Updated: Nov 7, 2020
Have you noticed the vibe is tense lately? There are celestial reasons (Mars Retrograde and Mercury Retrograde) along with more down to earth reasons (Corona Virus, USA Elections, Climate Change, etc.).
While apprenticing at Flower Power Herbs and Roots I turned to Adaptogens as a remedy for NYC aliments of sleep deprivation, stress, and anxiety.
Adaptogens help the body deal with different types of stress including, emotional, physical, and environmental. They have immune building properties and are more preventative than curative.
According to the book Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief by David Winston with Steven Maimes there are well-researched adaptogens, probable adaptogens, and possible adaptogens. They also list complimentary herbs for adaptogens including nervines and nootropics. The book goes into great detail on all the herbs below plus others. I highly recommend it if you are building your own herbal reference library. Below are the ones that I like and keep stocked in my personal apothecary.
Well-researched adaptogen Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera - I include this herb in many of my herbal blends. The flavor is light and pleasant and mixes well with many herbs. And it he one that is well researched and officially classified as an adaptogen herb. It is calming and helps to regulate the thyroid and adrenal glands. It works to relieve anxiety, fatigue, and nervousness. I also like the alcohol tincture and the glycerite both are pleasant tasting and a great addition to your medicine cabinet.
Holy Basil (aka Tulsi) – Ocimum tenuiflorum (Rama), sanctum (Krishna), and gratissimum (Vana). I love all three and usually have at least two on hand. Rama is cooling and mellow, Krishna is crisp and peppery and Vana is floral and fragrant. The herb can enhance immune function and relieve anxiety while promoting cognitive functions such as attention, memory, and decision making.