Shatavari is a traditional Ayurvedic antispasmodic; an aphrodisiac, demulcent, digestive, diuretic, galactogogue, and is often used for infertility and for women's health. The roots, which are tubers, are what are known as adventitious, which means that the plant can send out shoots from all over the plant and not just the roots. This plant creates a very large root system because of the creeping nature of the plant.
The root is generally used in a tincture or tea. Shatavari is highly regarded as an herb for women's health and it is the most important herb in Ayurvedic medicine for problems connected to women's fertility. The name Shatavari is from an Indian word meaning "a woman who has a hundred husbands".
In magick, Shatavari is used to promote healthy pregnancies and can be used in sachets and incenses to promote healthy babies, good lactation and an overall positive pregnancy experience. It can also be used in spells for fertility.
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