I rarely review supplements on the blog, so when I do, it’s something exciting! Meet Balanced Pantry – a small online Australian boutique, which carries adaptogenic blends. If you aren’t familiar with the definition (I know I wasn’t when I first heard it), “adaptogenic blends” isn’t some kind of otherworldly thing, but a category of herbs that support our endocrine system. To put it simply, it is believed that these herbs help to balance out hormones, which then leads to a healthy body, better mood, increased sex drive, and other benefits.
You know many adaptogens already without even realizing this is what they are called. In fact, many of them are called super-foods. Some examples include maca, reishi and shiitake mushrooms, ginseng, tulsi or ashwagandha. There are also other, more exotic-sounding, adaptogens like he shou wu or mesquite.
One of the best things about adaptogenic blends is that you can add them to your breakfast porridge, smoothies or tea. You can even mix them in cookies or nut butter (just don’t get carried away and always use recommended amount). This way it doesn’t feel like I’m taking some kind of “food supplement” and my body and brains get the benefits of the blends.
Balanced Pantry has 6 adaptogenic blends with each of them focusing on different areas. Here are 3 blends that I’m currently using:
If you want to boost your brain power, then A Spoonful of SMART should be your choice of adaptogenic blends. With a mix of ashwagandha, tulsi, and maca, this is a herb powerhouse for increasing focus, productivity, and energy. Also, this blend is a mood booster.
This blend is called a beauty tonic for a reason. Its ingredients focus on skin, hair, and nails as well as on overall body health. The main two components: an ancient herb mesquite powder is a high source of plant protein, fiber, and minerals and Tulsi powder known for a healthy gut and anti-aging properties.
You have probably already guessed it from the name, A Spoonful of LOVE is a sexual health tonic, which focuses on balancing sex hormones and improving overall mood and wellness.
All adaptogenic blends are available online at Balanced Pantry for AU$39.95 (approx $30/£22) for a 55g jar. They ship worldwide, international rates are based on weight and begin at around AUD$21.
Have you tried adaptogenic blends?