Adding more bitter is a great way to assist the liver. And seriously who doesn’t need a little liver help? The world is toxic in so many ways and our livers could use some support in filtering out some of the junk.
I am usually consistent with taking herbs to support my liver. Sometimes I do slack a little, hey I’m human, but Spring is a really good time to make sure to give your liver a little love after the long winter.
A couple of years ago I made myself a Schisandra Berry and Goji Berry tincture and I really like the benefits I feel from it.
I know it sounds like a weird combo. Mr. Weed Woman (hee hee, I wonder what he’s gonna say when he reads that!) calls it shitsagooey. He’s so funny. I think it does flow off the tongue a little better though. 😆
Anyhow, here is why I like it so much.
Some legends say that goji berries were eaten by monks in the Himalayan Mountains.
They used them steeped in hot water (tea or infusion) to help aid meditation and obtain greater health, vitality, longevity, energy, and stamina. Yes, please!
They are high in antioxidants and have been extensively researched for their ability to produce feelings of well-being, support better digestive health and bowel function, 💩 help build a stronger musculoskeletal system, 💪 and improve cardiovascular health. ❤️
Goji Berries promote healthy skin, protect eye health, stabilize blood sugar, detox the liver, increase energy, and boost fertility.
While most people can tolerate goji berries 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 is well-known for boosting liver and adrenal functions.
I think everyone could benefit from those two things alone!
The berries also act like a powerful brain tonic, 🧠 improving focus, concentration, memory, and mental energy.
They improve digestion, support hormonal balance, and nourish the skin.
In small doses, Schisandra also promotes calmness and relaxation and can be helpful with insomnia. 😴
Schisandra strengthens the lungs and can be used for chronic coughing or general lung weakness, although it is not used for acute lung conditions.
Studies have also shown that Schisandra can support vision, 👀 even enlarging the field of vision, and can support hearing. 👂
Other studies show that a Schisandra tincture can suppress the histamine response and modulate inflammation making it a potential ally during seasonal allergies. Its astringent and tonifying actions make it good for things like a runny nose, and 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 the 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).
Two amazing berries in one tincture.
Header photo by hey tiffany!
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