With all of the shifts happening in the world, it feels like the perfect season to focus on balance: physical connection vs. social distancing, being healthy vs. vedging out on the couch, staying on top of the news vs. staying sane, living from the light vs. embracing (but not attaching to) the darkness; balance is key to everything in life. And when it feels like we are being pushed from left, right and center, sometimes balance seems impossible.
One of our favorite ways to find clarity, as well as physical, emotional and spiritual balance is with Schisandra. This little berry has been revered for centuries for its profound spiritual nutrition. "Throughout Earth’s history, the flavors of this herb have been documented differently. Legend has it that according to the cycle that humanity is in, the fruit naturally leans more predominantly towards a particular flavor. Now the fruit is said to be more warming and sour, matching the current physiological state of the collective consciousness. It is said that the sour taste is to re-mind individuals to gather greater strength, while tapping more into the female side of our psyche.'
“Beyond the balancing properties usually observed on the physical level, such as warming and accentuation of the female side, there is an internal balancing that takes place on a spiritual level. A person gains a much greater sense of purpose in life, how they may balance different emotions, and how they may balance a relationship. One better understands how one’s path fits into the present and immediate future. This facet of balancing is very important for many individuals. It can also correspond, as one is involved in spiritual practices, to the development of a greater sense of balance even on the physical level. Athletes, acrobats, gymnasts, and others working in areas where balance is necessary, would benefit if they were also exploring spiritual areas."
In addition to being balancing, Schisandra is known as the quintessence of Chinese tonic herbs, is an extraordinary adaptogen that is highly rejuvenating. It's famed for its ability to help generate beautiful skin and revealed for its “anti-aging” powers. This precious five flavored berry is well researched for its ability to protect the liver and greatly assist the gut. Oh! And did you know it can greatly assist memory and clarity?! Yes! That's why we love pairing it with Lion's Mane for an added creative + clear boost.
SCHISANDRA ROSE TONIC TEA
1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers
1 Tablespoon grated fresh ginger
8 cups filtered water
1/4 cup raw honey
1 1/2 Tablespoon Lion’s Mane Powder
1 1/2 Tablespoon Schisandra Rose Elixir
3 tablespoons lime juice
Bring the hibiscus flowers, grated ginger and water to a boil in a large pot. Once the water starts boiling, turn off heat. Whisk in honey and Lion’s Mane Powder until well combined. Cover the vessel, and let the tea steep for 15-20 minutes. Remove the lid and let it cool to room temperature. Strain the tea through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth. Stir in the Schisandra Rose Elixir and lime juice until well combined. Chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before serving over ice.