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Episode 40

Schisandra Lovin'

An herbal ally for whole body resilience + hormonal health

hosted by clinical herbalist & integrative health educator Kay'aleya Hunnybee

Schisandra Lovin'

An herbal ally for whole body resilience + hormonal health

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Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis)


Oh, schisandra, what a great herbal love.

I know, not as popular as say, dandelion or nettles,

but to me,

           schisandra is just as essential for our apothecaries. 

Perhaps you're familiar with this plant already, maybe you think of schisandra as an adaptogen, or as a lung tonic, or even as an herb to contain and replenish fluids in the body...

or maybe you're completely new to this beautiful herb. 

Either way, this episode will help you to get to know this plant - which is not commonly thought of as a hormonal or sexual health herb - in a new light.

Truly an herbal ally for transitional times in our cycling years and beyond.

Listen to this episode to learn:

  • why schisandra is one of my favorite herbs 
  • how Schisandra's taste tells us about the medicinal properties
  • schisandra's traditional and modern energetics and actions 
  • how schisandra is viewed from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective
  • modern applications of schisandra for whole body health
  • some updates on recent research and clinical trials on schisandra
  • when you might incorporate schisandra into your hormonal health protocols
  • how schisandra is especially supportive for perimenopause + post-menopause






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DISCLAIMER: This podcast is for educational purposes only, I am not providing any medical advice, I am not a medical practitioner, I’m an herbalist and in the US, there is no path to licensure for herbalists, so my role is as an herbal educator. Please do your own research and consult your healthcare provider for any personal health concerns.


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