Mytht or Magic? The power of Adaptogens: what are them and how to use them.

Mytht or Magic? The power of Adaptogens: what are them and how to use them.

August 10, 2022

As modern humans, it seems to be a requisite of our culture to make the most of every second of our days. Whether it’s work or play, we tend to encourage the go-hard or go-home mentality. No wonder why being burnt out gives the impression of personal success and stress becomes a permanent state.  

Although we believe that there isn’t just one solution to long-term stress rather than a change of lifestyle, incorporating natural remedies and clean food into our routines can be a step forward to our general well-being, like adaptogens.
Adaptogens have been used since ancient times in Traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. They are unique types of healing plants, herbs and mushrooms that can help our bodies handle stress and have proven health benefits. Continue reading to find out why the power of adaptogens is magic and not a myth.

What do adaptogens do to my body?

Adaptogens not only help us cope with stress but also combat fatigue, enhance mental performance, and ease depression and anxiety. They can be taken by adding to food or beverages, or even in delicious superfood blends such as Naturally Driven’s Majic Mate Adaptogenic Latte, an amazing alternative to coffee that has all the flavour of Peruvian cacao and the energy of yerba mate and adaptogenic mushrooms. 


In simple words, these active ingredients in herbs, plants and mushrooms help our bodies return to a state of balance called homeostasis by increasing or decreasing chemical reactions. 

Just like the name implies, adaptogens help us adapt to various forms of stress. For example, when we get stressed, our bodies release cortisol (the primary stress hormone) and an adaptogen will respond by reducing cortisol levels. If we experience chronic fatigue with low cortisol levels, the opposite happens and the adaptogen will increase these levels.


What types of adaptogens are there?

There are more than 20 recognized adaptogens, from Asian herbs to amazing mushrooms. 

Naturally Driven’s favourites are Reishi and Lions Mane mushrooms and that’s why we include them in our Organic Cacao Adaptogenic Mate Latte Pouch


Adaptogenic Latte

Benefits of Reishi and Lions Mane mushrooms

Reishi and lions Mane mushrooms, as well as cordyceps and shiitake, are fungi with antioxidant and adaptogenic properties. If you are new in this wellness-mushroom world, you should know that these types of mushrooms are incredibly beneficial for our health and are not the same as hallucinogenic mushrooms. 

Among its many benefits, we highlight: 

  • Lions mane supports mental wellness and aid in memory and focus.

  • Reishi (also called Lingzhi) supports immunity, improves sleep and reduces stress.

  • Both can help reverse stress-related changes to neurotransmitters, including dopamine and serotonin.


How to take adaptogens


Adaptogens can be taken in many different ways, from powders to tinctures and even jams and oils.

If you love a warm cup of goodness in the mornings like us, you should try our delicious blend that many people are choosing as an alternative to coffee. Our Majic Mate Adaptogenic Latte is an organic superfood blend of Peruvian Cacao, Roasted Yerba Mate, Reishi and Lions Mane Mushrooms with a blend of species, coconut sugar and a pinch of Himalayan pink salt.

It is quite normal to start drinking more coffee when stress kicks in, right? A healthier alternative with adaptogens can help you obtain a more grounding type of energy. Just like coffee, benefits stamina, but without the negative effects like the jitters and energy crashes.

“I don't get the anxiety buzz or the afternoon crash like coffee, nor do I get the headaches from being so overly stimulated”. 

More about Naturally Driven’s Adaptogenic Latte 

There is something about the consistency of our morning beverages and how we can always count on it. For many people, coffee is about the ritual, and we get it. When we are travelling or working, coffee is a great companion. 

While it was easier to get away with being constantly caffeinated in our twenties, it is very common to start noticing its effect much more as we age. That’s why we created alternatives to coffee with Yeba Mate and other amazing ingredients from mother earth. 

The Adaptogenic Latte is one of our favourites not only because it is delicious but also for the high quality of its ingredients. Apart from Reishi and Lions mushrooms and their amazing adaptogenic properties that we mentioned before, the blend is made with:


Yerba Mate 

Our Adaptogenic Latte comes with roasted yerba mate, a powerful leaf that grows in South America and is well known for its great properties that bring sustained energy and clarity. Unlike the "peak and crash" you get from coffee, Yerba Maté contains "slow release" caffeine which gives you sustained energy over the day to keep you buzzing in the right way. Switched on, focussed and clear.

Peruvian Cacao

The cacao we use grows in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru and apart from having a unique enjoyable flavour, boosts our immune system, heart health and stamina, and supports our brain function. 

Majic Mate Adaptogenic Latte comes in pouches of 42 serves or in cylinders of 20 serves. We recommend adding 2 teaspoons of your favourite milk and giving it a good stir to have a delicious hot chocolate before starting your day or as a well-deserved break during your daily routines. 

But that’s not all, you can also get creative and make an Iced Majic Mate, pop it into your smoothie, and add it to brownies, cakes and muffins. 


Where to Buy Yerba Mate and Adaptogens Lattes in Australia

Naturally Driven’s yerba mate products can be found in more than 100 stores around Australia and internationally that like us, love yerba mate! You can also get your favourite yerba mate product at the Naturally Driven online shop today.




Written by Sofia Prida.

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