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May 17, 2021 4 min read
At Rritual, we blend our Chaga Mushroom Powder with eleuthero and astragalus root, two unique adaptogenic herbs, which work alongside the antioxidants contained in chaga, helping maintain an overall sense of health and vitality.‡
Chaga is a dark, charcoal-looking mushroom, which typically grows on birch trees. In Northern Europe and Russia, it is traditionally believed that drinking chaga steeped in warm or cold water can release and enhance it’s nourishing and body-strengthening properties.‡ You can read a full list of chaga mushroom health benefits in our journal, to find out how this blend could help to support you on a wellness journey of mind and body.‡
Eleuthero root contains ‘polysaccharides’ and other compounds which are known to support the body’s natural immune defenses and maintain a healthy response to stress.‡ The astragalus root is also known for its nutritional density and support in maintaining overall health; especially, skin, hair and nail health.‡
Astragalus root, similar to chaga mushrooms, has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese rituals to make astragalus root tea, which is believed to balance the body’s overall health functions, including a healthy immune system.‡ But what is astragalus used for? And what is astragalus good for? In this article we will explore these questions with a more in-depth look into astragalus benefits for skin.
Astragalus is also named ‘Huangqi’ in Chinese tradition. It is valued as a herb, and used in a multitude of traditional ways to help strengthen the body’s life force, energy, or ‘qi’.‡ It also has the ability to support and maintain the body’s healthy immune system and responses to external stressors.‡
When taken routinely, astragalus root can also help to relax the body and the mind.‡ A common benefit of astragalus root is the concept of overall calmness and balance. This is one of the main reasons why astragalus is an excellent enhancement to the organic benefits of plant-based mushroom powders like chaga. It is often combined with other herbs to further enhance its adaptogenic properties.‡
For the skincare fanatics out there, science has also shown that astragalus contains a traces of bioactive compounds, which have detoxifying and reinforcing properties, contributing to astragalus benefits for skin.‡
Astragalus root powder is believed to support healthy skin from the inside out.‡Whether you prefer to consume in a powder form (such as a Rritual blend) to digest in tea, or prefer to apply it topically, astragalus can help to maintain your skin’s naturally healthy appearance.‡
You may recognize other compounds such as saponins, flavonoids, polysaccharides, alkaloids and amino acids: believed to further support and enhance the astragalus benefits for skin.‡
In a 2010 study, astragalus was one of three botanicals connected to a special enzyme known as ‘5-lipoxygenase’ with elastase, an enzyme which breaks down proteins and can be helpful in maintaining a healthy glow and appearance.‡
Similar to some other superfoods (kiwis, blueberries and strawberries for example), chaga mushrooms contain antioxidants which can help to keep skin hydrated, healthy and well-nourished.‡ You can read more about chaga benefits for skin in our journal, and find out about the rich source of melanin and betulinic acid found in chaga mushrooms.‡
Free radicals are essentially ‘free cells’ which cause damage to other cells in the skin, ultimately causing skin to lose its youthful glow.The antioxidants found in chaga mushrooms may help to maintain skin’s health and protection of cells from free radical damage.‡ By reducing the number of free radicals in our body, we can help to support overall stress responses.‡ And with chaga mushroom’s nutritional density, the benefits in the body’s function can be seen in the protection of skin health.‡
At Rritual, we enhance chaga’s benefits by combining it with eleuthero root, an adaptogenic herb known to help the body manage and respond to stress in a healthy, balanced way, so you easily adapt to whatever life throws your way.‡ For a balance of flavor and full spectrum seasonal support, we also included astragalus root and schisandra berries to our recipe. These traditional botanicals can be consumed for their ability to maintain health.‡
If you’re curious about astragalus benefits for skin, chaga mushrooms, or both; we recommend starting with 1-2 scoops of Rritual Chaga Mix, added into your tea, coffee, smoothie.
We love a scoop of chaga with 6 oz of hot water, dairy or non-dairy milk. Chaga and astragalus are most effective when used consistently, so trial it for a couple of weeks to initiate the process, and see if you notice a difference in your overall sense of wellbeing and skin health.‡ You can also try using one Rritual Chaga Elixir Stick per day, as a quicker, easier powder alternative.Both astragalus and schisandra berry enhance chaga mushroom powder, which supports the body’s natural immune defenses and maintains a healthy response to stress.‡
Kick back, relax and enjoy.
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