Tea Ingredients for Reducing Stress
The terms “adaptogen” and “adaptogenic herbs” are popular buzzwords.
But what do they mean? What do adaptogenic herbs even do?
And what is in that picture?
(Answer: ginseng! 😜)
To Start, What’s an Adaptogen, Anyway?
Originally, the concept of an adaptogen came from natural medicine. According to Dr. David Winston, co-author of Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief, adaptogenic herbs must meet three criteria:
- First, the herb is non-toxic.
- Next, it has a broad, non-specific influence, meaning that it affects multiple parts of the body. Also, it protects against a wide variety of damaging factors.
- Finally, it helps balance system functions.
According to herbalists, adaptogens are like tuning forks:
They bring your body back into harmony after it’s experienced discord.
A History of Stress
Throughout history, the human body has evolved a “fight or flight” response to a threat. For example, think about your ancient ancestors:
If they encountered an angry lion, their sympathetic nervous systems kicked into high gear. First, their hearts would beat faster. Then, their blood pressures would rise. And their adrenal glands would release bursts of hormones. Automatically, they prepared to run, fight, or react to the scary situation.
But once the lion was gone, your ancestors’ bodies would return to a resting state. For instance, their heart and breathing rates slowed back down. Plus, the influx of stress hormones would dissipate.
Adaptogenic Herbs and Chronic Stress
Modern day life involves many ongoing stressors instead of the occasional angry lion. Now, you may never switch out of the “fight or flight” mode. Instead, constant stress wreaks havoc on your body. For instance, it can cripple your immune system, upset hormonal balance, disrupt digestion, and cause inflammation.
Fortunately, adaptogenic herbs may help you adapt! Reportedly, they reduce levels of stress hormones and their effects. As a result, adaptogens may also increase endurance during physical stress like exercise. Or, they may speed up recovery afterwards.
What Are Some Adaptogenic Herbs?
The list of adaptogenic herbs varies from source to source, but some of the most common ones include:
- Ginseng (Asian ginseng or true ginseng)
- Eleuthero root (Siberian ginseng)
- Schizandra (Schisandra)
- Holy Basil (Tulsi)
- Rhodiola (Rhodiola Rosea)
Please scroll down to read more about CommuniTea Center’s tea blends with adaptogenic herbs!
(O) = contains 95% or more organic ingredients
Adaptogenic Herbs Spotlight:
Eleuthero, Schizandra Berries, and Ashwagandha
Power Up (O)– $4 sample/$12 2oz
“Power Up” is one of our most popular blends. And we think it’s a super way to start your day. Or, drink it to get through the afternoon energy slump. We have a lot of customers who love it, too!
To the pu-erh tea base, we add cinnamon and goji berries for yumminess. It naturally has some caffeine to give you a little boost. But the best part about “Power Up” is that it contains multiple, powerful adaptogenic herbs.
Surprisingly, “Power Up” is just as delicious iced as it is hot, so it’s perfectly refreshing year-round. Yum!!
Adaptogenic Herbs Spotlight: Ginseng and Schizandra Berries
Ginseng Detox (O)– $5 sample/$14 2oz
For thousands of years throughout Asia, ginseng has been used as a medicine and tonic. According to tradition, it promotes longevity, vitality, overall health, and stamina.
In addition to ginseng, we also include a special blend of adaptogenic herbs, roots, and berries. We designed this special herbal blend to support the liver and purify the blood. But, since your tea still has to taste yummy, we’ve got peppermint, raspberries, and licorice root in the mix, too! And there’s no caffeine, so feel free to drink it at any time of the day or night!
Adaptogenic Herbs Spotlight: Holy Basil (Tulsi)
The Incomparable Holy Basil (O)– $2 sample/$10 2oz
Another adaptogenic herb, holy basil, is sacred in the Hindu religion, and Ayurvedic practitioners have utilized it for centuries. They use it to treat a variety of conditions, from coughs and colds, to heart and respiratory problems. Accordingly, the Hindu name for holy basil is “tulsi,” which translates as “The Incomparable One.”
Try “The Incomparable Holy Basil” to see what you think. We think you’ll like the pleasant, grassy, peppery taste. And if it makes you feel good, too, we say, “Drink up!” Plus, it’s caffeine-free!
Holy Chai (O)– $4 sample/$12 2oz
“Holy Chai” got its name because it’s so yummy, the Heavens open and a chorus of angels sings “Hallelujah” when you sip it. Or wait, maybe it’s because it’s made with holy basil, so it’s naturally caffeine-free? Well, it’s one of those… 😉
In addition to the tulsi (holy basil), we also add cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom, and nutmeg. The result is a yummy, sweet and spicy tea experience.