Herbal Teas for Lactation and Nursing

How Lactation Occurs Breast milk production normally begins as a hormonally driven process about halfway through pregnancy. The breasts produce colostrum but high levels of progesterone keep the volume of milk to a minimum and prevent its secretion. The volume of milk produced then increases about 40 hours after giving birth following a sudden drop […]

Peppermint Tea Benefits

Peppermint tea is the most widely consumed single ingredient herbal tea, or tisane. It is brewed from the leaves of the peppermint bush, Mentha piperita. When submerged in hot water, bioactive components are released from the peppermint leaves, including volatile oils and menthol. Recent studies have shown that peppermint tea has one of the highest […]

7 Types of Green Tea You Should Know About

Feeling like you just got your head around sencha, and now there’s matcha? What exactly is the difference between bancha and genmaicha? Don’t worry – we’ll make it easy. All green tea is derived from the same plant – Camellia sinesis. Variations or the “types” of green tea are differentiated by growing methods, timing of […]

Milk Thistle

Silybum marianum or milk thistle is a thorny herb that has detoxifying, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean or the southeast coast of England, and has been introduced to warm climates such as Australia and New Zealand where it grows so prolifically, it is considered a weed. With […]

Lion’s Mane Mushroom

Lion’s mane, or Hericium erinaceus, is an edible fungus that grows on the sides of dead and decaying trees in North America, Europe and Asia. It has a host of equally fun names such as bearded hedgehog mushroom, pom pom mushroom and beaded tooth fungus. “Lion’s mane” gives it an air of power that we […]

Valerian Root Tea and Supplements

Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis) has been used for centuries for chilling out and sleeping better. Even Hippocrates penned its use for calming nervous tension throughout Ancient Greece. New research has been exploring the benefits of its active components including tannins, alkaloids and powerful valerenic acid [1] — most of valerian’s actions impact the nervous system, […]

Best Matcha Teas/Powders

Matcha is a bright green powder, created by grinding and processing the whole leaves of the Camellia sinensis shrub using traditional Japanese methods. The Camillia sinensis used for matcha is the same shrub used for your standard cup of brewed green tea, but matcha powder contains the entire benefits of the shade-grown, stone-ground Camellia sinensis […]

Moringa Supplements

Moringa is tree, also adorably known as “drumstick tree”, that grows native in India and Africa where it has been consumed as a food and medicine for centuries. Moringa trees include over 13 species, but Moringa oleifera is the most commonly harvested species for the medicinal and nutritional benefits of its leaves and seeds. Leaves […]

Licorice Root Benefits and Best Supplements

Licorice root is a truly historical herb – it has been used as medicine and a food since Ancient Egypt and is still used today through Chinese, Ayurvedic and Western herbal medicine traditions. The root of the licorice plant contains many volatile oils, flavanoids, sterols, polysaccharides and other constituents that have benefits on the human […]