From menarche to menstruation, fertilization to postpartum, and menopause to everything in between, a woman’s health requires strength and essential nutrients to support through every stage.
There is a versatile herb that can provide blanket support to women from menarche to menopause, and it is called Shatavari.
Shatavari, also known as Asparagus Racemosus, is a member of the Asparagus family. It is known as the Queen of Herbs for it has umpteen benefits for women.
Also called ‘wild asparagus’, it is one of Ayurveda’s favourite herbs and is commonly found in tropical areas of India, Africa, Australia, and Asia.
Shatavari helps with female fertility, revitalizes hormones, improves libido, eases menstrual cramps, treats PMS, supports immune systems, and enhances the digestive system.
Besides, it is adaptogenic, meaning, it can support a woman’s body with everything it needs to regain balance. And this includes fighting fatigue to combat stress and increasing the milk supply naturally.
Shatavari helps a woman to deal with all kinds of physical stress caused on the body.
Like every other Ayurvedic Herb, Shatavari gives a bittersweet taste to the palette. It can be consumed in liquid, powder, capsule, or semi-solid form.
Interestingly, at ORRINA, we have churned the beneficial Shatavari roots into ghee. Shatavari Ghee is supplemented with A2 Desi Cow’s Ghee, so it feels good on the palette and supplies all the nutrients to the human body.
The ghee can be consumed on an empty stomach daily to improve the overall health and address the specific woman problems.
Shatavari... What it means and why?
The term, Shatavari is derived from two words – Shat, meaning ‘one hundred’ and Avar meaning ‘below’. And is collectively known as ‘One hundred roots.’ If you see the root system of the Shatavari herb, you will understand how it got its name. And the roots are the powerhouse of nutrients and home to the medicine.
There is also another translation to this word – ‘a woman who has a hundred husbands.’ It is because of the herb’s multifaceted ability to be used as a female reproductive tonic, aphrodisiac – love potion – effect, and adaptation through hormone changes like menopause.
Besides, it also bestows serene and relaxing energy that the whole body can make use of.
Health Benefits of Shatavari
The various minerals – copper, manganese, zinc, and cobalt – present in the roots along with magnesium, calcium, potassium, and selenium and vitamin A, ascorbic acid, and gamma-linolenic acid contribute to the various health benefits.
- Boosts female reproduction
Shatavari’s steroidal saponins are used as an estrogen regulator. This component helps to regulate monthly cycles, soothe menstrual cramps, balance hormones, correct PCOS, and control blood loss.
Besides, it also helps with fluid retention, treats irritability, and bloating.
The herb contains ingredients that will bolster female fertility and increases the chance of conception.
- Has antioxidants
Antioxidants shield free-radical cell damage and cancer. It also helps to fight oxidative stress because of saponins, an antioxidant compound.
- Pregnancy and Lactation
For mothers who are dealing with little or no milk production, having Shatavari can help. It facilitates galactagogue, a substance that helps to produce milk during breastfeeding. As a result, it strengthens the immune system of newborns.
- Shatavari for periods
Menstruation and menstrual cramps in women can be eased by having Shatavari Ghee. It will help in tackling irritability and mood swings. The root can be used to regulate menstrual cycles too.
The benefits extend to many.
Shatavari relaxes nerves, treats heartburn, helps to release gas, cures UTI, lowers fever and inflammation due to its ‘cooling’ effects.
Shatavari can be consumed by men to treat impotence. It stimulates the aphrodisiac nerve.
And that’s a win-win, regardless of who consumes it – men or women.