Herb and Botanical Materia Medica

An therapeutic herbs and botanical index 

Herbal Reference Guide

Basil

Ocimum basilicum

Like many culinary herbs, basil has a pronounced effect on digestion, both stimulating and soothing stomach and intestinal activity at the same time. It is best taken for symptoms such as bad breath, stomach cramps, nausea, indigestion, gas, and bloating.

Main Action
Antibacterial
Mild Sedative
Relieves Gas

Parts Used
Whole Plant

Found In

Harmony Tea Blend

Cacao

Theobroma cacao

For the Mayas, cacao was "the food of the gods". Due to its phytonutrient availability, cacao is abundantly rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants help absorb the free radicals that cause damage to the body. Cacao also contains a high source of plant-based iron, magnesium, calcium and B vitamins.

Main Action
Antioxidant
Diuretic
Mild Bitter
Nutritive
Stimulant

Parts Used
Seed

Found In

Mint Cacao Tea Blend

Calendula

Calendula officinalis

Also known as Marigold, Calendula has many medicinal actions. When taken internally this sunshine herb is an anti-inflammatory and especially has its effects on the length of the digestive system. Calendula encourages the joy of life, fulfillment, satisfaction, and lifting up the spirit. This is expressed through its treatment of melancholy and seasonal affective disorder. 

Main Action
Anti-Inflammatory
Antimicrobial
Blood Cleanser
Wound Healer

Parts Used
Flowers

Found In

Rise Tea Blend

Chamomile

Matricaria recutita

Chamomile is specific for all gastrointestinal disturbances associated with a nervous system connection. Chamomile is great in the treatment of IBS and colitis. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory which makes it useful in almost any condition. Chamomile is the perfect addition for serenity as air has been found to be effective in the treatment of mild anxiety, insomnia and other nervous system conditions.

Main Action
Anti-Inflammatory
Relieves Spasm
Soothes Digestion
Anti-Allergenic

Parts Used
Flowers

Found In

Ease Tea Blend

Damiana

Turnera diffusa

Renowned as a tonic that enhances vitality and lifts mood, Damiana is thought to have aphrodisiac qualities that stimulate libido in both women and men alike. Taken regularly, this restorative herb will help improve both mood and mental stamina.

Main Action
Mild Antidepressant
Nerve Tonic
Reputed Aphrodisiac
Urinary Antiseptic

Parts Used
Leaf

Found In

Rise Tea Blend

Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare

Fennel is one of the most effective carminatives, which helps to relieve digestive cramps and spasms. It relaxes the smooth muscles of the intestines which may relieve griping and flatulence. Fennel is also an effective anti-inflammatory herb, helping the function of the digestive system furthermore.

Main Action
Eases Gas And Cough
Improves Appetite And Digestion
Increases Breast Milk

Parts Used
Seeds

Found In

Harmony Tea Blend

Ginger

Zingiber officinale

Ginger is a stimulating tonic for the digestive system. It has been found to reduce cramping, gas and nausea. Ginger has been indicated for motion sickness and morning sickness in pregnancy for hundreds of years. Ginger increases peripheral circulation which increases blood flow, helps to detoxify the body from toxins, and stimulates oxygen transport to the body’s cells. In Western Herbal Medicine it is also used as an anti-inflammatory throughout the body, and to increase immunity to prevent invasion of bacteria and viruses.

Main Action
Anti-inflammatory
Antioxidant
Circulatory Stimulant
Digestive Tonic
Stimulates Sweating
Anti-emetic

Parts Used
Root

Found In

Rise Tea Blend

Ginkgo

Ginkgo biloba

One of the oldest and strongest trees ever studied, the ginkgo tree has been traced back 3000 million years. Using Ginkgo therapeutically has been shown to boost stem-cell production in the brain and improve blood flow through the arteries in the brain, to protect the central nervous system from oxidative damage, and to enhance mental recall and cognition, as well as promote repair of damaged brain cells.

Main Action
Antioxidant
Circulatory Stimulant
Improves Mental Performance
Protects Nerve Tissue

Parts Used

Leaf and Fruit

Found In

Presence Tea Blend

Gotu kOLA

Centella asiatica

Gotu Kola has been shown in animal and human studies to increase the neural axonal density of the brain, which has been correlated with increased intelligence and psychic ability. Extracts of the plant have been shown to repair damaged neutrons and promote growth of neural networks. There have been studies on how the chemistry of Gotu Kola can activate both brain hemispheres, stimulating creativity and positive brainwave states (alpha, theta and gamma in particular). 

Main Action
Antibacterial
Mild Sedative
Relieves gas

Parts Used
Whole plant

Found In

Presence Tea Blend

Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Hibiscus has traditionally been used to regulate fluid balance, lower blood pressure, and is widely consumed for its high antioxidant content. It has been found to improve skin conditions, promote adequate circulation and improve digestive issues. These amazing benefits come from the phytochemistry of the plants, as it contains citric acid, malic acid, anthocyanins and quercetin.

Main Action
Improves circulation
Diuretic
Antioxidant
Source of Vitamin C
Cardiovascular support
Relieves cough

Parts Used
Aerial parts, mostly Flowers

Found In

Glow Beauty Tonic Blend

Lavender

Lavendula officinalis

As a gentle strengthening tonic of the nervous system, Lavender is perhaps the most universally recognized therapeutic plant. It is notably known to promote relaxation and calm for both the body and mind.  Lavender is an effective herb for easing headaches, especially when they are related to stress. It has traditionally been used in the treatment of depression, insomnia, anxiety and irritability. 

Main Action
Analgesic
Antidepressant
Antiseptic
Antispasmodic
Relieves gas
Mild Sedative
Nervine Tonic

Parts Used
Flower and Leaves

Found In

REM Tea Blend

LEMON BALM

Melissa officinalis

Lemon Balm is a relaxing tonic for anxiety, mild depression, restlessness and insomnia. It reduces feelings of panic and is a valuable remedy for palpitations of a nervous origin.  

Lemon Balm also helps to relieve spasmodic pains and is specifially used for stress-related stomach disorders such as acidity, indigestion, colicky pain, gas and bloating.

Main Action
Relaxant
Digestive Support
Mild Antidepressant


Parts Used
Leaves

Found In

Rise Tea BlendPresence Tea BlendGlow Beauty Tonic Blend

Licorice Root

Glycyrrhiza glabra

Known as the “peacemaker herb” (or “guiding herb” in TCM) Licorice root is said to balance and enhance the actions and flavours of herbs with which it is combined. This sweet root can provide valuable support in any situation where the adrenal glands have been subject to long term stress. It also makes an effective tonic in aiding recovery from illness and chronic exhaustion.

Main Action
Adrenal Support
Anti-inflammatory
Antiviral
Demulcent
Expectorant
Tonic

Parts Used
Root

Found In

Harmony Tea Blend

Nettle Leaf

Urtica dioica

Nettle Leaf is a great detoxifier. The use of nettle leaf has been found to reduce inflammation in the body and support the detoxification processes of the liver and kidneys. Nettle leaf is a great plant source of nutrients including chlorophyll, potassium, iron, magnesium, silica, calcium; as well as having notable anti-allergenic activity.

Main Action
Anti-inflammatory
Antispasmodic
Anti-allergenic
Blood cleanser
Diuretic 
Tonic

Parts Used
Aerial parts (leaf and stem)

Found In

Glow Beauty Tonic Blend

Passionflower

Passionflora incarnata

Passionflower is traditionally used for its mild sedative and calming properties. It helps to quiet the mind and bring one back into the present by relaxing the central nervous system. Passionflower helps with anxiety, nervousness, stress management, insomnia, restlessness, and headaches.

Main Action
Aids in Sleep
Relaxant
Relieves Pain
Sedative

Parts Used
Leaves, Flower, Vine and Stem

Found In

REM Tea BlendEase Tea Blend

Peppermint

Mentha piperita

Known around the world for its cool and flavourful taste, Peppermint is also revered for its therapeutic benefits. With excellent antispasmodic actions, it calms and soothes the entire length of the digestive tract. Peppermint has been found to relieve intestinal colic and flatulence by its relaxing effect on smooth muscle. Due to its antimicrobial activity, peppermint may also help fight off infections such as the common cold and influenza. The volatile oil in peppermint acts as a mild anaesthetic to the stomach wall which may help with feelings of nausea during travel.

Main Action
Antispasmodic
Diaphoretic
Digestive Support
Mild analgesic
Mild bitter

Parts Used
Leaves

Found In

Presence Tea BlendHarmony Tea BlendMint Cacao Tea Blend

Rose

Rosa

Rose is fragrant, fruity and packed with vitamin C and antioxidants. This means it scavenges free radicals that cause cellular damage.

headaches, dizziness, and menstral cramps

A cup of rose tea can help to soothe anxiety and reduce stress. ...

Main Action
Anti-Inflammatory
Astringent
Tonic

Parts Used
Flower petals

Found In

Ease Tea Blend

Rosehip

Rosa canina L.

Rosehips are very rich in Vitamin C and flavonoids, which are responsible for its antioxidant effect. Antioxidants prevent cellular damage caused by oxidation. Rosehips are rich in both Vitamins A and C, which are vitamins that are both immune stimulating, protecting against bacterial and viral infection. 

Main Action
Anti-inflammatory
Antimicrobial
Antioxidant
Tonic
Diuretic
Astringent
Immune Supporting


Parts Used
Fruit

Found In

Glow Beauty Tonic Blend

Rosemary

Salvia rosmarinus

The “herb of remembrance”, Rosemary is revered for helping to preserve and strengthen memory, recall and cognitive function. This powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory is frequently taken to boost circulation, tonify the nervous and digestive system and ward off mental exhaustion. 

Main Action
Anti-inflammatory
Antioxidant
Antispasmodic
Circulatory Stimulant
Digestive Tonic
Nerve Tonic

Parts Used
Leaf

Found In

Presence Tea Blend

Skullcap

Scutellaria lateriflora

Considered a “food” for the nervous system, Skullcap is a key restorative and nerve tonic. It's often proven to help with conditions where nervous debility is a factor, whether as a result of long-term stress, insomnia, or chronic pain. Skullcap is often a standard natural remedy for anxiety, nervous exhaustion, disturbed sleep, lowered mood, and tension headaches. The herb’s antispasmodic action makes it useful in relieving the taut and tensed muscled that so often accompany anxiety and worry.

Main Action
Nervine tonic
Sedative
Mild Bitter
Antispasmodic


Parts Used
Leaves

Found In

REM Tea Blend

St. John's Wort

Hypericum perforatum

Few herbs are as well-known as St. John's wort; due to its popularity resulting from conclusive clinical research and first-hand experience of its effectiveness in treating mild to moderate depression. Constituents of this herb influence brain chemistry in several different ways, leading to elevated mood and morale. Sleep, vitality, and the ability to relax may also improve. St John's Wort is also well-known in the support of seasonal affective disorder, jet lag, and nervous exhaustion.  

Main Action
Antidepressant
Nerve Tonic

Parts Used
Flowering tops

Found In

Rise Tea Blend

Valerian

Valeriana officinalis

Used wherever nervous tension, overactivity, or an inability to relax are present, Valerian's gently sedative action helps to soothe and slow a nervous system that is beginning to spin out of control. It is one of the first herbs to consider when a remedy is needed to ease anxiety and panic attack.

Main Action
Antispasmodic
Mild Analgesic
Mild Bitter
Tranquilizer


Parts Used
Root

Found In

REM Tea Blend

Yerba Mate

Ilex paraguariensis

Yerba Mate is one of South America’s most popular energy drinks. An ideal alternative to coffee, Yerba Mate naturally increases energy levels - without the jittery side effects. Packed full of antioxidants and vitamin C, Yerba Mate provides the ability to enhance mental clarity, increase physical performance by reducing muscle contractions, and reduce fatigue.

Main Action
Tonic
Diuretic
Stimulant
Depurative
Mild Bitter

Parts Used
Leaves

Found In

Prsence Tea Blend

Calendula

Calendula officinalis

Also known as Marigold, Calendula has many medicinal actions. When taken internally this sunshine herb is an anti-inflammatory and especially has its effects on the length of the digestive system. Calendula encourages the joy of life, fulfillment, satisfaction, and lifting up the spirit. This is expressed through its treatment of melancholy and seasonal affective disorder. 

Main Action
Anti-Inflammatory
Antimicrobial
Blood Cleanser
Wound Healer

Parts Used
Flowers

Found In

Rise Tea Blend

Chamomile

Matricaria recutita

Chamomile is specific for all gastrointestinal disturbances associated with a nervous system connection. Chamomile is great in the treatment of IBS and colitis. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory which makes it useful in almost any condition. Chamomile is the perfect addition for serenity as air has been found to be effective in the treatment of mild anxiety, insomnia and other nervous system conditions.

Main Action
Anti-Inflammatory
Relieves Spasm
Soothes Digestion
Anti-Allergenic

Parts Used
Flowers

Found In

Ease Tea Blend

Damiana

Turnera diffusa

Renowned as a tonic that enhances vitality and lifts mood, Damiana is thought to have aphrodisiac qualities that stimulate libido in both women and men alike. Taken regularly, this restorative herb will help improve both mood and mental stamina.

Main Action
Mild Antidepressant
Nerve Tonic
Reputed Aphrodisiac
Urinary Antiseptic

Parts Used
Leaf

Found In

Rise Tea Blend

Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare

Fennel is one of the most effective carminatives, which helps to relieve digestive cramps and spasms. It relaxes the smooth muscles of the intestines which may relieve griping and flatulence. Fennel is also an effective anti-inflammatory herb, helping the function of the digestive system furthermore.

Main Action
Eases Gas And Cough
Improves Appetite And Digestion
Increases Breast Milk

Parts Used
Seeds

Found In

Harmony Tea Blend

Ginger

Zingiber officinale

Ginger is a stimulating tonic for the digestive system. It has been found to reduce cramping, gas and nausea. Ginger has been indicated for motion sickness and morning sickness in pregnancy for hundreds of years. Ginger increases peripheral circulation which increases blood flow, helps to detoxify the body from toxins, and stimulates oxygen transport to the body’s cells. In Western Herbal Medicine it is also used as an anti-inflammatory throughout the body, and to increase immunity to prevent invasion of bacteria and viruses.

Main Action
Anti-inflammatory
Antioxidant
Circulatory Stimulant
Digestive Tonic
Stimulates Sweating
Anti-emetic

Parts Used
Root

Found In

Rise Tea Blend

Ginkgo

Ginkgo biloba

One of the oldest and strongest trees ever studied, the ginkgo tree has been traced back 3000 million years. Using Ginkgo therapeutically has been shown to boost stem-cell production in the brain and improve blood flow through the arteries in the brain, to protect the central nervous system from oxidative damage, and to enhance mental recall and cognition, as well as promote repair of damaged brain cells.

Main Action
Antioxidant
Circulatory Stimulant
Improves Mental Performance
Protects Nerve Tissue

Parts Used

Leaf and Fruit

Found In

Presence Tea Blend

Gotu kOLA

Centella asiatica

Gotu Kola has been shown in animal and human studies to increase the neural axonal density of the brain, which has been correlated with increased intelligence and psychic ability. Extracts of the plant have been shown to repair damaged neutrons and promote growth of neural networks. There have been studies on how the chemistry of Gotu Kola can activate both brain hemispheres, stimulating creativity and positive brainwave states (alpha, theta and gamma in particular). 

Main Action
Antibacterial
Mild Sedative
Relieves gas

Parts Used
Whole plant

Found In

Presence Tea Blend

Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Hibiscus has traditionally been used to regulate fluid balance, lower blood pressure, and is widely consumed for its high antioxidant content. It has been found to improve skin conditions, promote adequate circulation and improve digestive issues. These amazing benefits come from the phytochemistry of the plants, as it contains citric acid, malic acid, anthocyanins and quercetin.

Main Action
Improves circulation
Diuretic
Antioxidant
Source of Vitamin C
Cardiovascular support
Relieves cough

Parts Used
Aerial parts, mostly Flowers

Found In

Glow Beauty Tonic Blend

Lavender

Lavendula officinalis

As a gentle strengthening tonic of the nervous system, Lavender is perhaps the most universally recognized therapeutic plant. It is notably known to promote relaxation and calm for both the body and mind.  Lavender is an effective herb for easing headaches, especially when they are related to stress. It has traditionally been used in the treatment of depression, insomnia, anxiety and irritability. 

Main Action
Analgesic
Antidepressant
Antiseptic
Antispasmodic
Relieves gas
Mild Sedative
Nervine Tonic

Parts Used
Flower and Leaves

Found In

REM Tea Blend

LEMON BALM

Melissa officinalis

Lemon Balm is a relaxing tonic for anxiety, mild depression, restlessness and insomnia. It reduces feelings of panic and is a valuable remedy for palpitations of a nervous origin.  

Lemon Balm also helps to relieve spasmodic pains and is specifially used for stress-related stomach disorders such as acidity, indigestion, colicky pain, gas and bloating.

Main Action
Relaxant
Digestive Support
Mild Antidepressant


Parts Used
Leaves

Found In

Rise Tea BlendPresence Tea BlendGlow Beauty Tonic Blend

Licorice Root

Glycyrrhiza glabra

Known as the “peacemaker herb” (or “guiding herb” in TCM) Licorice root is said to balance and enhance the actions and flavours of herbs with which it is combined. This sweet root can provide valuable support in any situation where the adrenal glands have been subject to long term stress. It also makes an effective tonic in aiding recovery from illness and chronic exhaustion.

Main Action
Adrenal Support
Anti-inflammatory
Antiviral
Demulcent
Expectorant
Tonic

Parts Used
Root

Found In

Harmony Tea Blend

Nettle Leaf

Urtica dioica

Nettle Leaf is a great detoxifier. The use of nettle leaf has been found to reduce inflammation in the body and support the detoxification processes of the liver and kidneys. Nettle leaf is a great plant source of nutrients including chlorophyll, potassium, iron, magnesium, silica, calcium; as well as having notable anti-allergenic activity.

Main Action
Anti-inflammatory
Antispasmodic
Anti-allergenic
Blood cleanser
Diuretic 
Tonic

Parts Used
Aerial parts (leaf and stem)

Found In

Glow Beauty Tonic Blend

Passionflower

Passionflora incarnata

Passionflower is traditionally used for its mild sedative and calming properties. It helps to quiet the mind and bring one back into the present by relaxing the central nervous system. Passionflower helps with anxiety, nervousness, stress management, insomnia, restlessness, and headaches.

Main Action
Aids in Sleep
Relaxant
Relieves Pain
Sedative

Parts Used
Leaves, Flower, Vine and Stem

Found In

REM Tea BlendEase Tea Blend

Peppermint

Mentha piperita

Known around the world for its cool and flavourful taste, Peppermint is also revered for its therapeutic benefits. With excellent antispasmodic actions, it calms and soothes the entire length of the digestive tract. Peppermint has been found to relieve intestinal colic and flatulence by its relaxing effect on smooth muscle. Due to its antimicrobial activity, peppermint may also help fight off infections such as the common cold and influenza. The volatile oil in peppermint acts as a mild anaesthetic to the stomach wall which may help with feelings of nausea during travel.

Main Action
Antispasmodic
Diaphoretic
Digestive Support
Mild analgesic
Mild bitter

Parts Used
Leaves

Found In

Presence Tea BlendHarmony Tea BlendMint Cacao Tea Blend

Rose

Rosa

Rose is fragrant, fruity and packed with vitamin C and antioxidants. This means it scavenges free radicals that cause cellular damage.

headaches, dizziness, and menstral cramps

A cup of rose tea can help to soothe anxiety and reduce stress. ...

Main Action
Anti-Inflammatory
Astringent
Tonic

Parts Used
Flower petals

Found In

Ease Tea Blend

Rosehip

Rosa canina L.

Rosehips are very rich in Vitamin C and flavonoids, which are responsible for its antioxidant effect. Antioxidants prevent cellular damage caused by oxidation. Rosehips are rich in both Vitamins A and C, which are vitamins that are both immune stimulating, protecting against bacterial and viral infection. 

Main Action
Anti-inflammatory
Antimicrobial
Antioxidant
Tonic
Diuretic
Astringent
Immune Supporting


Parts Used
Fruit

Found In

Glow Beauty Tonic Blend

Rosemary

Salvia rosmarinus

The “herb of remembrance”, Rosemary is revered for helping to preserve and strengthen memory, recall and cognitive function. This powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory is frequently taken to boost circulation, tonify the nervous and digestive system and ward off mental exhaustion. 

Main Action
Anti-inflammatory
Antioxidant
Antispasmodic
Circulatory Stimulant
Digestive Tonic
Nerve Tonic

Parts Used
Leaf

Found In

Presence Tea Blend

Skullcap

Scutellaria lateriflora

Considered a “food” for the nervous system, Skullcap is a key restorative and nerve tonic. It's often proven to help with conditions where nervous debility is a factor, whether as a result of long-term stress, insomnia, or chronic pain. Skullcap is often a standard natural remedy for anxiety, nervous exhaustion, disturbed sleep, lowered mood, and tension headaches. The herb’s antispasmodic action makes it useful in relieving the taut and tensed muscled that so often accompany anxiety and worry.

Main Action
Nervine tonic
Sedative
Mild Bitter
Antispasmodic


Parts Used
Leaves

Found In

REM Tea Blend

St. John's Wort

Hypericum perforatum

Few herbs are as well-known as St. John's wort; due to its popularity resulting from conclusive clinical research and first-hand experience of its effectiveness in treating mild to moderate depression. Constituents of this herb influence brain chemistry in several different ways, leading to elevated mood and morale. Sleep, vitality, and the ability to relax may also improve. St John's Wort is also well-known in the support of seasonal affective disorder, jet lag, and nervous exhaustion.  

Main Action
Antidepressant
Nerve Tonic

Parts Used
Flowering tops

Found In

Rise Tea Blend

Valerian

Valeriana officinalis

Used wherever nervous tension, overactivity, or an inability to relax are present, Valerian's gently sedative action helps to soothe and slow a nervous system that is beginning to spin out of control. It is one of the first herbs to consider when a remedy is needed to ease anxiety and panic attack.

Main Action
Antispasmodic
Mild Analgesic
Mild Bitter
Tranquilizer


Parts Used
Root

Found In

REM Tea Blend

Yerba Mate

Ilex paraguariensis

Yerba Mate is one of South America’s most popular energy drinks. An ideal alternative to coffee, Yerba Mate naturally increases energy levels - without the jittery side effects. Packed full of antioxidants and vitamin C, Yerba Mate provides the ability to enhance mental clarity, increase physical performance by reducing muscle contractions, and reduce fatigue.

Main Action
Tonic
Diuretic
Stimulant
Depurative
Mild Bitter

Parts Used
Leaves

Found In

Prsence Tea Blend