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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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Got Fatigue? These 3 Botanicals May Help

Got Fatigue? These 3 Botanicals May Help Do you often feel run down mentally and physically? Siesta Botanicals offers a number of energy-boosting botanicals, including ashwagandha, yerba mate and kratom, to help you get up and go. Many Americans Suffer From Fatigue We have a fatigue problem in the United States.  According to the National Safety Council (NSC), fatigue impacts most Americans and can lead to disaster all too often. A person who has lost two hours of sleep from a typical 8-hour...

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Herbal Alternatives to Alcohol

Herbal Alternatives to Alcohol If you’re like a lot of people, you probably want to wind down and relax at the end of the day. Often, this leads to having a glass of wine or a couple of beers. If you’re looking to eliminate the extra calories or avoid alcohol all together, consider some of these botanical options. Alcohol Use in America More than half (54.9%) of American adults report drinking alcohol in the last month, according to the 2019 National Survey...

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What is Delta-8-THC?

What is Delta-8-THC? When it comes to cannabis, you’ve likely heard of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), but Delta-8-THC is a relatively new term with which you may not be familiar.  When people talk about “THC,” they are commonly referring to delta-9, the most common cannabinoid in THC. Delta-8 THC is a double bond isomer of the more common delta-9 THC.  Because delta-8 is so structurally similar to delta-9, it tends to exert similar effects. But even this subtle shift in a...

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Holistic Therapies for Chronic Pain

Holistic Therapies for Chronic Pain Chronic pain is a big problem in the United States. In 2019, 20.4% of adults had chronic pain and 7.4% of adults had chronic pain that frequently limited life or work activities (referred to as high impact chronic pain) in the past 3 months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Chronic pain and high-impact chronic pain both increase with age and are highest among adults aged 65 and over. The most common...

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What is Ashwagandha?

What is Ashwagandha? Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry, is an ancient Ayurvedic herb. It belongs to a class of medicinal herbs known as adaptogens and has been used for more than 3,000 years to help reduce stress, improve stamina and increase concentration levels.  In Sanskrit, ashwagandha means “smell of the horse,” which may be applied to its unique smell and its ability to increase strength. What is Ayurveda? Ayurveda -- a Sanskrit term meaning “knowledge of life”...

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Immune-Boosting Tips for Cold & Flu Season

Immune-Boosting Tips for Cold & Flu Season Brrr! Winter has arrived! And that means cold and flu season is here as well.  Each year, Americans get more than 1 billion colds, and between 5 and 20 percent end up with the flu, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. And now that COVID-19 is here, it makes even more sense to shore up our immune defenses as a strong preventative measure. The immune system is extremely important for overall...

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Kava Q & A

Kava Q & A What 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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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 Economy Indonesia 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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