Adaptogenics work by increasing blood flow to the nervous system ultimately helping it to adapt as needed to calm the body or indeed awaken it when necessary. They work as a cognitive helper as they have been shown to modulate brain waves and boost the production of neurotransmitters.
More and more we are seeing an overlap between the herbs we are ingesting for effect and the topical applications. For example, you may have ginseng in your shower gel for a morning awakening or lavender in your night-time bath.
If you are on medication or suffer with allergies it is best to consult with a medical professional before embarking upon any herbal supplementation however there are a multitude of adaptogenics which are readily available in health stores and online. At Le Jardin we regularly give guests a spa tonic tea to facilitate their relaxation and add to the overall experience and some of our favourite herbs we brew alongside floral taste enhancers are:
Ashwagandha- especially good in the evening time, this immune booster has been used to enhance athletic performance and supports thyroid and adrenal function.
Rhodiola Rosea- supports stamina and endurance without the side effects of caffeine, increases alertness and improves memory, making it a firm favourite with students at exam time or those who suffer with memory issues.
Ginseng- boosts the immune system, increases overall mood and acts as an appetite suppressant. It has been shown to help with menopausal symptoms and circulatory issues.
Tulsi- can be taken as a natural acne treatment and aids the good bacteria in the gut making it an all-round tonic for digestive and immune function.
Schizandra- to help calm an overactive nervous system and is a natural beauty booster helping supple skin and shiny hair.
Le Jardin has composed two delightful teas in conjunction with a herbalist which are available in spa.