Between being a freelance writer, keeping my two kids, my husband, and two huge dogs alive, and maintaining our 120-year-old home, I’m almost always stressed. I would say my anxiety level is somewhere between seven and nine out of 10 depending on the hour.
To relax, some people rely on taking a pill or sipping a cocktail. However, as someone with over 19 years of sobriety, that’s just not an option for me. Over the years I’ve tried a variety of anti-stress methods, from hot baths and sweaty workouts to taking melatonin for sleep, but finding a way to reduce my stress during the day while still being able to stay alert and focused hasn’t been easy. That’s why I was willing to try Apothekary’s Chill the F*Out Herbal Blend, an herbal powder supplement that promises cortisol-lowering powers without draining your energy. To test it, I took it daily for two weeks – keep reading to see what happened and my honest thoughts on how effective herbs and adaptogens really are for stress.
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- Price: 12 servings for $23, 45 servings for $59 or 10 single serving pouches for $20
- Best for: Stress relief during the day
- Formula: Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, cruelty-free
- What we like: It calms you in a natural way
- What we don’t like: Taste may be a turn off for some
Apothecary Chill The F*Out
Apothekary bills itself as “the world’s first herbal farm.” The brand, founded by ex-Wall Streeter Shizu Okusa, is based on ideas from Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Japanese Kampo Medicine, all traditional Eastern belief systems she grew up practicing. . The brand’s mission is therefore to use organic and ethical plant-based foods as medicine as an alternative to over-the-counter supplements. And, true to the idea of being a kind of pharmacy, it offers herbal solutions for all sorts of wellness issues, from gut and skin health to better sleep.
In its blend offerings, you’ll find ingredients like antioxidant-rich superfoods (think acai and beets), healing spices (like cloves for digestive health), and mushrooms (chaga, for example). example, which is reputed to stimulate the immune system). Personally, I was looking for something to soothe the anxiety. Apothekary has a few blends for this, but I chose to try Chill The F*Out – a remedy the brand touts as a superfood-rich daytime “relaxant” that not only helps boost your mood, but also increases concentration. It can be purchased a la carte or sold as part of one of their most popular starter sets, Restore, which also comes with Do Not Disturb, a nighttime stress reliever that also promotes sleep.
Since turning to herbal remedies may be a foreign concept for some, Apothekary offers 30-minute consultations with one of their “wellness counselors,” who can explain how medicine works to herbal and offer personal recommendations. The $19 fee is credited to your next order.
How does Apothekary Chill The F* Out work?
Like all products offered by Apothekary, Chill The F* Out is plant-powered, but two stars in this particular formula are two science-backed stress-busting adaptogens: reishi and ashwagandha. Reishi, a medicinal mushroom, is a staple of Eastern medicine that has been used to treat things like depression and boost immunity. Ashwagandha, a stress-reducing adaptogen, is popular in Ayurvedic medicine because it’s known to contain calming chemicals that can also reduce swelling, lower blood pressure and improve immunity, according to the National Library of Medicine. Other ingredients in the blend include raw cacao (rich in flavonoids that can improve heart health), nutrient-rich peppermint, and fatty acid-rich organic coconut.
Together, the herbs work to lower your cortisol levels, fight inflammation, and boost your digestion, all via the mint and chocolate flavored powder you ingest.
How to use
The mix comes in a powder form, and the brand recommends a teaspoon as a serving size. For best results, Apothekary suggests using it in a number of ways, simply adding it to hot or cold water, blending it into a smoothie, or even adding it to your favorite plant milk as a latte. .
Chill The F* Out comes in a small, organic-looking glass bottle inspired by apothecaries. The scent is very earthy, similar to a mushroom tea, with a hint of cocoa. I chose to drink it as a tea, adding hot water and using the Farmacy Frother included in the Restore set to mix it up. While the product description compares the taste to “peppermint hot chocolate,” I found it to be exactly how it smelled: more mushroom. Although the texture was slightly grainy even after mixing it in, I enjoyed sipping the concoction – honestly, it just felt like it was doing something good for my body.
Although I was a little skeptical before trying it, I actually felt a bit more relaxed shortly after drinking it – but without feeling like my energy was zapped.
I kept trying the product once a day for a week and tried drinking it in different ways. Personally, I really liked that it was added to steamed coconut milk in the form of a latte. I also used it in a banana cocoa smoothie which really masked the taste and might be a great option for those without an earthy palette. When I mixed it with cold water – without the frother, beware – the powder clumped together, so this is not a recipe I would recommend.
Although the potion is by no means Xanax in a jar, it helped me, well, relax without any additional lethargy. When I took a mid-morning dose, it calmed me down while allowing me to stay focused on my work. I was pleasantly surprised.
Who should not use it
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, or have a medical condition, Apothekary recommends talking to your doctor before using the product. Keep in mind that some of the ingredients may interact with medications you are taking. For example, because ashwagandha has blood sugar and blood pressure lowering potential, the National Library of Medicine warns that it should not be used with anyone taking medication for diabetes or high blood pressure. arterial.
Since Chill The F*Out is a blend of superfoods, you could probably get similar benefits from taking the various ingredients in tea, liquid, or capsule form. Other supplement companies, like HUM Nutrition, offer ashwagandha blends in gummy form.
The idea of using food as medicine is by no means new. However, as the science supporting holistic medicine continues to evolve, more and more people (like me) are more open to the idea of embarking on Eastern-inspired remedies. For me, sipping Apothekary’s Chill The F*Out blend has been an overwhelmingly positive experience. While the herbal potion doesn’t offer the intense, immediate sedation of a controlled substance or a glass of vino, it did take things down a few notches, giving me much needed clarity and focus.
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