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Episode 50

Adaptogens+ hormonal health?

How to look beyond the hype and figure out if these herbal allies can help you

hosted by clinical herbalist & integrative health educator Kay'aleya Hunnybee

Adaptogens + hormonal health?

How to look beyond the hype and figure out
if these herbal allies can help you

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Unless you’ve been hiding out in the woods with no media over the past decade,

my guess is you’ve heard of adaptogens.

And at some point you may have tried some. 

This herbal action has basically reached celebrity status, as far as herbs go. And for good reason.

They support us in states of chronic stress, support our blood sugar regulation, enhance our stamina and some even encourage better sleep.

But contrary to popular belief, adaptogens are NOT right for everyone.

And not all adaptogens are the same.

Understanding the basics behind how they work and which ones might be most appropriate for you (or not) at this time in your life is foundational.

Most of us have no idea when to choose one or another one,


and what affinities certain adaptogens have for different times of life, symptom pictures, or constitutions.

Not to mention which ones might be most helpful for various hormonal imbalances.

So tune into today’s episode to learn all about how adaptogens work and ways they might be able to supportive your individual hormonal health - and why you might want to add some other herbs in to get even better results.


Listen to this episode to learn:

  • What adaptogens are and how they work (beyond the hype)
  • Why some plants you might think are adaptogens may not be
  • When to avoid adaptogens
  • Why not all adaptogens are the same and how to determine which is right for you
  • How this class of herbs supports your hormonal health (in more ways than one)
  • Some examples of my favorite adaptogens and their qualities





Panossian, A. (2017). Understanding adaptogenic activity: Specificity of the pharmacological action of adaptogens and other phytochemicals. Ann NY Acad Sci., 1401(1), 49-64. doi: 10.1111/nyas.13399.

Prasad, S., Tiwari, M., Pandey, A., Shrivastav, T., & Chaube, S. K. (2016). Impact of stress on oocyte quality and reproductive outcome. Journal of biomedical science, 23, 36.

Todorova, V., Ivanov, K., Delattre, C., Nalbantova, V., Karcheva-Bahchevanska, D., Ivanova, S. (2021). Plant adaptogens: History and future perspectives. Nutrients, 13(8):2861. doi: 10.3390/nu13082861.

Todorova, V., Ivanov, K., & Ivanova, S. (2021). Comparison between the biological active compounds in plants with adaptogenic properties (Rhaponticum carthamoides, Lepidium meyenii, Eleutherococcus senticosus and Panax ginseng). Plants (Basel, Switzerland), 11(1), 64.


DISCLAIMER: This podcast is for educational purposes only, I am not providing any medical advice, I am not a medical practitioner, I’m an herbalist and in the US, there is no path to licensure for herbalists, so my role is as an herbal educator. Please do your own research and consult your healthcare provider for any personal health concerns.


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