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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

I Heart Herbs - Astragalus

*Please note - The information provided is collected from my various herbal books, classes, and personal research. I am not a doctor. Always, always, always consult your physician or qualified healthcare provider before beginning any new treatment. Do your own research and think for yourself. Don't believe everything you read. Questions are good!


Astragalus

Latin Name
: Astragalus membranaceus

Chinese Name: Huang Qi

Plant Family: Fabaceae - Pea Family

Character: sweet, slightly warm

Actions: antioxidant, anti-viral, diuretic, immunostimulant

Parts Used: root, leaves

Contraindications: acute infections, pregnancy

Astragalus is fantastic for anyone who 
has had a huge toll on their immune system.

It balances electrolytes, nourishes the energy of the heart, 
balances the nervous system, cleanses the gall bladder, and 
heals cuts & bruises.

Astragalus is a deep immune nourishing herb that works at 
the level of bone marrow.

What can you use Astragalus for?

-excellent qi tonic

-anti-viral, digestive tonic, liver protectant


-tonifies the spleen by raising the yang qi


-nourishes the blood


-good for prolapse


-clears toxins


-helps internally for wounds that won't heal


-increases energy


-helps heal tissue and viral infections


-helps T cell function in chemo and AIDS patients


-used in chemo to balance the white blood cells


-slows down blood pressure


-used as adjunct therapy in cancer patients


-to balance your hormones take a few drops of astragalus essence under the tongue


-bathe with the leaves to balance male and female energies


-it is quite tasty in broths and soups


One of my herb teachers taught us that astragalus is also good for allergies. She suggests drinking astragalus and reishi tea every day for 6 months for allergy relief.


Spiritual Properties


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Call upon the spirit of Astragalus when you are feeling a sense of soul loss or emotionally shut down and cannot let anyone in. 

Astragalus will help you open up. 

Astragalus will always be there for you following you into the dark, deep places of your life.




Astragalus Plant Spirit Prayer

"Gracious One, we are honored by your presence. We seek the knowledge of the mysteries of our existence. We seek to know ourselves, as we are lost from our essence. Bring us home."


from "Plant Spirit Journeyby Laura Silvana



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 Amy Riddle, C.C., Holistic Alchemist and Manifestor of Dreams is a life coach, tapping facilitator, reverend, creatress, teacher, writer, herbalist, and all out muse. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine with an emphasis on herbs. She is a certified professional life coach with the Life Coach Institute of Orange County. Amy craves to inspire others to be healthy and whole in body, mind, and spirit. She has an affinity for striped socks, stinging nettle, and all things faery.