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Health and Wellbeing Herbs and Foods

Health and Wellbeing Herbs and Foods

Welcome. In this section we give information on wholefoods, essential oils and superfoods known to be beneficial for health and wellbeing.

Health is what Indigo Herbs is all about. We want to share our passion for the remarkable nutritive and healing properties of the plant world so that you can reach your personal best. We would even go so far to say that health and nutrition are one of the cornerstones of the evolution of human society.

Whether you want greater vitality, a more satisfying sex life, clearer skin and brighter eyes, sharper thinking, or better mood, Nature has the answer. Improved performance at sports, weight loss, increased longevity – all these, too, are possible with help from botanicals. What’s more, scientific studies are now confirming what herbalists have known since antiquity – that herbs work.

Optimum nutrition is key. Wholefoods and nutrient-dense superfoods provide the foundation for good health and prevent many illnesses from ever developing in the first place.

Taking responsibility for a healthy lifestyle also includes adequate sleep, detoxification, exercise, emotional/spiritual fulfilment, and replacing bad habits with good ones (you know the ones we mean!).

However, if the body is already in a state of unbalance – and consequently suffering poor health – botanicals can gently and naturally restore harmony. They may take a little longer than their pharmaceutical counterparts, but in time they will work their magic.

All our botanicals are pure, ethically sourced and of premium quality. Check out the list below to see what appeals.

Acai Berries

Acai Berries

Euterpe oleracea

This Organic Acai berry powder is freeze dried by not using a heat or chemical treatment, bringing the product to you with maximum nutritional content intact.

Acai is a beautiful rich royal purple coloured berry from the Brazilian Rain Forest in South America.

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha

Withania somnifera

Ashwagandha is the tonic for the 21st centuary lifestyle, it is said to bring "the strength of a stallion". It is known as Indian Ginseng. It is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine.

Ashwagandha is rejuvenating and strengthening to the nervous system, and it works as a mild depressant to the over agitated nerves whilst nourishing and protecting. So it is excellent for stress induced disorders such as Insomnia, Anxiety, Neurosis.

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, so it helps the body and mind adapt to stress that cannot be avoided, whilst strengthening and calming the mind and body.

Barley Grass

Barley Grass

Hordeum vulgare L

The young leaves of the Barleygrass plant have a tremendous ability to absorb nutrients from the soil, and are harvested at 12 -14 inches high.

Barley grass is known to contain vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, chlorophyll, live enzymes and amino acids. It is thought to include a balanced ratio of protein, fat, and carbohydrate necessary for a balanced diet. Barleygrass is easily assimilated throughout the digestive tract providing the body with optimum nutrition.

Bee Pollen

Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is one of nature's superfoods, rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and anti-oxidants. It is thought to be an immune system builder and it enhances vitality.

Bee pollen is known to help counteract the action of toxins and bring relief to sufferers of allergies, including hay fever, as it reduces the histamine levels in the body. It is also known to alleviate nausea, sleep disorders, stress and anxiety by bringing the body into nutritional balance and well being.

It's thought to be a great brain booster, lifting brain fatigue, improving alertness and helping concentration levels when taken over an extended period of time. It is also known to bring increased levels of energy and vitality, helping with athletic endurance, stamina, recovery and speed.

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay is a mineral deposit used as a detox aid, this is due to it's properties. Anhydrous Bentonite clay swells up and becomes porous when mixed with water.

This process causes it to become absorbant, and as it passes through the alimentary canal it draws toxins from the digestive system. It is used during intestinal cleansing and fasting.

Camu Camu

Camu Camu

Mycaria dubia

Camu Camu from Peru is made from berries from the Peruvian Rainforest, wild crafted and then prepared into powder, this ensures the phyto-nutrient content is left intact. Camu Camu is a pink powder and thought to be one of the richest natural sources of Vit C on the planet, it is an anti-oxidant, with a high source of minerals and vitamins, such as: Iron, Niacin, Phosphorous, Potassium, Riboflavin, Beta-carotene, Amino acids.

Chlorella

Chlorella

Chlorella vulgaris

Chlorella has a huge nutritional range and has been described as the perfect food.

This plant algae is thought to have an alkaline effect on the body. This effect is key in supporting the body recovering from ill health. Chlorella supports the body in the process of detoxification, this helps the muscles, joints, cells, blood and all the bodily systems recover from their toxic load. It is a high source of vegetable protein and it is also easily digestable. It makes a great food to consume when recovery from illness and it brings an energy boost in physical exhaustion.

Cordyceps

Cordyceps

Cordyceps sinensis

Cordyceps / Cordyceps sinensis is a much praised and highly sought after herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has a wide range of potential therapeutic possibilities including longevity. It is also known as a performance enhancer. (Cordyceps are said to be the secret weapon for the unexpected success of the Chinese atheletes in the 1996 Olympic games!).

Dulse

Dulse Seaweed

Palmaria palmata

Dulse is a sea vegetable and has been harvested as a medicine and food for thousands of years.

It is harvested and generally dried, then it is eaten or powdered into ground Dulse or Dulse flakes.

Dulse seaweed is an excellent source of iron, potassium and fluoride but relatively low in sodium. It contains all the trace minerals from sea elements which are needed by humans.

Dulse seaweed also contains calcium and magnesium and is a natural source of iodine which is thought to be essential for thyroid health and hormone secretion. It contains vitamins C, E and A and is high in vitamins B6 and B12, dietary fibre and protein.

Goji Berries

Goji Berries

Lycium barbarum

Goji berries / Wolf berries are known as the ultimate tonic for longevity, within the Chinese medicine tradition. They are thought to nourish Yin energy in the body, having a cooling and nourishing effect on the whole system. They are the perfect daily tonic for modern living, which is said to create too much heat, fire and Yang energy in the body. Goji berries have been used in traditional Mongolian, Tibetan and Chinese medicine for 1000s of years.

Green Tea

Camellia sinensis

Sencha green tea is made from the leaves that are directly exposed to sunlight during the growing period. It is a Japanese green tea, and it is made from the Camellia sinensis leaves. Green Tea like Acai is essential for body builders for its anti-oxidant and metabolism boosting properties.

Hemp

Cannabis Sativa

Hemp seeds can be taken on a daily basis for general well-being, they can be sprinkled on any foods and make a slightly nutty crunchy topping. They can also be blended with water to make a raw hemp milk, this is particually good for those who are lactose intolerant and looking for a good source of protein. Hemp seeds are a brain booster because of it's omega 3 and 6. 

Kelp Seaweed

Laminara digitata

Kelp Seaweed is an excellent source of iron, potassium and fluoride but relatively low in sodium. It contains all the trace minerals from sea elements which are needed by humans. Kelp Seaweed contains calcium and magnesium and is a natural source of iodine which is essential for thyroid health and hormone secretion. It contains vitamins C, E and A and is high in vitamins B6 and B12, dietary fibre and protein.

Lucuma

Pouteria Lucuma

Lucuma is a deliciously sweet fruit prized for it's unique taste and used as a flavour in desserts, drinks and especially ice-cream (in Peru). Lucuma is a great source of carbs, fibre and vitamins, especially iron, niacin and beta-carotene. Sugar wise it naturally contains glucose, fructose, sucrose, and inositol.

Maca

Maca

Lepidium meyenii

Maca is a popular integral part of the Peruvian way of life, it is a root vegetable that looks a bit like a turnip and it is put into soups, cakes, breads and drinks in Peru. It is grown high in the Andes at 14,000 ft in very rich soils, so its mineral content is especially high.

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