Schisandra Summer Skin Protector

Most of us have heard of the goji berry but have you heard of the Schisandra berry?  This berry is choked full of benefits!

I love my Schisandra tea I make often.  It not only taste great but it has numerous benefits for health and beauty!

Skin Protector

Sun in the summertime is fun, but it can also be harsh on your skin. Schisandra is a great beauty herb—add it to your water bottle and sip it through the day for ongoing protection!

Schisandra berry contains powerful antioxidant properties (such as gomisin A and Wuweizisu C), that help rejuvenate skin by protecting the lipid membrane in skin cells—this protects the skin against sun damage! The antioxidants protect cells from free radicals and prevent oxidation.

The anti-inflammatory qualities in schisandra help to reduce facial redness. The antioxidants balance fluids in the skin, making your skin soft, smooth, and more beautiful, and keep your tissues hydrated in the hot weather.

Schisandra supports the skin and its functions. It is used to beautify the skin and to protect the skin from damaging effects.  Schisandra has always been very popular with the wealthy men and women of China, especially the women of the imperial court, because of its youth preserving and rejuvenating effects.  They claim those who use Schisandra consistently will look and feel youthful in appearance and physiology.

I give credit to Schisandra for inner beauty.  I truly believe beauty comes from the inside out.  Schisandra is said to purify the blood, support the mind, help maintain a strong memory and help maintain sexual energy and sexual functions in both men and women.

Even More Benefits of Schisandra

Schisandra berries are a powerful adaptogenic tonic herb from the Chinese tradition. Schisandra chinensis is a creeping vine with small red berries, native to Northern China. In ancient times, Schisandra was a staple food for hunting and gathering tribes.

The Chinese refer to Schisandra as the “five-flavored fruit” because it tastes sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and salty. In the Chinese system, each of the organs is associated with an element and because Schisandra contains characteristics from all 5 elements, it can work to support and tonify all the organs in the body. It has innumerable uses including its ability to increase your capacity for physical and mental exercise and protect you from environmental stress. Schisandra increases energy by stimulating the central nervous system, but it does so without making you nervous like stimulants such as caffeine do. Conversely, since it’s an adaptogen, it can also calm the nervous system in the face of stress.

Adaptogens are often used as overall wellness tonics. They are beneficial to the whole body. Schisandra is one of the top herbs in all classical Chinese medicine, and it exerts a normalizing effect on the body. In China, it is said to be the most protective of all herbs and plants. It can take you from any extreme state back to balance. Adaptogenic herbs help your body adapt to your particular environment, which allows you to better handle any kind of stressors, whether they are physical, mental, or emotional.

Schisandra is rich in minerals, vitamins, essential oils, and phytochemicals. It is especially popular with athletes since it boosts levels of nitric oxide in the body, fighting fatigue and increasing energy at the cellular level. In some ways it functions similarly to ginseng for this purpose.

Many people take Schisandra for its powerful protective effects on the liver. It has been demonstrated that Schisandra berry can raise glutathione which is an important enzyme for detoxification and mental clarity. The lignans in Schisandra help the liver maintain proper functioning and regeneration and prevent liver damage.

Wu Wei Zi (the Chinese name for Schisandra) has been used with people who suffer from conditions such as anxiety, depression and mood swings for hundreds of years with much success.

This amazing berry helps balance fluids in the body and therefore is beneficial to the kidneys and is also a popular beauty tonic for women, making the skin soft and radiant. The antioxidants in Schisandra protect your cells from free radicals and prevent oxidation.

For men, this herb may be beneficial since it has the ability to dilate the blood vessels, helping men achieve erections. Schisandra’s blood vessel dilating properties are good for improving circulation, lowering blood pressure, and improving general heart function as well.

The list of uses for Schisandra is long and that is why it qualifies as one of the top herbs of all time.

 

Watermelon Triple Cooler

  • 2 cups organic watermelon cut into chunks
  • 1 cup cold spring water
  • ½ cup organic raspberries
  • ¼ cup organic blueberries
  • 1 TBS Chia Seeds
  • 1 tsp Schisandra powder
  • 1 tsp Pearl powder

Blend and enjoy!  This is a great recipe from Jing Herbs!  I just made it but without the Pearl powder (because I am out) it was still very delicious and refreshing.

You can find great herb products at Jing Herbs – Josh or George are very helpful and will direct you to only what you need.  I love these guys!

 

NoteSchisandra should be avoided by persons with peptic ulcers, epilepsy or high blood pressure, or during pregnancy except under medical supervision.

Resource:  JingHerbs.com

 

 

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