Healing the body with superfoods, medicinal plants, and tonics has been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions. The popularity of these super herbs has gained quick popularity in the western world due to our quest for optimum state of well-being consciously, physically, and spiritually. Much light has been shining on a specific group of herbs known as Adaptogens. Adaptogens are a classification of herbs that help the body deal and adapt to stressors in our environment. Adaptogens affect the biological stress response whether triggers are physical, chemical, or biological. These super powered herbs lend a hand in helping the body protect itself from these stressors by supporting the body’s adrenal glands, reducing stress levels and regulating hormone responses. In turn, adaptogens are plant medicine helping us come back into balance within ourselves.
While adaptogens are wonderful to bring into your daily ritual, it should be noted they are not a cure-all and work best in combination with other conscious and healthy lifestyle choices.
Using these powerful herbs and tonics in your daily routine can be introduced in a few forms. Tincture, capsule, or powder form are the most common forms of these herbs. No form is better than the other, it is just personal preference. Here at DANO we offer Sun Potion, a Transformational Food company, who offers organic and wild crafted products in single-ingredient, pure powder, and whole food form. As well as Moodbeli., who offers powders that are USDA Organic Certified, Fair Trade Certified, Non-GMO Project Certified and Rain Forest Alliance Certified.
These “super-herbs” can have a profound impact on overall well-being and health when taken regularly. It is recommended to incorporate adaptogens in small doses daily in order to see and feel an of their benefits. Making them part of a daily ritual will help you remember to take them.
Here at DANO, we believe by creating a daily herbal ritual with these healing medicinal plant powders helps to create mindful moments for ourselves. We love taking our adaptogenic herbs in our morning matcha lattes or coffee beverage. Adaptogenic powders can also be incorporated into raw desserts, baked goods, and even soups.
Here is a quick introduction to a few adaptogens we love and how they will boost well-being
The most common Adaptogen and a great place to start bringing adaptogens into your daily routine is with Ashwaganda. Ashwaganda is a traditional Ayurvedic herb that has been used for thousands of years as a nerve tonic. Its very well known for its ability to calm, soothe and strengthen the body. Ashwaganda has been used to help with stress and anxiety, inflammation, overcome adrenal fatigue, and balancing hormones, This plant medicine is known to energize and calm all at the same time, providing your body with what it requires at the moment. Take in the morning to uplift or take in the evening before bed to help induce sleep.
Adaptogenic mushrooms are a definite favorite around the shop. It is hard to pick just one to discuss because they ALL are AMAZING. But for the purpose of todays journal entry we will focus on Chaga.. Chaga, a mushroom healer, is an excellent medicine that supports body and mind. With its high anti-oxident chemistry and great anti-inflammatory properties, Chaga offers the body many benefits. It has been shown to reduce oxidative stress, supresses cancer progression, help protect the immune system, reduced inflammation, increases physical endurance, can improve diabetic health, and promotes cognitive function. Chaga is also a rich source of B-vitamins. Brew a batch of Chaga Coffee, add it to your favorite elixirs, or other warm beverages for a grounding experience..
Lastly, a favorite tonic for the blood. He Shou Wu is a magnificent blood builder by promoting red blood cells. A popular herb in traditional Chinese medicine, He Shou Wu helps to tonify and nourish the blood, hair, skin, nervous system, sexual center, Shen (Spirit), and Jing (primary essence/life force). Also known as a longevity tonic, this miracle herb is known for its life-extending and health enhancing properties. He Shou Wu also has a long history of use as a hair growth and rejuvenation tonic. There have been many reports and a handful of clinical studies demonstrating a remarkable ability to reverse hair loss and restore rich color to white or graying hair.
As with any plant medicine, it is important to listen to your body and lean towards the adaptogens you feel are bettering your overall well-being. Start small and increase the amounts as you go. Start with one adaptogenic remedy and introduce more as you become more familiar with how each one of these “superhero herbs” can support and bring balance into your life.
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