April 18, 2015

Four Easy Ways to add Astragalus to your Diet

Getting to know Astragalus {Astragalus membranaceus} has been so much fun! Did you know that this root is great as an immunomodulator, supporting respiratory functions, it's chemoprotective and calming to the CNS. Astragalus is also anti viral, anti bacterial and anti tumor... it's key constituents are polysaccharides and isoflavones. No known contraindications.

One of the best ways for me to wrap my head around herbal learning is to incorporate into my daily life as much as possible. And over the past few weeks I have playing with a couple of ways to add this herb into our diet - simply because it is that good for you.

 One of those ways is in soup and here is my new favorite version to share:

Chunky Astragalus Kale Chicken Soup

First: in a small sauce pan, place 1 ½ cups of water and 6 pieces of Astragalus root, approximately one inch in length. Over medium heat bring these to a boil and simmer for fifteen minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Next: in a large soup pot add the following... along with a tablespoon or two of coconut oil, and saute until semi soft.

8 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small onion, diced
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 medium celery stalks, chopped
1 inch of grated ginger root

Then add:

1 cup of kale, chopped
4 ½ cups of Chicken Bone Broth/or Stock

Finally remove the Astragalus from the water in which is was simmered, add this water to the soup pot and heat through... about ten minutes. May serve with salt and pepper to taste once warmed to your liking.

  • I also added 1 ½ cups of chopped chicken... either way is delicious.

Astragalus bone broth is made by adding simply adding astraglaus to your bone broth recipe, or you can checkout this recipe for great details on how to make it.

You can also make Astragalus tea by taking about four pieces of root, approximately one inch long and boiling it in two cups of water for 4 to 5 minutes. Strain liquid and allow to cool to desired temp. Add a small touch of honey if needed.

Astragalus tincture is made by taking a pint jar and filling it about half way with dried Astragalus root that has been chopped or pieced as small as possible. Then add vodka or similar 80 proof plus and fill the jar with enough to cover the root by at least two inches. Lid and Label. Store in a dark cool place for about seven weeks, shaking daily.

When your time is up. Strain off your tincture and re-jar liquid. Label and Date. Store in cool dry place out of lighting. Use a teaspoon up to three times a day, as needed in juice, water, or tea. For an extra boost add 1 teaspoon to a cup of your Astragalus bone broth.

How do you like to use Astralagus?

~ Blessings!

Shared With: Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth 

*Please note that my posts are editorial in nature and are not meant to treat or diagnose any illness. Practice personal health safety. I am currently enrolled in the course from Vintage Remedies called Advance Herbal Medicine by Jessie Hawkins, so please feel free to head over there if you are interested in what I am learning!


  1. I have been interested in astragalus and haven't tried using it yet. Do you grow yours? Thank you for sharing all these ideas on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! I will be pinning them! :)

  2. Thank you Jes,
    I have not grown it yet, though I would love to. Thank you for hosting a wonderful link up... I find it inspiring... and I love the herbal series you share with the home pretties. :)