3 Herbs every Goddess should try by Franceska Lavaggi

Here are 3 Herbs every Goddess should try.

Herbs, berries, teas, tinctures and flowers.. these 3 have taken my health & beauty routine to the next level.

Schizandra Berry

It's Chinese name comes from the fact that it's berries posses all 5 flavours: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and pungent.  In traditional Chinese Medicine, Schizandra berry is considered in the top 50 fundamental herbs for beauty and longevity and on the its long list of benefits, here's a few stand-outs for me:

  • Anti inflammatory
  • Anti aging
  • Prevents cancer
  • Boosts libido
  • Fights depression
  • Improves sleep

  It's an amazing source of anti- oxidants and a true champion for women.  This berries energy really registers a strong, feminine quality... She-zandra/ Schi-zandra :-)

Usage: I add powered Schizandra Berry as seen in the image above to smoothies and even straight into spring water.  It's wonderful on its own as a tea.  You can pick up this herb in almost any health food store in capsules or in powders here.  Frankie's notes:  Two years ago I was first introduced to this little power house of a berry and within a week of taking it every day in my smoothies, I noticed some pretty wild improvements in my mood and energy levels.  It's affect on my libido is akin to having, lets say, more 'pep-in-my-step.'  More long term: an evening-out of the texture of my skin, my gums are pinker and even the consistency of my blood has shifted from thin, lifeless colour to a rich red. This berry has become a staple item for me.  I've gifted it many times and I love serving it to the women in my life as I know it's vibration is of the highest.  Enjoy it and share it. 

Usage:

I add powered Schizandra Berry as seen in the image above to smoothies and even straight into spring water.  It's wonderful on its own as a tea.  You can pick up this herb in almost any health food store in capsules or in powders here. 

Frankie's notes: 

Two years ago I was first introduced to this little power house of a berry and within a week of taking it every day in my smoothies, I noticed some pretty wild improvements in my mood and energy levels.  It's affect on my libido is akin to having, lets say, more 'pep-in-my-step.'  More long term: an evening-out of the texture of my skin, my gums are pinker and even the consistency of my blood has shifted from thin, lifeless colour to a rich red. This berry has become a staple item for me.  I've gifted it many times and I love serving it to the women in my life as I know it's vibration is of the highest.  Enjoy it and share it. 

Nettle

Stinging Nettle or Common Nettle are a few names Utica Dioica goes by.  When in season, Nettles are sold at almost all major organic grocery stores and in most farmers markets.  Chances are, if you take a few into your nearest forrest you'll soon encounter these lush green beauties.  Here are some of it's health benefits:

  • Anti histimine
  • Anti inflammatory
  • Fights parasites
  • Supports adrenals
  • Supports kidneys
  • Helps with menopause
  • Promotes strong hair
  • Clears skin conditions

The best thing about it is, it's virtually free and relatively easy to identify on your forrest walks.  #lettheforrestbeyourpharmacy

Usage:  The young leaves picked from the plant (wear gloves to avoid being stung!) can be placed in a hot pot of water and made into tea as seen in the image above.  You can also sauté all the leaves (use tongs to handle the raw Nettle) and add the wilted Nettle into your favourite veggie dish.  I've even enjoyed a Pesto sauce that had Nettle.  The web is full of great recipes.   Quick and easy: Add this Nettle powder in your smoothie routine. Frankies notes: I starting with Nettle powders and graduated to foraging my own.  I love Nettles.  I love that they grow everywhere and are really easy to spot out! Natures little deposit of vitality and taste.  A cooking note: Always handle raw nettles with tongs as they sting and be sure to cook them well. They reduce in size and have a very deep, earthy flavour almost like Kale.  A hostess note:  Keep dried Nettle leaves on hand for entertaining: I will often brew a large pot of tea once the wine is finished to server alongside any sweets... my favourite being raw, dark chocolate.  It's always about balance.

Usage: 

The young leaves picked from the plant (wear gloves to avoid being stung!) can be placed in a hot pot of water and made into tea as seen in the image above.  You can also sauté all the leaves (use tongs to handle the raw Nettle) and add the wilted Nettle into your favourite veggie dish.  I've even enjoyed a Pesto sauce that had Nettle.  The web is full of great recipes.  

Quick and easy: Add this Nettle powder in your smoothie routine.

Frankies notes:

I starting with Nettle powders and graduated to foraging my own.  I love Nettles.  I love that they grow everywhere and are really easy to spot out! Natures little deposit of vitality and taste.  A cooking note: Always handle raw nettles with tongs as they sting and be sure to cook them well. They reduce in size and have a very deep, earthy flavour almost like Kale.  A hostess note:  Keep dried Nettle leaves on hand for entertaining: I will often brew a large pot of tea once the wine is finished to server alongside any sweets... my favourite being raw, dark chocolate.  It's always about balance.

Reishi Mushroom

When a mushroom is called "Medicine of Kings" and "Elixir of eternal life" you stop and take notice.  It's Chinese name Lingzhi literally means: spirit, spiritual and supernatural because of its incredible medicinal and spiritual qualities. What's most fascinating about this mushroom is the ancient mythology surrounding it.  Stories of communities in ancient Asia living well over 120, monks that would only drink this Zhi tea to achieve deep states of meditation and enlightenment are exchanged amongst those who are in the know.  Here are a few more amazing health benefits:

  • Immune enhancer
  • Anti stress
  • Anti oxidant
  • Fights cancer, has been shown to dramatically slow down the growth of tumors
  • Promotes deep sleep
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Anti anxiety 

Whatever dis-ease you carry, mild like trouble sleeping to more serious like ADHD, this agent herb frees you from your troubles and instead offers you deep states of calm.

Usage: Reishi is showing up everywhere. In most health food stores nowadays, Reishi can be bought in capsules, powders and even in chocolates!  Starting with a powder is as simple as it gets: add to smoothies, hot water or coffee! Taking Reishi in tea form before bed is lovely way to set the stage for a great, deep sleep.  Frankies notes: This is one of my favourite teas to serve before a meditation circle or New Moon gathering as it primes our nervous system for the inward journey.   Reishi cured my seasonal allergies and cat allergies that I lived with for over a decade- having to take daily medications that did more harm than good is now a thing of my past.  Reishi is a calmer, it takes away any vibrational disruptions and clears the path to connect and communicate with the cosmos. It's secret medicine is  only just being remembered and I am personally grateful for all this mighty herb has given me.  I cherish it and take it in ritual.     

Usage:

Reishi is showing up everywhere. In most health food stores nowadays, Reishi can be bought in capsules, powders and even in chocolates!  Starting with a powder is as simple as it gets: add to smoothies, hot water or coffee! Taking Reishi in tea form before bed is lovely way to set the stage for a great, deep sleep. 

Frankies notes:

This is one of my favourite teas to serve before a meditation circle or New Moon gathering as it primes our nervous system for the inward journey.   Reishi cured my seasonal allergies and cat allergies that I lived with for over a decade- having to take daily medications that did more harm than good is now a thing of my past.  Reishi is a calmer, it takes away any vibrational disruptions and clears the path to connect and communicate with the cosmos. It's secret medicine is  only just being remembered and I am personally grateful for all this mighty herb has given me.  I cherish it and take it in ritual.   

 

The forrest is full of food.  Food that heals, food that nourishes and food that elevates.  Step outside and dig in!

 ~Franceska