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Everyone’s talking about adaptogens for energy, but they aren’t the full story when it comes to herbs for energy! Several types of herbs support energy and keep fatigue at bay. These include antioxidant rich, caffeine containing plants like guarana and yerba mate (and tea and coffee!); Qi and Blood tonic herbs; and, of course, adaptogens.
The Foundation of Good Energy
But first, let’s look at two herbs that are often billed as caffeine-free coffee alternatives – but are really just caffeine in disguise.
Guarana and Yerba Mate for Herbal Energy
I think a lot of people assume that being healthy means abstaining from caffeine. Coffee is central to this debate. Is it really bad for you? The pendulum swings back and forth every few years. Coffee does contain some useful antioxidants, but adding a lot of sugar and creamer probably cancels out any potential benefits.
Personally, I don’t have a problem with caffeine. Especially not if it comes from an antioxidant rich source like white or green tea. I enjoy coffee and tea in moderation and switch up my routine with yerba mate, too. But many people don’t realize that guarana and yerba mate both contain caffeine.
They are usually peddled as a natural energy boost. And they are – in exactly the same was as coffee! In fact, guarana has even more caffeine than coffee in a same weight comparison. Although some people claim yerba mate has a milder effect than normal tea because it contains mateine rather than caffeine, mateine is actually the same as caffeine.
Tonic Herbs for Energy
- codonopsis (Codonopsis pilosula)
- astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)
- ginseng (Panax spp);
- white peony root (Paeonia lactiflora)
- dang gui (Angelica sinensis)
- rehmannia (Rehmannia glutinosa)
Adaptogens for Energy
My Favorite Tips for Herbal Energy
So how do you use herbs to support healthy energy levels? It all starts with a plan: do a lifestyle audit to examine what’s sapping your energy in the first place. After that, determine how you want to add herbs to your health routines. Do you want a tea you can settle down with and collect your thoughts over? Would you prefer capsules for on the go convenience? My top three tips are:
- Enjoy tea and caffeine containing plants in moderation (if you like)
- Take time to select a single adaptogen or a blend that resonates well with you
- Talk to an herbalist about which tonic herbs might be good for you
Below, you can find some of my favorite herbal supplements for energy.
All the best,
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