Reduce Stress with Adaptogen Teas

November 16th, 2020

What are Adaptogens?

Adaptogen—"a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes.”

Makes sense, doesn’t it? When a person is able to adapt to a particular situation, they are said to become adjusted to the current conditions. Though the concept of adaptogens was introduced to the field of medicine in 1947 to help define when a particular substance assists one’s ability to resist the effects of stress, it’s not an accepted term in pharmacology. Thus, you’ll only find it used in herbal and alternative medicine circles. Which suits our purposes just fine.

Everyday life supplies the average human with an abundance of stressors, which have the potential to push us over the edge both physically and emotionally. Because we all need healthy ways to cope, we at Buddha Teas believe that exploring adaptogenic single herb and tea blends is a wise and worthy use of time.

According to herbalist David Winston, RH (AHG), there actually are not that many properly researched adaptogens. Though some herbs are classified as “likely,” there are others whose reputation could more accurately be labeled as “healing tonics,” that strengthen and nourish, without being technically categorized as adaptogens. That being said, at the end of the day, does it really matter how your stress-balancing herb is categorized? As long as you enjoy the taste, and can commit to regular consumption, you're on your way.

Take some time to review the herbs and tea blends described below. Once you realize how simple it might be to help balance out your body and mind with a cup of tea, you’ll want to try out all of our adaptogen and adaptogen-like teas.

Support Full Body Health with Adaptogen Teas

Ashwagandha / Aswaganda OR Indian Ginseng is an Ayurveda medicine in stem and powder form.

True Adaptogen

Ashwagandha—A true adaptogen, Ashwagandha is one of the most researched medicinal rasayanas (which include both behavioral and herbal modalities) in Ayurvedic medicine. The root, which is most commonly used, is the part of the plant that is considered an adaptogen. Ashwagandha simultaneously calms and nourishes, lessens stress, and supports healthy rest.

We offer three delightful alternatives to this single herb tea that bring the power of ashwagandha to a flavorful, beneficial blend. Try our Ashwagandha Tea. Other ashwagandha-rich blends include our Zenergy Blend or Root Chakra Tea.

Astragalus Root Tea

Astragalus—Though technically not an adaptogen, astragalus root is best known in the world of herbal medicine as an immune boosting herb. It is also widely used to stimulate many bodily systems, as well as to treat issues related to the musculoskeletal system. For a tasty tea alternative to the single herb option, try: Divine Immunity

Probable Adaptogen

Holy Basil—In the Ayurvedic tradition, tulsi, or holy basil, offers a plethora of benefits. Touted in some circles as an adaptogen, holy basil helps the body and mind de-stress and balance. You can also enjoy the benefits of holy basil while branching out into new taste sensations. Our Pure Mind Blend is a truly delightful blend that reveals itself with savory, grounding flavors, simultaneously nurturing and elevating.

Holy Basil Tea

Nutritive Tonics

Maca—Also known as Peruvian ginseng, maca is an herbaceous perennial plant with an ancient South American history. Commonly listed benefits include supporting healthy energy levels, balancing mood, and potentially supporting women-specific issues. For a delicious alternative to straight Maca Tea, we suggest our unique and delightful Zenergy Blend.

Licorice Root—One of the most versatile herbs to include in tea blends due to its sweet flavor, licorice root has been used since prehistoric times. Its popularity in herbal teas is meaningful, and you can enjoy the benefits in these blends as well:Digestive Nirvana; Sleepy Temple; Detox Dharma Blend; 5th Chakra Tea; Cold Weather Defense.

Reishi Mushroom Blend

Reishi—(nutritive tonic) In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are about 50 herbs considered tonics that are recommended for daily use to keep the body in good working order. The reishi mushroom reigns over these health-supporting herbs. Our dynamic and delicious Reishi Mushroom Blend provides super-charged reishi benefits in addition to licorice root and flavorful rooibos.

Double Time Your Tea-Drinking Life

Consider this: if you’re reading about adaptogens here, you’re likely part of an exclusive population who appreciates that what you consume can provide pleasure while benefiting your health. Now that you’ve been introduced to the relevance of adaptogens—that they are nontoxic, non-habit forming, help defend against a slew of stressors, and bring the body into balance—you’re ready to branch out into the world of adaptogenic teas.


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