At Sigla, we absolutely love adaptogens. Some of our staffers have already made the switch from coffee to adaptogen-infused concoctions; matcha lattes, raw cacao, chai, golden latte, the opportunities are endless. There’s just nothing like the feeling of sipping on something delicious that you just know is doing wonders for your health at the same time.
Adaptogens are a group of herbs and mushrooms that help the body cope with stress, whether it be physically, emotionally or mentally, adaptogens help us… well, adapt! These herbs and mushrooms have been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic healing traditions and we couldn’t be more grateful that they’ve made a comeback today.
We’ve always known that adaptogens are beneficial, but often times what’s available in the market can be difficult to consume or hard to incorporate into our routines. This is why we love Goldmine Adaptogen's powder blends! They’re easy to add into any beverage, delicious, bioavailable, and you can really feel the benefits a week into taking them.
Goldmine Adaptogens is a female-founded modern wellness brand based in San Francisco that is on a mission to create delicious, natural stress solutions. We recently caught up with Goldmine’s Founder, Rachael Gorjestani, to discuss all things adaptogens and how she started her brand out of a need to support and cope with stress in her own lifestyle while battling burnout. Relatable? Read on to learn more.
A: Goldmine was inspired by my own burnout and adrenal fatigue. Being a modern woman who runs multiple businesses, I was constantly juggling many work responsibilities, projects, and maxed out calendars and inboxes. Turns out, I wasn't the only one this stressed out!
Stress has a wide range of effects in the body and we can feel the impact of stress when we get poor quality sleep, are unable to focus, feel a sense of tension or unease -- anxiety! Or have the inability of winding down at the end of a long hectic day. Long term effects of stress can range from feeling “burnt out” which means lacking energy to get through the day, to anxiety and depression - and even other issues like digestive upset and chronic headaches. These symptoms are signs that something is off balance and adaptogens help our bodies fight these negative effects of stress.
Adaptogens help us to be more resilient and bounce back after challenging situations with more ease.
A: Benefits — We’re a benefits focused company, so we always want that to be number one when developing new products.
Sourcing — Farming practices, sustainability, and transparency of our ingredients is top priority. If we can get an ingredient domestically, we will. And, of course, making sure each ingredient is processed correctly so our customers can reap the benefits.
Taste — We’re striving to create products that can either be added to a drink without changing its flavor too much, and/or products that are delicious on their own without any added sweeteners.
A: The benefits of adaptogens are seen when herbs are taken on a regular basis, and are wide ranging, differing from person-to-person. The effects can be subtle. Many people share experiences where they face a difficult situation that they handle surprisingly well, and that’s when they know that the adaptogens are working! Others share stories of how they have more energy throughout the day, more focus, and/or feel more ease when navigating their busy schedules. Some other benefits include:
🌿 Immunity Support
🌿Recovery from Fatigue
A: I love our Adaptogen Powder blend in a raw cacao latte in the mornings and our Supershroom Immunity Blend in the afternoon with hot water and a little honey.
Another recipe I’ve been loving lately is:
Place everything in a blender with an ice cube and pour over ice. Or, enjoy hot!
A: Our two blends are formulated to use on their own or together - whichever suits you!
A: I wouldn’t say I’ve always practiced a healthy lifestyle. It really began in my early 20’s when I lived in a macrobiotic community which taught me the importance of why and what we eat. Since then, I see the connection between how we feel, our mental/emotional state, and what we’re consuming, whether that’s food, herbs, or other types of consumption like the people we surround ourselves with. Health encompasses many aspects of our life, including the health of our community and how we communicate our feelings to others. Of course, food is certainly a pillar of our health and I always like to emphasize eating with the seasons and ingredients grown as locally as possible.
We all have different experiences and needs, therefore our health journey may look different from others’, or we may be at different stages. I think the most important aspect of a healthy lifestyle is self-awareness and to really tune into what you personally need to support your mental and physical well being.
A: There are many systems and practices I do to help keep myself organized, which makes me feel less stressed! But, beyond that, I always try to keep perspective, remember to take deep breaths while I’m working or in a highly tense situation, and get outside! Taking time to take a walk, go to the beach, get into a forest, those things really make a difference in my stress levels.
A: When I wake up in the morning, I spend a few minutes breathing deeply with the sun filtering into my bedroom. Some mornings I’ll spend time meditating, tending my garden, or some days I have a lot going on and get right to work! But, I always have a morning drink with Goldmine.
A: Life’s demands look different for everyone and I certainly can’t downplay the obligations we have to our family, jobs, and community — but, there’s a saying that I think about a lot: “If you don’t take care of yourself, someone else will have to.” Meaning, if we constantly push through our fatigue, responsibilities, task lists, feeling drained and worn out, there will be a breaking point for our mind and body.
Q: Sometimes that means changing our diet, prioritizing our sleep, physical activity, or taking a break from work to take a nap or a walk!
A: Sometimes things are a bit more serious and it’s best to work with a trusted professional (herbalist, acupuncturist, natural medicine specialist) to get to the bottom of what’s going on for you. Sometimes it can be a nutrient deficiency or another ailment that is at the root of your burn out.
You can shop Goldmine Adaptogens on our shop siglashop.com starting November 14th at 11AM Philippine Standard Time