By Amy Hunt
In the modern world, it's probably fair to say we've never been more anxious.
With the ever-increasing rise of technology, a sense of being 'on' 24/7, and the ability to receive news - however stressful - from all around the globe in a matter of seconds, it's no wonder we might all feel a little on edge from time to time.
But there are methods that can help us cope with stress, and adaptogen herbs are one of them.
Adaptogen herbs are things you may have already heard of, such as turmeric. And they're often touted for their positive benefits on our mental health, as they're said to help with reducing stress and anxiety, and increasing energy. And it's safe to say that adaptogens are on the rise at a rapid rate.
It's reported that the Duchess of Sussex herself regularly relies on them. During a 2015 interview with The Chalkboard, Meghan was discussing her daily supplements routine, and confessed, "'Sometimes ashwagandha makes it into the mix too!"
Ashwaganda is one adaptogen herb that is sold widely in health stores. In fact, you can find a pot of it for just £26.50 at Glow Bar in London , a cafe, boutique and spa that aims to help women tackle their stress with infrared saunas and a range of wellness products.
Simply mix half a teaspoon of your ashwaganda with a splash of hot water, and add it to hot drinks or smoothies, to start feeling the benefits.
According to Pukka Herbs, adaptogen herbs work by addressing the stress hormones in our bodies, and as the name suggests, help us to adapt to different stressors, making them particularly helpful for modern life.
Ashwaganda is thought to have multiple benefits, such as helping to aid deep sleep, calm nerves, and to address any imbalances which may be affecting our energy.
And the Duchess of Sussex isn't the only celebrity who allegedly swears by the stuff - apparently, Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow also love it too. And that's good enough for us!
Don't fancy following in the Duchess's footsteps?
Try one of these top six stress-relieving adaptogens
- Panax Ginseng
- Holy Basil
- Astragalus root
- Licorice root
- Cordycep mushrooms
Amy Hunt is an experienced digital journalist, currently working as Life Channel Editor at womanandhome.com. She began as the magazine's features assistant before moving over to digital as a News and Features Writer, before becoming Senior Writer, and now a Channel Editor. She has worked on other women's lifestyle websites previously too—including Woman's Weekly, Goodto.com, Woman, and Woman's Own. In 2019, Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards, for her work on womanandhome.com.
She is obsessive about everything homes and interiors—whether she's sniffing out the very best deal on a KitchenAid stand mixer or keeping up the latest Dyson release. And when she isn't editing or writing articles on interior trends or the latest home gadgets, she's passionate about books—you'll usually find her with her nose in a gripping thriller at the end of the working day.
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