Used for centuries in Chinese and other ancient healing medicine practices, adaptogens are non-toxic plants that help the body resist physical and chemical stressors. Some can be used in cooking, others are brewed into teas or used in microdosing.

Here are 5 all-natural plants that are considered adaptogens and are used in holistic medicine:

  • Rhodiola Rosea Root

Found in the cold mountainous regions of Asia and Europe, this plant has many health benefits, and the root in particular is considered an adaptogen that fights stress. It has been used extensively by Russian and Scandinavian communities to treat anxiety, fatigue and depression. And has also shown remarkable improvements for work and stress-related “burnout.”

  • Ashwagandha Root

This root has been helping treat anxiety and depression for over 3,000 years. In addition to its adaptogen properties, it can also lower blood sugar and boost brain function. You can also find it under the names of winter cherry or Indian ginseng.

  • Schisandra (5 Flavor Fruit)

This fruit-producing vine is found in Russia and throughout Asia. Its medicinal properties cover anxiety and several serious physical conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. While it isn’t a cure, it has shown to alleviate symptoms due to its anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects on brain cells.

  • Holy Basil

This adaptogen has been called the “queen of herbs” and it has been used extensively in Indian medicine for thousands of years. When herbs were all they had, healers used holy basil to cure everything from malaria to eczema. The entire plant has healing properties and lots of nutritional value including vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, zinc, iron and chlorophyll. It is also a powerful antioxidant, meaning it can help cleanse the body of harmful toxins and chemicals.

  • Wild Oat

The oats you eat for breakfast do not count as an adaptogen; however, Oastraw or wild oat does. Oatstraw is a milky substance that gets extracted from wild oats right before they go to seed and it has medicinal benefits; Also used to calm stressed-out nerves and restore balance within the mind and body.

As our modern lives become increasingly stressful, we look for solutions from past generations for answers. People today are looking for healthy, all-natural alternatives instead of pharmaceuticals. An adaptogen helps regulate the body’s response to stress and comes directly from the plant.

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