Botanical Name: Schisandra chinensis
- English: Schisandra, Five flavor berry
- Also, known as: Bac ngu vi tu, bei wuweizi, Chinesischer Limonenbaum, Chinese magnolia vine, Chinese mock-barberry, chosen-gomishi, lemonwood, limonnik kitajskij, matsbouza, m mei gee, ngu mei gee, northern magnoliavine, o-mee-ja, o-mi-d’ja, o-mi-ja, omicha, ornija, pen ts’ao, schisandra, dheng-mai-yin, wu-wei-zi, wu-weitzu and shisandra
Parts Used: Fruit
Schisandra is native to Asia. The woody vine grows to 25 feet (7.5 meters) and has white, yellow, or pink fragrant flowers, followed by bunches of red berries with two seeds inside. The vine is also known as bay star vine, magnolia vine, and wu wei zi.
The berries are irregularly spheroidal or compressed-spheroidal, 5–8 mm in diameter, externally dark red to blackish-red or covered with “white powder”, wrinkled, oily, with soft pulp. Seeds, one to two, reniform, externally brownish-yellow to dark red-brown, lustrous, with distinct raphe on the dorsal side.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also, for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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