Monday, April 12

Botanicals

Botanical infusions are natural blends for your health
Botanicals

Botanical infusions are natural blends for your health

Botanical infusions are often referred to as tea –which isn’t surprising since it’s what most of us are familiar with. Technically speaking though, true teas are made from the leaves of a specific plant, Camellia sinensis, and only include black, green, white, oolong, and pu-erh in its roster. Using other plants and plant parts then takes us to the domain of botanical or herbal infusions. Containing leaves, barks, roots, seeds, flowers, and fruits of different plants that are valued for their therapeutic properties, botanical infusions have a long history that dates back to ancient China and Egypt where they were served as drinks for both enjoyment and medicinal purposes. Popular for its signature Botanic Infusions, Filipino plant-based brand Sekaya, helps breakdown what botanical in...
The Positive Uses of Natural Herb Kratom
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The Positive Uses of Natural Herb Kratom

A survey of Kratom users is conducted around the U.S. of more than 2,700 people has self-reported. The natural herb is sold in the market, and even online by which is treated as a supplement because of its therapeutic effects. John Hopkins Medicine researchers had concluded that the herb contains a psychoactive compound similar to opioids which can treat anxiety, depression, pain, and addiction. However, those self-reporting surveys are not confirmed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) thus suggests drug agencies seek further studies of Kratom potential as an alternative for opioid use. Users of Kratom these days have reached over 10 million people in the U.S, as estimated by the American Kratom Association (AKA). They consume its ground leaves or brew as tea. In other words, ...
Herbs for a cure: How bronchitis led to a beauty company’s creation
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Herbs for a cure: How bronchitis led to a beauty company’s creation

When Lynn Kirkland started her skincare company, The Herb Farm, (initially called Herbal Harmony when it was in the “cupboard” stages) her son Craig was suffering from consistent, painful bronchitis. Nothing seemed to stop it from returning. “Mum says the pivotal turning point for her was when she went back again to the doctor and said ‘what else can we do, because this isn’t working?’ and the doctor shrugged his shoulders and said ‘I don’t know,’” says Lynn’s daughter, The Herb Farm managing director Sarah Cowan. “She thought, ‘that’s not good enough. There must be something else.’ And she had always been interested in nature, so that was her first port of call. What can nature offer?” Kirkland began studying a herbal medicine diploma through correspondence, from the Australasian Coll...
Can Kratom Boost My Energy Levels?
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Can Kratom Boost My Energy Levels?

Everyone has their daily list of tasks that they need to complete by the time the day is over. But when you’ve had a terrible night’s sleep prior, it makes waking up and getting all the things you need to do done very hard to do. Coffee and caffeine can only do so much. You may be wondering, is there another alternative? If you find yourself desperate for a solution then you came to the right place! Today we’re going to be talking about a plant called Kratom, what it is and how it affects your energy. We’ll also be discussing other potential benefits this herb may possess. What Is Kratom? Kratom, or Mitragyna Speciosa, is an evergreen tree that is a part of the coffee family. It is native throughout Southeast Asia, and it is commonly found in countries such as Thailand, Myanmar, and ...
Health Benefits of Kratom
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Health Benefits of Kratom

Kratom is the name of a tree from the coffee family native to Southeast Asia. Also known as mitragyna speciosa, it is grown in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Its leaves are dried and used to make tea or encapsulated and sold as a supplement or kratom capsules. Kratom leaves can also be smoked like tobacco. You can find kratom leaves, powder, and capsules in some health food stores, vape shops, and online specialty stores.  The most common uses of it are to relieve pain, depression, and opioid addiction. The two most active compounds found in kratom, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, work on opioid receptors, but with fewer side effects. Kratom has been used for hundreds of years in Asia as a natural home remedy.  Traditionally, it has been used to treat: Fatigue Pain ...
Report: UC Santa Cruz leads research center on botanical dietary supplements
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Report: UC Santa Cruz leads research center on botanical dietary supplements

Although millions of people take plant-based dietary supplements or herbal medicines, understanding the effects of these natural products on human health has proven to be extremely challenging. Clinical trials like those used to evaluate drugs have largely failed to show efficacy for botanical natural products. A new research center led by UC Santa Cruz and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will focus on understanding how botanicals work on the molecular and cellular levels to provide a better foundation for clinical trials of these complex natural products. “We’re trying to put a scientific foundation behind the use of botanical natural products, so that people can make informed decisions about what botanicals might be helpful to an individual,” said principal inves...
Secrets of Scandinavian Beauty
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Secrets of Scandinavian Beauty

The resilient botanicals found in Nordic countries can teach us a lot about skincare. From the concept of hygge (well-being achieved through “being cozy”) and a celebration of hyper-seasonal organic ingredients to a cultural and political dedication to sustainability ( just ask Greta Thunberg), there are a lot of lessons to be learned from the nations of far northern Europe. Now, they’re helping to reinvent your skincare regimens, too. Born of the extreme climates and the unique ecosystems of countries like Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland, a host of resilient natural ingredients is increasingly being used in products to help increase cell turnover, boost hydration, calm rosacea, revive collagen production and more. Read more...
Plant-Based Popularity is Making Better-For-You Botanicals Bigger Than Ever
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Plant-Based Popularity is Making Better-For-You Botanicals Bigger Than Ever

The opening of this decade is witnessing strong demand for botanicals that target better mood and active lifestyle. The most popular botanical ingredients could be called “experiential,” designed to help bring us up, bring us down, calm us, vitalize us, and help us focus so we can work better. Other botanicals work to “Zen us out” so we can meditate better, relax us so we can sleep better, and stimulate more energy so we can endure the day and exercise better. Overall, these natural ingredients are applied to make us generally feel better so we can live our best lives. A few brands are leading this movement, and their primary ingredients highlight the top types of botanicals for 2020. One such brand, the Four Sigmatic Co., exemplifies this trend via its line of mushroom coffees... ...
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Learn More About Green Malay Benefits, Facts & Side Effects

Green Malay Kratom is one of the most potent Kratom strains. It is indigenous to Malaysia, and the locals there have used it for medicinal purposes for many centuries. The leaves of this Kratom strain are usually oval and have a recognizable dark green tone. The veins which run along the leaves are generally green in color, but at times, they have a white tone or are red- colored. The leaves with the white-green combination are often said to be the most potent. Below are the Green Malay benefits, facts & side effects you need to know. Let’s begin with the advantages. Green Malay Kratom Benefits Pain relief If you have a condition that causes chronic pain, you can take Green Malay Kratom to relieve it. As the body ages, pains that you may or may not explain settle in. The p...