A Beginner’s Guide to Adaptogenic Herbs

Adaptogenic Herbs© Food Matters


Caffeine, sugar, and alcohol have become the universal remedies for daily stress and fatigue. They work great as quick fixes, but they’re also accompanied by severe crashes and health issues. Fortunately, there are healthier ways to get you through the day! One way is with the help of adaptogenic herbs, or adaptogens for short.

Adaptogenic Herb...What’s That?

Adaptogens are a group of herbs that help your body “adapt” to specific needs, such as coping with stress or resisting fatigue. They are an herbal natural remedy for your adrenal system, which is in charge of managing your body’s hormonal response to stress. While sugar and caffeine can cause harsh crashes, adaptogens assist your body in coping with stress in a gentle and gradual way. Adaptogens offer many health benefits and have been used in Traditional Chinese and Indian cultures as medicinal herbs for thousands of years.

dried rhodiala rosea, an adaptogen used in Torii Labs products

Common Types of Adaptogens

There are many different types of adaptogens, and you can consume them individually or in a combination formula, like herbal tonics. Here are a just a few of the different kinds of adaptogens and the benefits they provide.

  • Rhodiola Rosea -  This adaptogenic herb has a reputation for stimulating the nervous system, combating sadness and fatigue, enhancing work performance, and preventing high altitude illness.
  • Eleuthero - Eleuthero benefits are plenty, and it is often referred to as the king of adaptogenic herbs. It has the ability to combat stress and chronic fatigue, and can improve memory, lift moods and is beneficial for overall body and brain optimization.
  • Goji Berry - Goji berry is an adaptogenic superfood, or basically a food that is extremely beneficial to one’s health. The superfood goji berry contains essential amino acids, B vitamins, trace minerals, and key polysaccharides. They are known to boost the immune system and brain activity, as well as protect against heart disease and cancer.
  • Schisandra - The Schisandra berry is said to tonify all 5 elements, all 12 meridians and all 3 treasures (the essence, vitality and spirit). It’s long been praised by everyone from Emperors to herbalists for its benefits, such as longevity, stamina, and even as a sexual tonic.

Adaptogens are especially effective when combined with mindfulness and meditation, and can be extremely helpful in developing a healthy active lifestyle. While you can ingest them individually, they are also combined in Torii Labs’ easy-to-consume herbal tonic “Awake.” The combination of these herbs helps improve overall mind and body performance.

adaptogen herbs: goji berries and eleuthero powder