Feeling Sluggish? These 3 Energizing Herbs Could Help

RYT 500 By Amy Jirsa
RYT 500
Amy Jirsa, LMT, is a master herbalist, E-RYT 500 yoga teacher, forager, and writer from Maine. She is the author of Herbal Goddess: Discover the Amazing Spirit of 12 Healing Herbs with Teas, Potions, Salves, Food, Yoga, and More and the founder of Quiet Earth Yoga.
Medical review by Roxanna Namavar, D.O.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine & Psychiatrist
Roxanna Namavar, D.O. is an adult psychiatrist focusing on integrative health. She completed her residency training at the University of Virginia Health-System and currently has a private practice in New York City.
Feeling Sluggish? These 3 Energizing Herbs Could Help

Feel like you don't have enough energy to get through the day? Eating a nutritious diet, improving your sleep hygiene, and getting your body moving should help. And for those days when you need a little extra boost, consider asking your doctor about incorporating any of these three energizing herbs into your routine:

1. Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus):

Eleuthero, also known as Siberian ginseng, is an adaptogen—a category of herbs that help the body stay in balance and adapt to stress by balancing the stress hormone cortisol. Research shows that it might help boost the immune system. It's also been shown to improve exercise performance and endurance and have anti-inflammatory effects on mice in trials. Finally, it can be helpful for maintaining strength and energy—especially after exercise. Note: If you have high blood pressure, it's best to avoid this herb since it might elevate it further.

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How people use it:

Eleuthero can be consumed in many forms, and it's commonly taken in teas, tinctures, and softgel supplements. Make sure you purchase from a reputable supplier.

2. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera):

Ashwagandha is another popular adaptogen. It's commonly used in ayurvedic tradition to relieve inflammation. It has also been shown to help regulate blood sugar and ease stress and anxiety. Like eleuthero, ashwagandha has been shown to boost athletic strength and promote quicker recovery.

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How people use it:

Ashwagandha is traditionally found as a supplement or powder that can be added to smoothies, lattes, and other beverages.

3. Oil of Oregano (Origanum vulgare):

Oregano oil is made from dried oregano plants. It contains high levels of antioxidants that can help protect the body from illness. It's also been shown to aid in digestion during animal trials and fight off energy-sapping conditions like candida overgrowth and parasite infections.

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How people use it:

You can find oregano oil in tincture and softgel supplement form. The tincture can be taken for GI health though flavor can be quite intense, so consider combining 1 to 2 drops with a water and apple cider vinegar blend to start. This will mask the taste and add another layer of detoxification.

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