I have to share with you my new favorite supplement!
Recently I started making a blend of adaptogenic herbs that we have been adding to our smoothies, drinks, and various breakfast foods — whenever we’re feeling the need for a little support.
My journey into adaptogens began shortly before formulating this Uplifting Loose Leaf Herbal Tea as a way to cope with “the winter blues.”
It’s been fun testing out and trying new ways to incorporate these nourishing plants into our diet! Note: Keep an eye out, I will be sharing our favorite recipe very soon…
And I know now that — without a doubt — this blend of herbs will have to remain on hand at all times, forever!
What are adaptogenic herbs?
The research on this class of herbs is really extensive and not to mention the findings are incredible!
The word “adaptogen” was coined by a Russian scientist by the name of N.V. Lazarev in 1947. He defined them as “agents which help an organism to counteract any adverse effects of a physical, chemical or biological stressor by generating nonspecific resistance.”
This basically means that adaptogens are herbs/plants that help the body:
- maintain balance — specifically in the immune, endocrine, nervous, and hormonal systems
- reduce the effects of stress — and increase the body’s resistance to it
- boost immunity
- encourage liver detoxification
- combat the signs of aging
- stabilize moods
Most of the research agrees — in order for the body to respond optimally — adaptogenic herbs should be consumed daily for at least three months. It is encouraging to note, in general, these plants can be taken safely for an indefinite period of time.
For literally hundreds, if not thousands, of years the following herbs — just to list a few — have been well-known to possess the power that comes with the definition:
- Eleuthero (formerly Siberian Ginseng)
- Holy Basil (Tulsi)
- Licorice Root
So how do we incorporate these plants into our diet?
This is how…
Adaptogenic Herbal Smoothie Mix
–3 parts Maca powder (I get my raw, organic, and GMO-free Maca here…they have the Best Selection of Certified Organic Maca Products Anywhere)
-2 parts Eleuthero powder
-1 part Tulsi powder
-1 part Ashwagandha powder
-1/2 part Turmeric Root powder
1. Simply measure and mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.
2. Transfer to a glass mason jar and store in a cool, dark place.
3. To use…take 1 teaspoon of the powder daily. It’s super yummy in smoothies, nut milks with a touch of honey (click here and learn how to make your own almond milk), or mixed into your favorite foods.
Tip: Encapsulating this herbal powder mix is another GREAT way to include adaptogens into your family’s diet. Click this link and I’ll teach you how to make your own herbal capsules
-While this supplement is good for all of us…seriously consider taking this powder daily if you experience: chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, decreased libido, hormone disruption, hypothyroidism, or adrenal insufficiency.
-Above all, it’s especially good for those looking to stay centered and connected when things are stressful.
-Looking for more information? I highly recommend reading this book:
Where Can I Get This Stuff?
-Mountain Rose Herbs…they have everything you’ll need! It’s your one-stop-shop!
-The Bulk Herb Store also carries many of these ingredients if you’d like to price check.