Kava Q & A
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Kava Q & A

Kava Q & A What is kava? Kava (Piper methysticum) is a tall evergreen shrub in the pepper family native to the South Pacific Islands. Traditionally, kava has been used as a ceremonial drink, consumed to bring about a state of relaxation during rituals and social gatherings. Kava is typically prepared by mixing crushed kava…

All-Natural Aphrodisiac Herbs: Blue Lotus & Damiana
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All-Natural Aphrodisiac Herbs: Blue Lotus & Damiana

All-Natural Aphrodisiac Herbs: Blue Lotus & Damiana There are several pharmaceutical drugs aimed at boosting one’s libido, but if you’re interested in a more natural alternative, you might want to consider blue lotus flower or damiana. The good news is that these two all-natural herbs go well beyond just boosting your sex drive, as many…

Ayurveda: Ancient Indian Medicinal Herbs
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Ayurveda: Ancient Indian Medicinal Herbs

What is Ayurveda? Ayurveda — a Sanskrit term meaning “knowledge of life” — is an ancient Indian system of natural medicine. The practice is based on the concept that disease is caused by an imbalance in a person’s overall being. Ayurvedic practitioners offer natural therapies and interventions to help patients regain balance within the body,…

What is Yerba Mate?
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What is Yerba Mate?

What is Yerba Mate? Yerba maté, Ilex paraguariensis, is a popular South American herbal tea that outrivals even green tea in its antioxidant content. The tea is commonly produced and consumed in the countries of Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. Traditionally, yerba mate has been shared from a gourd as a symbol of friendship and…

The Wide World of Ethnobotanicals
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The Wide World of Ethnobotanicals

Botanicals Siesta Botanicals carries several botanicals that have been shown to offer a wide variety of benefits including stress relief, improved concentration and energy levels. Ashwagandha Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry, is an ancient Ayurvedic herb. It belongs to a class of medicinal herbs known as adaptogens and has…

The Move Toward Plant Medicine and Herbs
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The Move Toward Plant Medicine and Herbs

The Move Toward Plant Medicine and Herbs Interest in plant medicine has grown exponentially in the last decade. People are discovering the health benefits and stress-relieving qualities of traditional herbs, and as a result, many have moved away from more dangerous substances such as alcohol.  The U.S. Has a Substance Abuse Problem Approximately 19.7 million…