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TEA & HEALTH – ADAPTOGENS

Herbs or Plants That Aid the Body in Resistance to Stress

In the mid-20th century, the term adaptogen was created by Russian scientist Lazarev. He used this term to describe plants taken by humans to enhance the “state of non-specific resistance” of an organism to stress. Essentially, an adaptogen is an herb or plant which aids in the body’s resistance to stressors. Adaptogens have been used to relieve stress-induced fatigue, promote mental wellness, and aid cognitive function. The current accepted scientific definition of adaptogen has four main tenets:

1. An adaptogen must reduce damage created by fatigue, infection, depression, or other stressful states.
2. An adaptogen must have progressive excitatory effects on the body.
3. These excitatory effects cannot create negative side effects such as insomnia, excessive consumption of energy, difficulty in synthesizing proteins.
4. An adaptogen cannot harm the human body.

Although colloquially a large list of adaptogens exists, scientists have deemed these plants as adaptogens through studies:

Asian Ginseng—Panax ginseng
Schisandra Berry—Schisandra chinensis – Learn More 
Siberian Ginseng— Eleutherococcus senticosus
Rhodiola—Rhodiola crenulata
Maca—Lepidium meyenii

Notable Adaptogenic Tea

Omija Berry Beauty

The adaptogenic properties of Omija have been cited for centuries in Asian tradition for helping beautify and protect the skin from environmental stress. It is also said that Omija’s concentrated B-vitamin complex and antioxidant activity help support healthy liver function and hormonal balance.

Mushroom Hero

In East Asian herbal medicine traditions, reishi mushroom and astragalus root are known as powerful adaptogen that alleviate stress and promote vitality for the whole body.

White Ginseng Detox

Burdock and dandelion roots add nutty accents and are known in traditional herbology to have a cleansing and recharging energy. This adaptogenic blend has an intriguing aromatic depth and refreshing raspberry mint finish.

If you’re looking for a specific adaptogen, here’s a list of our teas that contain some of the scientifically recognized adaptogens:

Schisandra Berry:

Blueberry Hibiscus
Blueberry Rooibos
Dandelion Detox
Omija Beauty Berry
Omija Berry Blush
Tangerine Ginger
White Ginseng Detox

Asian Ginseng:

White Ginseng Detox

If you’re looking for botanicals colloquially accepted as adaptogens, here’s a list of some offerings:

Amla (Indian Gooseberry):

Passionfriut Amla Gotu Kola Powder

Ashwangandha:

Ginger Geranium

Astragalus:

Mushroom Hero

Chaga:

Foraged Chaga Chai

Gotu Kola:

Passionfriut Amla Gotu Kola Powder

Licorice Root:

Cinnamon Plum
Chocolate Chai
Elderberry Healer
Ginger Lime Rooibos
Hibiscus Rooibos
Lemon Ginger
Mushroom Hero
Mystic Mint
Peppermint Sage
Pu’er Vanilla
Tangerine Ginger
Turmeric Ginger
Turmeric Mango
Vanilla Mint Chai

Reishi:

Foraged Chaga Chai Concentrate
Mushroom Hero

Shiitake:

Foraged Chaga Chai

Vana Tulsi (Holy Basil):

Ginger Geranium
Strawberry Tulsi
Himalayan Tulsi
Tulsi Chai

More About Tea and Health

Artemisia – A Traditional Remedy for Fever and Flu

Artemisia – A Traditional Remedy for Fever and Flu

As early as 340 CE Artemisia was used as a traditional medicine to prevent malaria and treat influenza. To add credence to this this traditional use, Chinese scientists identified the active component as artemisinin, also called qinghaosu in the 1970’s. Today this compound is used in anti-malarial medicine worldwide.

What is Elderberry and What are its Benefits?

What is Elderberry and What are its Benefits?

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