This Anima Mundi formula is a mix of adaptogens, such as Rhodiola and Ashwagandha, with powerfully supporting happy herbs* like St. John's Wort, Mucuna and Albizzia. These herbs together create a synergistic powerhouse for relieving stress, anxiety, and depression.
"Happy Herbs" are herbs commonly used for their serotonin and/or dopamine regulating effects.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product does not intend to treat or prevent any disease.
**Do not take this tonic if you are using antidepressants, or if you are pregnant. After at least 6 months of nursing, take a very small dose if you need help to treat postpartum depression.
Mucuna, Albizia bark, Rhodiola root*, Ashwagandha root*, St. John's Wort. Extracted in Cane Spirits and Vegetable Glycerin.
*Organic / ^Wildcrafted
2-3x per day 1/2tsp (30-50drops) at a time. Drink directly or add to your favorite choice of beverages such as green juice, tea or smoothies.
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Mucuna - Velvet Dopamine Bean
The active compound in Mucuna is the levodopa or L-dopa. This bioactive chemical is a precursor to several neurotransmitters, including adrenaline, noradrenaline, and dopamine. Mucuna pruriens has significant antioxidant action that works in tandem with L-dopa to promote brain health.  When L-dopa crosses the blood-brain barrier, it helps to increase brain levels of dopamine, an essential neurotransmitter associated with regulating mood and cognition.  Research also suggests that antioxidants are helpful for defending against oxidative damage by free radicals.
Albizzia - Collective Happiness Tree
Popularly known as Mimosa, this is a beautiful tree with pink pom-pom flowers. "Both the bark and the flowers of Albizia are used as a calming sedative in Oriental traditional medicine. Categorized in the Chinese Materia Medica as a calming spirit herb, the bark is thought to 'anchor' the spirit, while the flowers lighten it. The flowers have also been used for the treatment of insomnia, amnesia, sore throat, and confusion in Oriental traditional medicine as well as depression, melancholy, and anxiety." - Michael Tierra, L.Ac.
St John's Wort - Hierba de San Juan
St. John's Wort has become known for its antidepressant benefits. It contains several chemicals, including hypericin, hyperforin, and pseudohypericin, which are thought to be the major sources of antidepressant activity.
Neurotransmitters are chemicals that carry messages from nerve cells to other cells. Ordinarily, once the message has been delivered, neurotransmitters are reabsorbed and inactivated by the cells that released them. Chemicals in St. John's Wort may keep more of these antidepressant neurotransmitters available for the body to utilize. Multiple studies have shown that St. John's Wort may be effective in relieving mild to moderate depression, although maximum antidepressant effects may take several weeks to develop. St. John's Wort has also been studied for the treatment of other emotional disorders such as anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), menopausal mood swings, and premenstrual syndrome. *St. John's Wort is an MAO inhibitor and should not be used with antidepressants, alcohol/drugs, and certain foods.
Ashwagandha & Rhodiola are both the master herbs, known for their powerful "adaptogenic" effects. Adaptogen herbs are known for their ability to protect the body and assist it in adapting to stress in a variety of ways, such as by boosting immunity and improving mental alertness.
Ashwagandha - The strength of a thousand horses
Ashwagandha has also been proven effective in supporting adrenal function by helping you overcome adrenal fatigue and chronic stress. Your adrenal glands are endocrine glands that are responsible for releasing hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) in response to stress on your body. If your adrenals are overtaxed due to an overabundance of emotional, physical and mental stress, it can lead to a condition known as adrenal fatigue. Ashwagandha is a master herb in assists in hormone regulation and excess cortisol.
Rhodiola - Golden Rose Root
Rhodiola has been used for centuries as a general tonic for both body and mind. Recent studies, including those involving veterans of the Soviet-Afghan war, indicate the herb's clear ability to relieve PTSD symptoms like anxiety, depression, and trauma and concentration.
*Courtesy of Anima Mundi Herbals