Shatavari – Having One Hundred Husbands

Shatavari Flowers

 

Known as ‘having one hundred husbands’, Shatavari is well-renowned as one of, if not the top herb for women’s health. With it’s cooling, unctuous and soothing properties it has been used for centuries to support a healthy reproductive system, increase immunity, and bestow strength and longevity.

 

Shatavari rootsTranslated also as ‘having one hundred roots’, and looking very similar to the asparagus we all know and love, the difference is that Shatavari, Asparagus racemosus, is prized for what’s below the ground. Growing in a range of environments from humid jungles through to the foothills of the Himalayas, it does best in hot, dry desert conditions where, for it’s slender stem above ground, underneath has a multitude of succulent roots. This gives un an insight into how it can replenish internal dry and depleted systems.

 

It is the main rejuvenative herb for women, tonifying, nourishing, and maintaining female health. Containing natural phyto-oestrogen hormone precursors which promote optimum hormonal balance Shatavari regulates the functioning and stability of the rest of the body, mind and emotions. It is good for all stages of womanhood:

 

Regulates healthy menses

Encourages and maintains optimal hormone levels

Increases fertility

As a primary uterine tonic it prepares uterus for birth and helps after birth

Increases production of breast milk in lactating mothers

Soothes night sweats, hot flushes, dryness in menopause

Calms irritability and anger

Increases resilience to stress

Is an aphrodisiac

 

BEautiful ShatavariSweet and bitter tastes soothe hot pitta and reduce dry vata, and increase building and nourishing kapha. Shatavari also helps with inflammatory issues and acidity in the intestines as well as nourishing the membranes of the lungs and rejuvenating the eyes. It calms the nerves, strengthens bones and increases ojas, the fluid circulating our body responsible for immunity, vitality, lustre, and intelligence. It is helpful in treating cases of candida as well as cases of convalescence, aiding recovery after exposure to toxic chemicals and in old age is good for systemic dryness.¬†Though most often used for women’s health, it is used also in regulating men’s reproductive health in cases of high pitta.

 

 

Ayurveda recommends the use of herbal powder as we can taste the herb and this begins the process of digestion and assimilation. Usually half to a full teaspoon are taken in warm water or traditionally boiled with milk for several minutes. For those who don’t drink milk, almond milk is also good. Taken regularly once to three times a day, she will begin to impart her care, wisdom and help. For menopause a teaspoon can be taken with saffron milk and for premenstrual symptoms two teaspoons can be taken twice a day in hot milk or water.

 

So, a teasing name, and especially from a country where women are certainly not going to have more than one husband, the name of this master herb speaks of it’s ability to give such strength and energy to women as is rarely paralleled in the natural kingdom.

 

 

shatavari preparations