(Refer to my latest Ask The Herbalists blog for detailed instructions on how to make the balls as well as ingredient suggestions.)
Ashwagandha (WIthania somnifera) – calming adaptogen, strengthens ability to respond to stress
Eleuthero (Eleuthero senticosus) – energizing adaptogen, provides strength to deal with stress
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceous) – secondary adaptogen, strong immune system support
Hawthorn berry (Crataegus spp) – cardiovascular, particularly heart, strengthener
Use equal parts of these herb powders if stress has taken its toll on you, resulting in frequent illnesses, occasional heart palpitations/fluttering. (As always, be sure to see your medical practitioner if symptoms persist.)
Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinalis) – stimulates bile production, supports liver function
Burdock root (Arctium lappa) – stimulates digestive enzyme and bile production, mild laxative
Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis) – soothes mucus membranes
Cardamom (Elletaria cardamomum) – carminative, reduces gas
This combination will be inherently bitter tasting, as “bitter”, by definition, stimulates digestive secretions for improved breakdown of food. Marshmallow root coats and protects the lining of the stomach, and cardamom reduces bloating and flatulence.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) – COX-2 inhibitor (similar to how ibuprofen works)
Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) – 5-LO inflammatory inhibitor
Ginger (Zingziber officinalis) – general anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, warming
Turmeric and boswellia are an anti-inflammatory powerhouse combination because they each inhibit different inflammatory enzymes to combat inflammation in different ways. Ginger is added for additional warming and to harmonize the formula.
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) – mild adaptogen, mildly estrogenic, demulcent
Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) – emmenagogue (supports healthy menstruation)
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – calming adaptogen, may alleviate emotional symptoms of PMS
Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri) – mental tonic, calms racing thoughts
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp) – warming, stimulating, mild cardiovascular tonic, slightly astringent
Both shatavari and dong quai are traditional “women’s herbs” that are frequently used in supporting menstrual imbalances. The remaining herbs were included to support common symptoms PMS and/or menopause.
Gymnema (Gymnema sylvestre) – blood sugar regulator, dulls sweet taste sensation
Fenugreek (Foeniculum vulgare) – blood sugar regulator
Hawthorn berry (Crataegus spp) – cardiovascular tonic
Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) – adaptogen, supports liver function, anti-oxidant
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp) – cardiovascular tonic, blood sugar regulator
The goal of this formula is to promote healthy blood sugar levels and protect the cardiovascular system from potential damage over the long term.
If I can help you address any of the conditions highlighted here, or others listed on my home page, email me to learn how custom herbal formulations can help you!
Have fun experimenting!