Herbs to Help Relieve Burnout - The HPA Axis, Part 2
Nov 09, 2022
By Makayla Hawes
To read How to Identify Burnout - The HPA Axis, Part 1, click here.
I think we can all agree that stress is pretty much inevitable. Sometimes stress can be good, like the motivation to do well on a work project, or even moderate stress that can come from exercise. But when there is stress that gets out of control from a chronic stressor, it becomes a problem. There are many methods of stress management out there, such as breathing, meditation, yoga, or even a HIIT workout—if that's your thing. These are all great options, but if you’re looking for some added stress support in the world of herbs, adaptogens are a great addition to your daily routine.
Adaptogenic herbs are herbs that help your body deal with stress. (Read Adaptogens 101, here.) The name “adaptogens” directly reflect what these herbs do: help the body “adapt” to stress. Adaptogenic herbs (specifically primary adaptogens) have a modulating effect on the HPA axis. It is important to note that these adaptogens do not produce an immediate stress-relieving effect; they are best used consistently over time and can typically take anywhere from three weeks to three months for you to start noticing their effects.
Here are some of our favorite adaptogens—all of which can be added to your herbal medicine cabinet as a single herb or in one of our Signature Blends:
Research has shown that ashwagandha can have a positive effect on insomnia, although it isn’t sedating at the moment. Ashwagandha is a great adaptogenic herb to start with because it can be used any time of day and although it is bitter, it can be added to coffee or an herbal latte. Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic root that is available as a single herb but can also be found in Chill the F* Out.
Studies have shown that over time, cordyceps can naturally improve energy. Not only does cordyceps support stress and modulate energy levels, but it can also modulate the immune system. This herb is a great choice for those who need energy support and can easily be added to your morning cup of coffee. Cordyceps is an adaptogenic mushroom that can be found as a single herb, but also in You Dew You.
Similar to ashwagandha, this root herb can balance out our HPA axis. Eleuthero also offers support for a caffeine-free energy boost and mental clarity, making it a great choice for those who need a little pep in their step. Siberian ginseng (eleuthero) is a root herb that is available as a single herb but can be found in Blue Me Away and Slay All Day.
Tulsi, also called holy basil, features a potent stress-reducing effect that helps to take our body out of “flight-or-fight” mode and into a calmer state. This herb is a great choice for those who constantly feel overwhelmed, especially during the evening. Tulsi can be found in our Signature Blend Do Not Disturb. Although this herb is featured in our sleep blend, it is not instantly sedating if you take it on its own.
Reishi is often referred to as “The Queen Healer” and has many healing qualities. Reishi is helpful for stress reduction, liver health, and is a great choice for allergy sufferers. This herb can be taken any time of day year-round but is great for allergy season. Reishi is another adaptogenic mushroom that is available as a single herb but can also be found in Chill the F* Out and Mind Over Matter.
Schisandra berry is one of the few adaptogens that is not a mushroom or a root. It has been used in Eastern medicine for its stress-supporting capabilities for centuries, but also for its hepatoprotective (liver-protecting) qualities. This berry is also supportive of skin health, making it a great choice for those who would like to add a boost to their overall health from the inside out. Schisandra berry is available as a single herb but can be found in Firm Believer, Releaf, and even our face mask, Peak Bloom.
Shatavari modulates stress and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a female tonic that supports libido and creates a modulating effect on hormones. This blend is perfect for those who experience low libido and want to support their hormones, but also is a great herb for those in the menopausal age range. Shatavari can be found as a single herb, but also in Seal the Deal.
Makayla is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and has studied with Commonwealth Herbs. Currently, she is a Wellth Advisor at Apothékary with hopes to expand into her own practice someday. Makayla is passionate about helping women learn about their bodies by aligning their diet, lifestyles, and exercise to be in balance with their body’s needs. Currently, she resides in Las Vegas, NV, and enjoys hiking various trails and visiting the National Parks in the area.