What started as a personal quest to treat my own chronic stress, fatigue, and skin issues has turned into a company that is here to help you feel well. Years ago, I was working at a lab studying the neuroscience of stress and became enthralled with the question of how the stressors of the modern world were affecting our bodies overall. While I was studying stress, I was also dealing with chronic stress and anxiety myself so this question had personal roots to it. This launched me into months of dedicated personal research into the mechanisms behind stress— and that’s when I discovered adaptogens. I couldn’t believe how this category of herbs and mushrooms helped balance the body’s reaction to stress, all while supporting immune functions, brain health, and skin complexion. So, I started incorporating several adaptogens - like reishi mushroom and ashwagandha - into daily smoothies and tonics. After a few weeks of consistent use, I noticed that I could calmly respond to stressful situations, no longer had adrenal fatigue, and had healed my eczema.
However, as I had a research background, I had very high standards for the herbs and mushrooms that I was sourcing. I wanted high purity/potency, as well as ingredients farmed with an eye towards mindful practices. That’s a pretty hard thing to do, and it took me a very long time to find suppliers and farmers that I trusted. One day, I took a step back and looked at the all the work I had put into this, and realized that I really wanted to share my findings and research with others. And so, Peak and Valley was born. :)