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Adaptogen Glossary

Adaptogens are stress-busting herbs and mushrooms that can help the body find balance in the face of daily stress. Used for centuries in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Adaptogens
Adaptogens

Adaptogen Glossary

Adaptogens are stress-busting herbs and mushrooms that can help the body find balance in the face of daily stress. Used for centuries in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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Amla Amla
Amla Amla

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Primary Benefit: Beauty
Amla, or Indian gooseberry, has been used in Ayurvedic healing, and its small, thorny trees are regarded as sacred in native India. Amla is one of the greatest protectors for the skin, defending against accelerated aging. A rich source of Vitamin C, Amla is an antioxidant and traditionally used as a beauty tonic in Ayurveda. In addition to its primary beauty benefits, Amla supports power and spirit.*

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Ashwagandha Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha Ashwagandha

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Primary Benefit: Spirit and Dream
Ashwagandha is the potent flowering shrub that is relied upon heavily in Ayurveda to harmonize mind, body, and spirit. Clinically shown to help reduce stress and regulate cortisol levels, enhance focus and mental stamina, reduce irritability and stress-related cravings. In addition to its primary spirit and dream benefits, Ashwagandha supports brain and power.*

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Astragalus Astragalus
Astragalus Astragalus

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Primary Benefit: Power
Native to parts of the Middle East, as well as Korea and Mongolia, the roots of this flowering plant have long been prescribed by Traditional Chinese Medicine to fight off emotional stress. Astragalus is traditionally used to support immunity, brain and emotional wellbeing. In addition to its primary power benefits, Astragalus supports spirit and brain.*

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Cordyceps Cordyceps
Cordyceps Cordyceps

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Primary Benefit: Power
Cordyceps were traditionally gathered from the Himalayas in Bhutan and Tibet. Forced to adapt to high altitudes, lower oxygen levels, and freezing temperatures, these small, very rare mushrooms evolved to thrive, making them one of the most potent plant medicines today. Cordyceps work to increase energy and endurance, encourage lung health and capacity, and support the immune system. In addition to its primary power benefits, Cordyceps supports spirit and sex.*

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Eleuthero Eleuthero
Eleuthero Eleuthero

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Primary Benefit: Power
Eleuthero comes from a low shrub native to the high mountains of Siberia, China, Korea, and Japan. Its root, stem, and bark have all been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda for centuries, as well as by Russian Olympians in the 1960s and ’70s. Eleuthero traditionally was used to support stamina, immunity and athletic performance. In addition to its primary power benefits, Eleuthero supports brain and spirit.*

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Epimedium Epimedium
Epimedium Epimedium

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Primary Benefit: Sex
Epimedium, also known as horny goat weed, is a flowering plant that is wild harvested in its native Asia and the Mediterranean. Epimedium helps ignite desire and strengthen sensation. In addition to its primary sex benefits, Epimedium supports power and brain.*

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Ginseng Ginseng
Ginseng Ginseng

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Primary Benefit: Brain
Ginseng, used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and native to China and Korea, is now extremely difficult to source in the wild, but it originally grew in the mountainous forests. Its potency lies in its supreme ability to energize. Ginseng was traditionally used to promote calm focus and energy. In addition to its primary brain benefits, Ginseng supports sex and power.*

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Licorice Licorice
Licorice Licorice

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Primary Benefit: Dream
Licorice or "sweet root," hailing from Europe, Asia, and North America, was used by ancient Romans and Greeks, Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. By the twentieth century, its curiously sweet flavor turned it into a popular candy. Licorice promotes a soothed mind and body. Traditionally used as a relaxant and body soother. In addition to its primary dream benefits, Licorice supports spirit and power.*

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Mucuna Mucuna
Mucuna Mucuna

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Primary Benefit: Spirit
Mucuna, used in Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and shamanic medicine, is native to tropical areas of Africa and Asia. Mucuna is a potent psychoactive. Its natural bounty of L-dopa supplies the brain with the fuel to create more of the beneficial neurotransmitters dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. Able to nourish and revitalize the whole body, it supports mental and physical health with both invigorating and calming effects. In addition to its primary spirit benefits, Mucuna supports brain and sex.*

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Reishi Reishi
Reishi Reishi

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Primary Benefit: Brain, Dream, and Spirit
This mushroom grows on trees in the United States, Asia, and even parts of the Amazon, under a wide range of conditions. Reishi has been crowned queen healer by traditional Chinese herbalists for centuries because of its ability to strengthen the heart and mind, allowing you to unlock creativity and connect. This super mushroom is a brain nourisher, immune supporter, energizer, stress reliever, and beauty food. In addition to its primary brain, dream, and spirit benefits, Reishi supports power.*

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Rhodiola Rhodiola
Rhodiola Rhodiola

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Primary Benefit: Brain
Rhodiola has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and grows at some of the highest altitudes on Earth. This hardy plant can be found in the Arctic areas of Eastern Europe and Asia. Rhodiola traditionally helps to support mental clarity, cognitive function, and endurance. It also supports concentration and helps reduce fatigue. In addition to its primary brain benefits, Rhodiola supports spirit and power.*

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Schisandra Schisandra
Schisandra Schisandra

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Primary Benefit: Beauty
Native to the harshest climates of China, Schisandra is a red berry found on vines. Prized in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a longevity and beauty berry, this antioxidant-rich tonic repairs the cell and tissue damage that speed up the aging process while improving skin and liver health by nourishing from within. In addition to its primary beauty benefits, Schisandra supports brain, power, and spirit.*

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Shatavari Shatavari
Shatavari Shatavari

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Primary Benefit: Sex
Used in Ayurveda and grown throughout Nepal, India, and Sri Lanka, this powerful plant from the asparagus family is harvested for its thick, succulent roots. It’s a powerful aphrodisiac and traditionally used to support sexual health. It has been called “the female Viagra.” Shatavari supports healthy hormonal balance throughout each phase of life. In addition to its primary sex benefits, Shatavari supports beauty and power.*

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Shilajit Shilajit
Shilajit Shilajit

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Primary Benefit: Sex
Referred to as “conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness” in Sanskrit, Shilajit has been used as a traditional remedy for over five thousand years in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Shilajit helps promote healthy libido, energy levels, and reduce occasional feelings of fatigue. Its mineral rich properties also support cognitive function and mental clarity. In addition to its primary sex benefits, Shilajit supports brain and power.*

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Tulsi Tulsi
Tulsi Tulsi

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Primary Benefit: Beauty
Tulsi is an herb native to India. Considered a sacred plant by Ayurveda, it’s also known as holy basil. It’s an ancient remedy for soothing body and mind. Tulsi supports the body’s defense against oxidative damage and accelerated aging, while soothing the body and uplifting the mood. In addition to its primary beauty benefits, Tulsi supports spirit, power, and brain.*

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