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Shatavari ~ The Queen Adaptogen

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Shatavari ~ The Queen Adaptogen

Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) ~ The Queen Adaptogen!

 

Known as a powerful Rasayana (meaning restorative or whole-body tonic) and rejuvenation tonic, Shatavri is considered the "Queen of Adaptogens". Nourishing and calming, this adaptogen has endless benefits that support hormone and emotional balance, fertility, libido, energy and more!

Revered within Ayurvedic medicine as a tonic for longevity, vitality, youthfulness, and brain power, Shatavari is most commonly known for its incredible ability to treat women's wellness and reproductive health. Translated from Sanskrit, Shatavari literally means "she who possesses one hundred husbands". The saying goes that because this herb is so innately linked with women's reproductive wellbeing, a woman could theoretically reproduce with one hundred husbands and still thrive! A testament to the powerful properties of this herb; however, not one that I would like to put to the test! 

Shatavri is the queen of women's herbs because it is abundant in phytoestrogenic properties. Studies show taking Shatavari can improve fertility, support breastmilk production, regulate menstrual cycles, enhance libido and reduce unpleasant symptoms of PMS and menopause.

As an adaptogenic herb, Shatavari has a beautiful, calming, and gentle energy, supporting the body's adaptation and resilience to physical and emotional stress. Over time, Shatavari elevates energy levels and enhances your mind, body and spirit connection promoting emotional wellbeing and fostering a sense of calm, balance and tolerance. As a blood-building herb, Shatavari is useful in treating mild anemia and postbirth tearing, a common issue women face after birth. As adaptogen herbs go, Shatavari is essential for postpartum and motherhood wellness, which is why it has been included in the Mother Tonic Adaptogen Elixir (launching late June)!

 

Additional benefits of Shatavari:

  • A well known Galactagogue (milk-producing) herb that supports both the quality and quantity of milk supply during breastfeeding. 

  • It supports fertility in both men and women, nourishing the egg, enhancing sperm mobility, and building up healthy cervical fluid in women. 

  • An aphrodisiac and powerful sexual tonic, enhancing libido function (due to its heightened saponin properties).

  • Incredibly powerful for digestive health! It works to soothe and support the mucosa (your gut lining), reducing irritation and inflammation. It promotes movement within your digestive system and has antimicrobial effects against nasty bacteria such as E.Coli and Salmonella.

  • As an adaptogen abundant in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory constituents, Shatavari combats chronic fatigue, enhances immune health and is especially helpful for stress, oxidative stress and inflammatory conditions. 

  • Skin Health! As an emollient (moisturising herb), Shatavri is excellent at supporting those with dry skin or vaginal dryness.

  • Nutrient-rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, and minerals calcium, magnesium, and folic acid. If you're feeling fatigued, you might want to check your Vitamin B levels - deficiencies can contribute significantly to weakness and fatigue!

 

 

References

Bathija, C.R. (2014). Female reproductive system and herbal healing versus prescription drugs and their side effects. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.

Maizes, V. (2015). Preconception counselling and fertility. In V. Maizes and T. Low Dog (Eds.), Integrative women's health (pp. 283-250). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Romm, A. (2018). Botanical Medicine for Women's Health (2nd ed.). Elsevier.

Winston, D., & Maimes, S. (2019). Adaptogens: Herbs for strength, stamina, and stress relief (2nd ed.). Healing Arts Press.

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