August Monthly Specials (Herbs)

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August Monthly Specials (Herbs)

Discounts Good through August 31st

Holy Basil Chai (Organic)

Holy Basil Chai15% Off

4 oz. for $7.86

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Overview

Much of the diverse character of this unique chai is derived from generous amounts of holy basil, an important Ayurvedic herb that is responsible for the sweet floral flavor. In addition to the traditional warming chai herbs, long peppers and fennel seed combine to impart a distinctive flavor that you won’t soon forget.

Aroma and Taste

A stunning balance between a warming spiciness and a sweet, smooth aftertaste, with a robust floral aroma and hint of spicy earthen notes.

Brew Time and Color

Amber 4-5 minutes

Caffeine Content

Caffeine Free

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Lemon Balm (Organic)

Lemon Balm25% Off

1 lb. only $12.38

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Overview

Lemon balm is a flowering perennial native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean. It has since been cultivated in other parts of the world, and has become naturalized in North America. It is a member of the mint family, possessing a pleasant aroma, strikingly similar to that of lemon. The herb can grow to nearly five feet tall, producing small white flowers. The Latin name “Melissa” translates to “bee,” referring to the plant’s ability to attract honeybees and other insects.

Constituents

Very small amounts of essential oil. The oil content of the leaf can be 2-3 times higher if the plant is grown under conditions of drought and heat.

Parts Used

The leaf, dried and cut.

Typical Preparations

Taken as a tea and added to skin ointments. Often combined with valerian when used as an aid for sleep. May also be administered as either an extract or capsule.

Functions

The German Commission E has approved lemon balm for supporting a calm and healthy sleep. It has also been approved in supporting the gastrointestinal tract. Lemon balm has been shown in clinical trials to support healthy memory and cognitive function, as well as to increase self-reported calmness.

Precautions

Make sure the product you are using is lemon balm, and not the less expensive citronella.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Lycii (Goji) Berries

Lycii (Goji) Berries20% Off

1 lb. only $18.00

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Overview

PLEASE NOTE! “Goji berry” and Lycii berry are virtually the same, with the only discernable difference is that Goji is usually a high altitude strain of Lycium and is commonly found in the Himalayas, Nepal, Tibet, etc., whereas Lycii berry is the more common variety found in lowland areas. For trade purposes they are usually considered the same.

Introduction

Lycii berry, otherwise known to Chinese herbalists as Goji or Chinese Wolfberry is a bright red, almost chewy berry with a taste very similar to Raisins. It has been used as a general nutrient tonic (Yin tonic) for many years and Chinese medicine refers to it as a “cooling tonic”.

Constituents

Beta-sitosterol, Betaine, Beta-carotene, Niacin, Pyridoxine, and Ascorbic acid

Parts Used

Whole berries.

Typical Preparations

Whole berries can be eaten raw, as they have a pleasant taste. Or they can be included in food or prepared as a tea.

Summary

Not much research has been carried out for this particular botanical and to date there have not been any released notes on possible medicinal contraindications, side effects or potential health hazards (except for those pregnant or nursing). One particular warning that has been issued comes from many traditional Chinese herbalists who suggest that Lycii should never be taken for acute colds or flu, because it will have the tendency to bring a sickness deeper.

Precautions

Lycii berries contains betaine, which is an emmenagogue and abortifacient. Avoid using when pregnant or nursing. Chinese herbalists suggest to abstain using it during times of cold and flu.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Oatstraw

Oatstraw20% Off

1 lb. for $8.40

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Overview

Oatstraw is, as its name suggests, the above ground parts of the oat plant. Oats are one of the plants that humans have eaten since prehistoric times

Constituents

Carbohydrates, silicic acid.

Parts Used

The threshed and dried stem and leaf, and the dried or fresh milky tops.

Typical Preparations

Baths, tinctures, teas, and skin care products.

Precautions

None, unless you are allergic to oats. Gluten sensitivity will not be activated by use of oat straw on the skin.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Skullcap

Skullcap25% Off

1 lb. only $18.00

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Overview

Skullcap is an herbaceous perennial mint with ridged leaves and tiny flowers that can range in color from purple and blue to pink and white. The two-lobed flowers resemble the military helmets worn by early European settlers, hence the herb’s name. A hardy plant, it grows 1 to 4 feet (25 cm to 1 m) high, thriving in the woods and swamplands of eastern North America. Settlers in the late 1700’s promoted the herb’s effectiveness as a cure for rabies, giving rise to one of its common names, mad dog weed. This claim was later discarded, and herbalists began to focus on the plant’s considerable value.

Constituents

Volatile oil, scutellarin, bitter glycoside, tannin, fat, bitter principles, and sugar.

Parts Used

The above-ground parts of the plant, dried.

Typical Preparations

Traditionally taken as a tea or tincture; can be used in capsule form. For a mild sedative, combine equal parts skullcap, hops and valerian root. This can be taken as a tea or tincture three times daily and a half hour before retiring. 15-20 drops of skullcap tincture taken every hour or two can lessen the severity of drug or alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

Functions

Skullcap is a comforting herb, traditionally used to alleviate nervous tension and exhaustion. It is used to promote emotional wellbeing and relaxation during times of occasional distress.

Precautions

Not toxic in normal amounts, although overdoses of skullcap tincture may cause confusion, giddiness, stupor, and seizures. Due to its use in expelling afterbirth, it should not be used by pregnant women. Skullcap cut with related species can be dangerous (for example, Teucrium chamaedrys, a close relative of pink skullcap, can cause hepatitis and liver damage), so make certain you are getting authentic scutellaria.

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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