Aswaghanda Root - an adaptogenic herb that is very popular in Ayurvedic medicine meaning its stress-busting! It is the most commonly used adaptogenic herb and is often referred to as “Indian ginseng”. Ashwagandha has been studied for its efficacy in improving thyroid function, treating adrenal fatigue, reducing anxiety/depression and stress, reducing brain cell degeneration, boosting immunity, stabilizing blood sugar and increasing stamina/endurance.
Apple Cider Vinegar - uses date back to ancient Greece, when Hippocrates would prescribe it to cure coughs and colds. Today, apple cider vinegar is used in cleansing routines because of its ability to regulate blood sugar level, purify the liver, flush the lymphatic system and reduce sugar cravings.
Camu Berry - Camu berries hail from the Amazon and contain 60 times more vitamin C than oranges and 56 times more than lemons! Vitamin C is essential to boosting immunity and these tiny berries help the body detoxify and heal during times of illness. Camu berries are also anti-aging, great for the liver, and support a healthy mood.
Cardamom Seed – known as the “queen of spices”, hailing from Southern India, cardamom is rich in phytonutrients like manganese, iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium and phosphorus. Excellent for lowering blood sugar levels and as part of diabetic food plan, promotes a healthy mouth, lowers blood pressure, aides digestion, great for asthma and lung related illnesses.
Cayenne Pepper – Cayenne pepper has many medicinal uses and originates from South America. Well known for stimulating and aiding metabolism/digestion, reduces acidity in the body supporting detox efforts, relieves joint and nerve pain, curbs appetite supporting weight management goals, breaks up mucous in the body helping to fight symptoms of the cold and flu as well as other viral and bacterial infections.
Ceylon Cinnamon - known as one of the most popular and medicinal spices on the planet, cinnamon is derived from the bark of a tree and is loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and anti-microbial immune building properties. We use ceylon cinnamon in all of our recipes, which is known as “true cinnamon”.
Clove Bud - Cloves originate from Madagascar and are the unopened pink flower buds of the tropical evergreen tree . They are most commonly associated with dental health for freshening breath and reducing pain, but its benefits far exceed just that. Cloves are great for skin health, effective at managing yeast (fungal) and parasite infections, promoting healthy digestion –relieve pain from and treat ulcers, provide anti-bacterial properties and boost immunity.
Echinacea- Native to North America, echinacea has been used for over 400 years in herbal medicine and is most commonly known for building immunity. In fact, echinacea has been clinically shown to cut the changes of catching a cold by 58 % and reduces duration of illness by about one-and-a-half days. The properties found in this plant are most effective once cold/flu symptoms are present. Echinacea is also great for upper respiratory conditions such as cough, strep throat, asthma and whooping cough.
Elderberry – elderberries are one of the most anti-viral berries on the planet. It has been clinically studied and found to be effective in killing several strains of the flu virus and shortening duration of illness. High in vitamin c and antioxidants, this superberry is the “go to” immunity ingredient for preventing and treating the common cold, flu and allergies.
Fennel Seed – fennel is characterized by its sweet, black licorice taste but it packs an even stronger health punch! The seeds are known to help reduce and prevent spasms in the gut, to be anti-microbial, to relieve gas and constipation and treat other digestive issues.
Garlic - earning a spot at the top of the superfood list, garlic contains over six thousand peer-reviewed articles pertaining to its use in treating diseases. Garlic is excellent for the heart -working to lower blood pressure, is anti-cancer and a great addition to any recipe for treating the cold and other infections naturally because of its anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.
Ginger Root - Ginger is a flowering plant closely related to turmeric and cardamom and is well-known for its medicinal properties for inflammation and treating conditions related to the lungs. Some other benefits include fighting fungal infections, easing menstrual pain, anti-cancer, helping to regulate blood sugar, helping relieve joint and muscle pain and preventing bacterial infection.
Goji Berry - known as the “happy berry”, goji berries are popular for the mood boosting benefits. Hailing from China, this berry has been used for thousands of years to promote longevity and vitality of the body! Goji berries are known for reducing hypertension, building immunity, helping to regulate cholesterol levels and are a great whole food source of Vitamin A -making them a good choice for eye health.
Holy Basil Leaf - known as an adaptogenic herb, which means possessing abilities to promote homeostatis (balance) in the body – combatting the effects of mental, emotional and physical stress; this ancient herb has been clinically studied for its medicinal properties and found to help with respiratory disorders such as asthma and cough/congestion and relieving fevers because of their anti-biotic, germicidal and disinfectant properties.
Honey (Raw, Local) - raw honey is a pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized sweetener made by bees from the nectar of flowers. It is loaded with nutritional value, including lots of energy giving B-vitamins and more! Honey is also great for allergies, and can even promote better sleep.
Jalapeno Pepper - the active compound found in jalapenos, capsaicin, is where much of its medicinal benefits come from! Jalapenos are thought to be anti-cancer, to support weight management by boosting metabolism through raising core temperature, to be anti-bacterial and can help prevent colds and promote strong immunity.
Lemon - lemon is commonly used in cooking and often simply added to a glass of water because of its health benefits! Lemon juice’s atomic structure is similar to the digestive juices in our stomachs, making it excellent for digestion. Lemon is also great for healthy skin due to its high antioxidant levels, while also boosting immunity through its Vitamin C content.
Lemon Balm - lemon balm has been used since the Middle Ages to heal wounds and help with insomnia; today, it is still being used to support sleep, reduce anxiety and promote longevity. We now know that this plant is anti-bacterial, supports the heart and liver, promotes healthy mood and encourages mental focus, may promote a healthy thryroid and support digestion.
Licorice Root - characterized by its sweet candy like essence, the “sweet root” hails from Europe and has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries! Licorice root is useful in treating heartburn and acid reflux, leaky gut, adrenal fatigue and immunity. It is an expectorant, making it extremely effective in naturally treating coughs and sore throats!
Nutmeg - derived from the evergreen nutmeg tree, the flavor of nutmeg is unmistakable and brings a warm, rich taste to any dish or supplement. Nutmeg is great for pain and inflammation particularly arthritis, boosting brain health, supporting sleep, and improving heart health.
Onion – onions are among the world’s oldest cultivated plants and their history goes back 5,000 years to Southwest Asia. This common food has several health benefits including: being anti-cancer, protecting heart health, promoting strong bones, supporting healthy blood sugar levels, building immunity and helping to prevent respiratory infections.
Orange - touted for its vitamin C content, its widely accepted that oranges are great for giving the immune system a boost! Oranges have several other known health benefits which range from being high in antioxidants, being anti-cancer, fiber-rich, supporting heart and brain health and promoting healthy skin.
Oregano - oregano is a potent and powerful that has been shown to treat and prevent infections in the body. It is an herb that is a member of the mint family and has been studied for over 2,500 years in folk medicine. This plant-based medicinal is often subbed in for prescription antibiotics because of its two powerful, active compounds – thymol and carvacrol. It is used to treat bronchitis, croup, cold/flu symptoms and more!
Quercetin - quercetin is an active compound, flavonoid antioxidant, found in many superfoods like leafy greens and berries. This anti-inflammatory compound helps the body to fight off free radical damage and slow cellular aging, promoting longevity. Quercetin also plays an important role in regulating the immune system’s response to outside stressors such as allergens (mold, pollen, dander, et…) making it very effective in naturally treating allergies
Rhodiola Rosea Root - commonly known as “golden root”, this adaptogenic (stress busting) herb provides incredible fat-burning, energy-giving and brain-boosting power! This amazing herb grows in high altitudes in Asia and Eastern Europe and is used in natural medicine around the world. Rhodiola has been proven to help the body lower cortisol or the “stress hormone”, promote a healthy mood and improve brain function, support weight management routines by helping the body to burn visceral fat and increasing energy and physical performance, while reducing mental and physical fatigue.
Rosehips - rosehips are the edible, false fruit of the rugosa rose plant. They are becoming increasingly popular because of their potential health benefits like being highly anti-inflammatory making it a great choice for treating arthritis and being a whole food source of Vitamin C and more!
Rosemary - a small evergreen plant that belongs to the mint family known for its powerful medicinal properties. Rosemary is a tough cancer fighter, while also providing benefits for the liver, adrenal glands, prostate, brain, gallbladder and skin, hair and nails.
Sage - a perennial, evergreen shrub that is a member of the mint family and provides many health benefits. Sage is popular in natural medicine for promoting healthy cholesterol, being highly anti-microbial, supporting healthy digestion and more.
Star Anise Seed - derived from an evergreen tree from Vietnam and China, this unique spice is unmistakable in shape, smell and taste. An active property found in star anise, shikimic acid, has been used to produce medications like Tamiflu. Key health benefits include fighting the flu, killing off bacteria, treating fungal infections, boosting heart health and regulating blood sugar levels.
Stinging Nettle Leaf – a perennial flowering plant that has been used in natural medicine dating back to ancient Greece. Despite its reputation for externally causing pain, when taken internally, stinging nettle has been shown to be anti-microbial, anti-ulcer and astringent and provide analgesic properties. It is also thought to help regulate histamine production in the body, making it a great choice for seasonal allergy sufferers.
Thyme – commonly used in cooking today, the active property in thyme – thymol, makes it highly anti-bacterial and fungal and is often used in natural medicine for preventing and treating infections. Thyme also helps with sore throats, cough, congestion and more specifically those suffering with bronchitis.
Turmeric Root - turmeric is often considered the most powerful herb on the planet and there are over 12,500 peer – reviewed articles supporting this popular notion. Originating from India, this root is a member of the ginger family and has a bright yellow color to it that is unmistakable. Providing several beneficial compounds, curcumin is the most well-known for its anti-inflammatory benefits which make turmeric a great choice for treating inflammatory conditions like arthritis. It also is anti-cancer, helps with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), promotes healthy cholesterol levels and more.
Valerian Root - native to Europe and Asia, this perennial flowering plant is associated with getting a good night’s sleep. As a natural sedative, valerian root is used to treat insomnia, calm anxiety, lower blood pressure, ease menstrual cramps and improve stress management.
Wild Cherry Bark - early colonists to the United States, used wild cherry bark as an ingredient in cough preparations. It is commonly associated with being useful for coughs and other respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and whooping cough because of its expectorant qualities helping to loosen phlegm and mucous from the lungs.