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Our Favorite Adaptogens

The concept of plants with revitalizing or restorative properties that can enhance health has been around for thousands of years, although “adaptogen” is a modern word that has been used to describe them only since the 1940s. Many of the herbs that we know as adaptogens today were first used many generations ago in Ayurveda (the traditional system of herbalism in India) and in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

Knowing some of the background on each adaptogen helps when choosing the best herb for a particular situation, and also provides context from the traditional culture, history, and customs that bring the herbs to life in daily use. Here are seven of the top adaptogens:

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