Author - Lynn Seminole

What are Adaptogens?

What are adaptogens? Adaptogens are a class of herbs that help increase your body’s ability to handle stress and fatigue. The idea behind the name “adaptogen” is that they “adapt” to your body’s individual needs. These important herbs date back to Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurvedic practices. Studies show that adaptogens have neuroprotective, anti-fatigue, antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties. Long term stress results in overactivity of the brain’s HPA axis (hypothalamic, pituitary, and adrenal glands).  When the HPA becomes overactive, it leads to the...

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Kratom Q & A

What is kratom? Kratom (mitragyna speciosa) is a tropical evergreen tree indigenous to Thailand, its surrounding countries, and New Guinea. The plant has been used for millennia in traditional medicine and in social and religious contexts. Kratom belongs to the Rubiaceae family, which includes coffee and gardenia plants. The trees can sometimes reach 80 to 100 feet in height, but most stand somewhere between 13 and 52 feet. Kratom trees require very rich, fertile soil, and they are extremely sensitive to...

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Antioxidants: Why are They Important?

If your summer plans include basking in the sun with a cold one and grilling up some hot dogs, you might want to add a few thousand antioxidants to your diet to help sweep up all those extra free radicals. What are free radicals?  Free radicals are highly reactive and unstable molecules produced when your body breaks down food (especially processed meat, alcohol, or foods high in sugar and carbs), or when you’re exposed to environmental stressors (like UV radiation, pollution...

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What Does Science Say About Kava?

Kava has peaked the interest of researchers in recent years due to its many noted benefits, particularly its ability to reduce stress and anxiety. However, there is growing evidence that kava may also have other important health benefits. For example, a 2000 study found that the more kava a population consumed, the lower the cancer incidence for that population, despite high tobacco use. Some evidence also suggests that kava may have anti-inflammatory properties. Reviewing Kava’s Benefits In a recent review, published in the...

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Check Out Our Other Botanicals (Besides Kratom and Kava)

Siesta Botanicals offers far more than just kratom and kava. From blue lotus to ashwagandha to organic moringa, we offer many high-quality products to help battle stress, invigorate you, and/or give your health a boost. If you haven’t taken a look at our other botanicals yet, here’s a few of them. Organic Moringa: Packed with nutrients Moringa oleifera (Moringaceae) is an extremely nutritious plant known for its high levels of antioxidants. Every part of the plant can be eaten: flowers, leaves, pods,...

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Summertime Teas to Cool You Down

Cooling Teas for Summer via the Wisdom of Ayurveda Summer is well on its way (here in the northern hemisphere). In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, summer is considered pitta season. The pitta dosha consists of fire and a little water and governs metabolism and digestion. Hot days increase the pitta dosha in our bodies which can result in sweating, irritability, indigestion, heartburn and acne. Exposure to high levels of heat also can lead to dehydration and heat stroke.  In order to keep cool,...

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What is Blue Lotus?

What is Blue Lotus? Blue lotus, or Nymphaea caerulea, is a water lily with strong ties to Ancient Egyptian civilization. The plant has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years as a natural aphrodisiac, sleep aid, and anxiety reliever.  The flower is also called blue Egyptian lotus, blue water lily or sacred blue lily -- not to be confused with Nelumbo nucifera, which also goes by the name blue lotus. In recent years, blue lotus has been making a stronger...

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Herbal Alternatives to Coffee

Herbal Alternatives to Coffee Are you looking for a quick pick-me-up that’s similar to coffee, but NOT coffee? Maybe coffee gives you the jitters or you just don’t enjoy the bitter taste. Here are 4 herbal alternatives to that morning cup of joe. Green Tea Green tea is well known for its many health benefits, including fat loss, improved brain function and protection against heart disease and certain types of cancer. But did you know that it can boost energy while also...

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Staying Calm in a Stressed-Out World

Staying Calm in a Stressed-Out World We’ve had a lot to stress out about in the last few years: COVID-19, lockdowns, loss of income, not to mention the polarizing politics that have dominated the media…  Unfortunately, all of this stress has led to some very severe consequences.  According to Mental Health America (MHA), which screened 1.5 million individuals in 2020, the number of people looking for help with anxiety and depression has skyrocketed.  From January to September 2020, 315,220 people took the MHA...

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Kratom and Kava: A Look at the Science

Kratom and Kava:  A Look at the Science As kratom and kava gain in popularity and go mainstream, the science is finally starting to catch up. Below you’ll find several studies backing the benefits of both botanicals. Study: Kratom for Morphine Withdrawal In a recent mouse study, researchers evaluated any signs of physical dependence or hyperalgesia (a condition of enhanced sensitivity to pain) on mice given a kratom alkaloid extract and the alkaloids mitragynine (MG) and mitragynine pseudoindoxyl (MP). They also looked...

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