Bitter is better in spring!

Adding more bitter is a great way to cleanse the liver. And seriously who doesn’t need a liver cleanse. The world is a toxic place and our poor livers work over time!

Recently I got to thinking about my liver. Now, I am always doing things to support my liver but I got a wild hair to create something new. So, I created tincture for me that would help detox my liver, help my eyesight and support me when I am stressed (which is a lot) and maybe even give me some energy. 

Anyhow I have some extra and I thought I would share it with you. I do have limited quantities but I am considering brewing up some more. It’s a tincture with Goji Berries and Schisandra Berries. Let me tell you some of the benefits.

Goji Berries

Some legends report that goji berries were eaten by monks in the Himalayan Mountains and steeped in hot water to help aid meditation and obtain greater health, vitality, longevity, energy and stamina.

They are a high antioxidant food and have been extensively researched for their ability to generate general feelings of well-being, support better gastrointestinal health and bowel functions, help build stronger musculoskeletal systems, and improve cardiovascular health. They promote healthy skin, protect eye health, stabilize blood sugar, detox the liver, increase energy, boost fertility. 

While most people can tolerate goji berries well there are some instances where they should be avoided. Some people may get a stomach ache or allergic reaction. People who use blood thinners or take diabetic medications can possibly have a negative reaction. Pregnant or nursing mothers should avoid them. 

Schisandra Berries

Schisandra is most well-known for boosting liver and adrenal functions. The berries also act like a powerful brain tonic (improving focus, concentration, memory and mental energy), improve digestion, support hormonal balance and nourish the skin. In small doses, schisandra also promotes calmness and relaxation and can be extremely beneficial in addressing problems with sleeping. Schisandra strengthens the lungs and can be used for chronic coughing or general lung weakness, although it is not used for acute lung conditions.

Human studies have also shown that Schisandra can support vision, even enlarging the field of vision, and can support hearing. Studies have also shown that a schisandra extract can suppress the histamine response and modulate inflammation making it a potential ally during seasonal allergies. Its astringent and tonifying actions make it well-suited for things like runny nose, tearing eyes.

Avoid schisandra during pregnancy as it may stimulate uterine contractions. Large doses may cause appetite loss.  Some people experience GERD or heartburn when taking schisandra; if this happens reduce dose or stop taking it altogether. Schisandra is metabolized by the liver and may interact with certain pharmaceutical drugs including tacrolimus (immunosuppressant), talinolol (beta blocker), and warfarin (blood thinner).

Header photo by hey tiffany!

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