Unlike Teas and Tisanes, Herbs and Tinctures can be a bit trickier to jump into, as they are of higher potency than a tea or tisane, and there are so many available it can be overwhelming to figure out what may be a good addition to your daily routine. Herbs can come in capsule or compressed pill form. This is plant matter that is crushed and placed in a capsule, like many over the counter medications, or compressed with fillers into a pill shape and are generally easy to add into any vitamin routine. Tinctures are made by placing the plant matter into a medium or base such as alcohol or glycerin and allowed to steep for long periods of time to allow the plant’s properties to be extracted into the liquid. Tinctures can have very strong taste and can be difficult to just take a dropper full without mixing into a juice or water. Below you’ll find our top picks for herbs and tinctures for wellness and weight management.
Ashwagandha is an ayurvedic herb used for over 3,000 years! Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb, meaning it can aid in managing the body’s stress, by lowering cortisol levels. Ashwagandha is an excellent anti-anxiety herb and aid in regulating sleep patterns. Ashwagandha is also known for aiding in regulating thyroid and adrenal function.
Gymnema Sylvestre is a fantastic way to beat sugar cravings. It can make sweet foods less appealing by blocking the sugar receptors on your tongue! It can also lower blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol and tryglyceride levels and reduce inflammation.
Eleuthero is another beautiful adaptogen herb that supports the endocrine system, immune system, and brain function. It can increase endurance and reduce fatigue symptoms. Eleuthero, also known as Siberian Ginseng, has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Vitex, or Chaste Berry, is a great endocrine and reproductive health supplement for women. Vitex can ease physical symptoms of PMS, regulate menstrual cycles (it’s an adaptogen, so regardless of if your cycle is MIA or happening too often, it’ll help regulate it). Vitex can ease menopause symptoms. Vitex may also aid in easing certain causes for infertility.
Maca has been traditionally used for male libido and fertility. Maca may increase energy levels, increase sperm health, improve mood and lower blood pressure levels.
As with all supplements, herbs and vitamins please consult your physician or certified herbalist. Do thorough research on benefits, side-effects and contraindications, as well as possible drug interactions before beginning a new regimen. There are thousands of plant medicines available the world over. We hope this week’s exploration encourages you to take a step into herbal world and see what is available to support you on your wellness journey!