The Essential Guide To Adaptogenic Teas And Why They Help To Balance Your Body And Mind
Jan 12, 2023
Balance, the holy grail of a healthy life. Finding the balance between family, work, friends, and health is essential to our overall peace and well-being. In this essential guide to adaptogenic teas, we’ll explain what they are and how they can bring balance back to your life.
Adaptogenic claims have become a buzzword in the food world in the past few years, but they are now something new, rather newly discovered by the masses. The use of herbal medicine to bring our bodies back to health has involved centuries-old practices of using what grows around us. What healers have known for centuries; modern tea drinkers have just now discovered.
Adaptogens in natural medicine have a rich history of helping mankind recover from illness, physical impairment, and other conditions. Just fifty years ago, adaptogenic herbs were brought into the sports world to be utilized for their high potential to increase the body's resistance to stress and help recovery times.
We are here to explain what an adaptogenic food is, how it can help maintain or bring back our mind and body balance, and the best way to integrate them into your tea-drinking rituals.
How Do Adaptogens Help Rebalance Our Body
In herbal medicine, an adaptogen is a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress while exerting a normalizing effect upon bodily processes.
Science tells us that the biological effects of plant adaptogens are related to the complex of biologically active compounds they contain. The theory behind adaptogens is they have natural plant-based phytochemical compounds that can help your body adjust to physical, chemical, or biological stress. Adaptogens stimulate your body's stress-protection response and help your organ systems return to a balanced state called "homeostasis."
What Kinds Of Plants Are Adaptogens
Adaptogens can be found in herbs, roots, or even fungi. There are over 70 known herbal plants considered to have medicinal adaptogenic properties.
Here are some of the most well-known adaptogens that can also be found in tea blends.
Photo: Luxmi Astounding Ashwagandha Tea
Ashwagandha has been known to India’s natural medicine practice, Ayurveda, as the miracle root for over 6000 years. Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub that grows wild in untamed landscapes in Northern India. Early research suggests it may also help against aging, anxiety, and other conditions.
Adaptogen Tea To Try: Astounding Ashwagandha
This superfood blend combines the power of ashwagandha with turmeric and ginger. This elixir of life is believed to balance your chakra energies by rejuvenating nerve cells. In addition, astounding Ashwagandha power packs immunity, stress relief, and gut health all in one cup.
Photo: Luxmi Holy Tea
Tulsi (Holy Basil)
Tulsi, or “holy basil,” is the most preeminent of all the herbs used within Ayurveda natural medicine. Science backs this ancient adaptogen’s healthful qualities and points to mounting evidence that tulsi can address physical, chemical, metabolic, and psychological stress through a unique combination of properties. Tulsi has been found to protect organs and tissues against chemical stress from industrial pollutants, heavy metals, and physical stress from prolonged physical exertion. In addition, Tulsi's broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity. Culturing tulsi plants has both spiritual and practical significance that connects the grower to the creative powers of nature.
Adaptogen Tea To Try: Holy Tea
An homage to the Hindi herbal healing traditions, this quartet of four types of “Holy Basil” radiates with robust earthy tones of peppery yet floral Tulsi and the gentle undertones of “Adda” ginger sourced from the Assam region of the Himalayas. Perfectly anchored in the obsessive perfection of the perfectly plucked and tightly rolled Darjeeling Green leaf, this cup reveals the embodiment of healing balance in the steep.
Photo: Luxmi Turmeric Time-Out Tea
Turmeric, the “golden root,” has been a star player in warm healing drinks for centuries. Adding turmeric to a tea blend can help the body maintain healthy levels of body weight, blood glucose, cholesterol, corticosterone, memory, and reduced glutathione during the acute and chronic experience of stressors.
Adaptogen Tea To Try: Both Astounding Ashwagandha and Holy Tea include Turmeric as an active ingredient.
While some of the other adaptogens in tea will help heal and boost energy, chamomile is here to ensure you can unwind and get a good night’s sleep. Studies have shown chamomile positively impacts your body’s blood vessels and muscles, helping them relax. In addition, because of chamomile’s potent aromatherapy factor, it works best when used as a tea, which can help you digest a meal, calm your nerves, or induce a good night's sleep.
Adaptogen Tea To Try: Valerian Dream
This blend includes wild chamomile foraged from Luxmi’s Tea Estates. In addition, the valerian root is handpicked from the rolling hills and deep valleys of Kalimpong in the Himalayas. This tranquil terroir produces ingredients that result in a light, earthy, and gently floral cup of tea that will steep you into relaxation.