In the plant world, there are over 500,000 marvels. Among that precious bounty is a unique category of herbs that seems particularly relevant for modern life. They’ve come to be known as “adaptogens” even though many have been foundational medicinal herbs for thousands of years in various cultures.

Humans may not be being chased by lions and wolves much anymore, but our “fight or flight” response still kicks in when under stress. Stress response shifts our cortisol levels into high gear and triggers the sympathetic nervous system. When this leads to a sprint from danger, it’s helpful. But modern life has us sprinting from one task to the next without a break. The result is that our blood pressure spikes and our digestion slows. Over time, this burns our adrenals glands out, leading to early aging and a host of other physical, emotional, and mental issues.

The good news is that you can break this pattern and bring your body back into balance with the help of a range of tonic herbs known as “adaptogens.” Adaptogens work with your body to restore harmony. A hallmark of these herbs is that they must be taken consistently, which is why they form the foundation of our Mab Sticks. Another characteristic is that they are non-specific, meaning that they are smart enough to target what your body needs. Unlike a pharmaceutical that targets a specific issue, adaptogens respond to what you need when you need it. If you are anxious, they help to calm; if you are tired, they help to energize.

Just like a single yoga class, green drink, or workout won’t change your life overnight, the trick to adaptogens is consistent use each day in the optimal amount. If you’d like to learn more about the history, studies and many benefits of adaptogens, we highly recommend the book “Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief” by David Winston.

At Mab & Stoke, it’s the job of our herbalists at Team Mab to act as your herbal advocates. We use your responses to our quick quiz to design just the right combination of adaptogens and other powerful herbs for you. Two of our favorites are astragalus (highly energetic) and ashwagandha (calming, but also energetic when taken long term). Take your custom blend each day, and in a few weeks, you’ll discover that the world may not have changed, but your ability to navigate it smoothly certainly has. When you’re back to your fullest awesome, you’ll be ready to get back out there and change the world for the better.

Why not start by taking our quiz. We plant a tree with American Forests for each order, so you’ll be rewilding your world and ours from the get-go.  

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