In these modern days, adaptogens are used as part of an all natural practice called phytotherapy, the “use of plants for their healing abilities.” While, adaptogens seek to “balance, restore, and protect the body,” they primarily focus on the body’s stress response. A stress response refers to the natural bodily response that releases “the hormone cortisol to respond to stress.” Long-term elevated cortisol levels have been shown to negatively “affect every physiological system in your body, including your thyroid and adrenal glands.”

Even though adaptogens are somewhat new to most of us, “these herbs and roots have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions.” While most of these herbs and roots can be consumed in supplemental form or even cooked into meals, most adaptogenic herbs are most powerful in brewed teas.

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Dr. Brenda Powell, co-medical director of the Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, explains the use of adaptogenic plant-based herbs and roots best: “adaptogens help your body handle stress … “They’re meant to bring us back to the middle.”

1. Organic India Tulsi Wellness Sleep Tea

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This Organic India Tulsi Wellness Sleep Tea is an all-natural combination of adaptogenic herbs that promote calm and reduce anxiety. Along with calming tulsi, also known as holy basil, Organic India uses ashwagandha to promote immune system health, restore the body, and provide stress relief. This mellow tea also encourages restful sleep with natural minerals, antioxidants, and calming adaptogenic herbs. One pack of 18 tea bags costs $6.00, while a six-pack of 102 tea bags costs $29.03.

Philly says, “All of Tulsi’s products are amazing as I feel they really know their herbs. This isn’t the first one I’ve tried. I drink this every night and it not only tastes great but definitely relaxes me. Between ashwagandha and the holy basil, this is a real stress reducer.”

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2. Triple Leaf Brand American Ginseng

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This Triple Leaf Brand American Ginseng tea uses a specific grouping of ginseng called American ginseng, which encompasses eleven different types of plant roots. American ginseng is known for its many health benefits including sharpening cognitive abilities, fighting inflammation, and reducing stress. This Triple Leaf Brand uses 100 percent all natural American ginseng to provide a potent calming tea. The cost of a 20-count tea bag box is $12.16.

RadarRex says “This herbal tea is good and satisfying … With the price of american ginseng going up, I think buying it in bulk sets is still a decent value, and it brews nicely. I like to make my own blend with a good lemon ginger tea or lemongrass … the combination being nice as a hot tea or on ice.”

3. Zokiva Nutritionals Organic Ashwagandha Tea

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This Zokiva Nutritionals Organic Ashwagandha Tea is made with one simple ingredient, 100 percent ashwagandha root. Ashwagandha root is a powerful adaptogen that helps balance the body’s stress response, as well as “lower blood sugar levels, reduce cortisol, boost brain function, and help fight symptoms of anxiety and depression.” Zokiva Nutritionals has created this pure, gluten-free ashwagandha tea with zero caffeine, no artificial ingredients, and a helping of plant-based antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. The cost of a 90-count, 3-pack is $25.95.

4. Micro Ingredients Pure Organic Rhodiola Rosea Extract Powder

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This Micro Ingredients Pure Organic Rhodiola Rosea Extract Powder is a powerful ingredient to relieve stress. Mix this adaptogenic powder with hot water to make a warm tea-like beverage. Micro Ingredients is gluten and soy free, has zero GMO’s, additives, preservatives, artificial colors, flavors, and fillers. A measuring scoop is provided with a purchase, allowing you to carefully integrate the desired amount of this stress-relieving powder into your diet. Use this powder as a tea, in smoothies and shakes, or even in recipes. Along with stress relief, this Rhodiola-rich powder supports brain and heart health, balances moods, and prolongs endurance. A 50-gram package costs $18.95.

Pain Warrior says “My mind is blown. This Rhodiola Rosea (3% Rosavin) is hands down the most effective and impressive natural supplement that I’ve ever taken! … Since my first dose, I haven’t had any negative side effects, I don’t feel like my heart is pumping too fast, or that my brain is in hectic overdrive; I’m not shaky or nervous or feeling bad in any way. My irritation and frustration just seem to melt away, and I have a quiet, but solid sense of purpose, and a clearer vision for my future, along with plenty of creative and realistic ideas and solutions. I can stay cool and level-headed in situations that might have otherwise aggravated me.”

5. Traditional Medicinals Organic Licorice Root Tea

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This Traditional Medicinals Organic Licorice Root Tea uses the powerful anti-stress, antimicrobial, and antiviral of licorice root. Traditional Medicinals has been a trusted brand since 1974 offering pharmacopoeial grade herbs, as well as certified organic, kosher, and 100 percent FairWild ingredients. This licorice root-based tea favors the sweeter side of licorice, while also infusing the natural adaptogenic root and earthy palate. Along with promoting calm, Traditional Medicinals Organic Licorice Root Tea also soothes the digestive tract and promotes respiratory health. A 2-pack, 16 tea bag count costs $9.99.

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Jones says “Really pleased with this product! And really grateful the warning on it that says not to take it for more than a month straight! I have some licorice root tincture that doesn’t have that warning and I might have taken it for too long if I hadn’t also got this tea and read about that, thank you Traditional Medicinals!”

6. Four Sigmatic Lion’s Mane Mushroom Elixir

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This Four Sigmatic Lion’s Mane Mushroom Elixir by Four Sigma Foods is one of the only sources of anxiety and depression-relieving adaptogen lion’s mane. Four Sigma Foods uses a unique mixture of lion’s mane mushroom extract, rose hips, Rhodiola, and mint. While lion’s mane works to reduce anxiety, this blend of ingredients also promotes creativity and productivity, concentration, cognitive support, and focus. Lion’s mane has also been linked to long-term brain health. This elixir can be added to any of your favorite neutral teas for a calming and mind-sharpening boost! A 20-count box costs $27.50.

Kevin Huang says “I’ve been looking for something to help with focus and endurance, and this works wonders, I heard of this from Tim Ferris’ podcast and immediately went to try some for myself … I’ve tried dried lion’s mane from my local grocery store and lion’s mane pills before, but this is something different it blows the other products out the water. The dosage of lion’s mane in each packet it’s well worth it, each packet contains 1.5g (1500mg) of lions mane, more than I would expect which is great, more bang for the buck … I think the taste (bland and earthy) adds to the wakefulness and alertness that the concoction produces.”

7. Buddha Teas Organic Holy Basil Tea

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This Organic Holy Basil Tea by Buddha Teas seeks to reduce mental and physical stress, as well as calm the gastrointestinal tract, with a caffeine-free, holy basil-rich blend. Buddha Teas uses 100 percent organic or wild-harvested holy basil, an adaptogen known for its ability to fight inflammation and reduce stress. With zero artificial flavors, no GMOs, and bleach-free tea bags, Buddha Teas is a great all-natural option! An 18-count box costs $7.99.

Harmony says “Tastes so good, very aromatic and it is organic. Because this ancient herb is so good for you and helps to regulate the cortisol (stress hormone) in your body, I am all for that. Thumbs up for me.”

8. Ayurvedic Calm & Peace Tulsi Tea

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This Ayurvedic Calm & Peace Tulsi Tea by A&I Nutreats packs a powerful calming effect. The power of the tea stems from an adaptogenic trio of calming agents: ashwagandha, licorice root, and tulsi or holy basil. This unique blend of adaptogenic herbs helps calm and reduce stress, while also improving mood and supporting the immune, digestive, and respiratory systems. This A&I product is organic, gluten-free, vegan, and has zero GMOs, preservatives, or added sugar. This loose leaf tea is available for $5.83 an ounce or $17.50 for 3 ounces.

NYC1 says “I’ve been following this vendor for a long time now and was very excited to try this new tea. As always, I wasn’t disappointed. I am addicted to this Calm & Peace tea and drink it 5 times a day. I can feel the calmness effect both physically and mentally, my stomach feels so comfortable and my mind is so clear. The sweetness, achieved by the Licorice is mild and so good. Highly recommended!”

9. Organic Maca Root Tea by Buddha Teas

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This Organic Maca Root Tea is yet another high-quality, organic adaptogenic tea by Buddha Teas! Maca root — not to be confused with green tea powder matcha — comes from the maca plant native to Peru and is a powerful stress-relieving adaptogen. This powerful tea will calm the nervous system while providing a source of fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Buddha Teas guarantees this tea as free of artificial colors, preservatives, additives, as well as caffeine-free, GMO-free, gluten-free, kosher, and organic. Plus, as with all Buddha Teas, they use bleach-free biodegradable tea bags. An 18-count box costs $6.99.

Rusty says “I decided to try different remedies for my high blood pressure and found this tea to have relaxing/calming effects. I expected bitter taste but it actually is very smooth.”

10. Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder

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This Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics provides a mellow, yet powerful energy that calms the nerves while awakening and sharpening the mind. Kiss Me Organics products are organic, vegan, and non-GMO, assured to be free of additives and chemicals. Matcha is a popular adaptogen that “contains up to 5 times more of the calming neurotransmitter L-Theanine than regular green tea.” This organic green tea powder will provide a sustainable energy source throughout the day while negating caffeine jitters. A 4-ounce bag costs $23.72.

Karen Hopkins says, “This is a good strong matcha tea. It gets me going in the morning but without any of the jitteriness like from coffee. It has a strong rich flavor. It was cited as one of the top brands to buy so I tried it. It’s greener than another brand I tried so I feel that this is healthier for me as stated in some of the research I found on matcha tea. Have this on auto delivery.”

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