In my last post I scratched the surface a wee itty bit about adaptogens. I’ve had a lot of questions since then, so I thought I’d break things down a little bit more. Let’s focus on astragalus first.
Astragalus has been known to improve circulation, improve your immune system, and balance blood sugar. Because of it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial affects, it more specifically has been shown to help combat common colds and disease, improve skin health, and promote cardiovascular health. It has been known to increase blood circulation and strengthen blood vessels thus improving symptoms caused by anemia, side affects of chemotherapy, and more. (source).
As with all herbs, check with your doctor before consuming them. In this instance it’s possible that these herbs can be harmful to someone who has an overactive immune system and/or someone who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or MS.
Now that you know what it does, here is how you can use it:
Of course, you can take a pill. Easy and cheap, but where is the fun in that?
You can make a tea (what I have been doing). It’s delicious. It’s so easy. One tablespoon in 16oz hot water. Steep 10 min and strain. It smells and tastes light and nutty. It’s smooth and comforting to sip on hot, but you can definitely drink it cold too. Order here.
You can cook with it. Getting it in powder form makes it compatible with most recipes you’ll find on “the Google”. Here is one of my favorite recipes:
2 Tablespoons Astragalus root powder
1 Tablespoon Maca root powder
½ Tablespoon Spirulina or any powdered greens
1 cup sesame butter (tahini)
½ cup honey
½ cup crushed almonds
Shredded coconut to roll the balls in
Directions: Mix the first 6 ingredients until well combined (using a blender, food processor or mixer). Roll into 1 inch balls. Roll balls into coconut. If batter seems dry, add 1 TBSP of melted coconut oil and mix again.
If you have no interest or have been advised to avoid astragalus, that recipe above is just as delicious without it. It’s also full of nutrients, healthy fat and tons of antioxidants. Let me know if you try it!