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Schizandra 101 + DIY Adaptogenic Pastilles
“Want to have more energy, better digestion and skin that’s resilient to the signs of aging? Then you’ll want to learn about schisandra, a type of medicinal berry with multiple healing properties that has been utilized in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years”
If there’s one health trend of 2018 that we’re here for, it’s adaptogens. Adaptogens are mainly comprised of herbs and roots, and have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions to help the body adapt. Every adaptogen is slightly different in terms of function, however on a whole adaptogens help the body deal with and handle stress.
"...on a whole adaptogens help the body deal with and handle stress"
There are so many adaptogens used throughout the world, many of which you’ve probably heard of. Ashwagandha, maca and holy basil specifically, have gained a lot of popularity over the last couple of years. Maca, a root indigenous to the Andes of Peru, can help in balancing your hormones while also managing stress. Ashwagandha, found in India, does much of the same.
Adaptogens come in a number of forms and can be ingested in a multitude of ways. There are capsules that can be taken orally and powders that can be incorporated into beverages and even food. Holy Basil, for example can be ingested as a powder as well as a tea.
Because adaptogens come in so many forms, the ways in which they can become part of your daily routine are limitless.
We’ve teamed up with Ashley Noel of The Florestic (@theflorestic) to bring you a recipe for Adaptogen Pastilles made with our organic dual extract schizandra powder!
Schizandra has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years as a body harmonizer and stress reliever. Revered as Wu Wei Zi, or the ‘five-taste’ berry, our dual extract Schizandra powder is a 6:1 whole berry concentrate made from a proprietary low temperature drying process. This process helps to ensure that optimal nutrient, enzyme and antioxidants integrity is maintained. As an adaptogens, schizandra has the ability to promote calmness and reduce anxiety, while enhancing your mood and lowering stress levels.
Benefits of Schizandra:
Schizandra helps to battle against free radical damage caused by oxidative stress within the body, helping to lower inflammation. This is thanks to its high concentration of antioxidants
As an adaptogen, schizandra supports adrenal function by balanacing hormones and helping the body adapt to and deal with both physical and psychological stress.
It aids the liver in detoxing the body which can also help protect it from infections while promoting digestive health
Schizandra is amazing for increasing energy levels and does so by creating the opposite effects of caffeine. This powerful adaptogen has the ability to fight fatigue without giving you the often jittery side effects that caffeine often does.
While adding maca and ashwagandha to your morning smoothie or latte is a quick, easy and often tasteless option, due to schizandra’s strong pungent flavour it can be a little trickier to incorporate.
Rather than mixing it into your water or fruit smoothie, why not try making these pastilles by Ashely Noel of the Florestic! Odd are you already have honey, all that’s needed is some of our dual extract Schizandra plus some orange peel powder or turmeric powder for rolling!