A good way to use Astragalus medicinally is to make it into a soup stock or to cook rice in a strong Astragalus infusion or tea. Astragalus is quite tasty and has been used this way throughout the world for many thousands of years. The sliced root should be removed after cooking and discarded as it is too fibrous to eat.
Astragalus contains bitter principles that are thought to be responsible for its famous reputation in folklore. Astragalus root bitter compounds help soothe muscle spasms and increase the productions of digestive fluids (including bile). Astragalus also contains mucilaginous compounds that support lymphatic function.
Astragalus is high or very high in:
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Uses: Our two favorite uses are in teas and food recipes. Like many other bulk herbs, we add it to salads, meat dishes, soups, stews, etc. in small amounts for added nutrition and fiber without affecting the flavor (it has a rather mild flavor so you hardly know it's there). Otherwise, we make it into a strong tea/infusion, and use it in place of water in many recipes.
3 1/2 cups water or bone or vegetable broth 2 Tbs dried astragalus root 1 head of peeled fresh garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Place all ingredients in pot and simmer for two or three hours, covered. To use: If you feel you are getting sick, make this broth and consume as often as needed.
Add astragalus to water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 2 hours covered. Remove from heat and let cool. Remove astragalus, add water to bring back up to 4 cups, add rice and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until done, approximately 1 hour. Use this rice as you would any rice, as a base for meals throughout the week.
Storage:Due to the Beeyoutiful's Herbs and Bulk Foods being organic or wildcrafted, there is a slight chance that there could be some naturally occurring bugs. Beeyoutiful takes precautions on our end to minimize the chances, but we do suggest that you store them in a cold area - possibly the freezer - in an air tight container.
Note: Please check with your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, nursing, on medication or have an autoimmune disorder before taking this herb.