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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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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 supply anthocyanidins; powerful purple pigment compounds that act as antioxidants. Elderberry can also help support respiratory function, and is used by herbalists to soothe the throat.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.
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Essential oils are natural oils extracted from plants by distillation.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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, an exotic fruit from South India that has been traditionally used to help support stamina.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
Guayusa, a species of tree that’s native to the Amazon Rainforest, is one of three varieties of caffeinated holly trees. Guayusa Leaf has been used for centuries for its digestive and stimulating properties.BLENDED IN:
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.
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
Oolong tea is a semi-oxidized Chinese tea made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, the same plant used to make Black and Green Teas. It is first left out to dry and wither under the sun, then rolled to begin the oxidation process.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN:
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.BLENDED IN: