Adaptogens are herbs and natural substances that help in improving your body’s resistance to stress. Stress, both physical and mental, is one of the leading causes of health disorders and emotional problems. Your body deals with stress by stimulating production of the stress hormone cortisol. However, too much cortisol in your blood backfires and weakens your immune system and causes digestive disorders and hormonal imbalance and reduces the quality of your health. By lowering the cortisol level, adaptogens help in restoring the normal activities of your body organs.
The simplest way to fight stress with adaptogens is to drink adaptogenic tea made by combining a variety of adaptogens. The following adaptogenic tea blends are considered best for protecting your physical and mental health from the adverse effects of stress.
Ginseng, Holy Basil, Licorice And Astragalus
The herb that tops the list of adaptogens is ginseng. The antioxidant compounds found in the herb are primarily responsible for its adaptogenic property. Two ginseng varieties widely used for treating stress are Panax ginseng, also known as Asian ginseng, and winter cherry, also known as Indian ginseng. Prepare a rejuvenating adaptogenic tea blend by combining ground Panax ginseng and Indian ginseng in equal quantities. To further boost the effectiveness of the herbal blend, add holy basil, astragalus root, rhodiola, licorice root and cordycep mushrooms. To prepare the tea, steep a teaspoon of the herbal blend in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes.
Green Tea, Lemon Balm And Ginseng
Loaded with antioxidants, green tea is a powerful adatogen. Combining green tea with other adaptogens such as lemon balm, ginseng and licorice root helps in providing fast relief from stress. The mild sedative effect of lemon balm is especially effective in calming the mind and reducing anxiety. Prepare an adaptogenic tea blend by mixing one teaspoon each of green tea leaves, ginseng root, licorice root and lemon balm. For additional benefit, add boswellia and a tablespoon of honey to the herbal tea.
Elderberries, Indian Gooseberries, Ginger And Nettle
The vitamin C rich elderberries and Indian gooseberries help in restoring the optimal health of the immune system, which is weakened by stress. To combat stress, make a herbal tea blend by combining 2 tablespoons of elderberries with one tablespoon each of Indian gooseberries, nettle, ginger, Siberian ginseng and asparagus racemosus.
Rosehips, Ginseng, Lemongrass, Hibiscus And Licorice
Your body’s demand for vitamin C increases dramatically when you are under stress. Rosehip is one of the richest sources of vitamin C. An adaptogenic tea made by mixing one tablespoon of rosehips with one tablespoon each of Indian ginseng, Siberian ginseng, nettle and lemon balm, ½-tablespoon each of hibiscus and lemongrass and ¼-tablespoon of licorice helps in reducing stress.
Schisandra Berries, Licorice, Ginger And Eleuthero
In the traditional Chinese remedies, schisandra berries are used for reducing stress, improving the quality of sleep, lowering high blood pressure and decreasing fatigue. To reduce stress, make an adatogenic tea by combining two tablespoon of schisandra berries and one tablespoon each of licorice roots, ginger and eleuthero or Siberia ginseng. For extra benefit, you may add two tablespoons of elderberries and a teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the tea blend.