• Your Guide to Ayurvedic Superfoods
    • Health and Wellness
    • May 03, 2022
    Your Guide to Ayurvedic Superfoods

    What is a “superfood” and why is it so super? Often described as a food with exceptional health benefits, here’s a look at this buzzword from an Ayurvedic lens.

  • Elevate Your Energy and Boost Your Day with Elevated Adaptogens
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • March 28, 2022
    Elevate Your Energy and Boost Your Day with Elevated Adaptogens

    Packed with rejuvenating herbs, this caffeine-free blend fortifies the body with natural, balanced energy and empowers you with the strength needed to feel your best.

  • This Adaptogen-Packed Ashwagandha Latte Mix May Be Your New Favorite Ritual
    • Adaptogens
    • November 30, 2021
    This Adaptogen-Packed Ashwagandha Latte Mix May Be Your New Favorite Ritual

    Meet your new favorite ritual—this Ashwagandha Latte Mix is made with mindfully sourced ingredients, packed with herbal adaptogens, easy to make, and oh so good.

  • 3 Mucuna Recipes to Tap into Your Inner Happiness
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • October 13, 2021
    3 Mucuna Recipes to Tap into Your Inner Happiness

    These tasty recipes incorporate mucuna into pantry staples you can use in a variety of ways, morning, noon, and night—like a happy pill you take with your meals.

  • Adaptogenic Herbs of Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • May 29, 2020
    Adaptogenic Herbs of Ayurveda

    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.

  • Harvesting Ashwagandha in Southern Oregon
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • January 06, 2020
    Harvesting Ashwagandha in Southern Oregon

    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.

  • Ashwagandha Lattes for Abundant Energy and Peaceful Sleep
    • All Recipes
    • April 04, 2019
    Ashwagandha Lattes for Abundant Energy and Peaceful Sleep

    Ashwagandha for both energy and sleep? Read this article to learn two delicious ashwagandha latte drinks that harness these dualistic properties of ashwagandha.

  • Adrenal Nourish™ for an Active Life
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • November 09, 2018
    Adrenal Nourish™ for an Active Life

    Read all about Adrenal Nourish™, a unique formula designed to support you and your lifestyle by aiding healthy functioning of the adrenal glands, while also contributing to the overall balance of the nervous system—often the root of adrenal imbalance. 

  • Adaptogen Recipes for Healthy Adrenals
    • All Recipes
    • July 13, 2018
    Adaptogen Recipes for Healthy Adrenals

    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.

  • 5 Ashwagandha Studies You Should Know About
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • April 17, 2018
    5 Ashwagandha Studies You Should Know About

    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.

  • Fight or Flight—5 Ways to Manage Your Adrenals
    • Adaptogens
    • August 02, 2016
    Fight or Flight—5 Ways to Manage Your Adrenals

    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

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:

  • They can help normalize a significant range of functions in the body
  • They help the body react to stress
  • They are nontoxic when taken at normal dosage

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:

  • Amalaki (Embelica officinalis), also known as “amla,” is a superfruit that is known to be a natural source of vitamin C and antioxidants. It is said to promote virility, rejuvenation, and a robust immune system.
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is perhaps Ayurveda’s most popular adaptogen and is well-known for promoting both increased energy during the day and deep sleep at night.
  • Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri) supports the body in recovering from stress. It is also classified as a nootropic, meaning that it can help the brain and nervous system function optimally while supporting mental and emotional well-being.
  • Brahmi/Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) is also a terrific adaptogen for the mind, promoting healthy intellect, focus, memory, and mental fortitude.
  • Guduchi (Tinosporia cordifolia) helps bolster the body’s natural defenses, cleanse excess heat and natural toxins, and soothe the mind and nervous system.

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.