The latest statistics from the APS Stress and Wellbeing survey reveal that 26% of Australian’s are anxious and stressed.
Adaptogens, natural substances and herbs, are renowned throughout India since ancient times for their power to support wellness and reduce stress. Combined with yoga practice, light exercise and vegetarian food, adaptogens can help your body cope with stress and anxiety.
Australian holistic nutrition coach Lee Holmes explains, “Adaptogens are substances and herbs that help the body adapt to different situations and emotions – most notably, stress,”
There are many varieties of Adaptogens:
“Undeniably one of the most delicious herbs out there! Not only tasty, it’s been known for centuries for its stress-relieving and immune supporting qualities.”
– Holistic nutrition coach Lee Holmes
“Ayurvedically speaking, turmeric is what we call ‘tri doshic’ i.e – suitable for all dosha types. When you combine it with other activators, it is a powerhouse drink and is particularly great for increasing ojas (the body’s vital strength).
– Vidya Raman, owner of Sydney’s Nalini’s Wholesome Streetfood.
3. Licorice root
“Best consumed in tea, licorice root has an amazing super-sweet taste that is great for keeping sugar cravings at bay. It’s a perfect afternoon-pick me up or after-dinner beverage. Buy as tea bags or purchase a knob of liquorice root and infuse in boiling water.
4. Moringa mix
“Moringa is very healing on the gut and helps regulate blood sugar levels. …We make our moringa soup with fresh moringa leaves and moringa fruit along with other ayurvedic herbs like turmeric, coriander seeds, cumin.”
5. Holy basil
“Holy basil is hailed as one of the most sacred plants in India and is a potent antioxidant with powerful antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used to treat everything from the common cold, to bronchitis, to fever, to digestive complaints and ulcers – but its greatest potential is for stress relief and relaxation.”
There are many Adaptogens you interact with in your everyday lifestyle. Aloe Vera is a great example, used in beauty products for it’s nourishing and hydrating ability and full of vitamins.
So the next time you’re feeling anxious or stressed, try a cup of liquorice or rosemary tea or enjoy a warm cup of moringa soup leave your body feeling calmer and more and cheerful.