Herbal Adaptogens

This Summer has been abnormally challenging in a physical sense for many people I know, my little self included. A somewhat unexpected flu knocked me out hard a couple weeks ago, and just now am I regaining equilibrium. Perhaps this is partially due to an increase of activities, without enough rest in between, and then there’s the obvious which we have all tried to brush under the rug at some point – stREsSs. I suddenly remembered recently not only that herbal adaptogens exist (duh!) but that I wrote this article about them umpteen years ago for an online magazine based in Hungaria, called Natural Elixir.

It inspired me to make a large pot of chicken soup, adding delicious vegetables, quinoa, and magical Reishi mushrooms. Along with a cup of Ginseng tea this soup was the most medicinal and nourishing thing I’ve eaten in several days! Thanks Heavens for herbal adaptogens, and to my herbalist friends who have supported me! I have been amazed all over again by the power of adaptogens, and hope that you will benefit from them too!

As a side note, you may notice a goofy poem at the bottom of the herbal article, about Rhodiola rosea, which is one of many that will be included in my upcoming book of Herbal Poetry, so stay tuned 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Herbal Adaptogens

  1. Thanks Yerevan! I loved the adaptogens article. Where is a good place to buy quality adaptogens? Is there somewhere online by chance, or certain brands that you like? Any help would be greatly appreciated. 🙂

    1. Hi Audrey! Thank you! There is a place on Valencia in SF called Scarlet Sage that carries quality bulk herbs & formulas. Sometimes you can buy great quality adaptogenic herbs in China town, but it’s important to check for purity. Frontier Herbs has clean and quality herbs that you can buy in bulk online, and they are one of my favorites. I really like the American Ginseng that comes from Vermont, which can be ordered online as well. The best Rhodiola I’ve had was imported from Russia. Basically for best results either buy herbs in bulk to make your own infusions or blends, or buy them in liquid formulas. Herbs in capsules are generally less potent than liquid extracts (with a few exceptions). Herb Pharm and Gaia are both pretty good brands you can even find at Whole Foods. Hope this helps!

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