Herbal Infused Latte Recipe for Stress Relief
So the holidays kicked your arse, eh?
Yeah, we know the feeling. I recently had to take a week off to deal with some personal issues and I am stressed to the max! I’m sure you know exactly what I’m dealing with in one way or another. I mean, let’s face it, we are all stressed in today’s technology driven, attention span deficit world. We are all in a hurry, we never sleep and boy are we anxious about that looming deadline that’s coming up next week!
So, if you’ve never heard of adaptogens, let us introduce you to our lifesavers!
When most people sink their teeth into a chocolate cake or sip a spiced-flavored mocha, the motive is rarely for health. But now, there’s a growing movement of “adaptogenic” food products — lattes, chocolate, grain-free pasta — that claim to be stress-relieving caffeine alternatives and offer protection against toxins in the environment.
These adaptogens are a powerful handful of nontoxic herbs that help regulate our body’s HPA axis and sympathoadrenal system in challenging times. In other words: “When stress comes along, we deal with it more appropriately,” says David Winston, a registered herbalist (American Herbalists Guild) and author of Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief.
Though they’ve been used for thousands of years in ancient medicine traditions, “most Americans did not grow up using herbs,” says Winston. But today there is “tremendous interest.” (After all, who wouldn’t be interested in natural Xanax?) There’s adaptogenic skincare for UV protection, Los Angeles–area cafes serving up adaptogenic lattes for anxiety relief and a Colorado-based company, Dram, producing CBD- and herb-infused sparkling water (which might have been useful during family holiday gatherings).
These herbs — like ashwagandha, holy basil (tulsi) and ginseng — boast numerous benefits related to immune systems, cognitive ability, sexual function, mental and physical stamina and more. Consumers are increasingly searching for ways to handle what the world throws at them — even changing their morning coffee routine.