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(Wu wei zi) A climbing woody vine that produces purple-red berries that are used to treat nervous conditions, chronic cough, asthma, thirst, frequent urination and diarrhea in traditional Chinese medicine. Beneficial for cardiovascular conditions as it reduces blood pressure through its vasodilatory actions. One of the most common uses for schisandra in Western culture is for its adaptogenic activity, similar to that of ginseng, which helps the body cope with stress. Its Chinese name
wu wei zi
means “five flavour berry” referring to its blend of sweet, bitter, salty, pungent and sour flavours. Can be used in juice, wine, teas and tinctures or sprinkled on salads. Seeds are one of the most difficult to germinate with a typical Germination rate of 50-70%. Schisandra seeds require a 30-60 days cold, moist stratification. Soak seeds for 24 hours and then plant out in Fall for germination the following Spring. You can also simulate this stratification indoors by storing at room temperature and then storing in the fridge in a soil bag.
Bulk dried berries whole
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