Deadlines seem to creep up faster on your calendar, your partner is having a hard time at work, and your eldest’s birthday party is fast approaching. Meanwhile, you feel wired all the time, but simultaneously exhausted and ready to guzzle down your fourth latte of the day. Fortunately, there’s another way to cope with the pressure—adaptogens.
While adaptogens don’t treat a specific condition—their power lies in the ability to boost overall well-being and work at a molecular level by regulating a stable balance in the hypothalamic, pituitary, and adrenal glands. These areas of the body matter because they are all involved in managing your stress response. They help by increasing your resistance to stress, holding off exhaustion, and returning your body back to equilibrium. Here are some of our favorite balance-boosting adaptogens that create a positive ripple effect throughout your body:
While it might sound like the new kid on the wellness block, Ashwagandha can actually be traced back more than 2,500 years and is highly revered in Ayurvedic medicine. Ashwagandha helps to regulate your body’s stress hormone, cortisol, can make you feel calmer, elevate your mood, support mental clarity, and help you unwind (which is why we use this magical herb in our Calm & Centered Collection).
Known as one of the most powerful herbs on the planet, turmeric has a long list of natural benefits. Curcumin, which is the main active ingredient in turmeric, when combined with CBD, reduces exercise-induced inflammation, targets temporary, occasional discomfort, revives your body, and elevates your mood.
Need to take a deep breath? One of the most important benefits of Holy Basil is that it facilitates relaxation and calmness. From the leaves to the seed, holy basil is considered a tonic for the body, mind, and spirit. Plus, it also helps clear brain “fog” by gently working to increase cognitive function. Sagely Naturals Calm & Centered CBD Capsules contain both Holy Basil and Ashwagandha for the ultimate power play to unlock calm when you need it most.
You’ve probably used rosemary in your cooking, but this herb does a lot more than add flavor and fragrance to your meals. Rosemary’s power lies in the fact that it’s saturated with a vast amount of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. It helps to relax the nervous system, increase blood flow to the brain to support concentration, and promotes heart, digestive, and liver health.
The active compound in milk thistle, silymarin, supports liver health (by increasing the ability of the liver to cleanse the body of toxins) and metabolism that helps manage the hormones associated with stress. This matters because when your liver is not functioning properly, it can not remove the toxins from your body, causing them to build up and impact the proper function of your immune system.
As a caffeine-free, plant-based superfood, it's hard not to love Maca. Maca has been shown to provide sustained energy throughout the day (minus the coffee crash), help you feel more awake, and support your ability to focus—all of which contributes to enhancing your overall mood and feeling of contentment. Dense in calcium, potassium, iron, and other vitamins, maca is a great way to supercharge your mornings.
Aloe Vera is widely recognized for its therapeutic properties and uses in the skincare industry. But Aloe Vera also actively increases resistance and adaptability to stress by soothing inflammation, strengthening the immune system, aiding digestion and delivering vitamins, beneficial acids, and skin-soothing effects.