Adaptogens…watch out for this craze

We have seen the increasing interest in herbs, edible weeds and herbal teas. I believe the next wave of interest will be around Adaptogens, plants that are believed to reduce stress.

The key plants to look out for are:

  • Rhodiola rosea. ..a perennial from the Arctic
  • Widania somnifera… a member of Solanaceae that also goes under the name of Rennet, Poison Gooseberry Winter Cherry, Indian Ginseng and Ashwagandha
  • Ziziphus jujube… the Red Date, Korean date or Indian date
  • Ocimum tenuiflorum…Tulsi or Thai Holy Basil is common plant in Indian gardens
  • Lepidium meyenii… Maca only grows at high altitude and is common in the high Andes

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