9 powerful adaptogens for stress and hormone balance

There's a growing trend in the health world to take advantage of a substance called adaptogens. These are plants that have been used for centuries as natural stress relievers and hormone balancers. Advantages include promoting longevity, improving immune function, reducing inflammation, and increasing energy levels. In addition to their benefits for your body's systems and functions, adaptogens also have some pretty awesome powers when it comes to helping you relax more easily and sleep more soundly.


Ashwagandha is a bitter Ayurvedic herb known as a rejuvenator. It is used in Ayurveda to help with anxiety, stress, and insomnia. Ashwagandha also has been shown to boost the immune system and improve memory.


Cordyceps is a bright orange, slender fungus originating in the mountains of China. It is known as a rejuvenator, and it is used to treat asthma and other respiratory problems as well as liver disease and cancer. It has also been found to help lower blood pressure, increase energy levels and improve mental focus. Cordyceps grows on caterpillars that eat other insects that are killed by the larvae of a parasitic wasp called Cymothoa exigua (commonly known as “sucking” caterpillars). The fungus kills off nearby parasites while feeding itself with their nutrients until they starve to death or die from starvation themselves!


Eleuthero is a small woody shrub that can grow to be up to four feet tall. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and is sometimes referred to as “Siberian ginseng”, though this may not be entirely accurate. Eleuthero originated in Russia and China, but it's now grown throughout the world (including Japan).

Eleuthero contains compounds called ginsenosides which have been shown to help improve physical and mental performance; they also have antioxidant properties that help fight free radicals caused by stress hormones like cortisol.


Ginseng is a root that grows in many parts of Asia, and it’s been used for centuries to treat stress and fatigue. It contains compounds called ginsenosides, which have antioxidant properties that can help reduce inflammation and support adrenal function.

Ginseng has also been shown to boost the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which plays an important role in learning abilities, memory formation and mood regulation.

Holy basil

Holy basil is a flowering plant that grows in many parts of India and Southeast Asia. It has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, where it's known as tulsi or tulsi-vahini. In India, holy basil is regarded as sacred and revered; it's often called "the poor man’s Viagra" because of its ability to increase libido and improve erectile dysfunction.

Holy basil contains antioxidants like vitamins C and E; studies have shown these nutrients may help reduce stress levels by calming down your body's production of cortisol (the hormone responsible for anxiety).


Licorice is a herb that contains glycyrrhizin, which can cause high blood pressure. It's also used as a sweetener for tea or coffee and can be used to make candy. Licorice root has been shown to have immune-boosting effects on the body by increasing the production of interferon, a protein that helps to fight viruses; it also reduces inflammation in the body by decreasing certain cytokines (chemicals produced by cells).

Licorice can be prepared into cough syrup or added to homemade candy recipes for an extra flavoring boost—but don't try this at home unless you've done your research first!


Rhodiola root is one of the most widely used adaptogens in traditional Chinese medicine. It has been used for centuries to treat fatigue, stress and depression, as well as anxiety and insomnia. Rhodiola's benefits have been shown to extend beyond the individual who takes it by helping their body work better at homeostasis (the maintenance of normal function).

Rhodiola can also help you manage altitude sickness or other conditions related to high-altitude environments—if you're planning on traveling far from home or going hiking up mountains like Everest or Kilimanjaro (wherever those places may be), you'll want to consider adding rhodiola into your diet before going up there.


Schisandra is an adaptogen that helps the body deal with stress and anxiety. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, but its use has grown recently because it contains compounds that can increase your ability to cope with stressful situations.

Schisandra is also known as five-flavor berry because of its sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent taste. This makes it easy to take when you have a sore throat or head cold—just add some drops to warm water (or tea) and drink slowly over the course of several hours.


Shilajit is a sticky, decomposed plant matter found in the rocks of the Himalayas. It's not much known about its health benefits, but it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to treat many ailments.

It may help with stress by reducing cortisol levels and improving sleep quality.


I hope this list of adaptogens has helped you to understand the benefits that they can provide for your wellbeing. As I mentioned above, there are many different adaptogens out there and it’s important to make sure that you choose the right one for your needs. In addition to working as a stress reliever and hormone balancer, adaptogens also help support healthy immune function and even improve cognitive function in some cases! Not only that but they can also be used topically as a skin care product too which is why we recommend them so highly here at Aromatica Botanicals