October and November are the perfect months to focus on Shatavari. The herb is cooling and moisturizing to help balance the heat and dryness still enveloping California. At the same time, it is nourishing and moisturizing to help prevent the typical Vata imbalances which accompany Fall, particularly in cooler climates.
Shatavari, a form of wild asparagus, is one of the most popular rejuvenative herbs used in Ayurveda. Its name means “one hundred roots,” although it is commonly referred to as “the woman who has a hundred husbands.”
As the moniker suggests, Shatavari is an aphrodisiac that supports the female reproductive system. It is also an adaptogen, which means it is a smart herb that will modify its properties to the needs of the body. In general, it is used to reduce heat and increase moisture in the body. Too much of it, however, can make you gain weight.
Overview of Benefits
- gives strength
- enhances sexual appetite and performance
- promotes menses and fertility
- prevents miscarriages
- increases vitality (ojas)
- nourishes breast milk
- nervine tonic to help rebuild the nervous system
- promotes and purified sperm production
- reduces bleeding if caused by heat
- improves eyesight
- alleviates colic
- reduces acid reflux and stomach indigestion
- soothes dry cough and sore throat
How to Use It
Shatavari is most effective when taken with milk and other herbs that support rejuvenation. It should be taken away from meals.
All remedies should be reviewed with your Ayurvedic practitioner and/or healthcare professional to ensure they are right for you and your current conditions.
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