How often do you wish you had more energy during the day but want to stay away from caffeine for that extra boost? In this day and age, just about everyone could use more energy in their day-to-day lives, or at least on those occasional, more demanding days.
To that end, nature has given us some pretty magical gifts in the form of unique and powerful energy-boosting plants and herbs. The beauty of many of these herbs is that they do not necessarily need to be over-stimulating in order to support healthy, vital energy levels.
Some of these herbs are what we call “adaptogens.” As their name suggests, adaptogenic herbs adapt to what your body needs—helping your body achieve maximum performance in a balanced and well-rounded manner.
These herbs work throughout the physiology and support the immune, nervous, and glandular systems, helping the body adapt to stress and maintain stable and healthy energy levels. And for those who are looking for herbal support for the adrenals, adaptogens are often the perfect answer.
Let’s explore some of our favorite Ayurvedic herbs—and one mineral pitch—along with our top herbal formulas for energy.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is one of Ayurveda\’s most celebrated and best-known adaptogens. One of ashwagandha\’s benefits is its ability to promote healthy energy levels throughout the day and sound, restful sleep at night.
But the benefits of ashwagandha don\’t stop there! A widely researched herb, many studies over the years have focused on ashwagandha\’s calming effect on the mind, its ability to help the body cope with stress, and more.
Ginseng is another well-known herb for supporting energy in Western and Chinese herbalism traditions. Studies on ginseng include a pilot randomized, double-blind study led by the Mayo Clinic on the effects of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), highlighting its capacity to reduce occasional fatigue and boost overall energy.
Brahmi/gotu kola (Centella asiatica), another adaptogen, supports balanced pitta dosha in the body and is considered one of Ayurveda’s top rejuvenatives for the mind. It is well known for supporting the mind and nervous system thanks to its affinity for the crown chakra (a powerful energy center in the head) and has traditionally been used by yogis to enhance the practice of meditation.
Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) is used in Ayurveda to support the kidneys and adrenals. Adrenal health plays a huge role in helping the body respond well to stress and sustain stable and balanced energy throughout the day.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is a well-known herb, but it isn’t always recognized for its adaptogenic abilities. A demulcent herb, licorice has wonderfully soothing benefits for the nerves, kidneys, and adrenal glands. It helps the body build resilience to stress and is calming for the mind.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a common cooking spice known for its heating and metabolizing properties and its great, spicy-sweet taste. A popular addition to many Ayurvedic formulas, ginger has a wide range of benefits—from promoting a healthy immune system to strengthening digestion—which also help the body feel more invigorated and energized.
While it’s not technically an herb, shilajit is a powerful, naturally occurring adaptogen for energy. This mineral is secreted from rocks in the Himalayan mountains and its high mineral content makes it a powerful, rejuvenating ally for many areas of the body—especially the adrenals.
A traditional Ayurvedic rejuvenative jam, Chyawanprash is packed with adaptogens like ashwagandha along with amalaki and guduchi. It has excellent benefits for the mind and body, bolsters the immune system, and tastes great on toast, in milk, or right off the spoon!
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