Herb of the Month: Astragalus

The star of our newest wellness tea, Purp, is Astragalus Root. Astragalus has many purposes, but the root is primarily used for medicine. It has been used mostly for the common cold, flu, and to regulate the immune system. The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of Astragalus probably explains why the herb is so often used, even in Traditional Chinese Medicine, where Astragalus Root is hailed as a cardiovascular miracle of sorts. 

The University of Maryland Medical Center cites studies by researchers across the United States who have found that Astragalus Root may be a possible treatment for people with weakened immune systems. Don't you just love it when science and folk medicine come together in harmonious bliss? No? It's just me? Oh ok. Of course, there are a lot of factors that play into how/why a herb may work for one person and not another, in case you're wondering why scientists would you use language like "may be a possible treatment." Gotta be careful with herbs ya know. We're all different and herbs don't work the same for everyone. Go figure.

Anyway, from an herbalist's perspective, Astragalus is a great adaptogen that has the ability to help the body manage stress. What's more stressful that a common cold or the flu? No - really think about how much stress your whole body is under when you're suffering with a cold. Coughing, sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, watery eyes, congestion in the chest, congestion in the nose, achy bones, sore muscles, shaking because you're too cold, sweating because your too hot. It stresses me out just thinking about it. Giving your body adaptogenic herbs, like Astragalus Root, that can ease that pressure and support the immune system are essential in this time.

If you think Astragalus Root is a great herb to add to your routine, I recommend a cuppa Purp (you like that British slang?). It's a great blend of Astragalus Root, Elderberries, Cardamom, Cinnamon and Ginger Root that's sweet and spicy. Think OG Chai with medicinal herbs. It's like...just what you need. 

Other Cold/Flu Fighting Herbs:

  • Echinacea
  • Elderberry and Elder Flower
  • Ginger Root
  • Yarrow 

*Note: Astragalus is probably not safe for pregnant women. It's definitely not safe if you take any medications for auto-immune diseases. Remember to always talk to your doctor before taking any herbal medicine. And always reveal all of your medications (including over-the-counter meds and herbal supplements) to your doctor. Some herbs don't mix well with medications at all. 

**We're not doctors. We make no claims to be. If you're looking for FDA regulated medical advice...or medical advice in general, you're in the wrong place. We share folk remedies and none are FDA regulated. This stuff is for informational purposes only. Be diligent and do the work for your own healing - that means do your research and always talk to your doctors before taking any herbal supplements.

Tags: Herbalism, Tea

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