Shatavari is a fun herb to work with and a bit of a best-kept secret. It is one of Ayurveda’s Rasayan herbs. Rasayan is the name used in Indian texts for (among other things) what we would call adaptogens. Nutritionist and clinical herbalist Donald Yance defines Rasayanas as “plant medicines that promote general wellbeing by increasing cellular vitality or resistance.” Shatavari’s best known application is as a rejuvenating tonic for the reproductive system, but it is good for so much more, as you will learn in this issue.
About 12 years ago, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis. It’s what put me on this journey to healthy living and herbalism. Shatavari was one of the first herbs I found while trying to figure out how to heal myself. I started taking it in hopes that it would balance my hormones and improve my chances of getting pregnant.
I added shatavari and ginger to the water I boiled for my herbal infusions and poured that water over my nettle infusions for a hormone-balancing, digestion-enhancing, stagnation-busting nutritive tonic to enjoy throughout the day. This and other herbal preparations, together with eating whole foods, helped me to resolve my PCOS and endometriosis.
It has a mild, slightly sweet flavor, and blends well with many herbs. Its ability to balance stress hormones has also been helpful for helpful in maintaining tissue moisture since moving to such a dry climate. I hope you enjoy learning about this plant ally!
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Shatavari Herbal Monograph