ADAPTOGENS : Herbs for Longevity
Be your own kitchen doctor!
Adriana Ayales, a renowned practitioner of herbal medicine offers a beautiful introduction to adaptogenic herbs, explaining what they are, how they improve your life, and how you can use them for personal wellness.
Adaptogenic herbs—like ginseng, cordyceps, and rhodiola—work to counteract the effects of stresses on the body. Used for millennia in Eastern healing, they have now become popular again. Adriana Ayales, owner of Anima Mundi Herbals, shares her in-depth knowledge of these amazing herbs. In addition to a list of complementary herbs that pair wells with adaptogens, Ayales also lists “master herbs” being researched for their adaptogenic-like chemistry. She offers 30 recipes for food, drinks, and natural beauty cures that can help banish fatigue, sharpen your mind, stimulate your central nervous system, and enhance vitality. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this authoritative guide also provides daily self-care tips for promoting wellness in mind, body, and spirit.
Suma has been used by indigenous people as a nutrient dense rejuvenative, for energy, vitality and as a sexual tonic. Coined as a secondary adaptogen, as it parallels simialr traits to ginseng, hence its name "Brazilian ginseng". Its uses range from being a general tonic, adaptogen, immunomodulator, hormone balance, assist against exhaustion, as well as a libido booster to both men and women.
Ashwagandha is a reveared Ayurvedic herb due to its adaptogenic qualities. Its coined as a "rasayana" a special category of master plants known to powerfully rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. Mainly used as a "chill pill" it eases anxiety, nervousness, stress, helps fight depression, and even boost brain function.
Ancient Chinese texts refer to Reishi as the mushroom of immortality. Reishi has been used for thousands of years as a lung tonic known to ease the spirit. Science also confirms its provides stress-relief, brain and cognitive support, as well as being a supreme immune protector.