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Adaptogenic Herbs and Tonics Melt Away These Unneeded Emotions 

Nothing beats a cup of hot cocoa with medicinal reishi and schisandra berry to help you get in the holiday spirit. Adaptogenic herbs are the perfect add-on to your favorite winter beverages. Surprisingly, adaptogens also cleanse your mind and body from some of the most useless emotions, according to psychologists. 

The American Psychological Association recently shared data about mental health in 2020 (it’s not looking great). The results found that 3 in 5 adults feel overwhelmed by the number of issues America faces. [1]

We’ll explain how you can manage emotions like worry and doubt with adaptogenic herbs, but first, why do you crave sugar when you’re upset? 

If you’re like everyone else, you know a thing or two about eating your feelings. However, research suggests this bad habit is probably hurting more than helping you in the long run. 

In fact, researchers know that the brain requires 12% more energy when it’s under stress alone.[2] Although this percentage may not sound like a lot, an increase in stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline can adversely affect your mood and deplete your energy. 

When we turn to carbs and sugary treats to fill the void, we experience a sense of nourishment, even if only temporarily. Just to be clear, we aren’t saying you should ditch sugar for good. There’s no sense in having total restraint when we live in a world with chocolate, BUT many of us could probably stand to benefit from a lesson in moderation.

Psychologists know that what we put into our body affects the way we feel. 

Think about it this way: when you moderate how much you eat, you also moderate how you feel. A little mindfulness goes a long way for your mental health, something we all need to be working on now more than ever. 

Using adaptogenic herbs is a non-toxic solution for managing emotions like doubt and worry. Like sugar, adaptogens make you feel good; unlike sugar, immune-boosting adaptogens can help you deal with stressful emotions without depleting your energy. 

In this article, we discuss the emotional benefits of various adaptogenic herbs. Relying on the principles of Eastern medicine, we’ll suggest a couple of sweet adaptogen blends to make you feel more grounded and in touch with your inner peace. You’ll also get the inside scoop on a dreamy adaptogenic herbal blend with cannabis, but only if you stay with us until the end of the article (it’s worth it). 

What does adaptogenic herb mean? 

This is a fair question given the novelty of adaptogens in Western medicine. In America, the commercial health market has only been talking about adaptogens since the 1970s, after Russia coined the term “adaptogen” during extensive clinical research.[3]

But using adaptogenic herbs goes back farther than this in Chinese and Indian Traditional Medicine—we’re talking centuries. In Asia, adaptogenic herbs are believed to restore balance in the body through energy channels. The concept of adaptogens is more straightforward than you’d expect, but let’s dig into the philosophy a little deeper for clarification.

Eastern medicine differs from Western medicine in the overall diagnosis of disease and illness. 

For example, in America, when you’re sick, you go to the doctor, explain your symptoms, and wait out the doctor’s diagnosis. Ancient philosophies such as Ayurveda and Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM) seek to treat the whole person, their symptoms, and their emotional imbalances.[4]

 

This is where adaptogenic herbs come in. Their immune-boosting ability helps to protect the body from stress and lower the risk of future illness. For this reason, healthcare professionals at the National University of Health Sciences encourage Western doctors to implement herbal medicine into their diagnostics.  

We compiled a more comprehensive adaptogen list in an earlier blog post, which is a good starting place for beginners. You can read it here. 

Now that you have a general idea about the benefits of adaptogenic herbs, let’s talk about specific types you can try for stress relief.

Wintery adaptogenic beverages to try

If you’re like us, you appreciate the simple things: good company, delicious food, and stimulating conversation. But in the dead of winter, our mental health can take a serious blow. 

Soon, you may begin to feel the effects of seasonal depression. With it, an increase in what psychologists call “useless emotions.”[5] Excessive worry about the future and constant negative thinking is no easy burden to cope with when you’re a chronic worrier. 

Here’s the good news: adaptogenic herbs can be extraordinarily nourishing for your mind and body. 

Next time you start to feel worried, instead of reaching for a candy bar, why not try a hot tea blend with eleuthero root? Or hot chocolate infused with reishi mushroom? Feel free to pull out your barista skills and add honey or steamed milk to sweeten these herbal tonics.

Small changes to the way you cope with emotional stress can create healthy habits, especially when you opt for adaptogenic herbal tonics instead of fatty snack foods. 

Dozens of clinical studies have already tackled the energy-inducing effects of adaptogens. So far, we know that adaptogens improve cognitive and physical endurance, sleep, and stress-related symptoms. 

Plus, most adaptogenic herbs work best when you take them regularly (sugar loses again). According to herbalists, using adaptogens should be a non-negotiable daily practice.[6] 

The biological systems in your body need time to return to homeostasis. In the long run, adaptogens work better than sugar for managing emotional stress because of their medicinal properties. 

When you’re conscious of the substances you put in your body, your mind becomes more resilient to stressors— all thanks to adaptogenic herbs! 

Will you dedicate more time to your mental health?

A Message from Nisha Khanna - Medical Advisor

First of all it’s important to understand what the word adaptogen means. Adaptogens are a unique class of herbs that actually adapt to what your body needs and moreover, make you more adaptable to your environment. When you need energy, they provide that, and when you need rest, they facilitate that. They are so incredibly intelligent in this way. 

A deeper understanding of the word ‘stress’ is a loss of resilience to changes in your environment. Under similar circumstances, one person may experience stress and another may experience adventure and excitement. The difference between the two is their resilience to change “stressors.” To become more adaptable to change is to become fortified against stress, which is, in essence, to not experience stress at all, but to experience centered focus with a hint of adventure. Adaptogenic herbs are powerful allies to us finding our clear center and feeling great in the process of discovering it.

Adaptogen's primary location of action is the adrenal gland. Adrenal glands become depleted with mental and physical stress, and adrenal fatigue is responsible for a loss of resiliency, leading to poor stress-coping mechanisms, which beget more stress.  This is often accompanied by disrupted circadian rhythms, mood disorders, and energy slumps. The simple addition of adaptogens to support adrenal function can be life-changing. They are a shortcut to your center from which you can begin to make other changes to your lifestyle that support your best life.

Sovereignty’s adaptogens + cannabinoids

If you’re ready to prioritize self-care, we’ve got an herbal supplement that marries the amazing benefits of cannabinoids and adaptogens. 

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If you’re tired of feeling tired, our adaptogens are here for you. We care about your mental health, so we are here if you need us. Stay safe and grounded! 

 

    1. https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2020/10/stress-mental-health-crisis
    2. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-do-we-crave-sweets-when-were-stressed/
    3. http://cms.herbalgram.org/ABCGuide/Monographs/Eleuthero.html
    4. https://blog.nuhs.edu/the-future-of-integrative-health/how-combining-eastern-and-western-medicine-makes-you-a-better-oriental-medicine-practitioner
    5. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-minute-therapist/201703/worry-and-guilt-the-useless-emotions
    6. https://www.byrdie.com/how-to-take-adaptogens