to environmental and internal stress. Learn more about these herbs and how they can support your health.
We harvested the famous adaptogen ashwagandha right here in Southern Oregon. It did exquisitely well in this climate and we were rewarded with an abundant field full of this amazing herb.
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A sustained amount of stress makes it difficult for the body to maintain efficient function. While it’s still best to take care of the root cause of your stress, adaptogens will have your back until it’s possible. Their support is like an insurance policy for our stress hormones and adrenal glands, making sure they don’t become overworked.
Ashwagandha is one of the most well-known and widly used Ayurvedic herbs. And for good reason! It is great for so many functions in the body—from sleep, energy, and stress, to rejuvenation, muscle strength, and joint health.
When one thinks of adrenal glands, stress may come to mind, but the adrenal glands contribute to your health even at times when your body isn’t under extreme stress. In fact, they release hormones that are essential for you to live, and when drained, the result can lead to various imbalances.
Adaptogens are known for their ability to support the body’s physical and emotional stress response, which, in turn, conserves energy that the body would otherwise spend responding to external stressors or pressure.
Specifically, adaptogens are classified as herbs that meet the following criteria:
Adaptogens can help positively change the body’s reaction to both environmental and internal stress. They accomplish this by offering strength and support to several systems throughout the body, including the nervous, immune, and glandular systems.
Interestingly, many herbal adaptogens themselves are the products of stressful environments or growing conditions. Adaptogenic plants can often be found thriving in poor soil, or in climates that are arid, dry, and typically hostile to most forms of plant life. In these blog posts, we examine the many benefits and uses of Ayurveda’s adaptogens and the gifts they have to offer us—body, mind, and spirit.
While these calming herbs have been around for thousands of years (if not millions) and have been used by various cultures, it wasn’t until the 20th century that Western science began to take a serious interest in the ways in which adaptogenic herbs could support not only the body’s fight or flight response, but also promote balanced energy, restful sleep, and more.
The term “adaptogen” itself (or “adaptgen,” as it was first recorded) was first coined sometime around the 1950s, when Russian scientist Dr. N. V. Lazarev observed that certain herbs had helped soldiers with strength, stamina, energy, and motivation during World War II.
These findings supported much of what Ayurveda and Chinese medicine had been teaching for thousands of years concerning certain herbs and their remarkable abilities to adapt to the needs of the body—whether it be increased energy, better sleep, or peace of mind.
By the 21st century, the popularity of adaptogens (and of their numerous benefits) had spread worldwide, and it continues to increase as more and more people learn about the world of adaptogens and all they have to offer.
Some of Ayurveda’s herbal adaptogens include:
To see a comprehensive list of adaptogenic herbs, supplements, and associated research, we recommend starting out by reading our Adaptogenic Herbs blog. Other articles will look into specific adaptogens, as well as recipes you can make with them and other ways that they can support your health.