Adrenal fatigue can sneak up on you. One day you can be feeling like Superwoman; juggling a home, kids and a busy lifestyle, then wham there are no reserves left in the tank to even prepare a home cooked meal.
For many people who experience these sudden changes in energy, their first thought is to head to the internet to search for a solution.
Now don’t get me wrong, the advent of the Information Age has meant that people are becoming more and more empowered to find resolutions to their health problems. However, there lies the dilemma. With so much information available, it’s easy to get bogged down in the details without ever finding any real answers.
This is particularly evident when it comes to sourcing reliable information about herbs and supplements. This is because what works for one person may have little to no effect on another. “One man’s food is another man’s poison” so to speak.
When it comes to choosing the right herbal support for you, it’s important to make the distinction between your adrenal fatigue symptoms and somebody else’s.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is your weight a major issue for you?
- Are you having trouble sleeping through the night?
- How is your skin?
- Is anxiety stopping you from enjoying a full social life?
Every person with adrenal fatigue has a different set of symptoms that’s entirely unique to them. Of course, that’s when seeking the help of an experienced practitioner is invaluable; but not everyone has the financial resources to go down this route.
With this in mind, here is a list of three herbs that are often prescribed by holistic practitioners. All have been found to be helpful for people with adrenal fatigue. However, with this list, there’s a difference. The recommendations are narrowed down so it’s easier for you to see which plant supplement fits best with your particular symptom picture.
Of course, this is only a guide; it pays to do your own research if you’re going to invest in products to benefit your health. That said, hopefully it will cut through some of the information overload that often comes with the search for better health.
Have you tried herbal supplements for your adrenal fatigue? Which products have worked for you?
As always, be sure to consult with your medical health care provider before taking supplements of any kind. This is particularly important if you are pregnant, breast-feeding or are currently taking any form of prescribed medication.
Some useful herbs for adrenal fatigue
Ashwagandha is one of the most important plants in the ancient system of medicine known as Ayurveda. It’s long been held in high regard for its restorative and rejuvenating properties.
Ashwagandha belongs to a category of herbs known as adaptogens, which are renowned for their ability to reduce the harmful effects of stress on the body. Ashwagandha might be helpful if you’ve been diagnosed with thyroid issues which are complicating your adrenal fatigue, or are exhausted from overwork. Often referred to as “Indian Ginseng” this herb is most recommended for type A workaholics who have reached burnout stage as it helps to reduce mental fatigue as well as abate physical tiredness.
This herb is fantastic for all round adrenal support. It’s a classic trophorestorative which means that it acts as a nutritive tonic for the adrenal glands, and is suitable for longer term use. Borage contains Gamma linoleic acid (GLA) which is contained in the seeds. GLA helps to dilate blood vessels and also has an anti-inflammatory action. This means it that Borage may be a good choice for people with high blood pressure, or who are prone to stress related skin problems such as eczema. As well as being a great herb for reducing anxiety, it’s traditionally used to lift spirits and improve mental wellbeing. It’s also helpful for women who find their adrenal fatigue is harder to handle around the time of their period.
Not only is this gentle herb a powerful anti-anxiety tonic, it also has the ability to help relieve the muscle pain that can sometimes accompany adrenal exhaustion. Skullcap is rich in the nutrients that are essential to the proper functioning of the nervous system, and also has the ability to enhance appetite and digestion. It’s recommended for people who frequently experience tension headaches, aches and pains, and for those with impaired digestion. It’s also great if you’re one of those people who have difficulty “switching off” and can really help if you’re struggling getting a good night’s sleep.
Although many people see the dandelion as nothing more than a pesky weed, it is truly one of the most useful plants known to man.
Dandelions have long been used by herbalists to help detoxify the liver. It helps to cleanse the blood and eliminate toxins and waste via the liver and kidneys. Many problems related to adrenal fatigue can be greatly helped by the humble dandelion. Tiredness, sluggish digestion, and skin conditions can all be improved by taking supplements on a regular basis. Because dandelions have a particular affinity for the liver, they’re particularly helpful for people whose adrenal fatigue causes them to put on weight. If you’re having trouble giving up caffeine, try replacing your regular coffee with a dandelion substitute. There are lots of great brands on the market that taste delicious.