The Best Ways to Take Adaptogenic Herbs and Mushrooms
How to best incorporate beneficial adaptogens into your lifestyle:*
“Adaptogen,” is quite a buzzword as of late; and for those contemplating their function, it’s in the name: adapt. Adaptogens are plants, herbs, and fungi that support the body’s natural response to stressors.* Despite their recent rise in popularity, adaptogens have been used in Traditional Chinese Herbalism and Ayurvedic Herbalism for centuries. You may know some common adaptogens such as Ashwagandha, Ginseng, Rosemary, Reishi, Astragalus, and Maca, which are often available in health food stores and grocery stores. So how do these herbs, that have stuck with us for hundreds of years, support the human body?
The Magic of Adaptogens:
Adaptogens support the body’s response to occasional stress.* Think of adaptogens like a cheerleader in your body, keeping pep levels high during times of occasional stress.* If you’re exposed to occasional stress, your body will typically release hormones to help combat that occasional stress.* For example, a normal stressor can be driving a car and realizing that you need to make some quick lane changes; during this event your body releases a normal amount of cortisol. Your body will then release adrenaline from the adrenal gland to help you come back to even keel. Certain adaptogens that may help support adrenals are Licorice Root, Maca Root, Rhodiola Rosea, and Ginseng. Adaptogens are herbs and mushrooms that help the body cope with occasional stress in a healthy way!*
But it’s not just short term stress-response that adaptogens can support; adaptogens can be implemented into a daily routine to support the long term as well.*
How to Take Adaptogens:
You may be asking yourself how do you take these wonderful herbs and mushrooms? Adaptogens come in many forms: loose-leaf teas, tinctures, herbal blends, powders, and capsules. Supplements in the form of capsules are the most common form of adaptogenic herbs, which you can find in many grocery stores that feature a health section. Most adaptogens will say the right frequency of dosing on their nutrition labels, but once or twice a day are typically standard dosing regimens.*
If you buy powdered herbs, you can add them to smoothies, protein shakes, and acai bowls. This can be a fun way to up the benefits of your daily snacks and foods while adding in new and interesting ingredients.
A tincture would be a prime option for optimal dosing, since you can take as little or as many drops as feels supportive for your body.* For mushrooms, tinctures are the way to go, since their extraction methods allow the most optimal bioavailability of benefits.
Adaptogenic mushrooms work similarly to adaptogenic herbs; mushrooms with adaptogenic properties include Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, and Reishi. Cordyceps can support the body’s response to occasional stress and support the body's energy on a cellular level.* Lion’s mane promotes mental clarity, focus and memory by offering nourishment to our neurons and cerebral system.* It's no wonder lion’s mane has become a popular nootropic.* And reishi is a multi-tasking mushroom that supports your adrenals and is calmative working to gently soothe away tension.* We supply all three of these adaptogenic mushrooms in our shop, each riddled with their own unique properties, benefits, and taste.* These adaptogenic mushrooms come in our tincture form, made with a double-extraction process and containing 100% fruit body. You can take two droppers full each day, when dosing these adaptogenic mushrooms. Not sure which to pick? We don’t blame you, there’s so many unique properties in each that make a very smart and healthful choice to add to your diet.
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