Tea Blend of the Month: Yin Yang Synergy

Harmonize Hormones & Nourish the Reproductive System

Yin Yang Synergy is formulated to promote reproductive and sexual health in people of all genders and anatomies! Our goal was to create a tonic blend that would not conflict with hormonal birth control or HRT. We chose herbs to calm inflammation, prevent pelvic congestion, provide vitamins key to tissue health, support the liver’s role in hormone production, and promote centered sexuality and fulfilling sexual experience. As the name suggests, Yin Yan Synergy is also crafted with an eye towards energetics, helping to balance yin and yang, heat and cold, stability and flow.

*Not recommended for use during pregnancy. Oatstraw may not be suitable for people with celiac disease. As with all herbal products, other contraindications may exist*

Raspberry leaf is one of Western herbalism’s favorite reproductive tonics: it lends a cooling, flowing yin energy, and, through its astringency, mild diuretic effect, and impressive vitamin content, nourishes and tones the urinary and reproductive systems. Oatstraw and schisandra are both adaptogens with an affinity for the reproductive system. Oatstraw is highly nutritive, while schisandra is renowned in Chinese medicine for its balanced energy (it features all 5 flavors recognized in TCM!). As adaptogens, oatstraw and schisandra can gently help the body regulate hormone production and libido/sexual performance. They do not have direct hormonal, though, and so are generally considered safe for use with HRT/hormonal birth control. They also boast anti-anxiety properties, and, in the context of the blend, can help address any anxiety around sexuality. This effect is strengthened by damiana, a yang tonic, aphrodisiac and antidepressant often recommended against depression that relates to or impacts sexuality. Wild yam is a soothing liver tonic. It calms inflammation and supports the liver, an organ key to hormone production. Sarsaparilla also provides liver support, and is renowned in Ayurveda as a sexual health tonic. Angelica is a blood-moving, chi-moving herb, included to keep vital force freely circulating. Finally, rosehips provides vitamin C, and licorice harmonizes the blend and adds a subtle hint of sweetness!

Ingredients: Red Raspberry Leaf, Oatstraw, Wild Yam, Sarsaparilla, Damiana, Schisandra Berry, Licorice, Angelica, Rosehips

Directions: For best medicinal effect, 2-4 cups per day. Use 1 tablespoon of tea blend per 8 oz boiling water and brew for 10 minutes – 8 hours. Most effective when taken for at least a month continuously, though still useful when taken sporadically.

THS recommends that you consult with a qualified healthcare professional before using herbal products, particularly if you take other medications, or if you are nursing, pregnant, or expecting to become pregnant.

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


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Opal Kesling

Ian Opal Kesling moved to Portland in 2009 to pursue their English degree in the company of our beautiful Pacific Northwestern forests.  Shortly after graduation, they wound up in a health crisis and without insurance. In this precarious situation, they found hope, empowerment, and lifesaving healing in the world of herbal medicine. The support and advice they received as a customer at The Herb Shoppe was instrumental in helping them find their way towards recovery.  They first joined The Herb Shoppe staff in early 2015, and strive through their position to support others in forging empowered relationships with their minds and bodies. 

In non-Herb-Shoppe pursuits, Opal has worked at a counseling center, practiced therapeutic art with children, taught kids’ self-defense, produced many an essay and many a drawing, and co-edited a book.  They plan to continue mixing and matching their passions for writing, art, therapy and medicine.  They hope one day to build a career that allows them, through these various mediums, to share knowledge of how oppression and abuse can affect us physiologically, emotionally and spiritually, and to help trauma survivors find healing practices that work for them. When they aren’t being earnest about these dark subjects, Opal also enjoys getting real silly or real lazy: find them lounging in front of the radiator, drawing cartoons for friends, imitating interesting accents, and modifying song lyrics for the entertainment of their spouse and cats.

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