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Adaptogen plants and how they fight, mediate and balance your stress so your skin can look healthy

You probably did not realized yet that you already implemented and used adaptogen plants (herbs, roots, mushrooms) in your life. It might be a bag of delicious organic tea, or the turmeric powder you sprinkle on your food or those small delicious goji berries you keep adding to your smoothie. Some adaptogens, like the Holy Basil (Tulsi) can be eaten as part of a meal and others can be consumed as tea, tinctures and/or supplements. So what exactly are adaptogens ?


Adaptogens are a special class of non toxic botanical substances-herbs,roots and mushrooms extract that will support the adrenalin glands, allowing them to respond and fight stress in your body in a more efficient way. This special group of plants, called adaptogens are marketed as helping our body to resist stress of all kinds, whether is physical, chemical or biologic.

Adaptogens are nothing new, they have been used for centuries by Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions and today they have a special comeback, call it a renaissance if you want.
Adaptogens will do for your adrenal glands what exercise does for your muscles. They will tweak the hormonal production and psychological responses to stress to ensure that the body (from your mind to your immunity system to your energy levels) will function as it should!
You might wander how stress, adaptogens and the way your skin looks are connected. Well, everything is connected, the way you feel inside will reflex on the outside, in the way your skin, nails and hair will look. Just think, how many times, in stressful situations your skin flared with eczema or a nasty hormonal breakout or you started to lose hair, when apparently you "looked healthy". I am guessing every single time ?!

Stress hormones can bring havoc on your skin and on your and hair too. As a result stress can lead to anything from breakouts, dark circles, irritation and inflammation, redness, hair loos, worsening psoriasis and eczema.
The adaptogens will support the adrenaline glands that produce stress hormones like cortisol, to respond more efficient and to help your body adapt to the stressful environment  by maintaining and restoring your hormonal balance.


Most commonly used and probably most popular adaptogen is Indian Ginseng also called Ashwagandha, an ancient medicinal herb used in Ayurveda. Antimicrobial, antioxidant, skin brightening and with the ability to retain moisture in skin, Ashwagandha is a powerful calming agent that naturally lowers the cortisol levels, reduce fatigue and regulates the immunity system. Herbivore Botanicals Emerald Oil Serum, and Disciple Good Skin Oil both have Ashwagandha on their ingredient list.

Holy Basil (Tulsi) is also an adaptogen, considered a sacred plant within the Hindu belief, this aromatic herb is one of the most potent anti-viral herbs in Ayurveda. Antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, neuroprotective, stress reducing and rich in Linoleic Acid, can help fight inflammation in acne.
Odacite created a Blue Aura Cleansing Water with Holy Basil and Skin Regimen has a Tulsi Booster a concentrated serum oil that helps with inflammation and hyperpigmentation. Youth To The People and Origins they also use Holy Basil in some of their products.

A recent study from 2017 shows a significant increase in collagen production when Panax known as Red Ginseng is used, clinically validating it as a viable anti-wrinkle agent, reason why Pixi Beauty and Elemis are using this adaptogen in their toners and serums.


Reishi mushrooms, unlike other mushrooms this one grows on tree stumps and its name stands for "spiritual potency, an adaptogen very popular in the Asian culture, for treatment of infections but also cancer. 



A powerful scavenger of free radicals that cause cell damage and signs of premature aging, Reishi mushrooms as adaptogen are used in skincare by brands like Antipodes, Origins, Perricone MD and of course Shiseido.
In recent  years, Reishi mushrooms have been formulated in a variety of cosmetic products to detoxify, smooth and protect skin with its anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant potential, amazing calming and regenerative properties for irritated skin and even for skin with lesions.

Goji berry, a vitamin rich fruit used for a long time in the Chinese medicine, may help stimulate collagen, promote cell viability and aid in wound healing. Sukin, Rms Beauty, Andalou Naturals, Lumene are some of the skincare brands using this adaptogen.

Passion Flower is used to treat sleep disorders and anxiety but also general or localized pain. Recent studies are showing that Passion Flower is amazing for skincare too and regarded to treat burns, having antibacterial wound healing properties. Bloom & Blossom are using Passion Flower in their nip and lip multibalm, Guy Morgan is using this beautiful flower in his luxurious niche face oil.


Burdock, a popular plant with the macrobiotic diet for many years, listed as an adaptogen plant, has been used as a blood purifier, cleaning liver and kidneys of toxic. Pixi Beauty has a detox mud face mask with burdock root, Disciple and  Sukin is using it in a lot of their skincare. Burdock root can be used for hot, red super angry acne and inflamed skin conditions, bedsores, herpetic eruptions, fever blister, burns, rashes, weeping eczema and psoriasis.


Rosemary, Clary Sage, Aloe Vera, Chinese Star Anise, Cilantro, Fennel, Dandelion, Lavender, Licorice, Mint, Lemon balm, Marshmallow root- are all adaptogens and this list is actually much longer.

Personally, I have used a number of adaptogens, as I drink a lot of tea and I always use fresh herbs to prepare my food.
I love a fresh brewed coffee with anise stars, so delicious and perfect for winter mornings. I love cooking fennel or having it in my tea and always cooking with Rosemary, Sage and Thyme. Clipper and Yogi are having so many delicious and healthy tea assortments that can really boost your immunity system, keep your mind focused, your liver healthy and your skin clean and radiant.Botanical skincare with adaptogens is really trending at the moment and I am a huge fan of it, because it really saved and changed my skin.


Of course, adaptogens are not a cure-all or a medical substitute. As with any drug, vitamins or supplements, adaptogens can also have side effects, interactions and contraindications. From this point of view do your research, talk to your nutritionist or even to your personal doctor before you decide to include a certain adaptogen as food supplement or drink to your diet/nutrition. 

In my opinion supplements are in general under regulated and in many cases potentially dangerous. 

As I am doing a research over adaptogens and natural ways to fight stress, I would really love to know more about how you deal with stress on a daily base and if stress affects the way your skin and hair looks.



********This is not a sponsored post and I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned in this post.

28 comments:

  1. Kristine Nicole AlessandraNovember 25, 2019 at 12:43 PM

    I have tried Ashwaganda and it does have a calming effect. It is just a bit difficult to find it here where I live. Occasionally I get lucky and find an herbal store that sells it. How do I deal with stress? Simple. I sleep. If I don't, my hair gets so frizzy and I get break outs on my face.

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    1. Sleep is the cure for a lot of things,also one of my favorite way to recharge and distress,just like a cat :)

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  2. Oooh I love this just watched a video yesterday talking about adaptogens,never knew about them but now I am totally interested.

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  3. I've know about adaptogens for a while now but not in depth. I must say that this was very enlightening as there are some adoptogens I haven't heard about until now. Thanks for this.

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    1. There are so many of them, but I decided to list the most popular and also to most potent. I just got a book about this subject and the list are actually quite impressive.

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  4. I am intrigued with the coffee with anise stars, I may just try that. Thanks for this very informative post. I've become more conscious about these things lately. I don't know if it comes with age.

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    1. Remember to be sure you are NOT using the Japanese anise stars,as they are poisonous(had to say that as they look very similar with the Chinese ones). I am also think this interest in this kind of stuff grows with age :)))

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    2. Oooooooh, thanks for the reminder. Obviously the ones we use for cooking are not poisonous right? I don't know if their Chinese or if my country has its own kind.

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  5. I love using adaptogens in my smoothies when I have the chance. Any extra help managing my stress levels is a big plus!

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  6. I didn't know about all of these plants and their amazing abilities! I will have to try using adaptogens

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  7. Wow! this is very informative and enlightening. sincerely am hearing and reading about this Adaptogen plants for the first time ever and its really intriguing. There are some much we dont know about things are are so common and within our reach, this Reishi mushrooms are so common over here and within our reach but doesn't seem like something people know about its value.

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  8. This is all new to me and I find it very interesting. I have chronic health issues and have been using alternative methods of dealing with them for years. I'm going to have to start researching adaptogens. Thank you for putting it on my radar!

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  9. I had no clue about Adaptogen plants. Your post is very informative and helpful. Will check it out soon.

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  10. Who knew! I love that you can use ingredients like Adaptogen plants to fight stress. I didn't even know this was a thing. Thank you !

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  11. That was really enlightening. I'm glad I've used adaptogens before and I've heard amazing benefits of ginseng especially on sensitive skin like mine. Now reading this, I definitely will be trying that.

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  12. There are so many natural ways to cure common ailments if we only take the time to research it. Really helpful post.

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  13. I honestly didn't know much at all about adaptogens and natural ways to fight stress until reading through this post. What an eye-opener. I think taking natural foods like these would be a great way to ensure overall, good levels of health over the long term.

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  14. I have used several adaptogens; I just didn't realize they were called that! I love plant-based skincare remedies!

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  15. I have recently read some articles about adaptogens and I think these are way better than popping a pill. Having foods that are rich in nutrients that naturally fight stress is the best way to stay healthy physically and mentally.

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  16. I have heard of adaptogens but I haven't sat down and read about them like I should. This post is a good start but I have to do some research so I can start incorporating them in my diet and care routine!

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  17. I had never heard of that name before. Very interesting information. As I was reading it, I was thinking of Ashwagandha in which you talk about. It has been LIFE CHANGING For my son who struggles with anxiety which manifests as anger. He takes that along with Maca root and licorice root. I'll have to look into the others that you mention.

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  18. This is am amazing share!! I use a herbal problems lot and most products carry Ashwagandha. Products enriched with herbs are more in demand due to their added value

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  19. Man. super helpful post. I bet there will be a lot more plants being the solution to our problems.

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  20. I had never heard of adaptogens before but I have to start getting some into my diet as I stress a lot and my skin does suffer! Thanks for sharing, I am going to bookmark this page.

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  21. Great items up there! I am a huge fan of sleeping aid for some time now. Really helps a lot to have a relaxant for a sounds sleep. This is a great and helpful share!

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  22. I always think the natural remedy items are best especially for sleep. I use so many herbs within my cooking for this reason

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  23. Thanks for sharing information about adaptors. I am learning so much and the other alternatives for our skincare.

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