The colder weather, shorter days and darker nights, means many of us want to stay indoors and hide under the duvet... where is the sunshine, when will Spring spring???!!!
If you’re sleeping more than usual, experiencing feelings of anxiety or lethargy, you actually may have SAD and even if you don't the winter gives us all symptoms that affect our mood.
Also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, SAD is a type of depression which typically comes and goes with the seasons ... But no worries, there are some incredible rejuvenating herbs and amazing adaptogens that can help.
Adaptogens are from traditional Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurveda system. The term adaptogen was coined in the late 1940s by a Russian scientist, Dr. Nikolai Lazarev, following research was done on Eleuthero root (Siberian ginseng). He describes a class of botanicals that increase resistance to physical, chemical, and biological stresses.
A favourite in the Lab, the adaptogen Panax ginseng, or Asian ginseng as it is commonly known, is one of the most highly regarded herbal medicines in East Asia, revered for its positive influence on the central nervous system, immune, endocrine, and adrenocortical systems. There are many different types of ginseng from around the world but Panax is the King! Panax contains 29 types of ginsenosides whilst others contain only 8-9. Panax increases capillary circulation thus significantly decreasing the effects of stress and improving cognitive function and general wellbeing.
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The super root (and powerful adaptogen) Ashwagandha. Celebrated in Ayurvedic medicine for the compelling results it has shown in lowering cortisol and balancing hormones, in India, ashwagandha is known as the strength of the stallion. It has traditionally been used to strengthen the immune system after an illness. However, ashwagandha is experiencing recognition on a wider scale thanks to a burst of recent studies in pharmacology demonstrating its positive effects on stress, mental cognition, performance, and vitality.
Schisandra berry is known as a balancing adaptogen, which is taken for a prolonged amount of time has a cumulative effect in the body and will help the body to reach or maintain homeostasis (the regulation of temperature and the balance between acidity and alkalinity).
Schisandra was widely revered by women of the imperial court in China for its ability to enhance a radiant and youthful glow to the outer surface of the skin, thanks to its ability to preserve natural moisture content and provide lubrication to the cells of the skin. Its purifying action on the liver offers secondary beauty benefits thanks to unburdening the body of toxins and it can help with more persistent skin conditions, speeding up the healing of skin tissue.
It is also reported to protect the skin from harmful UVB rays and environmental stressors.
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These may seem like large claims for a small fruit but the tiny orange berry really is a superfood. Its nutritional profile contains 14 essential vitamins, omegas 3,6 & 9 and the rare Omega 7, it contains almost everything the body needs to survive and provides more than the modest RDA of plant nutrition. The sour fruit of the plant (which we use) is one of the most enriched plant sources of Vitamin C, in a range of 114 to 1550 mg per 100 grams with an average content (695 mg per 100 grams) about 15 times greater than oranges (45 mg per 100 grams). The fruit is densely packed with carotenoids, over 60 antioxidants and 20 different minerals, vitamins B (Folic Acid), B1, B2, B6, B12, B15, K, amino acids, dietary minerals, beta-sitosterol, and polyphenolic acids. Sea buckthorn also has naturally occurring serotonin, a neurotransmitter that produces positive effects in the brain
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Green tea does have more health benefits than black tea which can be attributed to its lack of processing. Green tea is higher in protective polyphenols. The major polyphenols in green tea are flavonoids, the most active of which are catechins and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which function as powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants are known to protect the body against disease and are an important part of a healthy diet. Antioxidants can be found in a range of fruits, vegetables, and other unprocessed foods. As part of a balanced diet, green tea can be a good source of antioxidants and calm your mood.
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Want to try all the adaptogens and cheer yourself up in one go? Our new Clean Up program includes various adaptogens.