We know tea can help us unwind and relax. Most people are just familiar with the usual generic teas, such as black and green teas. But have you tried the almighty strong adaptogenic teas? When it comes to reducing your stress hormone cortisol adaptogen remedies are in a league of their own.
Adaptogen remedies will make you more resilient to stress of all kinds mental, physical, and environmental. This is because Adaptogens normalize levels of the stress hormone cortisol and support worn out adrenal glands.
It doesn’t matter the source of your stress whether it be work, deadlines, toxic people, financial worries, women problems etc adaptogenic herbs will work at reducing your cortisol levels. Besides lowering cortisol and supporting adrenals, here are some other ways adaptogens help your body deal with stress:
- They are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant in nature.
- They are natural mood enhancers being both anti-anxiety and antidepressant.
- They help normalize the immune system, the nervous system, and blood sugar metabolism.
- They improve energy, stamina, muscle tone, and strength.
It’s important to note that reducing your cortisol levels will help increase your testosterone levels. Having healthy testosterone levels will keep your body in a healthy state which will help combat regular stress. Not sure if you have high cortisol levels? Here are some signs and symptoms of unhealthy cortisol levels
- You feel depressed/not yourself
- You feel anxious
- Diminished sex drive
- You crave unhealthy foods
- You catch colds and other infections easily
- You’re gaining weight
- Even when you sleep well, you’re still tired.
- You’re not sleeping well
- You experience backaches and headaches
Feeling burned out on a regular basis? You better take action because there is a good chance you testosterone levels are on the decline as well. Chill-out and try some of these teas daily most preferably in the morning and at night.
5 best adaptogenic teas to reduce stress
Asian red ginseng tea is the most well-known adaptogen and is considered the most potent. Asian ginseng’s is used for improving mental performance and your ability to withstand stress. It has also been used as a natural remedy for treating impotence (erectile dysfunction) and boosting overall health and general well being. Red ginseng also has antidepressant effects, antioxidant effects and can help naturally lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels. If you want to learn more check out my post (Increasing sex drive with Korean Red Ginseng).
Ashwagandha has been used in Indian medicine system for over three thousand years to relieve stress, increase energy levels and improve concentration. If you are aiming at looking younger, restore your energy levels, reverse diseases and reduce symptoms of anxiety than Ashwagandha is what you need. Studies show that Ashwagandha produces anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effect which is comparable to anti-depressant drug imipramine and anti-anxiety drug lorazepam. However, since Ashwagandha is effective in reducing anxiety and stress and helps fight depression, it offers an effective treatment for relaxing the body and mind.
Holy Basil Tea
Several studies have shown that certain alcohol extractions of holy basil combat the effects of stress. Supplementation dramatically reduces cortisol levels, helping the body cope with stress, elevating mood, and improving mental clarity. Besides its stress-busting properties, it’s especially useful for stabilizing blood sugar levels making this herb ideal if you have diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Rhodiola Rosea contains a phytochemical known as salidroside. This component helps relieve anxiety and combat aging. Rhodiola suppresses the production of cortisol and increases levels of stress-resistant proteins. Rhodiola is also used to strengthen the nervous system, fighting depression, enhance immunity, elevating the capacity for exercise, enhancing memory, aid in weight reduction, increase sexual function and improving energy levels.
Licorice root plant contains a compound called glycerrhizinic acid, which inhibits the breakdown of circulating cortisol in the liver. Licorice has been used for many centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine and still features in a number of therapeutic interventions. It is also used as a natural remedy to help soothe sore throats, Cleansing the Respiratory System, Assists Cancer Treatment, and to Protect Your Skin and Teeth.
Drinking adaptogenic teas can help reduce and prevent the effects of rising cortisol levels. If you’re not a tea drinker just remember these herbs have been used to combat stress for thousands of years and they are definitely worth a try. Some herbal teas may taste a little bitter if so I would recommend experimenting with them by adding some honey, cinnamon, or mint etc.