What are some of the most versatile adaptogens?
Nervines are incredibly versatile. And goji berries are, too. They have a pleasant taste, so they’re really sweet and mild. You can get them in a dried or powdered form. And they’re really great to use in a number of recipes. You can substitute them anytime you use raisins in a baking recipe, for example. Not only do they have the usual adaptogen qualities, but they’re an overall tonic that supports the immune system. They’re protective of the liver, which, considering all of the toxic chemicals we come into contact with on a daily basis and the stress we undergo, our liver can be overburdened. So goji berries can be really helpful. They’re also a nutritive herb ( meaning) they are especially food- like in nutrition.
Schisandra is another one that I consider to be one of the most versatile. It’s another berry, but it has a very reso- nant, unusual taste for a berry. It’s also called five- flavor berry because it has such a complex flavor. Again, it’s a nervine, so you’re going to have that whole adaptogen support package— but with an emphasis on emotional well- being and cognitive support. It has this unique ability to help promote calmness. Using it during the day can help insomnia at night.