Category: Herbs and Roots

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Valerian

Classified as Valeriana officinalis, valerian is native to North America, Europe and Asia. Valerian is a tall perennial herb with hollow stems that bear white or reddish flowers. The name Valerian is from the Latin word valere, meaning ‘to be in health’. The root stock of valerian harbors many active compounds and many herbalists believe it is what gives this plant its amazing medicinal value. Healing oils found in valerian root include valeranone, valereal, borneol, and azulene. These oils have…

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Lemon Balm

Lemon balm, also known as Melissa Officinalis, has been used for countless generations to preserve good heath and treat ill health, and with good reason. Although scientific research has only recently began to back up the numerous claims of the health giving properties of this herb, many uses have evolved and many can be testified to. Below are some of its commonly attributed health benefits. Anyone who has sniffed the aroma of Lemon Balm will understand why many people use…

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Bacopa

There is an extract of a little-known herb known as Bacopa that can dramatically increase your brain function and memory — and may even help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Bacopa is a creeping perennial herb that thrives in wetlands and on muddy shores. Its therapeutic use has its origins in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, where it has been used for its adaptogenic, tranquilizing, and antioxidant properties. The herb can be found in Nepal, China, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Vietnam, and…

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Ginkgo

Ginkgo biloba is already known for being one of the most resistant tree species that ever existed on earth, being the living specie left from the Ginkgoales, a group from which only fosils are left. Ginkgo biloba belongs to a group of trees, the ginkgoales, with an existence on earth dated more than 200 million years ago. Ginkgo biloba has resisted over the years to pests of insects, viruses, bacterias, fungi and many others without perishing, being able to live…

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Verbena

Lemon verbena, a perennial shrub known scientifically as Aloysia triphylla, contains an essential oil that aromatherapists value for its restorative effects. The plant originated in the South American countries of Argentina and Chile but is cultivated today in other countries with warm and temperate climates worldwide, according to “Medicinal Plants of the World.” In addition to its aromatherapeutic properties, the plant possesses a wide array of other chemical compounds. Lemon verbena helps to elevate the mood in symptoms of mild…

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Lemongrass

Also known as “fever grass,” the tall and zesty blades of lemon grass were utilized as cholera and fever remedies in the traditional Ayurvedic medical treatments of India, the perennial’s homeland. According to an ancient Malaysian legend, lemongrass was once considered a sacred herb. Warriors believed that if they applied it as a balm to their bodies—accompanied by a special prayer, of course—it would prevent a sword from penetrating their skin. While we are in no rush to test this…

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Peppermint

There are a number of different species of mints to which peppermint is related, and it’s believed that peppermint is a natural hybrid of watermint and spearmint. Historically, peppermint has been used medicinally as a general digestive aid, and for the symptomatic treatment of upper respiratory infections. The active constituents of peppermint are primarily menthol and menthone. Peppermint is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A. Peppermint is a very good source of magnesium, folate, dietary fiber, calcium, iron, and…

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Strawberry Leaf

The leaves of strawberry plants can be used to brew various teas, and their nutrients can be extracted and combined with other ingredients in nutritional tablets meant to promote overall health and digestive function. Typically, strawberry leaves are dried, and used either whole or in fragments with some stem and flower particles. Strawberry leaves are primarily used to relieve gastrointestinal distress and joint pain; they also contain essential minerals and vitamins that may offer a wide range of benefits.  …

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Spearmint

Spearmint is a species of mint native to much of Europe and southwest Asia, though its exact natural range is uncertain due to extensive early cultivation. The name ‘spear’ mint derives from the pointed leaf tips. Featured Blends: Green Nirvana, Mint Bliss

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Rhodiola Root

The Holarctic species Rhodiola rosea is used in herbal medicine. A number of species are grown as ornamentals, but growing them is difficult outside their native subarctic and alpine climates. Featured Blends: Green Nirvana, Herbal Oasis

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Lemon Thyme

Ancient Egyptians used thyme for embalming. The ancient Greeks used it in their baths and burnt it as incense in their temples, believing that thyme was a source of courage. A tea made by infusing the herb in water can be used for cough and bronchitis. Featured Blends: Herbal Oasis