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Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)

The incredible flower of the passionflower is hard to miss — it’s showy display comes in so many vibrant color combinations there are entire textbooks dedicated to the many different types of passionflower. This herb is one of the most reliable anxiolytic herbs in our arsenal. The leaves and stems of the passionflower vine contain a […]

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Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

What is Turmeric? Turmeric is best known for its role in cooking — particularly in Indian and Southeast Asian cuisine. The characteristic orange-colored rhizome is a close relative of another popular culinary and medicinal plant — ginger (Zingiber officinalis). Turmeric has a lot of uses medicinally, stemming from its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, especially […]

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Tribulus (Tribulus terrestris)

What is Tribulus? Tribulus is a small, thorny plant brought to us from the Ayurvedic medical system of India. Here, tribulus is primarily used for supporting the male reproductive system and the cardiovascular system. This plant is considered a noxious weed in most of the places it grows. It can survive blazing hot sun and […]

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Tea (Camellia sinensis)

What is the Tea Plant? All tea comes from the same plant — Camellia sinensis — a shrub native to Southeast Asia. Depending on how the tea leaves and buds are harvested and processed will determine whether the end product will be referred to as white, green, black/red, oolong, puerh, or yellow tea. Even slight differences […]

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Schizandra (Schisandra chinensis)

What is Schizandra? Schizandra is commonly referred to as the 5-flavor berry. This is a fitting name for the herb’s strange flavor which has aspects of bitter, sour, sweet, salty, and umami. The flavor will change in your mouth as you chew it, and is even reported to taste differently depending on your mood. Medicinally, […]

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Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)

What is Saw Palmetto? Saw palmetto is a member of the palm family of plants found predominantly in the Southeastern pockets of the United States and Mexico. The sharp, saw-like teeth on the edges of the palm fronds are what lead to the common name for this herb. The saw palmetto berries are considered to […]

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Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)

What is Reishi? Reishi is a medicinal fungus with a long history of use in Asia for promoting overall health and longevity. One of the common names for the herb in China translates to the “mushroom of immortality”. The mushroom can be difficult to find and was reserved for only the wealthy or emporers throuhgout […]

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Muira Puama (Ptychopetalum olacoides)

What is Muira Puama? Muira puama is a tree that grows int the Amazon rainforest. The muira puama tree is primarily used for its libido-enhancing benefits, and for reducing the effects aging has on the brain. Traditional uses of muira puama often combined the bark with another local herb known as catuaba for stronger benefit. […]

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Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)

What is Marshmallow? The marshmallow plant was the original source of the fluffy confectionary we now know as a marshmallow. The root and leaves of the plant have a very high concentration of mucilage (long-chain sugar molecules) which behave a lot like egg whites. If you make a strong infusion of marshmallow and whisk aggressively […]

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Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium)

What is Manuka? The best-known form of manuka is in the famous New Zealand manuka honey. This honey is well-respected for its potent antibacterial effects. Manuka honey is made by cultivating bees that feed exclusively on the flowers of the manuka plant. It comes to no surprise that the manuka bush also offers exceptional antibacterial […]