Provide your body with the tools it needs to improve its stress response through an adaptogen syrup. Adaptogens are those herbs found to promote the regulation of the hypothalamic, pituitary, and adrenal glands (Brusie, 2017). By reducing fatigue and enhancing focus, adaptogens promote a sense of overall wellness.
A commonly used adaptogen, ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root has anti-inflammatory properties and has been found to lower both blood sugar and cortisol levels. Studies have shown ashwagandha supplements are related to improved memory and attention (Spritzler, 2019).
This adaptogen syrup recipe also uses eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) root, another adaptogen known to modulate blood sugar levels and improve cognitive function (Huizen, 2017).
Combining both of these adaptogens with the immune-supportive properties of hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) berries and the sweetness of locally sourced honey ensures this adaptogen syrup is sure to be a go-to tonic in any natural household.
This tasty little blend helps to gently create a strong foundation, especially during times of stress or when one has been overwhelmed for a long time. This recipe is broad in scope and thus easy to adapt to your individual needs. Yield: 8 ounces. 3 tablespoons ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root
Stay Calm Adaptogen Syrup
3 tablespoons eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) root
3 tablespoons hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) berries
1 quart cool water
1-2 cups of honey or sugar
This tasty little blend helps to gently create a strong foundation, especially during times of stress or when one has been overwhelmed for a long time. This recipe is broad in scope and thus easy to adapt to your individual needs. Yield: 8 ounces.
3 tablespoons ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root
The dosage will depend on the herbs used in the syrup, the situation being addressed, and the age of the recipient. A general dosage is a ½ teaspoon to 1 tablespoon taken 1 to 3 times a day with increased frequency during an acute phase of symptoms (Groves, 2016).
Here are some additional simple herbal syrup recipes for you to try:
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