WOW Factor: These eight essential adaptogens improve your body’s response to environmental stressors and help improve overall wellness.
What You Need To Know: Mucuna Puriens, Tocos, Astragulus, Ashwaganda, Pine Pollen, Reishi, Cordyceps, Maca are our top eight essential adaptogens to fight stress.
Essential Adaptogens For Beauty & Wellness
At WOW, we believe beauty is intricately linked to wellness. We also believe that wellness can be as simple as how something makes you feel. After all, wasn’t it style icon Audrey Hepburn that said “happy girls are the prettiest girls“?
This is a mantra we like to live by and that’s why we incorporate joyful rituals into our daily routines – like taking adaptogens. Daily rituals make us feel good and promote beauty and vitality from the inside out.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite adaptogens for reduced stress, improved mood, and a more vibrant spirit.
Ten Adaptogens For Beauty and Wellness
Mucuna Puriens (bean)
Mucuna Pruriens, also known as the Dopamine Bean or Velvet Bean, is an extremely concentrated (and naturally occurring) source of the dopamine precursor L-Dopa. Due to the presence of L-Dopa, Mucuna Pruriens is generally taken to improve mood and refine the senses.
Mucuna Puriens is nature’s way to elevate mood, soothe the nervous system, and enhance brain function. It may also help to ease menstrual cramps. We like to take this adaptogen when we need a little extra pep in our step. It’s also a great anti-dote to the 2pm work slump.
*This herb should not be taken during pregnancy.
Tocos (superfood derived from rice bran solubles)
Tocos, short for tocotrienols, is a fat and water-soluble relative of Vitamin E. It generally arrives on your kitchen counter in the form of brown rice–bran solubles. This hydrating skin elixir can be mixed into your morning coffee, smoothie, or oatmeal. To receive all the benefits of tocos, your food should not be heated above 150° to 160°F.
We love that Tocos dissolves instantly and can act as creamy thickener. Making it a perfect addition to your bullet proof coffee or oat milk latte. Since Tocos belongs to the class of Vitamin E, it’s also one of the most lauded skin food adaptogens you can find.
Applied topically or ingested, Tocos can hydrate and provide elasticity to the skin. When we’re not adding Tocos to our superfood lattes, we’re putting in our homemade face-masks along with raw honey, cinnamon, and pearl powder.
Astragulus has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for hundreds of years. This ancient adaptogen is also known for its ability to strengthen skin and boost energy levels.
Thanks to its incredible immune boosting properties, Astragulus can be taken to enhance whole body function. However due to the potency of this botanical, it should be taken with care according to specific dosage instructions.
The verified queen of adaptogens and a staple in our daily routines, Ashwaganda has been used throughout history to promote cognitive function and enhance memory retrieval. It is also touted for its adaptogenic properties, helping the body cope with environmental and psychological stressors. Thus, it may help to reduce irritability and stress related cravings.
Our favorite way to take Ashwaganda is during an evening ritual, added to homemade hot cocoa to ease the process of getting to bed. One of the touted effects of Ashwaganda is that the herb give you what you need – so if you need sleep, it can help you drift off more easily.
*Ashwaganda is a potent superherb and should not be used during pregnancy.
Maca is native to the highlands of the Peruvian Andes and has been used since the days of the Inca warriors. Due to its delightful pairing with chocolate, Maca is securely on our list for essential adaptogens. We love it for its ability to act as sustainable energy source, boosting mood and resilience throughout our day.
By nourishing and stimulating the adrenal glands, Maca can also help balance hormone levels. We love adding it to our morning smoothie.
Ever hear the saying “take a chill pill”? Well, we got your chill pill right here, and you’re going to love taking it. Reishi is the ultimate chill mushroom and we also love it for its ability to improve circulation and provide protection against free radicals.
We love sipping on this magical mushroom in our hot cacao at night, and waking up with a refreshed complexion and reduced feelings of tension.
Looking for stamina support and an energy boost? This magical mushroom may be able to help. Like other adaptogens, cordyceps also helps to support a healthy stress response and provide antioxidant support.
Cordyceps can be safely used in almost any diet (when following proper dosage guidelines). Plus, they can help to increase both mental and athletic endurance. Looking to reach the top of your game in and out of the office? Cordyceps may provide the extra edge your looking for.
Pine Pollen (tree pollen)
We reach for pine pollen when we are looking to rebalance, refresh, and re-up our libido. A potent aphrodisiac, Pine Pollen can also aid your whole body function and help to boost metabolism. This superfood is one of our favorite things to add to a night-time cup of hot cacao or afternoon smoothie.
How to take adaptogens safely and effectively:
- Adaptogens are most effective when taken regularly and in small doses. And in accordance with the specific dosage recommendations.
- Adaptogens are also more enjoyable when taken as part of a daily self-care ritual. To increase effectiveness, they should be taken at approximately the same time every day.
- As stated above, consult with your physician or nutritionist before incorporating adaptogens into your routine. If you are pregnant, nursing, or have a pre-existing medical condition, you should check with your doctor before incorporating the below herbs into your regular routine.
Important Information To Read Before Using Adaptogens
Please note that the information in this article is intended only as a general reference for further exploration. It is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.