Adaptogens- where to start? These bad boys have been staples in Taoist, Chinese + Ayurvedic medicine for centuries on end and have recently begun making waves in the Western World. And for good reason too.
Adaptogens are essentially ancient herbs that support our body’s response to both internal + external stresses. Everything from cortisol raising life happenings through to hormone imbalances. You name it, there’s an adaptogen for it. But it can be tricky to know where to start. It’s important that you give you body at least a month to, well, adapt to adaptogens! Our bodies might be clever things, but they need time too. It’s recommended that you gradually introduce new adaptogens- start with 1/4 tsp and work your way up to a full one.
Blend into smoothies, spike your sweet treats, or simply enjoy straight up in hot water or fresh nut mylk. The world is your oyster when it comes to adaptogens, but like most things, it’s all about quality over quantity. Change them up, keep your body guessing and reap the benefits. We’ve rounded up our favourite adaptogenic magic makers you absolutely must give a spin.
Meet one of the latest kids on turmeric purveyors Wunder Workshop’s block- Golden Balance. Hormone balancing? Tick. Burn-out preventing? Tick. Cortisol managing? Tick. This organic, adaptogen blend with extracted ashwagandha is the perfect antidote to today’s stressful modern lifestyle. Ashwagandha is rich in iron, improving alertness as well as strengthening the body’s response to stress and anxiety by reducing adrenal fatigue and stabilising thyroid hormones. In our society’s hectic lifestyle where our bodies and hormones are constantly put to the test, Golden Balance helps to maintain your balance day in day out. We love this in a morning tonic, blitzed into smoothies or simply mixed in hot water for a little pick me up.
2. SUN POTION
It’s about time you got to know Sun Potion Transformational Foods. Sun Potion are 100% dedicated to health, happiness + well-being through the use of medicinal plants, superfoods and tonic herbs. They source the planet for potent, healing substances with the ability to transform consciousness and health, and we are head over heels in love with their blends. Say hello to Yin Power, their love note to all the powerful mothers, sisters, daughters, teachers and healers in our global community…. a blend of organic + wild harvested herbs including pearl extract, ashwaghanda and reishi, crafted to nourish feminine energy and harmonise the whole system, from the inside > out. They have partnered with the organisation Women With Superpowers to bring the highest quality tonic herbs and energetically charged formulation. Aside from this epic blend, we are partial to their beautiful jars of individual herbs- Rhodiola for increasing energy, White Dragon Matcha for focus + clarity, and Pearl Powder for ultimate glowiness from head to toe.
3. ONE EARTH
There’s certainly more to One Earth than their beautiful packaging- they are an incredibly ethical brand who work with local farmers + communities. This means people who buy the products are helping small businesses / producers overseas. Their whole range is 100% vegan, organic, Soil Association certified + free from refined sugars! A total win win, especially when they contain delicious adaptogens like hormone balancing maca + the anti-inflammatory moringa, alongside organic, sustainably sourced superfoods like raw cacao + baobab. We love Chocolate Dream blended up with some nut mylk. The range also includes: Green Goodness (Nettle Leaf, Chia Seeds, Spirulina, Chlorella + Seagreens), Rejuvenate Your Soul (Baobab, Maca, Goji Berry, Cacao + Acerola Cherry), Vanilla Zilla (Baobab, Linseed, Acerola Cherry, Vanilla, Carob + Bee Pollen), Coco Go Go (Raw Cacao, Matcha, Baobab, Beetroot + Vanilla) and Shine Bright (Açai berry, Baobab, Goji Berry, Moringa + Matcha). We want them ALL!
New kids on the block Glow Bar was created out of a desire to share with other women stress management remedies that founder Sasha discovered over the years. From adaptogen spiked lattes to lavender night time tonics , Sasha has dedicated a large portion of her adult life to using natural remedies to de-stress and achieve a sense of balance. After talking to many of her friends, Their elixir blends help you cope with three major areas of life the most affected by stress – happiness, skin and sex. From individual jars of adaptogens like ashwaghanda and cordyceps to blends like ‘Super Happy’, ‘Super Glowy’ and ‘Super Sexy’ who wouldn’t want a sprinkle of the action?
Wild Nutrition are the antidote to the vitamin & mineral industry – flooded with cheap synthetic supplements, which your body doesn’t even recognise (there’s a reason you pee out bright yellow water when you take synthetic vitamin B – your body doesn’t absorb it!). Their supplements are grown in a natural food state, and are highly, highly bioavailable. This means your body recognises the goodness, absorbs it, and uses it – and you feel the difference in just a few days. ou can take it on an empty stomach, without food, as it’s just like eating a natural fruits & vegetables, and is so gentle on the system and gut.
We love their Ashwagandha Plus, containing 500mg of ashwagandha root with Food-Grown® Magnesium to support the body through challenging times. As you know by now, ashwagandha is an exceptional indian herb traditionally used to support the body’s resilience to physiological and psychological demand. It’s really truly incredible stuff. .