Botanical Name: Astragalus membranaceus
Common Names: Astragalus herb, huang qi, milk vetch
Format: Dried, Cut and Sifted
Country of Origin: China
Medicinally, Astragalus is known as adaptogenic, immune stimulant, anti-viral, and tonic.
Magically, Astragalus is associated with health, balancing, purifying, and hex-breaking.
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Astragalus membranaceus is a sun-loving perennial in the Fabaceae family native to China. Astragalus root was historically used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a Qi tonic and was often found in classical herbal formulas. The dried root can be tinctured, decocted as astragalus tea, and simmered into soups, stews, and broths. It is also a key ingredient in my elderberry syrup recipe. Astragalus can be taken preventatively and so is a great herb to sneak in before crowded events like a field trip to the museum.
Astragalus has a rich history of use in Chinese and Asian cultures. It is native to China, Mongolia and North Korea, and is an ancient component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The herb was mentioned in the Divine Husbandman’s Classic of the Materia Medica, written anonymously during the first century AD and attributed to the teachings of the legendary figure Shennong who is thought to have lived approximately 5,000 years ago.
Astragalus is an herbaceous perennial, growing between 25 and 40 centimeters in height. It grows in grassy regions and on mountainsides, requiring plenty of exposure to the sun. When grown for cultivation, the plants are traditionally harvested after four or five years, with the roots collected in spring or fall. The roots are dried in the sun and then sliced for distribution. The slices are yellow in color and have a sweet, moistening taste with a firm, fibrous texture.
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