What are Schisandra Berries?
Schisandra berries are the little red berries you might have noticed in our Strawberry Mojito Green Tea or Belizean Sorrel Guayusa. The Chinese word for this berry translates to "five flavor fruit" as they are believed to be sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, and salty. Schisandra berries aren't commonly consumed as food, but are valued for their adaptogenic properties. What is an adaptogen?
According to time.com, adaptogens increase the body's ability to resist physical, chemical, and biological stressors. In other words, they help your body ADAPT to stressors and this resistance to stress does us a lot of good!
Adaptogens have a normalizing effect on the body. They help improve the function of our endocrine system, which is responsible for hormone production, and the immune system, which helps us not only resist common infections and viruses but disease, as well.
In the book Ritual Wellness: Adaptogens, schisandra is celebrated for all of the following uses:
- it protects against toxic exposure
- it helps to purify the blood
- it supports liver health
- it can help relax muscles and improve athletic performance
- it protects the heart and can help normalize blood pressure
- it protects DNA
- it can help improve eyesight and hearing
- it reduces psychological stress and boosts mental acuity
Happy tea time friends! We hope you're staying happy and healthy!
The information for this email was extracted from the following sources:
Ayales, Adriana. Adaptogens: Herbs for Longevity and Everyday Wellness. Sterling Ethos, 2019.
Ducharme, Jamie. “What Are Adaptogens? Healing Herbs for Stress and Fatigue.” Time, Time, 28 Feb. 2018, " rel="noopener noreferrer" style="color:#777777;font-