Natural Stimulants: Ranking the Safest & Most Effective Options

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People use stimulants for many reasons. Maybe you’re not getting enough sleep, or maybe you work long hours and need some extra energy for chores or to spend time with your children. Whatever the case may be, there are safe, natural stimulants on the market that are effective and will help you get done those pesky daily tasks you may not have the energy to carry out.

Below is a list of a few of the safest and most effective natural stimulants out there today ranked from high to low.

You do not need a prescription for any of these, as they are all legal. However, there may be a couple that haven’t been approved yet by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There is also an in-depth review about each of them along with some things to look out for when trying to find which stimulant could be best for you.

  • Rhodiola rosea
  • Coconut oil
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Ashwagandha

Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola rosea (pronounced like “rodeo-la rose-ay-uh”) is a plant that can be taken in pill or tincture form. This plant can be found near the sea and mountains all around North Asia. This plant has been around for hundreds of years and is known for how well it treats stress and anxiety. Another reason people consume it is to get rid of mental fatigue they may have.

Studies have shown that Rhodiola can help to reduce brain fog. You can get Rhodiola from the mountains of Siberia by taking capsules daily. If you aren’t a pill person, then you can take it as a tincture that’s made from the plant’s root extract. There is organic cane alcohol in the tincture so you might want to avoid it if you struggle with the substance.

Coconut Oil

Believe it or not, coconut oil is directly linked to giving you energy. Natural coconut oil is nearly entirely saturated fat. It comes from coconuts that grow on trees in the tropics and is made of the meat of the coconut. You might hear saturated fat and go on to the next stimulant, but there are good and bad saturated fats, with coconut oil being a good one.

Coconut oil is also made of medium chain triglycerides that help burn fat and turn food into energy. There are plenty of ways to consume the product, whether you use a spoonful to cook with instead of butter, eat a serving by itself, or add it to a smoothie. If you like the idea of adding it to your morning coffee, afternoon tea, or even your evening nightcap, this is a great oil to start with. If using it to cook or bake with is more your thing, you can use any coconut oil you find at your local grocery store or find one that’s carried online.


You can’t have a list of natural stimulants without having coffee on the list! Coffee is easily the most consumed morningbeverage by adults. It is derived from the seeds of berries, and before roasting, they’re actually green. You can eat green coffee beans if you’d like, they’re supposed to be amazing for weight loss and energy, but not everyone likes the taste or texture.

Coffee can be consumed in many different ways, which people tend to be surprised by. You can drink it, which is the most commonly used form, but there are also mints, chews, gum, and energy bars. Some people eat the roasted beans plain.

You can thank the alkaloids in coffee that gives you energy, with caffeine being the most popular one. If coffee isn’t for you, green and black teas are packed with caffeine as well and can serve a plethora of other health benefits, which brings us to the next stimulant.


If you need energy but don’t want to be bouncing off the walls, or if you have anxiety and can be easily affected by caffeine, tea has a chemical called L-theanine that may just be your new best friend. Green tea not only has caffeine but also L-theanine, which gives you energy but allows you to remain calm. A few things this chemical does other than give you energy are: it can make you more cognitive, reduce anxiety, arouse you, and make you more alert.

After continued use, reports have seen people have reported having a better memory, improved speech, and even quicker reaction times. Green tea can be a great option if someone who struggles with mental health issues needs a bit of energy but doesn’t want to feel jittery or shaky because of caffeine. You can find natural green tea at just about any grocery store. Avoid bottled, sugary green tea if you can.


Ashwagandha (pronounced osh-wah-gone-duh) has a technical name of Withania somnifera and is similar to Rhodiola. It’s a plant that’s in the same family as tomatoes and eggplants. The berries and leaves of this plant can be used to help treat things like eczema or rashes. The roots are used as a stimulant among several other things.

This comes in capsule form and takes a few weeks to see noticeable changes, like most supplements. It not only can help you with your energy levels but also stress, body pain, and it even has helped people who have bipolar disorder. There was even a study done that showed how ashwagandha can help those who are battling anxiety surrounding a cancer diagnosis.

You can take capsules and swallow them as is, add it to your tea, or take it traditionally by adding the powder to a mixture of milk and honey.

Final Words

These are five of the best natural stimulants that can help you gain more energy. Some come with plenty of extra benefits like reducing brain fog, stress relief, and even helping to reduce various symptoms of mental disorders.

In a world that seems to increasingly be looking for a rush of energy, stick to the safe, natural stimulants, rather than reaching for illegal amphetamines or prescription stimulants like Adderall.  It’s best to be on the safe side than put yourself in danger.

It’s advised to ask your doctor before you begin taking anything; keep in mind that not all stimulants, though natural, are FDA-approved. As with any supplements, there are dangers associated with taking too much of it. And, some may have adverse interactions with other drugs that you’re taking, so it’s best to get approval from your physician before taking any.

Hopefully, you found a natural stimulant on this list that you can add to your daily routine to give you the boost of energy you’re after to be more productive and alert.

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