By Sarena-Rae Santos, Natural Health Blogger
If you read our astragalus herbal profile, you already know its many benefits, but you may wonder how to use astragalus in your everyday life. Let’s be honest; most of us don’t have astragalus sitting around or growing in our yard, so we need a reason to purchase it and a way to use it in our everyday lives. This post will help you do just that, but first, let’s review some of the benefits of astragalus root.
- Astragalus may improve allergy symptoms (3)
- Astragalus may support heart health (4)
- Astragalus may support kidney health (5)
- Astragalus may alleviate symptoms of chemotherapy (6)
- Astragalus may have anticancer properties (7)
Ways to Use Astragalus Root
With so many great benefits, it’s no wonder many are looking for ways to add astragalus root to their daily routine. So let’s discuss the easiest ways to do so.
Like I said earlier, most of us don’t have astragalus sitting around or growing in our yard, so before we get started on ways to use astragalus root, let’s go over brand recommendations. My favorite brand for cut and sifted astragalus root is Starwest Botanicals. I also enjoy Frontier Co-Op for astragalus root powder.
One of the simplest ways to use astragalus root is in a tincture, but you’ll need a little patience. Tinctures need time to extract the constituents, typically 6-8 weeks.
If making a tincture sounds like something you’d like to do with just astragalus root, that’s doable using a standard glycerin extraction method or the crock pot method. You could also make a daily immunity tincture, combining dandelion leaf, astragalus root, elderflower, echinacea, amla berries, and ginger root.
Add to Soup
Who doesn’t want to support their immune system while enjoying a yummy soup, stock, or whatever meal you’d like? Whether you’re making Broccoli Cheddar, Cheeseburger Broccoli, Easy Potato, Chicken “Not Noodle” Soup, or anything else, it’s as simple as adding astragalus root powder as a thickener. Simple enough, right?
Another great option is adding Earthley’s Immunity Soup Blend to any soup. Simply simmer, strain, and add to your recipe for added flavor and nutrients from the organic turmeric root, astragalus root, echinacea leaf, black pepper, garlic, and bay leaves.
Add to Tea
Another great option is to add astragalus root to tea. Astragalus root can be used alone or combined with complementary adaptogens such as licorice root, ginseng, reishi mushroom, lion’s mane, Schisandra berry, and cordyceps, among others.
Of course, you don’t have to stick to these herbs, and we have a quick herbal tea recipe you may enjoy. You’ll need one tablespoon of the following herbs: astragalus root, hibiscus, dandelion root, and ginger root.
Combine the herbs and store them in an airtight container to make this tea. Add two teaspoons of the herbal mix to 1 cup of boiling water when ready to consume.
You can turn this herbal tea recipe into a “punch” by adding raw honey, orange, and lemon slices to your taste preference.