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Feeling flat? Try adaptogenic Ashwagandha to support calm and boost healthy mood balance.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) supports both the physical and mental effects of stress. This has a flow on effect for supporting healthy energy levels, happy mood, brain focus, calmness, and sleep.

Ashwagandha supports daytime energy and night-time sleep. It does this by supporting balanced cortisol rhythms. Cortisol needs to be high in the morning - so you feel energised and ready to face the day. And low at bedtime - so you feel calm and sleep easily.

Research shows Ashwagandha is excellent for the brain, supporting our happy and calming hormones balance for healthy mood and a relaxed outlook too. Ashwagandha is a great choice for supporting calm alertness - you can be chilled out and focussed at the same time.

Introducing our top picks for 2021:

Best all-rounder: BioBalance Ashwagandha Adrenal Restore

Why we love it:
It’s like having two products in one – adaptogen herbs plus B vitamins and nutrients for stress support. Ashwagandha and patented Relora support the adrenals and help you cope with daily stressors. B vitamins, Choline and Inositol are in extra demand when we’re under stress or super busy.

Best suited for:
Are you ‘wired but tired’ or burning the candle at both ends? If you’re after daytime energy and need sleep support too, this supports both.

How & when to take it:
B vitamins can be energising so take with breakfast and lunch. These vegetarian capsules also support healthy sleep – even if taken in the morning, the cortisol balance support has a flow-on effect for restful sleep.

For instant calm: Radiance Instant Calm

Why we love it:
Being a liquid, it’s quickly absorbed and fast acting. Ashwagandha combined with Lemon Balm and Kava help support the body during times of acute worry, like exams or public speaking.

Best suited for:
If you need to support a feeling of calm right now, this convenient spray is the one to go for. Kava supports relaxed muscles – perfect if you tend to hold stress or tension in your body or neck.

How & when to take it:
Compact and easy to keep on hand whenever you need to support a calm feeling- pop in your pocket or handbag. It can be used up to three times per day.

To support sleep: Nutra Organics Lunar Latte

Why we love it:
This elixir is a great addition to bed-time wind down. The calming blend of herbs combined with Ashwagandha supports sleep quality, which is key for stress recovery too. Our bodies re-set and re-boot during deep sleep mode.

Best suited for:
Great if you prefer to take your Ashwagandha in liquid form. It’s gluten free, full of plant derived antioxidants and sweetened with prebiotic inulin (Jerusalem Artichoke).

How & when to take it:
Enhance your sleep ritual with this lovely purple brew – stir in a heaped teaspoon to your favourite milk or mylk alternative. It tastes as good as it looks and has the perfect balance of sweetness and flavour.

To invite calm: Misty Day Tonics – Misty Day Plant Potions - Zen & Misty Day Plant Potions - Bliss

Why we love them:
Zen has Ashwagandha adaptogen support combined with antioxidant-rich ingredients like Tulsi extract, Blue Spirulina Pineapple powder and Coconut milk powder.

Bliss is a potent blend of Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) tonic herbs especially for stress, energy, and mood support.

Best suited for:
If you love hot drinks, adding these powders turns them into supplements. The ingredients are heat stable. Also try them in your baking or smoothies, the Blue Spirulina in Zen adds a lovely natural, blue colour to keep things interesting.

How & when to take them:
These powders mix easily into your choice of warm milk or plant mylk for a delicious bed-time elixir.

To support balanced mood: Harker Herbals Stress Relief

Why we love it:
This combination of herbs including Ashwagandha supports the big four: stress, mood, sleep and nervous tension. Research shows Saffron supports healthy neurons which in turn supports a happy mood. Licorice supports a healthy stress response and Skullcap supports feelings of calmness and relaxation.

Best suited for:
This is a comprehensive formula, great no matter how stress shows up for you.

How & when to take it:
This works well short term, but the real results come with long term use - take it for a month or longer. The recommended dose is five ml three times per day, but if you tend to forget afternoon or evening doses, try 15 ml in the morning – easy!

To support energy & everyday stress: Organic India Ashwagandha

Why we love it:
Need an energy boost for your busy life? Whether it’s physical or mental energy (or both!) this certified organic Ashwagandha supports vitality and vim. 

Best suited for:
If you have life stress or you’re just super busy all the time these capsules help support your body to the extra demands. 

How & when to take it:
Take 2 capsules twice per day, for at least three months to feel the full Ashwagandha benefits.

Award winner for stress & sleep support: KiwiHerb Stress Arrest

Why we love it:
Winner of the Best of Natural award for Stress & Sleep, the judges loved that they could feel the impact of the product, saying “it instantly soothes and nourishes in times of need”. It’s a synergistic formula of calming and soothing herbs, they work together and optimise one another’s actions. Ashwagandha, Kava and Passionflower all support healthy sleep onset, especially if it’s stress related.

Best suited for:
If you find that changes to your sleep are your first sign of stress, go for this product.

How & when to take it:
Can be taken day or night. Handy for your nightstand if you wake during the night and need to get back to sleep easily.

Shop our full Ashwagandha range.

Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

  • Radiance Instant Calm - PharmaCare Auckland
  • Nutra Organics Lunar Latte - Natural Things Ltd, Auckland
  • Misty Day Plant Potions - Zen - Misty Day, Auckland
  • Misty Day Plant Potions - Bliss - Misty Day, Auckland
  • Harker Herbals Stress Relief - Harker Herbals, Waipu
  • Organic India Ashwagandha - Good Health Food, Auckland
  • KiwiHerb Stress Arrest - Phytomed, Auckland

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