Ready your cauldrons and wands, girls! Today, you'll learn about real-life potions. Well, it's not quite Felix Felicis from "Harry Potter" or anything actually witchcraft-related, but these potions are still magical in their own way. Most commonly known as adaptogens, they're currently generating a lot of buzz in the wellness community.
Adaptogens are plant-based supplements that claim to help your body adapt to physical, chemical or biological stressors. While more scientific research is needed to prove their potential benefits, they are generally regarded to be safe, non-toxic, and non-habit-forming supplements that can help reduce mental fatigue and help you bounce back from a stressful day. Many have a long tradition of being used in various Eastern medicine practices, such as Ayurveda.
There are many different types of adaptogens out there: Read on to learn which of them best suits you! Though please note, if you're pregnant or if you have existing conditions, it's best to consult your doctor before taking adaptogens.
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Aside from sounding like a "Harry Potter" spell, this adaptogenic herb helps in boosting your immune system and gives you strength. It can also serve as a relief for emotional, physical, and mental stress.
Try: Sun Potion Ashwagandha, $43
Also known as Holy Basil, this herb has been known to relieve anxiety by lowering stress levels and restoring balance. It's actually a sacred plant for Hindus and you can find it planted in Hindu shrines. It also fights brain fogs and acts as an aid in digestive issues such as bloating and gas.
Try: Organic India Tulsi Original Tea, $10
Feeling weak? Increase your energy and stamina, and go back to your daily hustle when you drink maca. It's also known to help in muscle repair and recovery, a great way to end your gym sesh.
Try: Navitas Organics Maca Powder, $8.99
City girl looking to find some peace? Drink some reishi to increase protection from environmental stressors, radiation, and free radicals. It strengthens your immune system and improves circulation. Reishi is also known to help in lowering blood sugar levels.
Try: Moon Juice Reishi, $48