Chances are you've been hearing lots about adaptogen herbs lately, and for good reason. Adaptogens make the perfect 21st century herbal picks because of their ability to gently nourish the immune system and boost resistance to stress (think work-related mental stress, post-workout physical stress, and even environmental stress from exposure to pollution and chemicals). With the wide array of adaptogens to choose from, you're sure to find the right one for your specific needs. But what comes after choosing the right adaptogen blend (such as Deep Immune), is choosing the right method of delivery: that's where liquid tinctures come in. Tinctures have long been a preferred method of taking herbs in Western herbalism. If you're curious about whether or not it might be the right method for you, read on for our top three reasons why it can be.
Fast absorption for quicker results
Tinctures are readily absorbed into the bloodstream and utilized by the body, bypassing the long process of digestion. Compared with herbal capsules for example, tinctures deliver benefits faster, for quicker results. This also highlights tinctures as the ideal choice for anyone dealing with digestive issues (such as low stomach acid) which can hinder nutrient assimilation in general, including absorption of therapeutic herbal components.
Potency you can count on
You can find adaptogen blends in a variety of forms, from powder sachets to adaptogen-spiked snacks. While these are a fun way to include herbs into your lifestyle, adaptogen tinctures like our Deep Immune blend do have an advantage over them: potency you can count on. With a tincture, you know exactly how much of each herb you're getting per drop. What's more, the extraction process not only increases the potency of fresh herbs, it also stabilizes their benefits through a longer shelf-life – which isn't the case with powders or functional foods.
Craft creative sips with flexible, customized dosage
A big advantage of herbal tinctures is you can get creative about how you take them. Aside from a small glass of water, you can mix your daily dose of herbal tincture into cold-pressed juices, herbal tea, warm nourishing tonics like golden milk, your morning smoothie, sparkling water, and also tasty cocktails. You can even sneak herbal tinctures into someone's drink without them noticing... This might be especially helpful for treating the kiddos, finicky teenagers, or those who have a hard time swallowing capsules. Finally, the versatility of herbal tinctures is great for customizing dosages: you can choose to administer only a few drops at a time if needed.
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Astragalus root is a perennial herb native to northern China and used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Use it as an adaptogen for a healthier stress response and to support your immune system.
Codonopsis root is a milder substitute to ginseng in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Also called bonnet bellflower on account of the shape of its blossoms, codonopsis can be found throughout China and other parts of Asia. Use it as an adaptogen to boost immune system health and brain power.
Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)
Eleuthero root has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. A woody shrub that hails from the forests of northeastern Asia, eleuthero is an adaptogen used to increase stamina, as a tonic, and to boost overall health.
A classic perennial shrub native to Eurasia, licorice has been used as a medicine from the beginning of recorded history. Licorice root is the most widely used herb of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Use it as an adaptogen to increase resistance to stress and to promote a healthier immune system response.
A large evergreen shrub that was originally indigenous to China but is now cultivated in other places, ligustrum grows to more than 30 feet in height. Its fruit is a longstanding and highly important mainstay of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the first written record of its therapeutic use reaching back to the Shan Hai Jing around 800 B.C. Use it as a tonic to support the immune system and to guard against infections.
A mushroom that enjoys near mythic status in Traditional Chinese Medicine, reishi has been valued in the cultures of the East for millennia as the "king of herbs." Ming Dynasty texts describe it as a remedy that "mends the heart." Use it as an adaptogen to lower the effects of stress and to modulate immune system response.
The bright red berries of this woody climbing vine that grows in the forested regions of northeastern China, as well as Russia. Schisandra berries have a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Use it as an adaptogen and tonic to promote endurance, lower stress, and boost your immune system.
An aromatic perennial herb that enjoys an ancient heritage in Traditional Chinese Medicine, white atractylodes grows in northern Asia in the mountain-girt valleys of China's Zheijiang province. Use it as an immune system tonic and to support overall body functions.