Have you heard?

Adaptogens are all the rage right now, and with good reason.

Adaptogens are medicinal herbs that help your body counteract the negative effects of stress.

Herbalists have long turned to adaptogens to help with obvious stress-related issues like insomnia, anxiety, low-libido, and to increase physical stamina.

But can adaptogens help you lose weight?

The quick answer is yes, for some people.

As you well know, stress has all sorts of negative effects on the body.

Chronic stress makes you feel bad and look bad.

If it goes on for long enough your hormones can get messed up.

And when your hormones are out-of-balance, your metabolism has trouble keeping up.

This can lead to weight gain, difficulty absorbing nutrients, digestive trouble, and more.

Of course, there are many different body-types and reactions to stress vary from person to person.

But for many people chronic stress is the hidden culprit behind their weight issues.

If this is you, adaptogens might be just the piece of the puzzle that you need in order to feel healthy and get a body you love.

But which adaptogens are best?

Well, that depends on what you’ve got going on.

Below you’ll find some of the adaptogens that I most often recommend to my patients.

But if you really want to get to the heart of your challenges I recommend that you set up a Skype appointment with me (or your favorite herbalist) to get a formula made specifically for you.

If you decide to go the self-treatment route, expect to take your chosen herb(s) for 4-6 weeks.

Daily use is key, along with other self-care measures (like long relaxing baths, nourishing foods, the occasional sauna or massage, time in nature, etc.) for best results.


Originally from India, ashwagandha is great for people who feel exhausted and get agitated when stressed out.

Ashwagandha could be the right herb for you if you tend to get bloated, often have a feeling of brain-fog, and are on the more high-strung/anxious end of the spectrum.

Take 20-60 drops of tincture 2-3x/day, beginning with the lowest dose and increasing as needed.


Increases physical endurance and the capacity to learn while decreasing mental fatigue, depression, and social anxiety.

Rhodiola could be just what you’re looking for if you tend to feel exhausted after you exercise.

Take 20-60 drops of tincture 2-3x/day, beginning with the lowest dose and increasing as needed.

Holy Basil

Another Indian herb, holy basil, also known as tulsi, is a gentle, nourishing tonic.

It can support you as you’re shifting into a healthier lifestyle, and it’s famous for lifting moods, helping with sleep, and clarifying the mind.

Drink 2 cups of tulsi tea a day or take 20-60 drops of tincture, 2-3x/day beginning with the lowest dose and increasing as needed.


A little more intense than the previous herbs, astragalus is great for people who are dealing with long-term chronic stress, burnout, and adrenal fatigue.

If you get sick easily, experience night-sweats, have poor digestion, or feel that you need some help when it comes to forming healthy boundaries in your life, then this is an herb to consider.

Take 10-60 drops of tincture, 1-5x/day, beginning with a low dose (10 drops, 2x/day) and increasing as needed.


Maca is a go-to if you know that you have issues with hormone balance.

If you have an irregular menstrual cycle, blood-sugar regulation issues, low libido, or want a mood-lift, maca can help support you.

I like to add a spoonful of maca powder to my coffee in the morning, but you can easily incorporate it into smoothies or baked goods.


Want more info on adaptogens?

Check out these resources:

Adaptogens for Healing Burnout: Which Work Best?

Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth by Dr. Sharol Marie Tilgner

Prescriptions for Herbal Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC


‘Til next time,




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