I won't lie to you-- I've been on an adaptogen kick since coming back from California last month. I hold my daily trips to Moon Juice whilst staying in Venice partially to blame, but seriously guys-- these little potions will rock your world.
So what does the word 'adaptogen' even refer to or mean, one might ask?
Adaptogens refer to plants or herbs that naturally reduce stress in the body. When taken consistently, they can calm the nervous system, reduce inflammation, regulate hormones, and promote healthy hair, skin & nails. Um, can I get a hell yeah?
These herbs have been highly regarded and used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries to help boost energy and negate the effects of long-term stress, adrenal fatigue, and anxiety. What's also super neat-o is that they 'adapt' to one's body; naturally designing themselves to work with whatever you may have going on to help find balance and inner tranquility.
Below you can find a list of my recent top favorites along with their benefits which I've been adding daily to my smoothies in the morning or teas in the afternoon/evening. For me, I'm naturally prone to being anxious and over-worked thanks to my Vata/Pitta Ayurvedic constitution, therefore I choose herbs and tinctures to help settle my emotions and any physical tension.
+Ashwaghanda: calms the nervous system; aids thyroid function, improves sleep quality, soothes anxiety. You can buy some here.
+Maca: serves as a thyroid and hormone balancer. Gives energy, mental stamina and focus, enhances libido and boosts mood. It has a slightly nutty/caramel flavor, which is great blended into baked goods, oatmeal, or smoothies. You can buy some here.
+Action Dust: curated by my favorite wellness shop Moon Juice, this potion contains calcium, phosphorus, and L-arginine-- all key for tissue, muscle, and bone recovery. Can ya'll guess when I dip into this one? Right after a workout, as it also helps combat inflammation and reduces cortisol levels. You can find it here.
+Beauty Dust: Now what lady doesn't want to enhance her natural glow? Another goodie from Moon Juice, this dust calms the nervous system, increases collagen and silica production, and is hydrating to hair, skin, and nails. You can find it here.
So now that we've covered our lesson on herbs + hippie dust, let's get to the recipe for that lovely, bright pink mylk that originally caught your eye. And for the record, when I say mylk, I simply refer to milk derived from living plants. No utters or sick cows involved; you're welcome.
Yep, this recipe again was inspired from that cosmic oasis on Rose Ave, Moon Juice. I enjoyed their Silver Strawberry Milk on my way to my yoga training one of the mornings, and I fell in love with the taste. The creamy pink liquid triggered old memories of when I'd slurp down a carton of that chemical-laden stuff at lunch period (yeah, you remember those days...), except no processed sugar nasties this time around. As coconut/almond milk, coconut nectar, and organic strawberries are at the forefront of ingredients, I'll take this version any day.
Below you can find my own version of a Moon Juice fave, with added adaptogens to soothe the body and promote internal radiance.
Strawberry Dusted Mylk
1 C. light coconut milk (with a few spoonfuls of solids from the top)
1/4 C. almond milk, unsweetened
1 Tbsp coconut nectar or maple syrup
3/4 C. organic strawberries, stems removed (fresh or frozen)
1 tsp ashwaghanda
1/2 tsp beauty dust
pinch of pink sea salt
Directions: Toss all into a blender, and mix well. Chill in the refrigerator, and enjoy within 1-2 days. Great enjoyed on its own, or as a cereal with your favorite granola.