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The Ultimate Ayurvedic Herb for Female Vitality
Shatavari root is considered to be one of the most highly regarded rejuvenating herbal tonics for female health and well-being in Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine. Its Sanskrit name means, “that which possesses a hundred roots”.
Shatavari is considered an important rejuvenating herb because it belongs to a very special class of herbs known as rasayana along with holy basil, brahmi, gotu kola, ginseng and ashwagandha to name a few. These herbs go beyond the nutritive and tonify the body and mind at a deeper level. Rasayana tonics are the most revered herbs for revitalizing the very essence of the individual and are used in reversing the aging process.
According to the energetic principles of Traditional Ayurveda, shatavari is sweet and bitter in its taste energy, cooling in action and balancing for vata and pitta constitutional doshas, with a tendency to aggravate kapha. It is considered a wonderful daily herb to support general well-being, vitality and health and combines particularly well with amla and ashwagandha.
Considered an adaptogen, shatavari has the ability to increase resistance in the body to a variety of stressors. Although many associate shatavari with women’s health, it is not exclusively beneficial for women and can be used by both men and women as an adaptogenic tonic. From an Ayurvedic perspective however, there is no better herb for female vitality. Shatavari has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years in order to increase fertility, balance hormones, increase lactation and aid with menstrual cramping, as well as menopausal symptoms such as vaginal atrophy, dryness and lack of libido. Shatavari contains phytoestrogen triterpene saponins, including shatavarin.
Shatavari has an earthy, pungent flavour. There are two ways that I like to incorporate shatavari into my daily routine. The first is to add a whole food shatavari root powder to my morning smoothies. The second way I like to use shatavari is to add a more concentrated dual extracted supercritical, hydro-ethanolic powder to my water bottle, coconut water, beverages and smoothies to drink throughout the day. This is the ideal way to reap the full array of benefits as both the water-soluble and fat-soluble components of the botanical are represented in higher concentrations.
While most supercritical extracts are only available in a capsule form, the Organic Traditions superfood company recently launched a full-spectrum, dual-extraction shatavari in an easy to use, semi-soluble, free flowing powder. This is truly the most ideal way of consuming the herb as it provides the highest therapeutic potential of this incredible root.
As the adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. If you uproot shatavari from the soil you will expose what looks like hundreds of strong individual roots. If the doctrine of signatures can be applied to shatavari, it undoubtedly points to a grounded expression of self with 100 branches teeming with strength and life force.
Renita’s Yin Builder Smoothie Recipe
While shatavari is great daily herb for female vitality and a soothing, cooling yin tonic, it is an all round great adaptogen to be incorporated into the daily diet for both women and men. This smoothie is a great choice for building strength, stamina and balancing the stress response.
10-16 oz. of water
1/2 cup of organic frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons of Organic Traditions Goji Berries
2 tablespoons of Organic Traditions Chia Seeds
2 tablespoons of Organic Traditions Hemp Hearts
2 tablespoons of Organic Traditions Pumpkin Seeds
2 tablespoons of Organic Traditions Shredded Coconut
1 tablespoon of Organic Traditions Acai powder
1 tablespoon of Organic Traditions Maqui powder
2 teaspoons of Organic Traditions Maca X-6 powder
1/8-1/4 of a teaspoon of Organic Traditions Full Spectrum Shatavari powder
1/8-1/4 of a teaspoon of Organic Traditions Full Spectrum Holy Basil powder
1/4 of a teaspoon of Organic Traditions Full Spectrum Schizandra powder
1/2-1 teaspoon of Organic Traditions Vanilla powder
1 tablespoon of Organic Traditions Raw Coconut oil or Cacao Butter
Blend all ingredients together in a high-speed blender. If you prefer your smoothie extra chilled, add ice. Enjoy!
Renita Rietz is a health and nutrition writer and speaker who educates on the phytotherapeutic potential of indigenous foods and plants for prevention and regeneration. [email protected]