Really… drink a cup of tea? That’s my secret. Every morning and every night I have a cup of tea. Perhaps this is something we should have been following from the United Kingdom all along. I have been watching the “Last Tango in Halifax” lately and every episode is full of lots of good cups of tea. So apparently it won’t fix your social skills, or the chaos in your life, but it sure helps with everything else. There is nothing like drinking a cup of tea to relax you. And relaxation is key to keeping those adrenals from being overactive.
I start my day with turmeric and ginger tea. Turmeric is thought to reduce inflammation by lowering histamine levels, which I know is important for my routine. As well it may also stimulate the adrenal glands to increase production of a hormone that reduces inflammation … cortisol. Yes I just said that. There is a fine line between cortisol balance and so keep that in mind.
Ginger is an adaptogen that helps modulate the adrenal functions. So that is why they are a perfect combination. You can add ginger to your cooking, mix a quarter tsp into some hot tea with lemon first thing in the morning, or take it in an organic encapsulated form. I found this amazing tea on the recommendation of Oprah’s Favorite things, and I have been hooked on it every since. It’s the best way to start my morning!
My cortisol spikes at night, and so I don’t need any adrenal stimulation before bedtime. Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., an expert on botanical medicine, says that rhodiola is one of her favorite herbs for treatment of patients suffering from “21st century stress”: fatigue, mental fog, trouble concentrating, low energy and, perhaps, mild depression.
Another amazing herbal remedy, licorice root is one of the adaptogenic herbs that is beneficial to use for long term stress and adrenal gland fatigue, which is often the result of stress. I know this is a very recommended item for adrenals, inflammatory issues and other endocrine support issues.
Siberian Ginseng Root is good for both men and women. The main benefits of Siberian ginseng are increased resistance to stress, normalized metabolism, and regulation of neurotransmitters. Siberian ginseng counteracts mental fatigue and is known to increase and sustain energy levels, physical stamina and endurance. Who doesn’t need that to get through their big workout today? And in fact, did you know that ginseng has a dual role as it influences the HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis. That means it can help normalize our body’s stress response.
Thyme belongs to a naturally-occurring class of compounds known as “biocides” (substances that can destroy harmful organisms). I like to use thyme oil when I am mentally fatigued or feel a cold coming on. Thyme essential oil is in many of my favorite supplements. Thyme essential oil has also been reported to relieve snoring, and is a great oil to massage with, bath with or add a drop or two to the diffuser before bedtime.
Now when it comes to this last ingredient you may be shocked that I actually prefer schisandra berry to ashwagandha for adrenals. That’s right. Where ashwagandha is very calming, the schisandra berry is also known as the 5 flavor fruit because it stimulates the sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and pungent receptors of the tongue. Stimulation of these various receptors in turn stimulate the various organs and systems in the body and our body requires that before it can rejuvenate our systems properly. And schisandra is a good energy without being a central nervous system stimulant. Schisandra’s polysaccharides are immune stimulatory and the herb also supports the kidneys, liver and eyes. It is rich in flavonoids, which provide various benefits including stabilization of tissues.
That is why this Organic Vitality Tea has really become my FAVORITE teas ever!!
You should give tea a try!