When we deal with stress, especially chronic stress, our body responds by asking our nervous system to work harder. This will eventually lead to the nervous system becoming worn out and ineffective. Symptoms of nervous system fatigue are lowered immune system, insomnia, and weakness. We can medicate and caffeinate but this will lead to unwanted side effects and exasperate the problem.
Luckily, nature has provided us with an answer. Adaptogens are a unique set of plants that help restore the nervous system to a balanced, healthy state. This allows us to more effectively handle stress, physically and mentally, as well as recover faster during periods of extreme stress.
My Favorite Adaptogens:
Holy Basil is a wonderfully flavored herb that is commonly used as a tea. It is great for reducing stress, cleansing the liver, reducing inflammation, and promotes overall wellness. Holy Basil is also very easy to grow in your own garden making it very accessible.
Another adaptogen that is easy to grow at home is aloe. Most people think of aloe for it's skin healing properties, but taken internally aloe is very effective in promoting gut health and can lower blood sugar.
Typically, available in a powdered form, Ashwagandha can be added to your shakes or lattes. This powerful herb is great at reducing stress and anxiety and has been shown to increase memory. If you get only on adaptogen this is the one to try!
Even if you aren't feeling the effects of extreme stress our bodies can always use a little help to deal with everything, we throw at them in this modern world. By supplementing with these amazing super herbs, we can help our bodies perform at their best capacities and serve us well for many years to come.