Adaptogenic herbs are getting a lot of media time these days, and you will hear this term in the realm of health and wellness quite often. These herbs have been around for centuries, and people have been consuming these herbs in the form of everyday meals and supplements.  

Adaptogens are herbs that help ease stress; researchers have shown that adaptogens can toughen up your neurons against the adverse effects that stress causes. In other words, adaptogens act like a shield between you and stress. If you’re interested in learning about a few adaptogenic herbs that are great for fighting stress and anxiety, then look at this list: 

  • Ashwagandha 

It is unlikely that you have never heard of this herb before. Ashwagandha is a popular herb that people have used for centuries to cure various illnesses. It has many benefits, one of them being its ability to counter both anxiety and stress. It is particularly helpful for fighting Alzheimer’s disease. 

Almost all the Ayurveda doctors swear by the results of this medicinal herb, it is equally beneficial for both men and women. Like other adaptogenic herbs, it is rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants stimulate brain activity which leads to better mental health.

  • Holy Basil 

Holy basil is a variation of the regularly found Thai basil. It has quickly become popular in the world of health and wellness for its adaptogenic properties. Holy basil, which is commonly known as “Tulsi” is almost considered to have magical properties in the region of Southern Asia; it is a part of their folklore. 

It is great for a diabetic diet. This herb helps with the management of blood sugar; and can thereby, support hormone balance especially in women. Most often tea is brewed out of basil leaves and used for its antioxidant properties. 

  • Ginseng 

Ginseng is a very popular herb and its origin lies in Asia. This herb is known as a stimulant and it provides the body with requisite energy for physical activities. Nonetheless, further studies show that long term usage of this herb can have an anti-stress effect on the subject. 

It also helps decrease inflammation in the body. If you use this herb in a moderate dosage every single day, you are likely to have a better lifestyle over a few years. The key, however, is following the prescribed dosage. 

  • Kratom 

Kratom is another popular herb; however it has only been discovered more recently. This plant belongs to the family of coffee and it is generally found in the regions of Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar etc. This herb has many medicinal uses, and one of them is relieving stress. Like many other herbs, it can either be smoked or eaten in food.

People also like to eat it in the form of pills or extracts or brew a tea out of it. Though Kratom isn’t as well known as some of the other herbs on the list, you can find it online.

  • Licorice 

It is the most easily found herb that is probably in your kitchen cabinet right now. People use licorice for many purposes. It helps adjust the levels of hormones in our body, which helps manage stress. The prescribed dosage for daily use is about 500mg.

Herbal remedies are surely safer than SSRIs. Consider trying these herbal remedies and let us know in the comments below if any help you. (Note: This does not constitute medical advice. Always ask your doctor before starting any supplements, especially if you’re on prescription medication.)

About the Author:

David Martin is currently a final year student of Neuroscience at the University of California. He is passionate about writing and takes a keen interest in all things that alter our mental makeup. He regularly writes blogs at