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Schizandra
shopping: two varieties
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OUT OF STOCK (ETA 11/20/2017)
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$13.00 
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OUT OF STOCK (ETA 11/20/2017)
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$5.20 
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per 1/4 Pound
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$12.00 
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Schisandra chinensis

schizandra

plant overview
five flavors, five elements

Schizandra, also known as Chinese Schizandra and Chinese Mongolavine, is a climbing species of flowering vine that is specific to northern China, Siberia, Russia, Korea and Scandinavia. This member of the magnolia family produces berries that are harvested as food and tea flavorings, syrups and other beverages. In China Schizandra is regarded the “quintessence of Chinese tonic herbs.” The Chinese also call the plant Wu Wei Zi, meaning “five fruit flavors” because Schizandra berries invoke all five elements of taste perception -- salty, sweet, sour, pungent and bitter. As such the herb is also associated with the five elemental properties of wood, fire, earth, metal and water.

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Schizandra
01.
A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information on schizandra

description
Schisandra chinensis is a deciduous woody climbing vine of the Schisandraceae family.

The schizandra vine will grow to 29 feet or more. The species is dioecious—and therefore flowers on a female plant will only produce fruit when fertilized with pollen from a separate male plant. However, the "Eastern Prince"is a hybrid selection which produces perfect flowers and is self-fertile.

The schizandra vine's flowers are similar in form to the peony. They are four to five inches across and are pure white, and sit in a ruffled collar of green-and-white variegated leaves. Only the new leaves surrounding the blossoms are variegated; along the stem the leaves are solid green, grouped in threes, and slightly heart shaped.

The blossoms are lightly fragrant and on the female plants are followed by brownish red berries.

common names & nomenclature
Schizandra berries are commonly called běi wǔ wèi zi. This common name translates to “five flavor berry.” Presumptively this is because its berries possess all five basic flavors: salty, sweet, sour, pungent (spicy), and bitter.

Also known as:
běi wǔ wèi zi, five flavor berries, wu wei zi, chinese schizandra, chinese mongolavine, magnolia vine


02.
Where in the World
habitat and range for schiznadra

Schisandra chinensis is native to forests of Northern China and the Russian Far East.

03.
Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting schizandra

climate
Schizandra plants require conditions of moderate humidity and light. The plant grows in mixed forests, especially on the margins, and is also found by streams and brooks in part shade.

soil
Prefers a moist, well-drained sandy soil.

growing
Sow seeds in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed will do best if pre-soaked for 12 hours in warm water in the spring. They can then be sown in a greenhouse. Germination can be slow and erratic. Transplant out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse for their first 2 years. Plant them out into their permanent locations in early summer.

harvesting
Schizandra fruit is harvested after the first frosts and sun-dried for later use.

preserving
Store dried schizandra berry and schizandra berry powder in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

04.
The Rest of the Story
schizandra history, folklore, literature & more

schizandra after sickness
Schizandra is an herb that is particularly helpful for someone who’s recovering from a serious illness. It can help to restore your normal health and vitality and give you what you need to improve your energy levels. Many people know the fatigue that can occur when you’ve been sick for several days and even weeks or months. In order to get you back on your feet faster, you may want to try schizandra.

Schizandra is a vine that’s native to Asia. It produces berries that are used for medicinal purposes. These berries can do so much for your health that you’ll wonder why you’ve never tried them before. As a tonic, schizandra can help anyone to have better overall health. It will help you to have more energy to get through the daily grind.

When it comes to the liver, using schizandra can help the liver to work properly. It helps to remove toxins from the body and can even be a help for people who suffer from hepatitis. When your liver is functioning properly, you’ll immediately find that you have more energy and even your eyes will look brighter.

If you’re suffering from a cold or other type of respiratory infection, schizandra can help to loosen the tightness in your chest. It will actually thin the mucus so that you can have more productive coughs and get the thick secretions out of your body.

People who suffer from chronic skin conditions will find that schizandra provides relief. It can help to soothe the inflammation and irritation that comes from psoriasis or eczema. It can also relieve pain.

If you’re having problems in the bedroom, you may find that schizandra is the perfect solution for improving your sex drive. It helps the sexual organs to function properly so that you have the drive and stamina you desire.

And if you find yourself having difficulty with stress, concentration, or anxiety schizandra can be just what the doctor ordered. It will help you to focus better and ease your anxiety and stress. You’ll also find that your memory is better than it’s ever been.

To use schizandra, you’ll want to take a decoction of it 3 times a day. This will provide you with all the herb you need to experience improved health. If you’ve recently suffered from an illness, this is one of the fastest ways to get back on your feet.

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
you should always consult with your doctor
before making any changes to your diet!!
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