How To Make a Glycerite for Adrenal Fatigue, Anxiety, and Stress

Do you suffer from adrenal fatigue, anxiety, or stress? Here's an easy DIY glycerite for adrenal fatigue that can help you on your path to healing!

I’ve been talking about adrenal fatigue around here, and that’s because adrenal fatigue has been my companion far too often in my life. I’m going to share how to make your very own tincture for adrenal fatigue. That is what my blog is all about, right? I love helping others get to the root of their health problems and correct them naturally. I also love sharing how to save hundreds of dollars making your own herbal medicine instead of buying it!

Be sure to read this post to see if you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue! Even if you aren’t, this glycerite helps with stress and anxiety too!

 Before making an adrenal tincture, it’s good to consider the different herbs that are good for the adrenals.

A Few Herbs For The Adrenals

Ashwaghanda

Ashwaghanda is one of my favorite herbs for the adrenals. It can help restore energy, make you look younger, does a great job lowering cortisol levels, and helps the thyroid hormone. All of these are things I have needed in my adrenal fatigue journey. Most of the time if you’re dealing with adrenal problems you’re also dealing with thyroid troubles so this herb is a win-win! Buy ashwaghanda here. [1]

Rhodiola

Rhodiola is a very potent adaptogen. It fights excess adrenaline, increases mental endurance, elevates mood, and helps the body handle stress. [3]

Holy Basil

Holy basil is another one of those adaptogen herbs that are great for the adrenals and anxiety. It’s also useful for hypothyroidism, hormones, and blood sugar. [2]

Do you suffer from adrenal fatigue, anxiety, or stress? Here's an easy DIY glycerite for adrenal fatigue that can help you on your path to healing!


Astragalus 

Astragalus is great for the immune system and I love to add it to a variety of tinctures and teas for good health. It relieves fatigue and improves vitality and endurance. [3]

Eleuthero Root

Eleuthero root also is another great herb for adrenal fatigue recovery. It increases endurance and vitality and helps the body handle stress. [3] Buy eleuthero root here.

Licorice Root

Licorice root boosts levels of the DHEA stress-fighting hormone. It restores normal cortisone levels. [4]

DIY Glycerite For Adrenal Fatigue

You can take these herbs in tea or capsule form, but another way to take these herbs is in the convenience of a tincture. You can also take them individually or combine them like I have. Many herbs compliment each other and make a more potent medicine together, but they are effective on their own too! What I did was chose 4 top adaptogenic herbs that I had on hand and made a quick and easy glycerite. (An actual tincture is made with alcohol but I made this one with vegetable glycerin.)

Because we are dealing with mostly roots, these herbs will swell to about double their size, so we will only fill the jar 1/4-1/3 of the way. You will notice below that I used 1/4-1/2 cup of astragalus because I like to fill my jar 1/3 of the way instead of just 1/4. You can use your own judgment. There really isn’t a definite right or wrong way!

Adrenal Fatigue Glycerite

Ingredients

1/4 cup Ashwaghanda root(buy here)
1/4 cup Eleuthero root (buy here)
1/4 -1/2 cup Astragalus root (buy here)
1/4 cup holy basil (buy here)
Vegetable Glycerin (buy here)
Boiling water

 Directions

  1. Place herbs in a quart jar.
  2. Pour boiling water over the herbs, just barely covering them.
  3. Fill jar the rest of the way with vegetable glycerin, leaving a 2 inch head space.
  4. Cover jar with a lid and shake well.
  5. Place a dish towel in the bottom of the crockpot.
  6. Place jar on towel.
  7. Fill crockpot with water up to the rim of the jar.
  8. Turn crockpot on low and let jar steep in water for 3 days.
  9. Check water level every day and add more water as needed to keep the level to the rim of the jar.
  10. After 3 days, strain the herbs from the liquid and compost herbs.
  11. Pour herbal liquid into a clean jar  or smaller tincture bottles and label with name and date.
  12. My glycerites keep in the cabinet for a year or two.

Note: Take 1/4 teaspoon 1-3 times a day.

DIY Adrenal Glycerite
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup Ashwaghanda root
  2. 1/4 cup Eleuthero root
  3. 1/4 -1/2 cup Astragalus root
  4. 1/4 cup holy basil
  5. Vegetable Glycerin
  6. Boiling water
Instructions
  1. Place herbs in a quart jar.
  2. Pour boiling water over the herbs, just barely covering them.
  3. Fill jar the rest of the way with vegetable glycerin, leaving a 2 inch head space.
  4. Cover jar with a lid and shake well.
  5. Place a dish towel in the bottom of the crockpot.
  6. Place jar on towel.
  7. Fill crockpot with water up to the rim of the jar.
  8. Turn crockpot on low and let jar steep in water for 3 days.
  9. Check water level every day and add more water as needed to keep the level to the rim of the jar.
  10. After 3 days, strain the herbs from the liquid and compost herbs.
  11. Pour herbal liquid into a clean jar and label with name and date.
  12. My glycerites keep in the cabinet for a year or two.
Notes
  1. Take 1/4 teaspoon 1-3 times daily.
Jill's Home Remedies http://jillshomeremedies.com/
You may be interested in my other adrenal fatigue posts, How to Know If You Suffer From Adrenal Fatigue, and How to Heal From Adrenal Fatigue.

 

Resources

  1. Axe, D. J. (2017, July 21). Ashwagandha Benefits Thyroid and Adrenals. Retrieved August 11, 2017, from https://draxe.com/ashwagandha-proven-to-heal-thyroid-and-adrenals/
  2. Dr. Josh Axe and Eric Zielinski. (2017, July 20). Holy Basil Balances Cortisol and Hormones – Dr Axe. Retrieved August 11, 2017, from https://draxe.com/holy-basil-benefits/
  3. J. (n.d.). Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome: The Adaptogenic Herbs You Need to Know About. Retrieved August 12, 2017, from http://www.foodrenegade.com/adrenal-fatigue-syndrome-the-adaptogenic-herbs-you-need-to-know-about/
  4. Sep 10, 2013 Jack Challem. (n.d.). Fight exhaustion with adrenal-support supplements. Retrieved August 12, 2017, from http://deliciousliving.com/conditions/fight-exhaustion-adrenal-support-supplements
  5. H., About HeatherHi, I’m Mommypotamus. My mission is to help you put delicious, healthy meals on the table, find effective natural remedies for common complaints, make your own fuss-free personal care and home products, and save time and money in the process., K., J., L., A., . . . Good, A. (2017, August 11). Adrenal Support Tincture Recipe. Retrieved August 12, 2017, from https://www.mommypotamus.com/adrenal-support-tincture/

Ashwagandha Smoothie For Improved Energy, Sleep, Libido, and More

 
As I mentioned in my most recent email, here is the promised recipe for a great smoothie that can help improve sleep, energy, libido, plus relieve anxiety and support the adrenals! (If you are not a JHR subscriber, you can subscribe here to stay informed on all the new natural health updates as well as occasional information not shared here on the blog.) This recipe is taken from the newly released book Alchemy of Herbs. If you’d like your own copy, today is the day you want to buy it! More on that below.
 
Ashwagandha is the star herb in this smoothie recipe!
 
Ashwagandha is used to treat fatigue, insomnia, low libido, anxiety, asthma, arthritis, insulin resistance, fibromyalgia, hypothyroid, reproductive health, and more! It’s adaptogenic (meaning it supports the adrenals and helps the body adapt to stress), anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective, an aphrodisiac and an antioxidant. [1]
 
By simply adding this herb to a smoothie, you can improve your health in an easy way. I did tweak it slightly and that is indicated in the recipe in parenthesis. Trust me when I say that this recipe is delicious and so very healthy! 
 

Ashwagandha Smoothie 

This yummy ashwagandha smoothie is a great way to share the nourishing and supportive qualities of ashwagandha. If you have a sensitivity to dairy, use any nondairy yogurt of your choice. For the nut or seed butter, peanut, almond, cashew, and sunflower seed butters are all good options.
 
Yield: 5 cups, 3 to 5 servings
 
Ingredients
2 bananas (I used frozen bananas. This makes it thicker, which is how we like it.)
2 cups almond milk (I used one cup)
1 cup plain yogurt (I used homemade kefir)
1/2 cup nut or seed butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons ashwagandha powder (buy here)
2 teaspoons cinnamon powder (buy here)
maple syrup or honey, to taste (I omitted this because I add extra bananas if more sweetness is needed.)
 
Directions
  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into glasses. Use a spatula to get all the liquid from the sides of the blender—there are lots of good herbs in there.
  3. Drink immediately.
 
Recipe from Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal by Rosalee de la Forêt (Hay House, 2017) 
Copyright © 2017 LearningHerbs.com, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
 
As I mentioned in my recent email, this book that I got this recipe from is now on my list of top favorites! Not only because it has food and medicinal recipes with beautiful photos and amazing information on each herb it covers, but also because it tells you HOW to use these herbs for different health ailments – which is hard to find in herb books!
 
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Ashwagandha Smoothie
Serves 3
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Ingredients
  1. 2 bananas
  2. 2 cups almond milk
  3. 1 cup plain yogurt
  4. 1/2 cup nut or seed butter
  5. 1/4 cup coconut oil
  6. 2 tablespoons ashwagandha powder
  7. 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
  8. maple syrup or honey, to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into glasses. Use a spatula to get all the liquid from the sides of the blender—there are lots of good herbs in there.
  3. Drink immediately.
Adapted from http://learning-herbs.com/t?orid=6458&opid=49
Adapted from http://learning-herbs.com/t?orid=6458&opid=49
Jill's Home Remedies http://jillshomeremedies.com/

References

  1. Alchemy of Herbs

How To Heal From Adrenal Fatigue

How To Heal Adrenal Fatigue | Jill's Home Remedies | If you suffer from adrenal fatigue, panic attacks, anxiety, or depression, here's how to heal it naturally!

Before reading this post, be sure to read How To Know If You Suffer From Adrenal Fatigue if you have not.

It all started for me when I was in college. I had been going full speed ahead working and going to my local high school, which meant going to bed late each night and getting up early for school each morning.

I continued full speed ahead in college, but my schedule became so much busier. I was working 2 part-time jobs, going to school full time (which included taking classes from teachers that said I should study 6 hours if I wanted to pass their tests…very stressful), being very involved in the ministries of the local church there, making new friends, falling in love with the sweetest, best-looking southern gentleman I’d ever met… All of these things meant that life was wonderful but very busy and stressful too. 

I also got very little sleep in high school and college. Stress + little sleep= adrenal fatigue.

I suffered for years without even knowing it. I had no idea what was wrong with me. I was used to going to a doctor anytime I didn’t feel well and doing whatever they said I should do. However, this time, the doctor said I just needed antidepressants and sent me on my way with prescription in hand (which I did not take). This was the first time I didn’t take whatever my doctor told me was best for me. The doctor literally made me feel crazy for the things I told him I was going through and I felt so discouraged and hopeless of feeling normal again.

My symptoms were things like…feeling like I was flying when my feet were firmly on the ground, or feeling like my car was going to fall off the end of the earth when I topped the next hill, or feeling panicky when I was in a crowd of people or was talking to someone that I felt like I couldn’t get away from (that can make us all panicky, huh?:)), or unable to handle heights when normally I could, or being afraid to go anywhere for fear of anxiety or panic attacks hitting me. When I think about all the symptoms I shared with my doctor, I can understand how maybe he thought I was a little crazy. Doctors are wonderful for emergencies, but they simply are not educated in the field of nutrition and do not know how to help someone in my situation.

If you relate to any of this, let me tell you that there is hope and there is an answer for you! You can feel normal and wonderful again. 

How To Heal Adrenal Fatigue | Jill's Home Remedies | If you suffer from adrenal fatigue, panic attacks, anxiety, or depression, here's how to heal it naturally!

How To Heal From Adrenal Fatigue

One thing you have to understand when you are healing is that it takes time. When you are truly getting to the root of a health problem it takes longer to feel better than using medication that only covers up symptoms. Medication does not bring true healing, correct the real problem, and can have unwanted side effects. Plus with the root problem still not being fixed, your health will only get worse. You have to understand that you need to give time for healing to take place.

How long will it take to heal?

The length of time for healing depends on how severe your adrenal problem is.

  • Minor adrenal fatigue – 6 months
  • Moderate adrenal fatigue – 12 months
  • Major adrenal fatigue – 2 years

Don’t panic (we don’t need any more of that) – it won’t take you this long to feel better, it can just take this long to completely heal. I had major adrenal fatigue but started feeling better within just a few weeks and felt like a new person in a few months. It can just take this long to heal your adrenals completely, but you will feel better much sooner than that. The vital thing is that you are intentional about healing yourself. 

Don’t just choose one thing to do from the list below. Let me tell you from experience to do them all at the same time.

Sleep

The word sleep probably makes you want to curl up under the covers, doesn’t it? That’s how I was. Sleep sounded nice all the time. To heal your adrenals, you need 8-10 hours of sleep each night, plus you need to rest during the day if needed, even if it’s just 15 minutes. The amount of sleep you need depends on how bad your adrenals are.

Do not have parent guilt about the need to sleep. It’s easy to feel guilty resting when there is so much to do. I can get crabby if the dishes aren’t done and the house isn’t in order (just ask the kids), but sometimes we have to go to bed with the dishes stacked instead of washed and dried and the house in need of cleaning because we have to take care of ourselves when our body reaches a point that it’s crying out for help and healing.

Do you realize that is what your body is doing? It is trying to get your attention so that you will do what is needed to heal. That’s why I’m here – to help you do it!

How To Heal Adrenal Fatigue | Jill's Home Remedies | If you suffer from adrenal fatigue, panic attacks, anxiety, or depression, here's how to heal it naturally!

Adrenal Tincture

Another important must-have in healing is to take adaptogenic herbs (these are herbs that help to heal and support the adrenals). I happen to have several adaptogenic herbs on hand so I made my own tincture recently (recipe coming in the next few weeks), but you can also buy the tincture. I recommend taking these herbs in liquid form under the tongue so that they will go immediately into your body and do its work. You certainly can make your own herbal medicine for this, but if the chiropractor had told me to make my own tincture 20 years ago when I could barely brush my hair without fatigue, I would have cried. If you are at a point of being too overwhelmed to make your medicine, or it just does not interest you to do so, I recommend Adren-L-Aid here and Adren-L-Aid II here (for pregnant and nursing mommies).

B-Vitamin Complex

B-vitamins are essential for the nervous system. So if you are having anxiety, panic attacks, depression, etc., you are likely deficient in the b-vitamins. I was experiencing heart palpitations about a year ago and started a b-vitamin complex and the palpitations literally stopped overnight. I had been dealing with them for weeks. My body was deficient in these vitamins and that’s how it was letting me know. It’s important to take the whole complex and not just a few select b-vitamins. I highly recommend this complex from Garden of Life. I have found that cheaper brands don’t work as well. And this bottle lasts for 2 months!

Also, it’s always a good idea to take a whole food vitamin as well. I love SuperMom from Beeyoutiful! They also carry SuperDad, SuperLady, and SuperKid vitamins.

Cultured Foods

How To Heal Adrenal Fatigue | Jill's Home Remedies | If you suffer from adrenal fatigue, panic attacks, anxiety, or depression, here's how to heal it naturally! Cultured Foods are one of the best things you can add to your diet. They are full of billions of probiotics, enzymes, aminos, and lots of other nutrition. I recommend checking out Cultured Food Life for more information. I highly recommend consuming all 3 cultured foods (kombucha, kefir, fermented vegetables), but if you choose just one for your adrenals, choose kombucha. I typically make my own (of course because it saves money), but I do sometimes buy it as well. My local Wal-Mart sells raw organic kombucha and it is great stuff. With anything healthy, it’s easy to get out of the habit of consuming something. I have been making kefir mainly here lately and it does wonders in keeping us healthy, but I just recently started making kombucha again. I am surprised at how happy and energetic I feel almost immediately. I also notice that it calms my nerves and stops panic attacks and anxiety if I happen to be dealing with those. 

I was reading about kombucha again on the Cultured Food Life website, and she mentioned how kombucha helps the adrenals and has b-vitamins. I was not surprised at all to read this because of how much better I feel when drinking it.

Kombucha has a vinegary sour type taste. I love the taste of it, but if you don’t find you can handle it for some reason, blend some frozen fruit with it and/or add juice to it. Your health will never be the same if you regularly add cultured foods to it!

I would start out drinking 4 oz. of kombucha a day for a week, then 8 oz. a day for a week, then 16 oz. a day. I now drink 16-24 oz. a day. I just cannot seem to get enough because it makes me feel so much better and refreshed!

Exercise

There’s that dirty word again. People are always telling you to exercise, aren’t they? You may be thinking, “I can barely walk because I am so fatigued, how in the world could I exercise?” I totally get that. But even if you could talk a slow walk through the woods or around the house a few times, it would do you a world of good. One of my favorite exercises is jumping on the rebounder. Starting out with a few minutes a day and working up to 10-20 minutes a day does so much for your health. This all depends on how sick you are. Do what you can, even if it’s just a little exercise. 

How To Heal Adrenal Fatigue | Jill's Home Remedies | If you suffer from adrenal fatigue, panic attacks, anxiety, or depression, here's how to heal it naturally!

Diet

Diet is another word that people don’t like to talk about. We have our favorite comfort foods that we just do not wish to give up. However, it is a good idea to eat in a way that promotes vitality of life. I didn’t change my diet 20 years ago when I was dealing with adrenal fatigue for the first time and I still felt better, but you will heal faster and be overall healthier if you eat differently. 

Avoid sugar as much as possible. I understand that sugar is a pick me up and we eat it to give us bursts of energy throughout the day. Sugar is quite addicting too! But be careful with it. We may cut back on the cake and candy bars, but sugar is also in bread, fast food, and almost all packaged food. We get a steady stream of sugar in our diets. Sugar is so bad for the nervous system. If you consume cultured foods, you will not crave sugar as much. I notice that especially when I drink kombucha I do not have sugar cravings like normal.

I know it’s hard to change our diets of habit, but never give up on trying to eat healthier one step at a time.

Be Consistent

I was honestly so sick and fatigued 20 years ago that it was hard for me to actually take something that someone said would make me better over time. I had anxiety that it might not work and could have so easily stayed in my mental state of overwhelmedness. I am so glad that I forced myself to try it because I have been able to enjoy a normal life over the past 20 years.

Yes, I have been working on my adrenals here lately because I can tell they need help, but I have been able to keep them from getting too bad this time. I fell under the major adrenal fatigue back then for sure. Force yourself to do these healthy things I’ve listed. I’d love to hear from you on your journey! Be sure to comment here or email me at jill@jillshomeremedies.com. Many blessings to you! Let me know if I can help and encourage you in any way.

Are you living with adrenal fatigue? Have you tried anything natural to heal them? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Resources

 3 Steps to Heal Adrenal Fatigue Naturally – Dr. Axe. (2014). Retrieved July 21, 2016, from https://draxe.com/3-steps-to-heal-adrenal-fatigue/