Top 10 Herbs for energy!


The following are the top 10 herbs for energy !  Any herb has it’s indications and may interact with other health conditions or medications.  It is always advised to consult with your Naturopathic Doctor for proper prescribing.


Also known as winter cherry or Indian Ginseng, ashwagandha is a rejuvenative tonic herb. It’s active ingredient “ withanolides” are thought to be responsible for helping anyone suffering from weakness or debility, including the fatigue caused by nervous tension and overwork. The herb also increases energy and endurance, promotes longevity, supports sexual vitality, calms the mind, enhances mental functioning, rejuvenates the tissues, strengthens immune function, encourages restful sleep, and helps the body overcome imbalances caused by mental or physical stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, or environmental toxins. Ashwagandha also helps as an anti-inflammatory to relieve arthritis and joint pain.

Translated from Sanskrit, ashwagandha means ‘that which has the smell of a horse.’because it is thought to revive vitality of a horse including sexual vitality and energy .  


Astragalus is a herb that can strengthen the adrenal glands (the stress-hormone glands) and immune system to prevent infections. Astragalus increases the metabolism and is an excellent remedy for fatigue.. It is extremely safe but should not be taken if you have an infection or high fever because it may strengthen the virus instead of you! It should also be avoided if you take blood thinning medications or beta-blockers


Bee Pollen-  is packed with 22 amino acids, natural antibiotic factors, DNA/RNA (the genetic coding of plants), 18 enzymes (to aid digestion and other bodily functions), glucosides (natural sources of energy in the body), plant hormones, 27 minerals and at least 16 vitamins, it is no surprise that it increases energy and vitality. Most recently it is believed to have anti cancer properties.  Note-Avoid bee pollen if you suffer pollen allergies or if you are allergic to bees.  


No herb can kick start your blood flow better than cayenne. It improves circulation rapidly, increasing your blood flow and thereby improving your oxygen levels. You feel more energized and awake as a result. Cayenne is a natural booster for the metabolism. This is why many diet formulas include cayenne in their ingredients list. Cayenne is also good for the heart, improves digestion and strengthens your immune system.


Codonopsis is a Chinese herb often used as a milder, less stimulating and less expensive ginseng. It has the following effects, which may be important to the athlete:

*Improves digestive power, thereby increasing overall energy
*Used to counteract weakness, fatigue, and everyday stress
*Has an overall strengthening effect on the body


Dandelion root is widely-used as a gentle, cleansing tonic. Its ability to detoxify and cool the liver help athletes recover more quickly after workouts.


i. Siberian Ginseng/ Eleutherococcus Senticosus

Siberian ginseng is one of only a handful of herbs that is an adaptogen, which means that it works to normalize bodily functions. It inhibits the adrenal stress response and works as an immune stimulant, particularly for fighting the effects of stress and depression. It aids the liver in detoxifying harmful toxins, including chemotherapeutic agents and radiation. Siberian ginseng also stimulates the activity of several immune system components: B and T cells, making it excellent for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and other viral infections. Athletes around the world use Siberian ginseng as a training aid because of its reputed ability to increase resistance to stress, increase performance, bolster the immune system during workouts, and reduce fatigue. But it also helps strengthen energy levels over time.  

To be certain of obtaining high-quality Siberian ginseng, look for products standardized for eleutherosides, the active ingredient, typically to at least 0.8 percent..

Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations, or take approximately 200’400 mg daily. For best results, take Siberian ginseng for at least three months, with a one-week break before resuming the dosage.  This herb is warming in property.

ii. Asian Ginseng/ Panax Ginseng

Ginseng (red processed Korean or Chinese) is often recommended to help increase energy levels. Ginseng appears to improve both physical and mental performance under conditions of stress. Clinical trials have shown the following benefits for athletes taking ginseng: Standardized extracts provide a guaranteed amount of ginsenosides, or the active ingredients. Most clinical studies have used ginseng extracts standardized to 4 percent ginsenosides, at a dosage of 200’500 mg daily..This herb is warming in property
*Increase in oxygen uptake
*Faster recovery period
*Performance and metabolic gains
*Improved time in races

iii. American/Panax Quinquefolium

American Ginseng helps to increase estrogen levels in women, which helps to provide relief from menopause symptoms such as hot flashes. It also helps improve sexual function in women. It has also been shown to improves the functioning of the immune system, blood sugar, brain and nervous system. It improves cognitive abilities, enhancing memory and concentration levels that can be hindered by poor blood supply to the brain. This herb is cooling in property


Ginkgo is an herb that improves energy flow at a cellular level by increasing the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in your body. ATP aids the brain in metabolizing glucose for energy which improves mental function. When you feel mentally drained, ginkgo is the herb for you.


Green tea contains caffeine, and as such, works as a mild stimulant. Instead of reaching for a cola mid-day, try brewing a cup of green tea. It gives an extra shot of energy to finish your day and also provides health benefits. Green tea is known for being an antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, and antibiotic thanks to high levels of polyphenols.

10. MACA

Maca (Lepidium meyenii) (Peruvian ginseng)- A cruciferous vegetable of the mustard family, maca is related to radishes and turnips. Maca is rich in medicinal compounds, including alkaloids, amino acids, glucosinolates, and sterols. The herb is regarded as an adaptogen that helps the body fight stress. It elevates pituitary and adrenal hormones when they are too low and reduces them when they are too high. Maca is an energy booster that relieves insomnia, stress, and depression while increasing libido.



Gotu Kola Gotu Kola is an herb that contains many nutrients and healing phytochemicals. As one of the primary energy herbs used by herbalists, gotu kola lessens fatigue and depression without the effects of caffeine. Actually, unlike caffeine that may keep you awake into the evenings, gotu kola actually helps improve sleep at night.


Royal Jelly Royal jelly is the natural result when bees combine honey and pollen. It is a powerhouse of B-complex vitamins. It also contains many other vitamins, minerals, hormones, enzymes, 18 amino acids, and natural antibacterial and antibiotic substances. It has traditionally been used to address bronchial asthma, pancreatitis, liver disease, insomnia, stomach ulcers, kidney disease, bone fractures, immune problems, and skin disorders, but royal jelly is also effective for increasing energy.  


Relora, an extract from the magnolia flower, helps decrease the release of cortisol, the fatiguing stress hormone, and improves sleep. Take 350 to 500 milligrams two or three times a day.


Spirulina The Aztec people knew a good thing when they saw it. They discovered spirulina, a single-celled algae that they called tecuitlatl and soon made it a staple of their diet. It is high in usable protein, a great source of Vitamin B12 (often called the “energy vitamin”), 8 minerals and many vitamins, including 7 types of vitamin A precursors known as carotenoids. It is also packed with chlorophyll, the green pigment that gives spirulina its colour and its blood purification properties. And, of course, it boosts energy levels.   


Stinging nettle as a tea (infusion) can give you more energy than a cup of coffee without the negative stimulant effects.

Nettles are rich in chlorophyll and nutrients and are renowned as a nutritive tonic. The advantages of taking nettles are as follows:

*Highly nutritious
*Complete protein
*Builds the blood
*Prevents or counteracts fatigue

It’s no wonder; nettles are jam-packed with vitamins and minerals. Create an infusion using a quart of boiled water and an ounce of dried nettles and allow it to brew over night. Strain out the herbs and refrigerate. Drink it within a few days and enjoy it often for the full benefits.


Reishi is a rare mushroom that is called “the elixir of life” in China. It is used for increasing energy, boosting the immune system and reducing stress. It is ingested as a tea, tablet, syrup or tincture. It works so well to increase energy levels that many people drink Reishi tea in place of coffee.

Final Notes

Using these 10 top herbs for energy occasionally is not harmful, but if you seem to be constantly fatigued you should speak to your medical practitioner. Your fatigue may be caused by an underlying illness. Consider, too, that your diet can be zapping your energy. Eliminate caffeine, sugar and additives from your diet and you will be surprised at how your energy levels improve.


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