Adaptogenic Herbs: What are they and why combine them with hemp extract?

By Pure Ratios on December, 24 2019


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Pure Ratios

Founded by 2 natural health practitioners with over 45 years of combined hands-on experience, Pure Ratios’ origins are rooted in natural medicine. We take an herbalist’s approach to empower balance in the body through a combination of 5,000 years of plant medicine and the latest scientific research & development.

Adaptogenic herbs have the miraculous ability to create and maintain homeostasis in the body, continually restoring balance by slowing systems down when they’re overworked and speeding them up when they’re sluggish. "Adaptogenics" as a buzzword in health circles has been trending for years. Why? How can they help your system and what happens when you combine them with the incredible potential of hemp extract to heal? 

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Pure Ratios’ new capsule line, Pure Essentials: Adaptogenic* Formulas with Hemp Extract is the culmination of a beautiful synergy of who the brand is. With origins in the 5,000 year history of plant-based medicine, Pure Ratios brings to every one of its products: a desire to maximize the healing power of the cannabis plant by formulating it with other plants. But these four different adaptogenic* capsules really are a shining example of this vision. 


Here, our founders used their understanding of adaptogenic* herbs and mushrooms to create formulas that support in four different directions: Calm, Think, Move, and Boost. These combinations are all meant to potentiate the healing power of hemp, often considered one of the most powerful adaptogens on the planet because of its ability to work with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to bring about balance. The Pure Essentials capsules are formulated with a strong understanding of the way adaptogenic* plants work to help the body deal with the stressors of everyday life; then each one has its own blend of additional herbs to direct it in one of the four directions.


In The Spirit Of Shennong

Shennong illustrationPure Ratios Essentials were made in the spirit Shennong, the legendary ruler of prehistoric China whose great spirit of "benefiting and rescuing people" has been highly respected. Shenong is said to have had a transparent stomach, having extensively identified hundreds of herbs by personally tasting them to identify their value and effects on the body.

This Emperor, also known as the Divine Farmer, named a special class of herbs “superior herbs,” known today as “adaptogens.” The Divine Farmer found that when consumed individually, adaptogens may not have much effect, but with proper formulation, incredible results happen. Shennong’s gifts to humanity laid the basis for Pure Ratios’ unique and synergistic approach to hemp extract today.



Rebuild and Thrive, Don’t Just Cope and Survive

Today we understand adaptogenic plants to be the regulator herbs, which promote a healthy response to physical and mental stress and provide support for increased energy and vitality. These herbs have long been used to counteract the effects of an overwhelmed response to stress which may stop the body from carrying out functions vital to maintaining optimal health. 


One way to look at it is as if your body can spend its energy to send out figurative carpenters to rebuild and renew itself in times of calm and balance, or firefighters to put out the fires of stress and alarm. If you are always putting out the fires of stress, there is very little time to do the rebuilding that needs to take place on a regular basis, or even--in more extreme stress, perform basic functions like digestion or flushing toxins.


This is where adaptogens can provide support. They are used in traditional holistic medicine to support your system in adapting to common stressors, those that range from anger and anxiety, to pollution and germs, in a better and more high-functioning way. Who doesn’t need this, right? To be alive is to be prone to stress. 


The formulation of hemp extract along with these regulator herbs makes perfect sense. With all that we’ve found about the endocannabinoid system since it’s discovery in 1992 we now know that plants like cannabis, which attach to the endocannabinoid receptors in the body, help bring the body into better homeostatic balance by supporting the ECS’s role in things like protection, appetite, pain, mood, and memory. 


So combining hemp extract with adaptogens can support the system even more and allow it to do what it knows how to do so well: heal and renew itself throughout your life. This power is in the body all along, finding the best ways to bring it out is part of the work of learning to adapt and thrive, rather than just cope and survive and that is what Pure Essentials capsules were designed to do.


*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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