In this post I would like to talk about herbs. Herbs for medicinal purposes as well as herbs for life in general. There is a specific type of herb I would like to talk about and these are called adaptogens.
I have been studying herbs for over a year now, this obviously includes experimenting and consistently taking them as well. Most of us know there are medicinal herbs out there that can replace modern garbage medicine and we should seek them out and use them as much as possible. However I found something called adaptogenic herbs.
Adaptogenic herbs help the body adapt to stress, support metabolic function and restore balance. They increase the body’s resistance to physical, biological, emotional and environmental stress. They restore balance of the endocrine hormones, modulate immune system and allow body to maintain optimal homeostasis. (yes I am copying somewhat from a book)
One of the definitions of an adaptogen is….an agent that allows the body to counter adverse physical, chemical or biological stressors by raising non-specific resistance toward such stress, thus allowing the organism to adapt. (as said by Dr. Nikolai Lazerev in 1947.)
Most of these herbs are non toxic and can be taken everyday for the most part. Obviously you should do your research and find out whether or not you are in a certain physical state or circumstance that says otherwise. I will not go into too much detail on every single aspect but I will try to give an overview.
Adaptogens act by stimulating the body’s non specific stress response via the hypothalamic-pituitary (HPA) axis and sympathoadrenal system. They affect the brain, nerves, endocrine glands and immune system by helping re-regulate normalize and enhance function.
So basically these herbs are essential and should be considered as apart of our daily lives as foods. They are multi-purpose which means they can calm and provide energy at the same time. They are good for sex hormones, stamina, muscle mass, endurance etc. Some of these herbs are even considered as natural alternatives to steroids. These herbs help in dealing with stress in a healthy and balanced way w/o damaging the body too much because your body now has these tools for dealing with the stress.
These herbs have changed my life and how I handle things, not to mention the changes they have made on my muscle building and stamina! ( I often feel like I can workout for days on end w/o stopping!) They also help with recovery as well. There are so many things these herbs can do for you, I could go on and on….
I will instead name a few that grow native in Europe along with the ones I take as well as a short overview on what they have been researched to do. I will also encourage you to study these as well. All you would have to do is simply type in adaptogens in the book section on amazon and I am sure you will find plenty of resources.
Licorice root : It is native to southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia. The greek botanist Theophrastus mentioned that the root grown in Scythia are very sweet and are used to treat people with dry coughs and respiratory diseases. ( I will mention the mostly adaptogenic qualities of these herbs, but know that they have many other health benefits)
Licorice is reported to strengthen the bones, enhance muscle growth and strength. It is also used for people with adrenal fatigue, tiredness upon waking, elevated cortisol and blood sugar levels and frequent colds.
It is very sweet and is used and an infuser when mixed with other herbs as in, it strengthens the affect of other herbs. Its quite delicious but be moderate (like everything) because it can elevate blood pressure levels.
Reishi Mushroom : It grows all around the world including Europe. There are 3 different colors of this mushroom but I will not go to far into detail on all colors but will give an overview instead. It can be used for people with anxiety, insomnia, bad dreams, moodiness, listlessness and poor memory. It can be used with other nervines, adpatogenic or sedative herbs as well. Fatigue, weakness, shortness ofbreath, neurasthenia and dizziness. This mushroom has cancer fighting compounds as well among many other things. The affects are mild and cumulative but it will improve adrenocortial function and relieve stress.
This herb is a very relaxing herb and I drink it before I go to sleep. It, like all other herbs I will mention, are great for your immune system, which suffers during stress. This is why people are more likely to getting sick when they are stressed. every organ in our body is connected.
Rhodiola: It is native to the northern hemisphere like Canada, Scandinavia and Siberia. It is found in higher elevations in the Alps, Pyrenes and the Carpathian Mountains in Europe. THIS IS MY FAVORITE ONE!
Rhodiola was popular among our Viking ancestors who used it to enhance physical endurance and mental endurance. It is listed as an herb for the nervous system and as an anti-depressant. It has been used for decades in traditional medicine in Russia, Sweden, Norway, France, Germany and Iceland. It enhances alertness, reduce fatigue, improve memory and depressed mental states. Its also known to help with adhd. It keeps the hormones in balance while heping both male and female reproduction system.
This herb is amazing. Having been taking it for some time now, I am very calm, cool, calculated and focused. It helps a bunch with my endurance, I often do not know when to stop working out! My muscle mass has improved as well as the loss of excess fat. I highly recommend this herb to any European looking to be in tip top condition for life. I mix it with licorice root and another herb called chaga mushroom which I will go over in the next bit. I drink it 3x a day and I have felt all of the benefits from it.
Chaga Mushroom: Chaga has been a folk remedy in Northern European Lands for quite some time. It is extremely rich in anit-oxidants, it is an immune system booster, it has anti-cancer properties, it supports your digestive system, it promotes great skin health protecting from uv rays and helping with skin irritations like acne, excema and so on, it works very well for relieving stress and giving you energy and relaxation all at the same, great for your cardio vascular system and great for your liver as well.
This is a great herb I drink it 3x a day and I feel the energy/calmness at the same time. Its very interesting how this herb works.
In todays world stress it is very common just like cancer is. Being that we are around all of these plastic, synthetic and unnatural…things, we are succeptable to many different chemicals and illnesses.These herbs should be considered food along with the rest of your healthy foods, they are not separate.
I wanted to share these herbs with my European blood because I want to see our race thrive and survive in this world. I see too many Europeans wasting away in the modern world. To those of us Europeans who are already on the path to a healthy life, I wish to share this information to you so that your well being may be enhanced and that of our children or future children. In this way we may become closer to our deities, become higher men and women, to be super human, to be gods/goddesses on earth!
Hail to Apollo, to our health, to medicine and to Europe!