Adaptogen-cycling is a holistic way to balance your hormones throughout the four phases of your menstrual cycle using the power of adaptogens.
Adaptogens have SO many incredible benefits to our hormones and to our cycles, and by intentionally adding adaptogens during different times of the month, you can activate different support when your body needs it the most.
One thing to also note is that adaptogens are potent plant medicine. Sometimes the body can become used to the same adaptogen when taken every day, affecting their potency. Cycling your adaptogens makes sure every time you take them, you are receiving the full benefit.
So what are adaptogens exactly?
Adaptogens are a group of non-toxic herbs and mushrooms that help the body resist, adapt, and respond to stress. These herbs and mushrooms have been used for their healing properties for centuries, particularly in Ayurvedic medicine. You may have heard of the more common adaptogens, such as Ashwagandha, or Maca Root, or some of the adaptogenic mushrooms like Reishi or Chaga. Each adaptogen has its own unique way of 'adapting' to what's happening within your body, reducing stress, and helping to support your body back into a natural balance.
What's even more amazing, is when you begin to combine adaptogens. Combining adaptogens it is so much more effective than taking just a single herb. Reason being, they work together to holistically harmonize and balance your body. For thousands of years in Ayurvedic Medicine, adaptogens have been prescribed in combinations of 3-15 herbs, synergistically blending ingredients with intention to holistically heal. Similarly, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbal combinations contain 'hero herbs' to target the main imbalance, 'secondary herbs' to complement the hero ingredients and help support other imbalances in the body, and additional herbs to harmonize the entire blend and bring your body into total alignment.
And that was our main intention when creating Lunaa - to synergistically combine the most hormone supportive adaptogens to holistically heal women's hormones, support the menstrual cycle, and bring balance and alignment to women's flows.
Why are adaptogens so powerful for women's cycles?
Women's cycles have four phases - menstruation, follicular, ovulation and luteal phase. During each of these phases, women's hormone levels are constantly changing and fluctuating. When these hormone levels become imbalanced (which can be caused by many things - future blog post!!), it can show up as so many things in our daily lives - think brain fog, trouble sleeping, dull skin, constant fatigue or digestive issues. At first glance, we may not think of hormonal imbalance as the root cause of these things, and pass these things off as just something we have to deal with, yet so often an imbalanced cycle is the culprit.
The great news? Hormonal imbalance is just that...an imbalance. And what's imbalance can find balance again. With intention, inspired action, and giving yourself time to heal, you can find hormonal harmony.
What can adaptogen-cycling help with?
Intentionally adaptogen-cycling throughout your cycle can support in so many ways. What we at Lunaa HQ want to tell all women is that menstrual pain, PMS, irregular cycles (the list goes on!) is not normal, and bringing your hormones back into balance will allow you to have a symptom-free cycle, finding freedom in your flow and freedom in your daily life.
Adaptogens support to:
➕soothe menstrual cramps
➕regulate hormone imbalances
➕say goodbye to irregular cycles
➕reduce heavy flows
➕nourish your ovaries
➕support healthy conception
➕restore fertility + reproductive health
➕cleanse excess hormones
➕enhance your energy
➕liven your libido
➕minimize brain fog
➕promote a healthy gut + digestion
➕and allow you to connect more deeply with your cycle
So how do you begin adaptogen-cycling?
You know that saying, right place, right time? Well you're exactly where you're meant to be! Lunaa's mission is to make hormone health and harmony just that - simple. That's why each blend has been intentionally crafted to complement each specific phase of your cycle and give your body the hormone supporting adaptogens it needs at exactly the right time.
With Lunaa, all it takes is 1tsp a day to ensure you are getting all the benefits of the most hormone harmonizing adaptogens on the planet! Simply begin the first day of your cycle (aka the first day of your period), and feel as your cycle begins to come back into balance.
And adding adaptogens to your daily routine is also easy! Here are some other ideas to get you started: