Açaí (aa-sigh-EE) is a grape-sized, deep-purple berry that grows atop palm trees in the Amazon region of Brazil. Açai berries supply antioxidants, (especially anthocyanins), amino acids, essential omega fatty acids, fiber and protein.
Alfalfa Leaf is a very mild, food-like nutritive plant in the pea family, which has been used in traditional herbal medicine for over 1,500 years. It is a natural source of protein, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D and more.
Amla Fruit, or Emblic Fruit (Amalaki), is one of the most commonly used herbs in Ayurveda. A strong rejuvenative, amla supplies antioxidants and can help supports digestive function. Amla is also the basis for the Ayurvedic rejuvenative jam, chyavanprash, and the widely-used combination herbal blend, triphala.
Anise Seed is a tasty culinary herb from the parsley family. In the herbalist’s world, anise seed is known mainly for supporting the digestive system, helping to reduce gas and support efficient digestion. Today, throughout Asia and Europe, anise seed is used to help support respiratory and throat function.
Apple pieces are used to provide refreshing apple flavor. In general, apples can help to support healthy digestion and assimilation.
Ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera) is a relative of tomatoes and potatoes that is traditionally used to support stress tolerance, performance and endurance.
Asian Ginseng Root (Panax ginseng)
Asian ginseng root (Panax ginseng) and American ginseng root (Panax quinquefolius) are almost identical species that happen to grow on different continents. They are essentially equivalent in their features. Both have been used traditionally as broad spectrum tonics that promote stamina and support the immune system. Ginseng also can help improve short-term stamina.
Assam Black Tea
Assam is a black tea named after the region of its production: Assam, India. Assam tea is created specifically from the plant Camellia sinensis var. assamica. This tea, most of which is grown at or near sea level, is known for its body, briskness, malty flavor, and strong, bright color.
Astragalus Root Extract
Astragalus Root, or milk vetch root, is considered a superior herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), where it is known as Huang Qi. A member of the legume family, Chinese families regularly add astragalus to the family stewpot. Japanese herbalists use astragalus, which they call ogi, to support a variety of functions, including energy, digestion and elimination. Unlike many Chinese herbs, astragalus is surprisingly tasty as a tea, with a velvety texture and a sweet, buttery taste.
Barberry Root, native to Europe, has been used for centuries to treat a variety of conditions. Used as a bitter tonic, it can help to cleanse the system and support kidney and liver function.
Bay leaves have been used since the time of the ancient Greeks. Fragrant and flavorful either fresh or dried, Bay Leaves are often used in cooking and are commonly found in soups and stews in Mediterranean cuisine. When dried, Bay Leaves have an herbal and slightly floral fragrance, somewhat similar to oregano and thyme.
Belleric Myrobalan Fruit (Bibhitaki)
Belleric Myrobalan Fruit (Bibhitaki) is another famous fruit of Ayurveda, and one of three herbs in the widely-used Ayurvedic remedy, triphala (the other two herbs are Amalaki and Haritaki). It has been traditionally used to support digestive functions. Bibhitaki also can help support proper water balance, and support the digestive tract as well as the urinary and respiratory tracts.
The bilberry plant, also known as huckleberry and whortleberry, is a shrubby plant that grows in the moderate climates of Eurasia. Bilberry Leaf supplies antioxidants, called anthocyanosides, that can help prevent free radical damage.
Not only is Black Pepper one of the most widely used culinary spices in the world, it also has a long history of use in traditional herbal medicine. A spicy herb that can help support digestion, it also supplies antioxidants, which can help to reduce free radicals. As a diuretic, black pepper can support water balance in the body.
Since ancient times, the leaves of the blackberry plant have been used to promote health, especially throughout Europe and Asia, used traditionally to soothe the throat and the skin.
Burdock Root – a member of the daisy family that originated in Eurasia – is now firmly established as a naturalized plant in North America. Herbalists value burdock for helping to detoxify the liver. The root is served as a food in Japan, where it is known as gobo. Resembling a long brown carrot, burdock can be prepared in the same way you might enjoy a carrot, such as fresh juice or in a stir-fry dish.
Masquerading as charming backyard ornament, it is in fact an herbal relaxant. California’s state flower, it is one of the most beautiful and distinctive American wildflowers, and you will find it growing abundantly throughout the lower altitudes of California, southeastern Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona.
In Europe, the German Commission E lists California poppy as an antispasmodic and sedative, and lists it for a wide variety of stress and depressive conditions. It has been found to inhibit the body’s production of adrenaline, in turn helping the body to relax. Phytotherapy practitioners commonly use California in combination with passion flower or valerian.
Cardamom is a uniquely flavored culinary herb in the ginger family. But cardamom is more than its delicious flavor. This herb is warming and has been traditionally used to support healthy stomach and digestive function as well as the respiratory system.
Carob is a species of flowering evergreen shrub or tree in the pea family that is native to the Mediterranean region. Cultivated for its edible seed pods, carob supplies protein as well as vitamins and minerals. Carob Pod tastes a lot like chocolate, and being free from the stimulants caffeine and theobromine contained in chocolate, is a popular chocolate substitute.
Cats Claw Bark Extract
Cat’s Claw is a tropical vine that grows in the rainforest and jungle areas of South America, the bark of which has been used as a general stamina-supporting herb by indigenous people there for hundreds of years. More recently, Cat’s Claw Bark has been used by herbalists to support the immune system. Cat’s Claw Bark is also believed by herbalists to support the digestive system.
Cayenne Pepper is a stimulating herb made from the dried pods of a certain variety of chili pepper. Well known for its fiery heat and pungent smell, cayenne is not only a popular culinary herb in many cuisines, but has also been used medicinally for thousands of years. Cayenne and other chilies, especially the red varieties, supports the production of endorphins, the mood elevating brain chemicals responsible for the chili eater’s high; hence cayenne is used to support balanced mood.
Celery Seed, a member of the parsley family, is a widely used food herb. Ayurveda uses celery seed to support kidney and bladder function. In folk medicine, celery seeds are reputed to support digestion, respiratory, menstrual and sexual functions.
Chamomile is a flowering plant in the daisy family that is native to Europe and Asia. The flower is a mild relaxant that supports balanced mood; hence a cup of tea made with chamomile is a time-honored herb used to promote sleep.
Chebulic Myrobalan Fruit (Haritaki)
Chebulic Myrobalan Fruit (Haritaki) is considered by some to be the single most important Ayurvedic herb, and is one of the three herbs in the famous Ayurvedic remedy triphala. Widely used in Tibetan medicine, it is called the king of herbs, and in Ayurveda, haritaki is known as the mother. Haritaki is strongly astringent, and is used to promote skin function, as well as to support digestion and elimination. Haritaki is also mildly laxative.
Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back as the 15th century B.C.E. Chrysanthemum is a cooling herb traditionally used to help support the lungs and soothe the head. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, chrysanthemum is often combined with honeysuckle for a delicious drink that is especially useful for cooling the body.
Cinnamon Bark comes from a small evergreen tree that is native to Sri Lanka. Cinnamon is a pungent, sweet and hot spice that can warm and invigorates the body and support function of the respiratory and digestive systems. It can also help to promote circulation to the joints and support immune function.
Citric acid is a mild acid that occurs naturally in citrus fruits, such as lemons and limes. It is added to tea to impart a light and pleasant sour taste.
Clove Buds are the aromatic dried flower buds of a tree in the Myrtle family. The English name clove derives from Latin clavus (nail), as the shape of the buds resembles small nails. Clove bud is widely used as a spice in ancient Asian herbal traditions. With a warming quality, clove supports circulation and digestion.
The shells of the cocoa bean, cocoa shells are a source of chocolate, and more recently have been receiving attention as a natural source of antioxidants.
Coriander seed is not just a delicious spice used in cooking. According to Ayurveda, the seeds can support the urinary tract and can help soothe the stomach.
Native to the Mediterranean, cumin seeds are the small dried fruit of an annual plant in the parsley family. Cumin is a popular ingredient in Middle Eastern, Asian, Mediterranean and Mexican cuisines, and is one of the main ingredients in curry powder. According to Ayurveda, cumin kindles the gastric fire and supports digestion.
The root of a plant that many see as a pesky yard weed is a celebrated liver cleanser in the world of herbal medicine. Dandelion root has been traditionally used to support the liver, which in turn can support the skin.
Devil’s Claw Root Extract
Native to southern Africa, Devil’s Claw is a shrub that has lush foliage and red flowers. The plant gets its name from its fruits, which look like a hooked, gnarled claw. Historically, African people have used this root in many ways – from digestive to joint support. Since its introduction to Europe in the early 1900s, the use of devil’s claw root has spread throughout the world, and continues to be used primarily by herbalists to help support the joints.
Dong Quai Root Extract
Dong Quai Root is the most respected woman’s herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). An herb in the celery family native to China, Japan, and Korea, it has been used for centuries to support the reproductive organs and to help regulate the menstrual cycle. TCM also uses this herb for maintaining blood pressure levels already within a normal range and for supporting healthy lung function.
Echinacea is a genus of nine species of herbaceous plants, all of which are native to the United States and southern Canada. One species, Echinacea angustifolia, was widely used by the North American Plains Indians for its general medicinal qualities. Today herbalists use the root to support the body’s immune system. Three Echinacea roots – purpurea, pallida and angustifolia – are used in herbal medicine and are considered to be clinically identical and interchangeable.
Native to Europe, elderberry has been used in European folk medicine since antiquity. Elderberries supplyanthocyanidins – powerful purple pigment compounds that act as antioxidants. Elderberry can also help support respiratory function, and is used by herbalists to soothe the throat.
Elecampane is a beautiful tall-growing herb, the flowers of which resemble sunflowers. The plant grows wild throughout Europe, and has been used medicinally for centuries. Today, this herb is widely used to support respiratory health among European herbalists. Ayurveda reveres it as a rejuvenative tonic for the lungs.
Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is often referred to as Siberian Ginseng. It is not a true ginseng, but a cousin of Asian ginseng. It has gained that nickname due to the fact that Siberian natives use it as a broad spectrum health enhancer, much the way ginseng is used. It has been traditionally used as a long-term stamina promoting herb.
See also Asian (Panax) Ginseng Root
Essential oils are natural oils extracted from plants by distillation.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) is a tall evergreen tree native to Australia and Tasmania. Herbalists believe that eucalyptus is also broadly supportive of the immune and digestive systems.
Botanically-speaking, fennel seeds are not seeds, but are the fruits of the sweet fennel plant, an herb that has been cultivated for culinary and medicinal use for thousands of years. In India, fennel seeds are routinely chewed after meals to support digestion and to act as an herbal mouth freshener.
Fenugreek Seed, an ancient herbal medicine, is a legume found in southeastern Europe, northern Africa and western Asia. Fenugreek seeds supply iron, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin C and phosphates. Traditionally, fenugreek has been used for support of the digestive system, and has also been used to soothe the throat and help support breast milk production.
Forsythia fruit is the dried seed pod of Forsythia suspensa, a lovely bright yellow flowering bush that is among the first spring blooms in many northern climates. Native to China, forsythia fruit is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for detoxifying. Because of its detoxifying qualities, forsythia fruit often finds its way into TCM formulas to support the kidneys and skin.
Garcinia cambogia Fruit
Garcinia cambogia fruit, an exotic fruit from South India that has been traditionally used to help support stamina.
Gardenias were originally found only in China and Japan, but today there are over 200 different species of gardenia, mostly hybrids, throughout the world. Gardenia fruit is used extensively in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), where it is known as zhi zi. TCM uses gardenia primarily to promote calm, but it is also used to support bladder and urinary tract health.
Ginger Root, the underground stem, or rhizome, of the plant Zingiber officinale, has been used in many herbal traditions since ancient times. In Ayurveda, Ginger is known as the wonder herb, and it’s no wonder, since Ayurveda employs Ginger for a wide variety of health applications, including digestive support. Historically, Ginger Root was also one of the most respected herbs for supporting joint health. Additionally, Ginger Root has been traditionally used to support healthy peripheral circulation; and can aid in warming up cold hands and feet, and will also promote sweating when needed.
Ginseng and Eleuthero Root Extract
Ginseng and Eleuthero Root Extract (Asian Ginseng, American Ginseng and Eleuthero).
Also, see Asian (Panax) Ginseng Root.
Gotu Kola, known as brahmi, which means godlike in the Ayurvedic tradition, it is used as an aid to meditation. In Ayurveda it is thought to help to balances circulation to the blood vessels of the skin, mucous membranes, nerves and brain.
Grapeseed Extract supplies procyanidins and resveratrol– antioxidants that combine to scavenge free radical and can help protect proteins and DNA from damage.
Green Tea Leaf
Green tea is made from the unfermented leaves of Camellia sinensis, the same plant that gives us black and oolong teas. All teas from Camellia sinensis supply antioxidants, but because green tea is the least processed, it is said to contain the most antioxidant polyphenols, which are responsible for its many health benefits.
Guarana seed (Paullinia cupana) is from a climbing evergreen that’s native to the Amazon regions of Brazil and Venezuela. The indigenous people of the Amazon have traditionally used Guarana to help decrease fatigue. Guarana is thought by herbalists to be energizing, but less jangling than coffee.
Hawthorn Berry, sometimes referred to as English Hawthorn Berry, comes from a small, spiny tree that is indigenous to all of Europe and the Mediterranean region. According to Ayurveda, tart/sour tastes help promote digestive function. As such, this sour berry has been traditionally used for hundreds of years to support the digestive system and to promote circulation.
There are over 600 species of Helichrysum occurring worldwide, with 245 found in southern Africa alone. The word helichrysum is derived from the Greek helios meaning sun and chrysos meaning gold, referring to the color of many of the flowers of species in this genus. As an essential oil, helichrysum is considered by some to one of the sacred oils, because it is believed to open the right side of the brain, which is said to improve creativity, increase dream activity, and encourage spirituality and personal growth. Herbalists use helichrysum prepared as a tea to help maintain healthy energy levels associated with jet lag and PMS.
Hibiscus is a large genus of about 200 flowering plants native to warm, temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Used as a primary ingredient in many herbal beverages, hibiscus flower is also used by herbalists to support bowel function and urination. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, hibiscus is used to support skin health.
Honeybush is indigenous to the cape area of South Africa, where it has been used for centuries to make a beverage and a medicinal tea. Similar to the famous rooibos, also native to South Africa, honeybush brews into a delicious tea with a pleasant, mildly sweet taste and aroma, somewhat like honey. Honeybush tea is caffeine free and supplies antioxidants.
Indian Sarsaparilla Root
Traditionally used as one of the herbs that gives the delicious taste to root beer, Indian Sarsaparilla Root has also been used medicinally as a spring tonic for its detoxifying features. Sarsaparilla contains plant hormones that are thought by herbalists to support and balance heat in the body.
Japanese Honeysuckle Flower
Japanese Honeysuckle is a species of honeysuckle native to eastern Asia. Highly valued in Traditional Chinese medicine, where it is known as ren dong teng (winter enduring vine) this cooling herb is used to help balance excessive heat in the throat and support the lungs. It is also used as an overall support to the immune system.
Jasmine Green Tea Leaf
Jasmine is a large genus of flowering shrubs in the Olive family. In traditional herbal medicine, it is used to help to soothe the nerves. Jasmine flowers are often brewed as an herbal infusion, but are more often combined with green tea or sometimes an oolong tea. Jasmine’s mystic properties include bringing luck in wealth and love.
Juniper Berry Extract
A juniper berry is not a true berry, but is a seed cone with unusually fleshy and merged scales that give it a berry-like appearance. Used as a spice in European cuisine, juniper berry has been used in traditional herbal medicine to support kidney and urinary tract function, as well as to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range. The essential oil can be stimulating to the kidneys. The warming and bitter properties support digestion and can soothe intestinal gas. Juniper berry can also be warming for the joints.
Kava Root (Piper methysticum) has been used for centuries in the South Pacific as a relaxing herbal beverage. This mild, effective herb helps with daily tension and supports a calm mind that can help to support sleep at bedtime.
Kola nut (Cola acuminata) is the seed kernel of a large African tree. The nut is reddish gray in color, about an inch in size, and grows in long pods containing from five to twelve seeds each. It is widely popular in the tropics to support energy, and folks in West Africa use the nuts as a social snack, chewing them raw.
Kombucha comes from north central Asia. It is a strain of one bacterium and three or four different yeasts. When grown properly, the culture produces glucuronic acid, acetic acid, and many vitamins and amino acids that can help support the immune system. It is valued by herbalists for its ability to support intestinal function, supply nutrients to promote balanced intestinal flora and its ability to help circulate the energy in the body. It can be detoxifying to the entire body and can help to support elimination and support metabolic harmony.
Korakundah Black Tea Leaf
This silky smooth black tea is cultivated at a very special estate, Korakundah, in the Nilgiri ‘Blue Mountains’ of South India. At an altitude of 8,200 feet, Korakundah Black Tea is said to be one of the highest grown teas in the world. These unique growing conditions have given this tea a wonderful aroma and medium-bodied flavor with a hint of sweetness.
L-Theanine® is a naturally occurring amino acid found in green tea (Camellia sinensis), which promotes relaxation by calming the mind.
Lavenders belong to the Mint family of plants, which includes many herbs such as sages, thymes, rosemary, savory, oregano, balms and mints. Often referred to as English Lavender Flower, so-called because it formed the basis of England’s lavender oil industry in the 18th century, is a beautiful, delightfully fragrant herb. Lavender has been traditionally used to support balanced mood, as well as to help soothe occasional stress and support sleep.
Lemon Balm Leaf
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) has been traditionally used to soothe the nerves and to reduce every day stress. It acts as a very mild sedative, is anti-spasmodic and traditionally used in teas to promote restful sleep. In addition, it provides a bright, pleasant lemon flavor and aroma.
Lemon Peel is used in traditional herbal medicine to support digestion. Citrus peel is pungent, bitter and warm.
Lemongrass is a tropical herb that is popular in Thai cooking. Traditionally, is has been used to support normal respiratory function. Lemongrass tastes great and is a warming herb that can support digestion.
Licorice root is a flavorful, sweet herb that has been used for thousands of years and is still one of the most widely used herbs in all herbal systems. Licorice has been used traditionally to support the skin and the liver. It also is thought by herbalists to help soothe indigestion and the throat.
Long Pepper Berry
Long Pepper Berry (Sanskrit pippali) is a peppercorn approximately one to two inches in length that is used in Ayurvedic and Chinese herbalism. Ayurveda considers pippali to help cleanse the blood. It is also renowned as a beneficial herb for supporting the digestive and respiratory systems.
Matcha Green Tea
Matcha Green Tea – the only form of tea in which the entire leaf is used – is made from hand-harvested Green Tea leaves which are shaded during the final weeks of harvest, allowing new tea shoots to develop. These shoots produce long, thin leaves that impart the rich, delicious flavor for which Matcha Green Tea is known. In addition to its robust flavor, Matcha Green Tea is a rich source of catechin polyphenols, which provide antioxidants to support overall health.
Monk Fruit Extract
Monk Fruit, also known as Luo Han Guo, is a small fruit from Asia, and is used as a natural sweetener. Essentially non-caloric, it is 20 times sweeter than sugar.
A common wildflower native to Europe and Asia, mullein has a long history of use in herbal medicine as a soothing herb. Herbalists have traditionally used mullein to support the immune and respiratory systems.
Natural and Organic Flavors
Natural and organic flavors are derived from natural sources such as spices, fruit, herbs, roots, or many other plants or foods, whose significant function in food is flavoring.
Nettle Leaf is a food-like herb traditionally used as a general tonic and nutrition source. Herbalists traditionally used it for overall support of the mucous membranes, including the digestive tract, the respiratory system and the urinary system.
Nutmeg is an evergreen tree native to Indonesia and is the only plant that is the source of two different spices. Nutmeg is actually the seed of the tree, while the dried lacy reddish covering or aril of the seed gives us mace. Nutmeg has a sweet, nutty aroma and slightly sweet taste.
Orange peel, as with all citrus peels, is used in traditional herbal medicine to support the digestive system. Traditionally, citrus peel was used to support normal function in the chest and diaphragmatic region. Citrus peel is pungent, bitter and warm.
Oregano Leaf is a close botanical and chemical cousin to thyme and savory, which are all in the mint family. Traditionally, oregano was used to help soothe indigestion and to support lung and sinus function.
Parsley Leaf is a bright green biennial herb with a long history of culinary use in the Middle East, Europe and North America. It also has a long history of use in herbal medicine to support the urinary system. Parsley is diuretic, and so has been traditionally used to support the bladder and can help generally with proper water balance in the body.
Passion Flower Extract
Passion flower is a vine known for its beautiful white flowers with purple, blue, or pink calyx crown blooms. Native to the Americas, the plant is primarily tropical, but some of its 400 species can grow in colder climates. In traditional herbal medicine, passion flower has been used to support relaxation. The leaves are used to support a relaxed mood, soothe stress and tension and to support sleep.
Peppermint is a perennial plant that produces light purple flowers and green leaves with serrated edges. Commonly used as a flavoring in products such as candy, chewing gum, toothpaste, and ice cream, peppermint also has been used traditionally to cool the body by promoting sweating, which can help support the respiratory system. Peppermint has also been widely used to support digestion and to soothe an occasional minor upset stomach.
Unlike many other probiotic strains used in food and beverages, Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086, also known as GanedenBC30, is highly stable and allergen free. This spore-forming probiotic has a protective shell that allows it to survive through the manufacturing and tea steeping processes, only germinating and growing when reaching the intestines where the conditions are just right.
Pu-Erh Black Tea Leaf
One of the most sought-after teas in the world, Pu-Erh is a variety of Camellia sinensis from broad-leafed Assam tea trees. These trees flourish in warm, humid climates, and are grown and cultivated at altitudes of over 5,000 feet. After being harvested, Pu-Erh is fermented and allowed to age in order to develop its complex flavor profile. The aroma of Pu-Erh is piney, resinous and subtly marine, while the first sip is vegetal, woody and earthy.
The leaves of the raspberry plant have been used as a medicinal herb for centuries and is traditionally recommended to support the uterus.
Red clover is a member of the Pea family, which includes not only peas, but also beans and peanuts. In herbal medicine, red clover flower is used as a general detoxifying herb. It has a pleasant sweet taste.
Rhodiola Rosea Extract
For centuries, Siberians have been using Russian rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea), also known as golden root or arctic root, to thrive in their cold climate. According to Siberian natives, those who drink rhodiola tea regularly will live more than 100 years. A traditional folk medicine in China, Serbia, and the Carpathian Mountains of the Ukraine, the golden-yellow tea made from the root of rhodiola helps people deal with physical stresses. Rhodiola appears to augment physical and mental work aptitude and productivity. According to folk use and modern reports, it strengthens the nervous system, immunity, exercise capacity, energy levels, memorization, mood, and may even lengthen lifespan.
Rhubarb Root (Rheum palmatum) is a cold herb that is traditionally used to support bowel elimination. It has been used as a detoxifying herb for the entire body.
Roasted Chicory Root
Chicory is a bushy perennial herb with blue, lavender, or occasionally white flowers. The roasted root has a robust, earthy flavor, and is used in traditional herbal medicine to support the liver. Roasted chicory root is also added to coffee or used as a coffee substitute in many parts of the world.
Rooibos Leaf (Redbush)
Rooibos Leaf, a member of the legume family, is a shrubby African plant that is a bedtime favorite among South African herbalists, consumers and even physicians. This sweet, caffeine-free, relaxing herb supplies antioxidants and has also been traditionally used to support the immune system.
The rose hip is the pomaceous (similar to an apple) fruit of the rose plant. Rose hip has a delicious tart taste and astringent action and supplies antioxidants and vitamin C. In traditional herbal medicine, rose hip is used to support the immune system.
Rose Petal is a popular food and herbal supplement in the Middle East and India. In herbal traditions, Rose Petal was used for balancing heat in the body and soothing mucous surfaces. Rose Petal can also help to cool and soothe the skin; hence its popularity as an ingredient in many topical skin preparations.
Sage leaf (Salvia officinalis) is regarded by Ayurveda as specific for calming the heart, excessive desires and passions. In addition to the herb’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, centuries-old theories that sage can improve memory appear to be borne out by modern research, as participants in a recent study given sage oil tablets performed much better in a word recall test. Experts believe the active ingredient may boost levels of a chemical that helps transmit messages in the brain.
One of the oldest, most ever-present seasonings, salt (saltiness) is one of the five basic human tastes. From caramels to watermelon to crackers, just a pinch of salt can enhance the delicious, natural flavors of both sweet and bitter foods.
Schisandra Berry is also referred to as “Wu Wei” or the “Five Flavors Herb” in Chinese. This ancient berry stimulates all five primary flavors – sweet, sour, salty, pungent and bitter. It is thought by herbalists that by balancing the five flavors all the bodily functions also come into balance. Herbalists consider this berry to be a tonic that can help to support energy and vitality in the body.
Senna Leaf is a strong anthraquinone-containing purgative that is used to help soothe occasional constipation. Long a favorite in Europe, this East Indian leaf promotes bile flow in the liver which in turn can help promote a bowel movement.
Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) is used in Ayurvedic medicine to help restore our relationship with the original, clear quality of the mind. So named because its flowers resemble the shankha, or conch shell, this herb is an outstanding rejuvenative tonic for the mind and nerve tissue. There are three varieties of the plant, all of which are said to have profound mystical properties. Shankhpushpi has an affinity for the heart (anahata), throat (vishuddha), third eye (ajna) and crown (sahasrara) chakras.
Shatavari Root (Asparagus racemosus) is a cooling herb. It is thought by herbalists to support long term stamina.
Skullcap is a member of the mint family, and has numerous uses in traditional herbal medicine. Traditionally used as a mild relaxant. Ayurveda says that skullcap enhances meditation and awareness and that it is emotionally, as well as physically, calming.
Slippery Elm Bark
Slippery Elm Bark is native to North America. A soothing, mucilaginous herb, slippery elm bark is used internally to soothe digestion and support bowel movements. The consistency comes from a high content of soluble fiber, which makes it valuable as a fiber laxative. As a poultice, it has been traditionally used to soothe dry skin. It is also a favorite of Western herbalism for usefulness in soothing a sore throat.
Spearmint Leaf has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes since the time of the ancient Romans. It is mildly soothing and relaxing overall. Ayurveda says that this herb can help to clear the mind and senses. Like all mints, spearmint is a mild diaphoretic that can help support the respiratory system.
St. John’s Wort Leaf and Flower
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a yellow-flowering, perennial herb indigenous to Europe. The common name comes from its traditional flowering and harvesting on St John’s Day, (June 24th). In herbal medicine, St. John’s Wort is thought to be a mild mood balancer.
Stevia is a genus of about 240 species of herbs and shrubs in the sunflower family native to subtropical and tropical South America and Central America. The leaf is used primarily as a sweetener in South America. Locals there use it as a substitute for sugar for those who can’t use sugar. Various glycosides, including stevoside – which is about 100 to 200 times sweeter than sugar – provide the sweetness. It is widely used as a non-sugar sweetener in other areas of the world, particularly in Japan.
Thyme, a well-known culinary herb, is also known as a powerful herbal antiseptic. Thyme contains an essential oil composed mainly of the active ingredients thymol and carvacrol. The ancient Greeks used thyme for its antiseptic properties. Later Europeans used it to support the respiratory system. Today, natural healing practitioners continue to use it to support the upper respiratory system.
Tulsi Leaf, also referred to as Basil Leaf or Holy Basil, is a delicious and well-known culinary herb that is rich in antioxidants. Tulsi is considered a warming herb and has been traditionally used to support the immune system and overall health.
Turmeric Root, an herbaceous perennial in the ginger family, has been traditionally used for centuries and remains as one of the most widely used herbs that can support the joints. In India, it is commonly combined with ginger.
Valerian is a hardy perennial flowering plant, with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers, the fragrant flowers of which were used as a perfume in the sixteenth century. Today, valerian root is a herb that promotes relaxation and is widely used in Europe because of its calming effect. Valerian works best when taken right at bedtime to calm the mind to promote sleep.
Vanilla beans are derived from Vanilla orchids. Described as delicate, spicy and sweet, vanilla bean is the second only to saffron as the most valuable spice in the world and is known for its wonderful flavor and aroma.
Wild Cherry Bark
Ever wonder why all cough syrup is cherry flavored? This flavorful herb native to North America was traditionally used to soothe the throat.
A perennial herb native to Europe and Asia and naturalized in North America and throughout the world, yarrow flower is a very popular herb in Western herbalism. It has a been traditionally used to support perspiration and urination. Yarrow is a cold, bitter herb that also is used to support respiratory function.
Yellow Dock Root
Yellow dock (Rumex crispus) is leafy-green plant distinguished by its yellow carrot-shaped root. In herbal medicine, it has a long history of use as a detoxifying herb, as well as to support the skin and liver; for those purposes it is often combined with dandelion root. A mild laxative, it contains anthraquinone glycosides, the active ingredients also found in senna leaf. A rich source of iron, yellow dock root has been traditionally used to supply iron to the diet.
Traditionally harvested in South America, the leaves of the Yerba Maté plant impart an herbaceous or vegetal flavor, and contain caffeine and a variety of polyphenols.
Yucca Root Extract
A desert plant that grows in the Southwestern part of the United States and in Mexico, yucca root is an herb used traditionally by Native Americans to support the joints and skin. The main nutritional agents are saponins, which have a soapy consistency. Native Americans also used yucca as soap due to its lathering effect.