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First Impressions: Agni “The Women’s Health Box” Review

Christen Russo
ByChristen RussoJun 7, 2022 | 2 comments

Agni The Mama Box

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Agni is a "food healing" company that makes cookies, teas, and seasonings meant to support hormone balance. Their offerings are intended to replenish nutrients that are commonly depleted in women through bodily events like periods, fertility, pregnancy, postpartum, and menopause. Agni's focus on wellness is well-rounded, providing education and encouragement throughout their unboxing experience.

Today I'll be exploring The Women's Health Box, which contains healing foods to support hormone balance, sleep, and digestion.

The Cost: $75 for a one-time purchase, $63.75 per box with 4-week auto-shipments.

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the editorial guidelines to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Why Agni?

I was about a year postpartum when Agni first came onto my radar, and supporting a doula client who received this box as a gift in the days after her baby arrived. I had been stopping by for a postpartum visit and walked in to find this beautiful spread of delicious-looking foods. It's commonly known that the best way to support a family that just had a baby is to feed them, and many of this client's supportive friends lived in other cities. What a cool option. I've been curious about it ever since, for a few reasons: the beautiful packaging, curiosity about seed cycling, and, well, ongoing insatiable hunger as a breastfeeding mother. I'm finally giving it a try!

Before we dive in, I'll note that everything in this box is USDA Certified Organic, Vegan, Non-GMO, and free from artificial sweeteners.

What's Inside The Women's Health Box from Agni?

 

To welcome and introduce us to the box, Agni has included a simple card containing information about what we can find inside. On the front, we are given a primer of what supporting women's health through food can look like. We learn that Agni's foods have been developed by a medical advisory board with the intention of optimizing hormone balance, sleep, immunity, and digestion, and that food is the most bioavailable form of nutrient replenishment. On the reverse side, we get some specifics about the treats we're about to explore: the standout ingredients in each and the suggested use.

 

Here's how everything came packaged: neatly and securely fit inside the box so that nothing jostles around. This alone was such a great start to the box experience for me. I appreciate when a company takes the time to package their goods efficiently and attractively.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies — Retail Value $18

For lactation support and gut health

 

I have endless room in my appetite for cookies, so I'm a no-brainer good candidate for one that has health benefits. As you'll see from the ingredients listed below, these cookies have rolled oats and brewer's yeast for lactation support, which is currently applicable to me, but these ingredients are also beneficial to those who aren't breastfeeding. Brewer's yeast is a good source of vitamin B and protein, as well as a digestive aid. Talk about two birds with one stone!

Ingredients:

  • For gut health & lactation support: gluten-free rolled oats, brewer's yeast, flax seed, hemp seeds, psyllium husk, millet flour
  • For general health & happiness: coconut oil, Pink Himalayan sea salt, coconut sugar, dark chocolate chips (unsweetened chocolate, coconut palm sugar, cocoa butter), vanilla extract, baking soda, baking powder

Agni The Mama Box

Being familiar with the flavor of brewer's yeast, I noticed it right away when I bit into my first cookie. It has a unique taste—some may say it's a hint bitter, but I have made and eaten so many lactation cookies and treats over my cumulative 3+ years of breastfeeding that I'm used to it and enjoy it. And, from my experience, it truly does seem to help to increase breastmilk production. As far as consistency goes, these cookies are crunchy and crumbly. Of course they're freshest immediately after the plastic bag inside the tube is opened, but they fared well over the next week or more and didn't seem to taste stale at any point. Really yummy!

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies — Retail Value $18

For hormone balance, fertility, & better periods

 

These chocolate-chocolate cookies are packed with adaptogens and healthy seeds. Ashwagandha is said to be linked to stress relief, shatavari is an immune booster, flax is high in fiber and has numerous health benefits. I'm certain that folks who are interested in learning more about what each ingredient does for their wellness will do a deep dive on their own, and I'm also sure that we can all agree a deep, cocoa-filled cookie is healing for the soul on a level entirely its own.

Ingredients

  • For hormone balance, fertility & better periods: ashwagandha, shatavari powder, pumpkin seeds, flax seed, psyllium husk, cocoa powder, rice flour
  • For general health & happiness: Pink Himalayan sea salt, coconut sugar, coconut oil, dark chocolate chips (unsweetened chocolate, coconut palm sugar, cocoa butter), vanilla extract

Agni The Mama Box

Similar to the oatmeal cookies, this kind has a crunch to it, but it also has a richness that is deeply satisfying to a chocolate-lover like me. It's got the adaptogens and seeds hidden in there so it truly just tastes like an indulgent dessert, without tasting like a health food, but also without weighing you down. Great experience.

Peppermint Chasteberry Tea — Retail Value $16

For period & hormone support

 

According to Agni, this tea's "peppermint and amla offer micronutrients that support temperature regulation and minimize bloating. Chasteberry (vitex), brahmi, and red clover provide isoflavones and flavonoids that support cramping associated with hormone imbalance." After only drinking it a few times it's too soon to claim that I'm noticing a difference, but I believe in the healing power of what we consume. I also find this tea to be very mild and pleasant, one that would be easy to work into my daily rhythms, so I can see myself happily going all in on the experiment of how it might affect my body and wellbeing.

Ingredients

  • For periods & hormone balance: shatavari, amalaki, chasteberry, brahmi, red clover, cinnamon, peppermint

 

The directions say to steep this tea for 10 minutes. It ended up a nice golden color with no sediment at the bottom, and the flavor is mildly earthy and fruity with a tinge of peppermint. I'm enjoying this cup on a 90 degree day, so after steeping, I tossed some ice cubes in, and it's really very refreshing.

Cinnamon Maca Seasoning + Sesame Nori Seasoning— Retail Value $16 each

 

If you're interested in learning about seed cycling, Agni gives a nice overview here. The concept, in short, is to consume certain seeds during specific phases of your menstrual cycle to "support the body in reclaiming its natural rhythm." Agni makes participating in this practice really easy by offering seasoning blends for each part of the cycle.

The Cinnamon Maca seasoning contains the flax and pumpkin seeds recommended for consumption during the menstrual and follicular phases (days 1-14), while the Sesame Nori seasoning is filled with the sesame and sunflower seeds recommended to be consumed in the ovulatory + luteal phases (days 15-28+). They come in bulk and should last you about a month if you use the recommended 1 Tablespoon of each per day, however you like, sprinkled onto your meals.

Or, if seed cycling isn't your thing but gut health, endocrine support, and immune health are—or just good flavors—you can sprinkle your meals with as much as you like, whenever you like!

I happened to have some empty spice jars lying around so I filled them up to make using these blends daily easy. Aren't they beautiful? I find that often, health and wellness initiatives are so tailored to the individual that I have trouble participating as the person who plans meals and cooks for my entire family. I just don't have the bandwidth to make a tailored individual meal for everyone. So it's a comfort to me to know that these seasonings that are great for my women's health are also beneficial to my husband and children.

Agni seasoning

Here's the Cinnamon Maca seasoning sprinkled on some homemade oatmeal, Greek yogurt, and strawberries. The flavor blends beautifully with this type of breakfast, and has worked well in smoothies for me, too. I don't always eat this way—I actually love and often prefer a good, warm, savory meal—but having a delicious and healing seasoning to consume is helping me work these easier-to-prepare and good-for-me meals into my days! It's especially a treat for a late afternoon snack when I would otherwise perhaps lazily grab something that won't fuel me as well.

Value - Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $75 for a one-time purchase, $63.75 per box with 4-week auto-shipments.

6/7/22 Update: Agni's pricing went up shortly after this review was posted. The below value breakdown was edited after original publication.

At $75 for a single purchase, this box's five offerings break down to $15 each. That's $9 savings versus buying each individually. If I were to subscribe to monthly shipments (which makes sense for someone who is interested in investing in using these ingredients as part of their rhythm on a regular basis), that brings the cost of each product down to $12.75. That brings savings up to $20.25.

I loved this experience and would just as soon invest in it for myself as I would gift it one-time to a friend. The cost isn't just for delicious food, tea, and seasonings, it's also to replenish iron, zinc, magnesium, omega 3s, selenium, and b vitamins in my body in a holistic way. On top of it, each offering is such a treat. The tea is light and enjoyable. The seasonings are unique and interesting. The cookies are a delicious and nourishing answer to my relentless sweet tooth. Each of Agni's offerings gets a thumbs up from this gal.

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! You can make a one-time purchase or subscribe to receive it every 4 weeks at a 15% discount.

What do you think of Agni's Women's Health Box? Click below to write a review!

Christen Russo
Christen Russo

Hi there, I'm Christen! I've been writing with MSA since 2017. I am all sorts of things: a writer, a mother, an outdoors-lover, a low-maintenance self-carer, and general hungry person.

You'll find me collecting stationery and squirreling away stickers, riding bikes and swimming with my family, creating outfits in colors and silhouettes that make me feel amazing, wearing big earrings, drinking beer and asking my husband to feed me harmonies to sing, taking my vitamins, living for live music, roping everyone into a craft, being human and vulnerable, and celebrating the phenomenon of being alive.


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CinnamonGirl

Well, that was a bait and switch. I literally just received your email regarding this box, read your review, went to their website to find out more and the price increased by almost 20 percent. Ugh.

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Christen Russo

Cinnamongirl, thank you for bringing Agni’s price raise to my attention! Ugh!! This is a review that we arranged with Agni simply because of my own personal interest, so the timing of their price raise was purely coincidental (and really frustrating)! I’ve updated the info in my review. I will say that while the box being more expensive is a bummer, it’s still worth it to me. I really loved it and am continuing to enjoy its contents.

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