Shatavari - Herb of the Month
Posted on 18 February 2014 by Leonie Satori
My passion for this wonderful female herb Shatavari first developed when I was a student studying Ayurvedic medicine, it is considered to be a 'rasayana' or a rejuvenative herb that is used generously for female fertility and nourishment for tissues of the reproductive tract. In recent years, Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) has become my go-to herb when helping many of my clients with fertility issues.
Although this plant is related to the common eating asparagus, it is actually the root and rhizome where the medicinal component of the plant is located. Dried and ground into a powder this herb has a deliciously warm nutty scent and is used in Ayurvedic medicine to support female hormones, especially during menopause, breast feeding and as a fertility tonic.
The Ayurvedic Vedas refer to Shatavari as the herb that can give you one hundred husbands, a delightful euphemism for describing the beneficial hormone balancing quality of this herb in supporting a woman's libido. Shatavari is also esteemed for its demulcent qualities, making it beneficial for soothing inflamed membranes of the digestive system, the lungs and the urinary tract. The 'tonic' nature of this herb also makes it an ideal supportive remedy during times of stress, fatigue and general weakness.
In Western herbal medicine, scientific studies of Shatavari reveal that the female tonic qualities of this herb are due to the presence of steroidal saponins that have a hormone balancing effect in the body.
One of the main herbs in our Healthy Woman herbal tea is Shatavari; this herb gives the tea a rich, sweet and nourishing flavour and is a great way to gently introduce herbs into your daily life, especially for young women. At Sundala Health Centre, Shatavari is also available as a tea, in a powder, capsules and as a liquid extract.
About the Author
Leonie is a Naturopath & Medical Herbalist with a passion for good food, healthy living and of course, herbal medicine. When she is not consulting in her Naturopathic clinic in Lismore or blogging about nutrition, Ayurvedic Medicine or natural health, she is studying yoga, growing her own herbs and vegetables or quietly walking in the natural bush land in Northern Rivers NSW.
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