cases of chronic stress.
Like many of the other adaptogens, I have discussed in the last few weeks, astragalus is used to help balance the stress hormone cortisol to prevent adrenal fatigue. It is also used to prevent or reduce conditions that can be related to stress, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and works as an anti-inflammatory.
Astragalus root is most commonly available as a pill, capsule, or extract, but many recipes include the power-house root. Next up, an immune-boosting soup!
8 cups of water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 bulb garlic, minced
1 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger root, grated
1 1/2 cups salted vegetable soup stock
5 pieces of sliced, dried astragalus root
2 cups fresh, sliced shiitake mushrooms
1 large reishi mushroom
Cayenne powder, if desired
Bring water to boil in large pot Heat olive oil, sauté garlic, onions, and ginger until soft and aromatic. Add contents of skillet to water. Add broth, shiitake, astragalus, and reishi. Simmer covered for two hours. Remove from heat, allow to sit for two more hours. Remove astragalus and reishi mushrooms. Reheat. Add salt and pepper to taste, and cayenne powder if desired
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I hope you have a good week,
Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.