Please note - all of the herbs contained here within may aid in the outlined benefits, but we are unable to offer any guarantees. We instead are simply sharing information that has been passed on for thousands of years and hold no responsibility for their effect on each individual.
ASHWAGANDHA - In traditional Indian Ayurvedic Medicine, Ashwagandha is described as the ‘Indian Ginseng’. The word Ashwagandha translates to ‘sweaty horse’ due to its smell and taste, but don’t let this put you off, as the benefits of this wonderful herb override this property a million to one. Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb, which can help to improve energy and athletic ability; giving you the stamina of a horse, boost the immune system, regulate the body’s ability to withstand stress, improve memory, slow the aging process and increase sexual capacity. Pretty much just an all round amazing herb.
BLUEBERRY - Not only do these blue little berries taste great, they are also packed full of antioxidants. These antioxidants can help remove free radicals from the body, which in turn reduces your risk of the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease and aging. Blueberries are also packed with goodies such as vitamin A, C, E, and K, zinc, copper, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese and much more.
GOJI BERRY - The humble little goji berry is a nutritional powerhouse. They contain the highest concentration of protein of any fruit, are loaded with vitamin C, contains 15 times more iron than spinach, and are rich in calcium, zinc, selenium and many other important trace minerals. This amazing superfruit also contains anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds. Better still, they are the best natural source of betaine, a phytochemical that is known to detoxify the liver of unhealthy oestrogens. They have long been renowned in Traditional Chinese Medicine for their longevity giving powers.
GYNOSTEMMA - Gynostemma naturally replenishes ‘Qi’, your body’s natural energy, unlike stimulates like coffee that can deplete it. Like other adaptogenic herbs, Gynostemma can help to reduce the effects of stress and bring the body into balance, improve your immune system, increase longevity, slow the aging process and even reduce pain. It isn’t referred to as the ‘miracle grass’ for nothing!
HAWTHORN BERRY - Hawthorn Berries are a cardiovascular tonic. They contain antioxidants and can be a great way to rid the body of free radicals that damage cells. Hawthorn berries can create a strong, healthy heart by increasing circulation of blood and oxygen, as well as increasing stamina, maintaining healthy blood pressure and blood vessels. All of these reasons and more make them a great longevity herb.
HE SHOU WU - He Shou Wu is traditionally considered the leading anti-aging superherb. It is an important adaptogen herb full of antioxidants, known for its ability to remove free radicals from the body, increase male sexual vigor, reduce the risk of cancer, cleanse the liver and kidneys, maintain blood vessel health and enhance the immune system. The words ‘shou-wu’ mean ‘head full of black hair’ in Chinese, which is what you can hope to get if you make a strong decoction and drink it regularly.
HIBISCUS - Hibiscus is thought to have been the drink of choice by the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. It is extremely high in vitamin C, packed with antioxidants and offers antimicrobial properties. It also can help maintain your body weight and blood pressure levels within a healthy range, helps normalize cholesterol levels, supports cardiovascular health and helps ease digestive issues and inflammation. Those Pharaohs knew where it’s at!
INCA BERRY - Inca berries are a parcel of pure orange joy. They have the highest fibre content of any dried fruit and contain both soluble fibre (increases satiety and reduces cholesterol re-absorption) and insoluble fibre (good for bowel movements). They also contain extremely high amounts of vitamin C, high amounts of phosphorus and potassium and are impressively high in protein. Inca berries too are packed with antioxidants, with levels higher than green tea, pomegranate or goji berries.
SCHIZANDRA - Schizandra is a popular longevity herb that bares a small red fruit full of antioxidants, which is known as one of the world’s most powerful superfruits. It has been used for centuries to prolong life, increase youth and vitality, enhance beauty, increase libido, purify the blood, improve brain function, cleanse the liver, rejuvenate the kidneys and remove toxins from the body. Records indicate that in times gone by, Taoists, emperors and the ruling elite used it regularly to enhance and preserve a glowing youthful appearance. We love schizandra!
CHAMOMILE - Chamomile has long been recognised for its ability to relieve stress, relax nerves and reduce anxiety and depression. It is a mild sedative and has been used to encourage a good night’s sleep. Sipping from a cup of flowers is sure to bring a smile while tasting heavenly too.
LAVENDER - Lavender is an amazing calmative. It is commonly used in perfumes for its soft, soothing smell. When ingested, it can reduce the impact of stress, anxiety, lowers the blood pressure and can even assist with depression. It is a plant that promotes calm and relaxation in ones emotional body.
LEMON BALM - The lovely lemon balm is such a treat with its wonderful taste and fragrance. It is used to balance emotional stress, release emotional blocks and give relief to depression and anxiety. It is the ultimate herb for emotional detox.
LINDEN FLOWER - The beautiful yellow flowers of the linden tree have been used as a gentle sedative to calm anxiety and insomnia. It was used in the medieval time as a natural relaxant drink. It can also help ease the symptoms of colds and flu's.
MOTHERWORT - Motherwort is the mother of calming energy. It spreads joy through whoever ingests it and brings happiness into your heart. It relaxes the nervous system and leaves a wonderful, elevated mood in its wake.
ST JOHNS WORT - St Johns Wort is a powerful restorative tonic that acts as an antidepressant for the mind and body. It has been used since the Middle Ages to combat anxiety and stress and to lift ones spirit, while also being used to heal skin wounds and the like. To aid to the fun, it has a rich history in magical rituals, used as a charm to ward off evil spirits.
BLACK PEPPER - Black Pepper is added to most meals because of its great taste, but did you know that black pepper is aiding your digestion by stimulating digestive juices and enzymes, as well as supporting circulation and reducing inflammation? All thanks to a little enzyme called piperine. Go pepper!
CLOVE - Cloves contain the highest quantity of antioxidants of any spice. They are also antiseptic and are a mild anaesthetic, which makes them perfect to chew if you have a toothache. Cloves also contain a compound called eugenol, which aids in the digestion of food. They can also assist with digestive problems such as indigestion, nausea, gas and constipation so are a perfect choice for a digestive aid.
GINGER - Ginger has been used for thousands of years to help relieve nausea, motion sickness, gas and loss of appetite. When ingested it stimulates saliva, bile and gastric juices which all aid in digestion. By improving digestion, ginger may also reduce the potential for gas, bloating and cramps.
FENNEL - In India, fennel seeds have been chewed after a meal to freshen the breath and stimulate digestion throughout the ages. They are rich in volatile oils, which help aid in digestion and assist in clearing intestinal gas. These volatile oils also stimulate bile for better digestion and help reduce the risk of common digestive problems.
LIQUORICE - Liquorice is another herb that has a soothing and healing effect on the stomach and digestive tract. It soothes and lubricates the digestive tract, as well as calming inflamed mucous membranes. This medicinal herb was once the original ingredient in the traditional candy.
MARSHMALLOW ROOT - Marshmallow root is a fantastic herb to help sooth digestion, sore throats and dry coughs. It is known as a demulcent herb, which means it is cooling, soothing and slippery when ingested. It can also be great in reducing inflammation in the digestive tract, heartburn and other digestive problems. And for those of you who were wondering…yes! This slippery little root is what the first marshmallows where made from!
PINEAPPLE - Pineapple is a fantastic digestive aid as it contains an enzyme called bromelain which is both naturally anti-inflammatory and aids in the digestion of proteins. Additionally, bromelain can relieve stomach aches and heartburn. Pineapples contain antioxidants to boost your immune system and are packed with vitamin C and other important vitamins and minerals. Plus, it tastes great so what’s not to love!