Adaptogens 101

Adaptogens 101


The term adaptogen is newish as a health buzzword, but it’s rooted in thousands of years of Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicinal wisdom. The concept is actually pretty simple: adaptogens help your body ADAPT and function as it should when you’re under stress. And they all function a little differently.

Much like exercise trains our muscles and cardiovascular system, adaptogens strengthen us – our adrenal glands in particular – so that we can better handle the physical, mental, and emotional stressors life brings our way. That doesn’t mean we are automatically zen all the time, but it does mean that our bodies, immune systems, and minds are more capable of responding appropriately and managing stress.


Turmeric is probably the most popular food adaptogen.

And most of our products are chock full of turmeric. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been shown to drastically alter the body’s response to stress with regard to cortisol production and its effects on memory. Most of us know the feeling of getting stressed and not being able to remember what we NEED to recall…

Many adaptogens are available in supplement form and smoothie powders, but we recommend incorporating adaptogens like turmeric in with your food, so they can work naturally with the body’s digestive system to reach the deeper tissues and be most effective.

Happy Honey is our most Adaptogenic product.  

Our Happy Honey is a mood-boosting, adaptogenic sweetener with benefits! The herbs in Happy Honey that de-stress your body and mind — tulsi, fo-ti root and rhodiola — are all adaptogens. You might have heard of adaptogens, but it’s a relatively new kid on the block outside of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. Here we break down exactly what these powerful little plants can do for you.

By combining them in raw sage honey and formulating them with a delicious blend of mood-boosting, gut healthy and anti-inflammatory spices, Happy Honey delivers on our mission to make modern, everyday cooking products with both incredible flavor and functional health benefits.



Countertop is passionate about helping you cook with maximum health in minimum time. Our products re-imagine everyday staples like butter, sweetener, and seasonings into minimally processed, easy to use, outrageously delicious superfood blends that turn the foods you already love into foods your body will love you for. Read more about our Countertop story here.


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