Traditional herbal medicine is all about adaptogens.
They are believed to lower the production of the ‘stress hormone’ cortisol, which leads to anxiety, suppressed immunity, slowed metabolism, and hormone imbalance.
Adaptogens help bring our bodies back to a stable baseline point of health and wellbeing, improving the physical ability to adapt to stress, whether it’s a busy schedule, heat or cold, noise, high altitudes or any number of other stresses.
This elite class of herbs imparts strength, energy, stamina, endurance and improves mental clarity.
They have been used for centuries in Eastern medicine, as part of Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions, but the Western world is finally starting to catch on.
Taken in teas, tinctures, supplements, or in powder form with food, adaptogens are completely safe, non-toxic herbs.
Knowing the powers of adaptogens, and what works well together, we’ve combine Maca and Yerba Mate into two of our oral supplements – BeauTea and SkinShake – to provide a full range of health benefits which work inside and out.
To put it in the simplest form, adaptogens help you adapt. But how do they do it?
Well, they may just do for your adrenal glands what exercise does for your muscles.
When we exercise, it’s a stress on the body. But as we continue to train, the body becomes better at dealing with the stress of it, so we no longer get as tired or as high a heart rate.
Taking adaptogens is similar – it’s training the body to handle the effects of stress.
These herbs achieve this by interacting with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and the sympathoadrenal system, both of which are involved in the body’s response to stress.
But how do adaptogens help the skin?
Ever been just plain stressed and exhausted, and seen the results show up on your skin? Adaptogens like ginseng or maca will boost your skin as well as your energy.
Adaptogens are also believed to slow the appearance of ageing, with antioxidant properties which prevent free-radical damage.
Since skin rashes and disorders can often be due to a hyper or hypo adrenaline condition, adaptogens can also benefit the skin by treating the underlying condition.
Many dermatologists will also treat the digestive system for skin disorders. By slowing the breakdown of cortisone, acting as an anti-inflammatory, this can help with irritations and rashes.
Each adaptogen has a slightly different function, so the best one for you depends on the specific ailment you’re experiencing.
Here are just some of the herbs which demonstrate significant adaptogenic activity:
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