When you need that energy boost for the intense workout, college exams, recovery from illness or even from just being generally stressed out, there are powerfully effective herbs to the rescue.
Herbalism shines when it comes to increasing energy levels physically, mentally and emotionally. Herbs for energy are not strongly stimulating such as coffee, rather they help to increase stamina, endurance and build life force.
Some herbs are standouts for their energizing abilities. They do this in different ways. They can be gently stimulating to the system, deeply nourishing, restorative, vitality building, and overall strengthening.
Here is a list of the top herbs for energy.
Ginseng restores the whole system. It’s a tonic for rebuilding energy as well as increasing cognitive function and mental clarity. Ginseng is also an excellent adaptogen which means it’s restorative and aids recovery from mental or physical stress. Ginseng is best taken for at least three months.
Be careful to purchase only organically cultivated herbs and not those harvested from the wild since it is becoming increasingly rare.
There are different types of ginseng with subtle differences. American ginseng is best suited for those that tend to run hot or that tend towards hypertension. It’s not as warming to the system as Asian ginseng. You may also hear about Siberian ginseng which is actually not a ginseng at all, yet has many of the same medicinal qualities. Its true name is eleuthero and it grows much more abundantly.
Fo-ti, also called ho shou wu
Fo-ti is prized for its ability to increase endurance and stamina. It works by building inner strength and vitality. It’s very rebuilding to the overall system and restoring to the nervous system. This makes it especially useful in times of stress and anxiety, providing a sense of calm.
Ashwagandha is a great herb for brain function. It’s used to enhance memory and learning while also helping to clear the mind. Aswagandha works to help relieve physical fatigue as well. In particular, it’s used when there is nervous exhaustion since it nourishes the nervous system. It’s another one of those great adaptogens that help with physical and mental stressors. Ashwagandha does have a bitter aftertaste so it is best mixed with other better tasting herbs.
Astragalus is an excellent tonic herb, meaning that it can be taken regularly to energize the entire body and enhance the overall system. It builds vitality by increasing blood flow to the organs, thereby helping with physical endurance and mental clarity. This is yet another wonderful adaptogen helping with recovery from exhaustion. Astragalus is also one of the most outstanding herbs for building immune strength. You will find the herb either powdered, or more often, shaped like a tongue depressor.
You can easily make amazing recipes that taste great and feature the finest herbs to not only boost energy levels, but also help you live a long, healthy life.
This first recipe for boosting energy is Energy Balls. To make them, simply mix the following ingredients together and form into 1 inch diameter balls.
- 2 cups tahini
- 1 cup almond butter
- 1 Tablespoon bee pollen
- 1 Tablespoon royal jelly (1/4 cup if pre-mixed with honey)
- ¼ cup powdered ginseng
- ¼ cup powdered ashwaganda
- ¼ cup powdered fo-ti
- 1 teaspoon powdered cardamom
- 1 teaspoon powdered nutmeg
- 1 cup honey
- Add enough unsweetened cocoa powder to form a thick dough
- optional: chocolate chips, shredded coconut, dried cranberries
Another great recipe is one of the best elixirs for energy and longevity. Check it out in this video.
½ cup fo-ti
½ cup licorice
5 pieces astragalus
½ cup ginger root
¼ cup ginseng
¼ cup star anise
black cherry concentrate
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