The term "adaptogen" was coined by A. V. Lazarev in 1947, a Russian pharmacologist. It refers to any substance that allows the subject to counteract stressors — of any type — through non-specific resistance, i.e., adaptation to the stress, be it chemical, metallic, electromagnetic, or organic, such as bacterial, viral, parasitic, or fungal infections. The stress could also be personal, such as due to overwork, overconsumption, or athletic exertion; and the stress could be emotional, such as due to grief, fear, loss, and other factors. To be an adaptogen, the herb or supplement must have as close to zero side effects as possible, i.e., it cannot interfere with normal physiological functions.
Ashwagandha is a nightshade that is easy to grow in the right climate. It is native to Africa and Asia and is intolerant of moist soil. It is a perennial in zone 8 and above and an annual in colder climates. One can harvest roots for medicinal use after 100 days. This is one of the most important rasayana herbs and is used to increase stamina, improve the capacity to manage stress, and regenerate worn out tissues, including those associated with neurological conditions. The seeds take 15 days to germinate and can be started indoors or in a greenhouse. Plant in well-drained soil.
Licorice, Official, 30 seedsGlycyrrhiza glabra
Licorice is perhaps one of the truest adaptogenic herbs. It is used in countless Chinese formulas as well as many Ayurvedic ones. It is also used as a natural sweetener and is sometimes added to herbal preparations to mask the taste of other herbs, but the real benefit is that it protects against allergic reactions. The plant has lilac flowers, and the roots can be harvested in the autumn after two to four years. They are quite fibrous. Usually, they are sliced and dried. If extracting, use water first and add the alcohol later.
Schisandra, 20 seedsSchisandra chinensis
Schisandra is hardy to zone 4 and produces white or pink flowers early in the season and red berries later. The berries hang like grapes in clusters. The Chinese name refers to the five tastes (as compared to six in Ayurvedic medicine). It is rare that any plant has all five tastes, but schisandra does. The berries are however quite tart. They can be eaten raw, dried, or cooked. They are adaptogenic and hepatoprotective. The seeds and branches are also used medicinally. To bear fruit, male and female plants are needed.
Tulsi Seed Pack, 3 types
Tulsi Seed Pack contain one each of the following:
Temperate, formerly known as Kapoor
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