As the days get shorter, we sometimes find our metabolism slipping into lower gears. The days get darker sooner in winter, and our biological clock wants us to snuggle and rest longer in bed. Let's get real though — not everyone has the luxury to sleep in and get our full night's rest, therefore we may feel a bit tired in the morning or not on top of our game.
In today's world, the early bird definitely gets the worm. When it's time to Rise and Shine, we want to shine bright all day long! And one way to do that is by harnessing the power of our herbal allies.
What Is Energy?
According to Britannica, "energy is the capacity for doing work. It may exist in potential, kinetic, thermal, electrical, chemical, nuclear, or other forms." In other words, energy moves, yet it can be neither created nor destroyed. It's a biological or organic function.
When we refer to having no energy in our bodies, it's understood that we can't move or achieve our goals in a timely manner. ATP — or adenosine triphosphate — is the source of energy we use at a cellular level. It is the main molecule for storing and transferring energy in our cells, and it's what we mean when referring to our mental and physical energy levels.
What Herbs Support Energy?
It's important to remember that herbs work within the building blocks of our bodily functions. Herbs do not necessarily work directly on systems. For example, Schisandra, or the "five-flavor berry," supports a healthy circulatory system by working within our blood and removing free radicals with its high Vitamin C, E, and mineral content. In response to healthy circulation, our body's metabolic response may improve. Schisandra berry strongly supports healthy, productive stress responses with by helping balance or modulate endocrine functions. Further, it's a wonderful adaptogenic herb with nourishing qualities.
Yerba Mate is a traditional South American herb that supports energy levels without the jittery side effects of caffeine. It targets short-term mental and physical energy levels and has similar plant properties to coffee. This bitter herb is known to aid digestion as well! You've most likely seen this herb in premade energy drinks; however, it's making a debut in medicinal herbal formulas now, too.
Maca is another adaptogenic herb that supports healthy stress responses. This herb has supported vitality amongst the people of Peru for thousands of years. Its stellar reputation quickly caught on in our modern world because it supports healthy energy levels while nourishing the adrenal glands.
What Can I Use for Energy Besides Coffee?
What about coffee? Coffee is the oldest trick in the book. It uplifts our energy levels quickly. However, it's not for everyone, nor should it be used all day long. The plant compound found in coffee, called caffeic acid, comes in various potencies. Coffee contains the highest, most potent amounts and can cause an overstimulation response in our body if not used in moderation. In fact, it could even cause adrenal burnout and deplete cortisol levels.
Herbal formulas may raise vitality without doing harm. As I mentioned earlier, adaptogentic herbs assist in nourishing systems rather overstimulating basic bodily functions.
WishGarden's new Rise & Shine Daily Energy Boost is formulated with innovative herbs like Yerba Mate and nourishing Milky Oats, which contain the essential nutrient magnesium. Herbal adaptogens allow you to roll with the punches and remain rock steady. Maca root, known for supporting strength and stamina, is referred to as "the food of the gods" in its native Peru. Schisandra is a traditional Chinese longevity berry that supports the production of "feel good" hormones — your shine! Yerba Mate awakens the mind like coffee, but without the jittery side effects. Soothe mental turbulence and sharpen your senses with Milky Oats and Gotu Kola.
Please Note: It's always important to consult with your practitioner before using herbal formulas, as each body has metabolic differences.
Finally, we all are responsible for our own healthy metabolisms. Eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water will always be the most important therapeutics for increasing energy and reducing stress. After all, you are what you eat!
- An Introduction to Energetics
- Schisandra: An Adaptogen Across Time
- Herb of the Month: Maca
- Adaptogens and Exercise
- Herbs For An Active Lifestyle
Lauren Ann Nichols attended The Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism and received her certificate in medical herbalism. She is the owner of Herbal Vice, a small-batch skincare company, and grows the herbs used in her products. She is currently a customer service representative at WishGarden Herbs.
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, or sell any product.