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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.

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Acai Berries

(Euterpe oleracea)
Acai Berries

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

(Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha

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

(Hordeum vulgare L)
Barley Grass

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.

 

Camu Camu

(Mycaria dubia)
Camu Camu

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.

 

Cats Claw

(Uncaria tomentosa)
Cat's Claw

This fantastic herb can be thought of as a great adaptogen that can help quite a few different problems. Traditionally it is used for joint pain, stomach and colon problems and as an immune booster.

Cats Claw has many varying phytochemicals which contribute to it's multifaceted uses. Used as a tonic, Cats Claw has the ability to rebalance the body. It can be used for many common ailments.

Originally sourced from the depths of the Amazonian jungle, the Ashanika Indians have been using this vine for centuries as a cure all. The plant itself features in their creation folklore concerning how they came into the world.

 

Chlorella

(Chlorella vulgaris)
Chlorella

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 sinensis)
Cordyceps

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!).

 

Devil's Claw

(Harpagophytum procumbens)
Devil's Claw Plant

Devil’s Claw root is a great tonic for the joints. Prolonged use has proven to be very helpful for those with osteoarthritis and joint pain.

The San Bushman of the Kalahari desert have known about the Devil’ Claw and its uses for centuries. It has been noted that hardly any of them have joint pain and this could be because of the amount of Devil’s Claw that they consume.

 

Goji Berries

(Lycium barbarum)
Goji Berries

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.

 

Lion's Mane Mushroom

(Hericium erinaceus)
Lions Mane

Used as a tonic, the Lion's Mane Mushroom will contribute significantly to your wellbeing through its phytochemical content. 

 

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

(Lepidium meyenii )
Maca

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.

 

Maitake Mushroom

(Grifola frondosa)
Maitake Mushroom

Maitake Mushrooms are taken as a well known tonic in China and Japan for there ability to keep the body healthy and balanced.

 

Milk Thistle

(Silybum marianum)

Milk Thistle herb has a traditional and modern use as a liver tonic.

It is believed to encourage the secretion and flow of bile and is therefore associated withthe liver, the kidneys and the gall bladder.

 

Moringa

(Moringa oleifera)
Moringa

The Moringa Tree is another tree that has been given the title of 'Tree of Life' because every part of it is so useful. For health, the Moringa Leaf is a great natural supplement being full of protein, minerals and vitamins including Vitamin B12.

There's also a very high percentage of other vitamins including vitamin C, A, D and E.

The Moringa tree is multipurpose tree that loves to grow in hot climates. In Africa it is used as an emergency food for malnourishment because it is so high in essential vitamins and minerals.

 

MSM

MSM Powder

MSM is a naturally occurring substance in foods, it is found in raw fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. MSM contains sulphur, and sulphur is known to be one of the basic elements of life, the 4th most abundant mineral in the body. Sulphur is active in maintaining the correct balance of acid / alkaline in the body. It is vital to the creation and regeneration of the bodys tissues, and is found in every cell.

 

Oyster Mushroom

(Pleurotus ostreatus)
Oyster Mushroom

As a tonic, Oyster Mushrooms have been taken in China for centuries for overall wellbeing and health.

 

Psyllium

(Plantago ovata)
Psyllium

The seed husks of Plantago ovata, known as Psyllium husks are an excellent source of soluble dietary fibre. Psyllium husks are beneficial for both constipation and diarrhoea and can assist in maintaining a normal and healthy bowel function.

They are the major ingredient in a number of the most popular commercial laxatives.

 

Red Maca

(Lepidium meyenii )
Maca

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, which makes it a good brain booster. Red Maca is from the red and purple Maca root vegetables. Red Maca has a subtler taste than Maca, the coloured veg is sorted from the crop and Red Maca is known to have some unique qualities. The Red Maca is thought to be the most nutritionally rich of all the Maca types.

 

Reishi Mushroom

(Ganoderma lucidum)

The Reishi mushroom is one of the most valued plants in traditional Chinese medicine, and is described with Ginseng as one of the two most important elixirs.

 

Rosehip

(Rosa canina)
Rosehip

As well as having a high Vitamin C content, the Rosehip is a very helpful aid for those who suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis.

This action is thought to come from a series of complex phytochemicals called polyphenols and anthocyanins active in Rosehips. After these Rosehip phytochemicals build in the body from several weeks of consumption it can greatly improve mobility.

Rosehips have been used in Europe as a food and medicine for centuries with the plant also being a potent symbol of silence and secrets.

 

Shatavari

(Asparagus racemosus)

Shatavari is considered to be the best general tonic for women in Ayurveda, clinically proven to promote fertility, strengthen the uterus, regulate menstruation, promote the flow of breast milk, assist in recovery from childbirth and alleviate many symptoms of the menopause.

Shatavari can be safely used through all stages of a women's life, and has been in use for over a 1000 years. It is the supreme woman's tonic.

 

Shiitake Mushroom

(Lentinula edodes)
Shiitake Mushroom

Shiitake Mushrooms have been taken as a tonic in Japan for centuries for overall wellbeing. 

 

Slippery Elm

(Ulmus rubra)
Slippery Elm

The fibres in Slippery Elm Bark expand when they come into contact with water and have a very calming effect on the bowel. People who suffer from IBS may find Slippery Elm a fantastic ingredient for helping with this condition as it brings calming relief as well as replaces the bowel with healthy flora.

Some tribes of Native American Indians knew the benefits of the Slippery Elm Bark and sometimes used it when they ran out of food during the winter months. They also used it as a topical treatment to help heal minor wounds.

 

Spirulina

(Arthrospira platensis, and Arthrospira maxima)
Spirulina

Spirulina is a blue-green algae and it contains a wide range of valuable nutrients. Firstly it contains 65% easily digested PROTEIN, and 18 amino acids. It is a unique vegetarian complete source of protein and much of its protein has been pre-digested by the algae itself and these enzymes go on to assist in the human digestive and absorption process. This protein source is superior because it also has lower fat, lower cholesterol and no artificial growth booster chemicals like meat and dairy protein.

Spirulina is the secret to success for vegetarian body-building.

 

Stevia

(Stevia rebaudiana)

Stevia is a natures sweetest leaf. Stevia leaf itself is 30-100 times sweeter than table sugar and has, not surprisingly, been used as a sweetener by indigenous peoples long before the Inca Empire.

Stevia extract is up to 300 times sweeter than sugar with no after-taste. Stevia has a negligable effect on blood glucose levels and even appears to enhance glucose tolerance. So if you're looking for the perfect sugar replacement for diabetics, anyone needing a low calorie sweetener or a low carbohydrate diet, Stevia is the answer. Stevia extract has been used commercially as a sweetener in a number of countries for some years.

 

Suma

(Pfaffia paniculata)
Suma

Suma is also known as Brazilian Ginseng, although it is not actually from the Ginseng family it has similar properties.

This plant is also called Paratoda meaning "for all things."

 

Tulsi (Holy Basil)

(Ocimum tenuiflorum)
Tulsi

In Ayurvedic Medicine Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, has a long history of being the number one plant for bodily wellbeing. It has a wide ranging ability to help the whole body rebalance.