Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), also known as Huang-qi or Chinese Milkvetch, is a herbaceous perennial with hairy stems and leaves that are divided into pairs of leaflets numbering 12-18. This herb has a wide range of uses, both medicinally and magickally. It is said to be beneficial for the treatment of burns, the common cold, and lupus. Magickally, it is uplifting, protective, and balancing, making this a must-have for the witch’s garden.
Spiritual and Magickal Usage:
- Keep dried astragalus root sachet in your kitchen (or another common room in your home) to promote balance, peace, and health (both physical and energetic).
- According to Chinese lore, used in a tonic, it vitalizes the Chi of the body; when applied to Western traditions, it is used to increase energy and vitality.
- Used in incense, it is said to bring protection to the home.
- Add astragalus to spells to increase mental clarity, concentration, and psychic shielding.
- In a tonic, it is said to strengthen the body’s resistance to disease and increases energy.
- This herb does not make a “tasty” tea, so it is not recommended to be ingested in that manner sticking to tonics, adding to foods where it will add a slightly nutty aroma.
- Astragalus can be used to treat - chronic fatigue, cold extremities, chronic autoimmune disorders, stress, night sweats, mono, fibromyalgia, and more.
- Research has shown effectiveness in - enhanced immunity, cardiovascular health, and male infertility.
- For the protection of health in an ongoing routine, it is recommended that you use a regimen of three weeks on with one week off.
Astragalus is grown best in zones 6-11 with a germination time of 3-10 days. This plant prefers dry, well-drained, and sandy soil with partial shade to full sun. Water this moderately. When grown from seeds, it requires a 21-day cold period of stratification to promote germination followed by mild scarification with a fine-grit sandpaper. Begin the stratification in mid to late winter then start your seeds indoors, by doing this; it should allow adequate time for the seedlings to become stable enough to transplant outdoors following the first frost in early spring. Before sowing: soak in water for an hour to soften and tamp lightly into the soil. When transplanting, provide about 15” space between plants.
All information is provided for educational purposes with no guarantee of results; please use all herbal products with care.
Packet of 50 organic Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) seeds.