Shen herbs for mood, calming, focus and deep meditation:
Shen is traditionally (roughly) thought of as being your 'spirit' or 'wisdom', responsible for helping to lighten mood and cultivate calm, deep focus and inner strength.
This skilful blend of top Shen herbs and mushrooms is designed to support your nervous system & immune response while also helping your mind relax, focus and attain better concentration in practices such as meditation, yoga and movement.
What You’ll Find Here:
- Everything you need to know about SuperFeast & their Shen Blend
- What I like about it, and something to be aware of (Pros & Cons)
- The best place to buy it, as well as a special offer for our readers
- Why you should use it and how to best take it
- Any alternatives I think are worth considering.
SuperFeast Shen BLEND REVIEW BY DARCY - BIRCHER BAR FOUNDER & OWNER:
What I Like About It:
Noticeable Calm & Focus:
As indicated by SuperFeast themselves, the Shen blend is specifically formulated to help you drop into deeper states of calm and relaxation to help with better sleep & meditation, as well as 'lighten your spirit'.
I've been using Shen herbs (such as reishi) for sleep and relaxation for many years now, and this Shen blend is a step better again.
I've been using it half an hour before yoga and meditation sessions (noticing much better focus with a better ability to stay 'present'), as well as in conjunction with Yoga Nidra before bed for seriously improved sleep quality (both unbroken and restful).
Love The Taste:
Reishi, the primary herb in the Shen blend, is renowned for its bitter flavour, however, the added combination of other Shen herbs in this mix such as longan berry and aged citrus peel give the extract a delicious and slightly sweet orange & berry type flavour. It lends itself to many different recipes - a couple of which I'll detail for you further in this article.
A Masterful Formulation:
As with all SuperFeast extracts and offerings, the Shen blend is completely sustainable and ethical to the highest standards. Each ingredient in this mix has been sourced Di Tao from its home growing region and dual extracted for the highest possible potency and effectiveness.
Everything is extensively tested for purity, and everyone in the SuperFeast growing and producing process is treated fairly and warmly.
SuperFeast truly know their craft - I’ve worked closely with SuperFeast for years and are always confident when speaking to the quality of their extracts and practices.
What I Think Could Be Improved:
In my opinion - there is nothing to 'improve', just note that if you aren't familiar with tonic herbs and medicinal mushrooms that's it's always best to start out with a small dose and see how your body and constitution reacts.
There is nothing 'unsafe' about this blend, it's simply that everyone is different and may have a different response when a new substance is introduced to the body.
Ease yourself in and you ever have any concerns - make sure you contact your GP or medical practitioner for specific advice.
- Noticeable effects on mood and focus
- One of the best tasting tonic herb blends I've come across
- A guaranteed quality product from a great company
- Nothing to speak of other than taking general caution with a new supplement
WHERE TO BUY SUPERFEAST SHEN BLEND?
The best place to buy the Shen Blend is directly from the SuperFeast team themselves!
Before you do though! ...
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Once you've got your code - click any of the banners or big blue buttons in this article to jump over and place an order.
WHAT IS THE SHEN BLEND?
This is a potent and powerful mix of Shen herbs sourced and grown in the ancient Di Tao tradition.
It has been skillfully formulated to replenish 'Shen' from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, resulting in better states of relaxation, mood & focus.
Many of these ingredients have become the focus of many modern studies that are more often than not, supporting many of the health benefits spoken of in Chinese Medicine!
Before diving into the ingredients of Shen Blend below, check out this quick video by Mason giving you all the insights you need on exactly what Shen is and how it works in Traditional Chinese Medicine:
Shen Blend contains:
As the most important Shen herb (and one of the most revered in the entire Daoist system), Reishi is very famous for its ability to help alleviate stress, calm the mind and improve sleep. Modern science has shown its potential to help increase immunity as well as regulate the nervous and endocrine systems.
2.) Albizia Flower (Albizia julibrissin)
Albizia (or Albizzia) is famously known as 'the happiness herb' for its ability to help relieve anxiety, stress and depression. One of the most prized Shen herbs in Daoist herbalism, this slightly sweet flower is a key player in this mix.
3.) Asparagus Root (Asparagus cochinchinensis)
The final 'primary action' Shen herb in this blend, Asparagus Root has been used for generations in meditation and ceremony. Aside from promoting calm and focus, it's also known for its lung health and skin benefits.
4.) Spirit Poria (Scierotium Pararadicis Poriae Cocos.)
Spirit Poria is a special variety of the poria mushroom that comprises the mushroom sclerotium as well as a portion of the pine tree root on which it's grown. This unique version of Poria is prized in Shen herbalism and is often used to help with memory anxiety, restlessness, tension, nervousness and fatigue.
5.) Pearl Powder (Margarita)
Pearl powder is one of the most prized Shen-system beauty promoting extracts in oriental medicine and is also a key part of SuperFeast's flagship Beauty Blend as well. With powerfully high levels of antioxidants, trace minerals and amino acids - pearl powder has been used for millennia to treat skin health issues.
6.) Polygala Flower (Polygala tenuifolia.)
Known as Yuan Zhi in TCM, Polygala is thought to have many beneficial effects on the brain - assisting with focus, memory and mood. From a 'Shen perspective', Polygala translates to 'profound will' and fortifies the mind to help achieve goals and develop resilience.
7.) Rehmannia (Rehmannia glutinosa.)
Rehmannia is a very common when herb and used widely in many different Chinese Medicines. It is often used to promote deeper sleep and relaxation, as well as inflammation and building healthy blood.
8.) Aged Citrus Peel (Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae)
Tangerine skin has been used in TCM for over 2000 years now and is powerfully rich in Vitamin C and flavonoids. As a shen herb, it is included to promote lung health and help with strong blood flow
9.) Longan Berry (Dimocarpus longan.)
Longan Berry has long been used as a natural remedy to fortify brain health and help treat insomnia, memory issues and anxiety. It is said to have a supporting action on the primary when herbs in this blend, assisting and strengthening their action.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SuperFeast Shen BLEND:
The shen herbs and mushrooms in this mix are all 'adaptogenic' - meaning they work in the body to help it manage and deal with many different stresses and ailments as they present.
This particular blend is centred around ingredients that Traditional Chinese Medicine has used for millennia to help calm the mind and foster emotional stability.
Studies are still quite thin on the ground, however, Western Medicine is increasingly finding that many of these supplements are providing potent health benefits in much the same way that traditional medicine has described.
This Shen blend may help you with:
- Managing anxiety and depression
- Treating insomnia and poor sleep
- Relaxation and meditation practices
- Improving skin health and conditions
- Boosting lung strength
- Better blood flow and organ health
HOW TO TAKE SuperFeast Shen BLEND:
Shen has a delicious subtle sweetness with an ever so slight bitter note from the reishi. This makes it one of the most versatile powdered herb extract from the SuperFeast range - lending itself perfectly for everything from coffee, tea and hot chocolates through to smoothies, juices and breakfast bowls.
A great place to start is with SuperFeasts own 'Heart Wide Open' Elixir - I've put the recipe below for you:
Ingredients: - Makes 1 serve
- 1 cup hot water
- 3 tbs coconut milk
- 1/4 - 1 tsp SHEN blend
- 1 - 2 tsp of your favourite sweetener (I prefer manuka honey or maple syrup)
- 2 tsp rose water
- 1 tsp raw cacao
- Pinch of salt
- Put all in the blender, blend & pour into your favourite cup.
As for dosage with any recipe you choose - start with ¼ to ½ tsp daily for the first week or two, and build up to 1 tsp per day as your body adjusts.
OUR FAVOURITE Complements & ALTERNATIVES:
With Shen being one of the three treasures of the Daoist herbal system - it's highly recommended you pair it with the other two treasures (Qi & Jing) for a holistic and all-encompassing TCM approach:
1.) Qi Blend (Energy):
Qi ('Chi' or 'Ki') is the lifeforce energy in all living things and is generally understood as 'energy'. Combining 7 of the most revered Qi herbs in existence, this blend pairs perfectly with Shen to increase your base energy and vitality, increase immunity and help alleviate stress and anxiety
2.) Jing Blend (Essence):
Jing is the first treasure of Daoist herbalism and literally translates to 'essence'. According to TCM, it is the precursor to both Qi and Shen and is a crucial pairing for both. Jing combines 6 of the most recognised and celebrated tonic herbs to help counter exhaustion, fatigue, stamina issues and hormonal imbalance.
I've included Mason's Mushrooms here as it's my favourite SuperFeast blend of all time for overall health and preventative maintenance. It combines 8 of the world's most powerful medicinal mushrooms to address everything from immunity and gut health to hormone function and the nervous system.
Specifically formulated by Mason Taylor himself to completely nourish the Shen treasure within Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, this tonic herb mix has a noticeable effect on sleep, meditation and feeling of overall 'calm'.
Whether or not you are strongly aligned with TCM, the scientific evidence for the herbs used in this blend is mounting, showing huge promise for the same ailments that TCM been addressing with the same ingredients for millennia.
The only real way to find out if this is for you is to jump over and grab a jar for yourself!
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