The lowdown on our favourite healing herbs
You’ve likely heard the phrase, but perhaps you’re a little less clear on what an adaptogen really is. They might have only recently become a trendy addition to your morning latte, but here at WelleCo, we’ve been using adaptogens in our formulas since we first launched The Super Elixir™ in 2014.
These miracle herbs have also formed part of Chinese and Ayurvedic traditions for hundreds of years. So if you’re not across how they work or why they’re definitely worth your time, here’s the lowdown.
What is an adaptogen?
Adaptogens are a particularly potent type of herb, berry, mushroom or extract that possess special healing properties. Adaptogens have been used in traditional Eastern medicine for centuries, often to help with fatigue or feeling of anxiety and stress.
Adaptogens are said to be able to read and respond to different stressors in your body, be it physical, mental or emotional, to help your systems recover. They’ve become particularly popular in recent years to target inflammation and mental unease.
What are the benefits of adaptogens?
Primarily, adaptogens are used to reduce stress levels and support a strong, healthy immune system, but they can also help with hormonal changes.
Here are a few of our favourite adaptogens and how they can help to benefit both your mind and your body:
Siberian ginseng: One of the most popular adaptogens, this wonder herb helps to balance hormones and keeps you from feeling run down. It will also help your immune system to fight off colds and flu.
Maca: Maca root has long been used in traditional Peruvian medicine for enhancing libido and energy. It is also highly nutritious thanks to its levels of iron, B6, calcium, copper, potassium and niacin.
Aloe vera: Boosts the body’s natural ability to adapt to external changes and resist illness.
Maitake Mushroom: Contains an active component known as polysaccharides, which help to stimulate the immune system. It’s a premium source of fibre, B vitamins, amino acids, copper, potassium and selenium, and has also been linked to lowering blood cholesterol levels to protect the heart.
How can I get more adaptogens into my diet?
WelleCo’s iconic greens powder, The Super Elixir™, is formulated with powerful adaptogens, including Siberian ginseng, maiitake mushrooms and aloe vera, to supporting immune system health, regulate stress levels and help to increase mental focus.
Just two teaspoons of The Super Elixir™ per day in water – or added to your drink of choice – will help to fight stress and fatigue, allowing your body to enjoy the incredible restorative benefits of these healing herbs.