Author - Lynn Seminole

Kava Q & A

Kava Q & AWhat 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 root with water or coconut milk. What’s the difference between mind kava and body kava?If you visit a kava bar, you may be given the option of...

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Herbal Teas for Anxiety

Herbal Teas for Anxiety“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C.S. LewisNearly 1 in 5 American Adults Has an Anxiety DisorderIn this time of global uncertainty, more and more people are finding themselves increasingly stressed and anxious. If you’re looking for an all-natural, affordable and delicious way to lower your anxiety levels, consider herbal teas. You will be pleasantly surprised at how soothing (and tasty) they can...

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All-Natural Aphrodisiac Herbs: Blue Lotus & Damiana

All-Natural Aphrodisiac Herbs: Blue Lotus & DamianaThere 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 people also use them for their anxiety-relieving and health-boosting qualities.What is Blue Lotus?Blue lotus, or Nymphaea caerulea, is a water lily with strong ties to...

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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, mind, spirit and environment. About 240,000 American adults use Ayurvedic medicine, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.According to the National Ayurvedic Medical...

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Staying Sober For the Holidays

Staying Sober For the HolidaysIf you’ve been struggling with a substance use disorder, the upcoming holidays may feel a little daunting rather than joyful. Not only is alcohol is in ready supply at many holiday parties, but the sheer stress of the season -- whether loneliness, grief, family dynamics or financial problems -- can drive just about anybody to reach for a drink. But if you’ve recently quit alcohol or another substance, the pull can be even stronger and...

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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 bonding and is commonly sipped through a filtered straw.OriginYerba mate was consumed by the Guarani indigenous people long before the Spaniards conquered South America. The...

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Kratom for Everyday Living

Kratom for Everyday LivingA quick Google search will reveal hundreds of testimonials showing how kratom is helping people live normal lives. An astonishing number say that kratom has helped them kick an addiction to both prescribed or illicit opioids, alcohol and other substances. Others who struggle with physical pain or emotional pain, such as anxiety and depression, have expressed how kratom has helped them find relief.TestimonialsIn a blog on Kratom United, a nonprofit kratom organization, people from all walks...

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Choosing Your Kratom

Choosing a Kratom StrainChoosing a kratom strain can be overwhelming at first. Below is a quick guide to help you decide which type of kratom is best for you.White, Red, Green or Yellow?The vein color is an indicator of the overall effects of the kratom tea, but even two batches of the same vein can differ in color. This is because it is organically processed and never artificially colored. As the plant matures, different levels of alkaloids build within...

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Baking & Brewing With Botanicals

Baking and Brewing With Our Popular Botanicals We sell a lot more than kratom! Take a look at our other popular botanicals that can be used for brewing delicious herbal teas and making healthy snacks and smoothies. Here are a few recipes you can try but feel free to get creative and add these herbs and spices to a variety of meals, snacks, smoothies and teas. Cacao Powder Cacao has more than 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries and more calcium than...

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Kratom’s Role in Indonesia’s Environment and Economy

Kratom's Role in Indonesia’s Environment and EconomyIndonesia provides around 95% of the world’s kratom with most of the product being shipped to the United States with an estimated 2 to 4 million kratom consumers. Kapuas Hulu in the West Kalimantan province is the main hub for kratom production, generating U.S. $13 million per year. The region has several kratom plantations that are fertilized by the seasonal floods of the Kapuas River. In a 2018 Bloomberg report, the Indonesia Kratom Entrepreneurs...

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