Body Healing

Top 3 Adaptogens For Better Sleep

Ask any health or wellness Guru, sleep is VITAL for a healthy, vibrant life. I have received a lot of feedback and questions from a previous post about How To Navigate Stress. Many people are currently looking for more holistic and natural ways to help navigate stress and find a healthier solution for deeper sleep, and believe it or not, adaptogens can help. It’s important to remember not ALL adaptogens are the same. And it’s equally important to note that not all people metabolize and digest these herbs the same. These intelligent plants, herbs and roots have been around for hundreds of years and have been used for medicinal healing.

What Are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are a class of plants and herbs that are thought to fight stress and bring balance and harmony to the body. Sounds amazing right? The concept of “adaptogens” comes from a Hungarian-Canadian endocrinologist named Hans Selye. In his early work, Hans Selye broke down the human stress response into three phases: Alarm, Resistance, and Exhaustion.

Imagine this: Many of us work and hustle and grind until we hit a wall of bricks and we call that exhaustion or burn out. At this point, we may be experiencing acute insomnia, having issues getting a deep, restful sleep, or even consistently waking up at the same time in the middle of the night. Based upon Hans Selye’s 3 levels of stress responses, it’s safe to say once our body/mind hits “resistance”, that’s our cue to look inwardly and figure out how to fix that. There’s NO reason for us to reach burn-out mode to finally start giving our bodies and soul the love and care it’s been screaming out for.

Can Adaptogens Make You Tired?

Adaptogens won’t necessarily give you a drowsy affect to sleep – but many will have immediate responses to lowering your stress levels, targeting areas of your body where there might be some over compensation or over-working, and helps bring that stress down. This in turn allows for your body to get into a deeper and more restful sleep. Equally, adaptogens are also able to simultaneously elevate your energy if that is lacking.


Eleuthero is also referred to as Siberian Ginseng. Eleuthero is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for muscle spasms, lowering blood pressure, cognitive function, joint pain, insomnia, and fatigue. In Germany, its use is approved for chronic fatigue syndrome, impaired concentration, and convalescing after illness.

Dose: 2-3 grams per day of the dried root.

Caution: As with Asian ginseng, Eleuthero is generally safe. But occasionally it has been associated with agitation, palpitations or insomnia in patients with cardiovascular disorders. If you have high blood pressure, your blood pressure should be monitored when taking it.

Holy Basil

Holy Basil is also referred to as, Tulsi. Holy Basil has been used for hundreds of years in Ayurvedic Medicine. In regards to sleep, it’s helpful to know that holy basil is overall very calming and gives the body and overall sense of relaxation and wellbeing.

Dose: The appropriate dose of holy basil depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. The easiest way to incorporate Holy Basil into your routine is to enjoy some tea and follow the instructions on the package.

Caution: Holy basil might lower blood sugar levels. This might interfere with controlling blood sugar levels. People with type 2 diabetes may need to adjust dosing for insulin or antidiabetes drugs. Holy basil might slow blood clotting, so there is a concern that it could increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using holy basil at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.


Cordyceps are a fungal spore (mushroom) that grows native to China and is all around the Tibetan area. Cordyceps have been described in ancient Chinese and Traditional Tibetan medicine books for hundreds of years. This potent mushroom has been said to improve people’s energy, sleep habits, digestion, stamina, libido and endurance. Be VERY CAREFUL to read the ingredients of any supplement that promotes or advertises cordyceps. Wild, Natural sources of cordyceps come with a heavy price tag (about $20,000 USD / Kilo). If a Cordyceps supplement is claiming to be Cordyceps sinensis and it is made in China, it is almost certainly Cordyceps Cs-4.

Dose: Dosing supported by quality data is unavailable and there is not enough scientific studies to promote a specific dosage. Many herbal supplements on the market contain varying undefined levels of this product.

Caution: Cordyceps is generally considered safe. However, mild GI discomfort, including diarrhea, dry mouth, and nausea, has been reported in clinical studies.


Although I am speaking about my own personal experience, I am not a licensed therapist, doctor, or nutritionist. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your mental or physical health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional.


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Cannabis Consciousness

Cannabis has had a horrible PR Agent for centuries. For as long as the cannabis plant has been used recreationally as well as for healing purposes, there has always been some force larger than itself that has deemed cannabis unsafe and unsavory. For centuries, all over the world, cannabis has been used for healing modalities, hemp used to make ropes, clothing and paper materials. When it comes to medicine, cannabis has been used to treat an array of diseases and ailments that had a reach as great as China, India, Egypt, Greece, Netherlands, and several Middle Eastern Countries.

Cannabis Consciousness is a term that came to me during an evening of one of my favorite new explorations of the healing modalities of this plant: Bend + Blaze. I sat down and rolled out my yoga mat and began stretching and moving while take moments in between child’s pose to light up a joint, relax, really feel the music, actually be conscious of my breath through the flow of ever movement and asana. For once I felt the openness and freedom from yoga and stretching, but also felt aligned, grounded, present. In that moment – although as trivial as it may sound to an experienced yogi – I truly understood the power this plant has, and the medicine it is able to provide not only on a mental and physical level, but within our spirit bodies and consciousness.


Working with Cannabis for Healing

Cannabis is a complex plant with over 400 chemical compounds of which more than 80+ of them are cannabinoid compounds. There are several studies over the past three years alone that have shown the healing properties of the cannabis plant. For many who understand the basic concept of disease, thanks to science we know that most chronic diseases are formed in extremely “acidic” and “inflammatory” environments. Both CBD and THC have been studied with results showing decrease in inflammation after consumption. Although there have been many tests and studies that have shown the healing properties of the cannabis plant, the two major cannabinoids (CBD and THC) were discovered just over fifty years ago. In 1963, the second cannabinoid that was isolated and studied was CBD.

Just like we have an Endocrine System which is a chemical messenger system consisting of hormones within the body, we also have an Endocannabinoid System. The Endocannabinoid System is basically cannabis-like substances that naturally occur inside our bodies. In 1992, the Endocannabinoid System was discovered by Raphael Mechoulam as well as NIMH researchers William Devane and Dr. Lumir Hanus. In Scientific terms, this is a fairly new system that has been tested and studied.

Cannabis has been shown for hundreds of years to aid in healing on all dimensions of the self from the mental, emotional, and spiritual / soul levels. Currently, there are many studies being done to find the healing properties and ailments cannabis provides.

Treatment Possibilities

Many believe that medical cannabis or medical marijuana has the ability to cure and control several different diseases such as cancer. Researchers found that marijuana could slow down Alzheimer’s disease and it could also help people with diabetes. Here are a few possible treatments that cannabis provides.

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Neurological, neurodegenerative, neurodevelopmental, and psychiatric illnesses
  • Chronic Pain Conditions
  • Glaucoma
  • Arthritis
  • HIV
  • Bone Deficiencies
  • Acute AND Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Auto-Immune Diseases
  • PTSD

Everlasting Words

Currently, the divide on cannabis seems to be the same divide we have for different political parties or whether eating a high carb high fat diet is better than a vegan, plant based diet is better for you. When speaking about Cannabis Consciousness, I always urge people to look beyond the criminalizing and fear-based opinions that are projected in the media and government. Carl Sagan was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science communicator in astronomy and other forms of natural sciences. in 1969, he wrote in his essay, “Cannabis brings us an awareness that we spend a lifetime being trained to overlook and forget and put out of our minds”.

This statement holds so true. When we use cannabis consciously, ethically, responsibly, and honor the plant for its divine wisdom and medicine it has to offer, everything begins to shift. I want to emphasize, for me and my own personal experience and use for cannabis medically, it has worked on so many levels for me. However, I walked into this journey working with this medicine with an open heart and open mind. For those who work with this plant for it’s healing properties and medicine- this is what Cannabis Consciousness is about. It’s for all my brothers and sisters who are looking to plants as their medicine and allies. By returning back to our ancestral roots, we look for healing solutions rather than covering wounds with temporary, pharmaceutical bandages. May you be well. May you heal. May you find peace and joy in the process and with this medicine.


Although I am speaking about my own personal experience, I am not a licensed therapist, doctor, or nutritionist. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your mental or physical health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional.