The holiday season has its highs (presents! family bonding! hot coco!) and lows (travels delays! family disagreements! sugar cookie coma!) To stay grounded through them all, we can lean on tools like mindfulness, seek out more sleep and nutritious food. However, if we’re still feeling crazed after that, it might be time to give herbal remedies like adaptogens a try!
What Are Adaptogens?
Adaptogens are a class of botanicals that interact with the body’s hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which is responsible for releasing our stress hormones. Preliminary studies show that certain adaptogens can help enhance the body’s resistance to various stressors.
Adaptogens often come in powder form, tea blends, or our favorite carefully herbalist-formulated blends within our three must-have holiday stress curbing products!
Cured’s Favorite Adaptogens for the holidays:
Ashwagandha is one of the most widely used adaptogens these days, known for its potential to enhance the body’s ability to manage stress. One recent study that took place over 60 days found that those who took the herb every day experienced lower levels of cortisol — a potent stress hormone — than those who took a placebo. This stress release can be found in our nighttime adaptogen blend, Zen. Take a cap (or three) during those long winter nights when your mind cannot stop racing.
Lions Mane (rise) isn’t a newcomer. This power mushroom has been around for decades, mainly known amongst the Buddhist Monks to enhance their meditations. However in today’s fast paced society, Lion’s Mane is pathing a new lane for mood disorders. Studies show that lion’s mane mushroom may improve mood disorders. In a 2010 research study done on 30 women over a four-week period, participants were randomly assigned to a set group or a control group and they were given lion’s mane mushroom cookies or placebo cooks (science!). At the end of the four weeks, the lion’s mane mushroom group reported a small reduction in depression scores.
Whether you find yourself in a slump this time of year, or just need a quick pick me up after a long flight, the Rise supplement will provide your body (and mind) with a sharp enhancement thanks to Lions Mane.
Full Spectrum CBD: While cannabis is not officially classified as an adaptogen, it meets all of the criteria of being a nontoxic, natural plant that has a stress-reducing effect on the body. CBD reportedly fights stress and its numerous side-effects by interacting with the body’s Endocannabinoids system (ECS), which helps regulate many bodily functions and maintains balance in the body. It has links to our nervous, endocrine, and immune systems, all of which are impacted by stress.
Individually, these plant allies have potential to help with your stress levels. But together…they could boost each others’ stress-busting power while up against holiday stress!