Adaptogens have been used in traditional medicine for centuries for their revitalising and restorative properties to enhance vitality and lower the effects of stress, although the name ‘Adaptogens’ has recently become increasingly popular in recent times. Experiencing small amounts of stress for 5-10% of our lives can be beneficial for our nervous systems to respond sharply to dangerous situations, although chronic stress can lead to adrenal fatigue, leaky gut, anxiety, heart disease and several other imbalances. Whilst all types of stresses are challenging to avoid, Natalia Botanicals has created a range of 100% natural adaptogenic elixirs to ease the impact of stress on your health inspired by her Ayurvedic herbalist great, great grandmother (who lived to 107 years), ancient wisdom and modern-life experiences.
Adaptogens are a group of natural herbs which assist us to build a potent resiliency and adaptogenic energy in our systems. When consumed, these class of potent herbs support our mind and body settle into a parasympathetic state, a state of calmness and rejuvenation.
TOP 5 STRESS-BUSTING ADAPTOGENS
Ashwaganda is a potent root known to ease the mind, body and nervous systems. This root is commonly used for naturally lowering cortisol levels (stress hormone), reducing tension, anxiety and chronic inflammation, commonly caused by mental stress. Natalia uses Ashwaganda in each elixir within her adaptogens range for its anti-stress properties and immune-boosting supremacies, as we can all do with those.
Reishi has been used to enhance calmness and reduce stress for over 10,000 years. It’s often paired with earthy flavours, such as Cacao. Reishi is the key ingredient in Velvet Cacao for its ability to ground you and adapt to most situations. It is well-loved by athletes as it helps maintain a healthy immune system and enhances endurance. We love taking a small dose of Reishi before bed to support a healthy sleep cycle and encourage a restful sleep.
Holy Basil (Tulsi)
Holy Basil is known as the “Queen of herbs” in Ayurveda, a sacred plant amongst Hindus.
Eternal Optimist contains Holy Basil for its potent abilities to fight infections, stabilise blood sugar levels and strengthen the immune system by lowering chronic stress. The taste of Holy Basil is the most ‘green’ in the range and is best paired with a juice or smoothie.
Lion’s Mane has a long history in traditional Chinese medicine for rejuvenating and protecting against nerve damage typically for those with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, which can be comprised by agitation and damage to the brain. Stress can also affect intestinal permeability, known as Leaky Gut which invites infection, inflammation and food sensitivities. Lion’s Mane mushrooms can be found in Rise & Shine, Eternal Optimist and Goal Digger. It is extremely effective at regenerating the intestinal wall and protecting the gut flora.
He Shou Wu
He Shou Wu is known for its potent restorative, energy enhancing and stress-balancing properties. The ancient Chinese herb is often used for purifying blood, balancing hormones and enhancing fertility, all of which are usually compromised when faced with high stress and anxiety. He Shou Wu found in Full Circle and Sleepy Soul, helps to eliminate excess oxidation and loads your system with powerful natural plant antioxidants to alleviate stress, protecting your mood and brain health.