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Fatigue Fighting Herbs!
By Jade Ellis
Many of the herbs we know today as Adaptogens were first used many generations ago in Ayurveda, the traditional system of herbalism in India, and also in traditional Chinese medicine.
Stress soothing herbs!
What can we do to arm ourselves against stress?
Adaptogens are herbs which can adapt their function, depending on what your body needs, having a positive effect on hormones and the way the body functions under stress. This use of healing plants can help balance, restore and protect the body. They help you respond to an influence or stressor, and help normalise your physiological functions. These herbs can benefit your hormones, and in particular can recharge your adrenal glands, which can help your body respond to stress. The Adrenal glands sit of top of your kidneys. They are made up of two different parts, the adrenal cortex and the adrenal medulla.
What are stress fighting hormones?
The adrenal cortex is the outer part of the gland which produces hormones that are vital for human beings, such as Cortisol, which can help regulate your metabolism and help your body respond to stress. They also produce a hormone called Aldosterone, which helps control blood pressure. The adrenal medulla is the inner part of the gland which produces nonessential hormones. ‘Nonessential’ hormones, means you don’t need them to live. These hormones are Adrenaline, which helps your body react to stress. This hormone can rapidly prepare your body to suddenly start working in a stressful situation. The adrenal glands can help your health even when your body is not under stress, and they release hormones that are essential for life!
How to fight fatigue without the afternoon slump?
Adaptogens are a great swap for the energy boosters used today. Sugar and caffeine are what people use to fight the fatigue, however these substances do not properly work, and offer a quick fix, but the crash is not far behind. These ‘quick fixes’ offer a rollercoaster of highs and lows. Adaptogens strengthen the body’s response to stress and actually enhance the ability to cope the anxiety and fatigue, slowly and gently – without the jolts or crashes. They are called adaptogens as they have a unique ability to adapt their function according to your body’s specific needs. These effects may initially be subtle and can take time to make themselves felt, but they are nevertheless, undeniably real.
Adaptogens work like thermostat!
Adaptogens work very similar to a thermostat. This senses when a room’s temperature is too high and can work to bring it down, and can sense when the temperature is too low and bring it up. Adaptogens can help to calm you down and also boost your energy at the same time, without over stimulating. By supporting the adrenal function, they can counteract the adverse effects of stress, and normalise body imbalances. They can enable more energy to run through the body and eliminate toxins, while utilising oxygen more efficiently.
What herbs can you class as ‘Adaptogenic?’
There are many Adaptogenic herbs. Adaptogens include Ashwagandha, Astragulus, Ginseng, Liquorice Root, Holy Basil, Maca, some mushrooms, and Rhodiola.
Ashwagandha is an Adaptogen that has a reputation as a soothing herb which can support feelings of fatigue, anxiety and insomnia, which are stress related. This herb acts an adaptive as it can appear to enhance the endocrine functions and help support an underactive thyroid. This herb can also be used to support men’s fertility, and women’s menstrual pain, as iron rich Ashwagandha is seen as a soothing tonic for women. This herb has also been used for a healthy immune system. Fushi’s Ashwagandha comes in capsule form or tincture, and is recommended for stress relief and an exhausted nervous system.
Holy Basil (Tulsi) is a well-known Ayuverdic herb that is considered extremely powerful and has been used in Ayurveda medicine for over 3000 years. Herbalists tend to recommend Tusli for issues related to the nervous system. For example, to support memory, recover from a head trauma, and it can also be used as a treatment for depression. This herb can also be used for environmental allergies. Traditionally in Ayurveda, Tusli tea is used to ease an upset stomach, vomiting, and also to relieve symptoms of Bronchitis. Fushi’s Holy Basil Tincture 100ml is recommended as a natural stress reliever. Fushi’s tinctures are made using 1-part herb to 2 parts liquid with 25% sugar cane alcohol (gluten free, and certified organic). This ratio makes a very high concentration tincture and provides 500mg of herb per 1 ml.
Maca is derived from a native Peruvian plant. It is a root vegetable that is widely believed to be an adaptogen. This herb is well known for aiding hormonal health in men and women. This adaptogen has grown increasingly popular as a ‘superfood’ in the health wellness movement of late, and is commonly used as an ingredient in oats, smoothies and energy bars. Maca may help relieve tension and anxiety while also being a great source of energy, and a natural mood booster. Fushi’s Maca Superfood powder contains a massive array of essential nutrients such as vitamins B2, B6, zinc, and potassium. Fushi’s Maca is a mixture of 70% yellow, and 30% a mixture of black and red, which balances the taste and is a delicious and nutritious added benefit to your breakfast smoothie.
Rhodiola Rosea is an adaptogenic herb that can help the body adapt to stress. Stress is an inevitable part of our modern lives and can have profound negative effects on the body and mind. Rhodiola acts like a thermostat for your hormones, which specifically applies to Cortisol, one of the body’s main hormones that produces stress. It is important to have this hormone in balance in your body. Rhodiola can also have positive effects on brain function, cardiac heath and depression. Fushi’s Rhodiola Rosea (Bio Rosenwurz) capsules can help you to balance the body’s stress – response system. At Fushi, our herbs are all freshly ground from this season’s harvest and are capsulated in our workshop within 1 hour of being ground. This assures you that you are consuming the pure herb, and have an ethically sourced and completely organic product!