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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, seeds, and root. People consume moringa to improve heart health, lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation. 

The plant is a distant relative of cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli, and cabbage, and shares the same nutritious compounds. Moringa is packed with nutrients shown to slow down the aging process, reduce stress, promote healthier skin and bone health and lower cholesterol levels. 

According to a University of California, Davis article on the superfood benefits of moringa, Carrie Waterman, a UC Davis natural products chemist says, “If there were a top 10 list of plants that are going to help feed the world over the next hundred years, I would say moringa should be on that list.”

The plant may be able to address both malnutrition and obesity. According to Waterman’s research, mice given a high-fat diet along with concentrated moringa lost weight, improved glucose tolerance and failed to develop fatty liver disease compared with those not fed moringa.

Adding moringa to a daily smoothie is a great way to get your greens for the day.

Holy Basil (Tulsi): Reduce stress and fatigue and improve mood and sleep

Holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum), or Tulsi, is widely consumed as an herbal tea. It is commonly used in Ayurveda, and has a place within the Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism, in which devotees perform worship involving holy basil plants or leaves. 

Many people consume holy basil as a potent stress reliever. Holy basil also has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.

Research has shown that holy basil can improve mood, reduce fatigue and improve sleep. In addition, scientific studies in vitro, animal and human experiments have shown that tulsi exerts a unique combination of actions that include antimicrobial, anti-diarrheal, antioxidant, anticataract, anti-inflammatory, neuro-protective, cardio-protective, anti-diabetic, memory enhancement, anti-asthmatic, anti-arthritic, adaptogenic and anti-stress activities.

Ashwagandha: Improve sleep and reduce stress

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. 

Ashwagandha has been shown to support the adrenals by regulating cortisol levels. It has also been shown to stabilize blood sugar levels.

Many of ashwagandha’s health benefits are attributed to its high levels of withanolides, hormone precursors that can convert into human physiological hormones to help bring balance to the body. Studies have shown that ashwagandha can help improve sleep and reduce stress. 

In one review, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, ashwagandha was shown to outperform psychotherapy by reducing anxiety in a group of subjects by 56.5% compared to only 30.5% in the psychotherapy group.

Passionflower: Reduce anxiety and insomnia

Passionflower may help relieve insomnia and anxiety by potentially boosting levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in your brain. GABA lowers brain activity, which may help you relax and get better sleep.

A study of 41 healthy adults found that drinking passionflower tea offered sleep benefits for participants “with mild fluctuations in sleep quality.”

Passionflower should not be taken during pregnancy as it can induce contractions. It may also cause drowsiness or rapid heartbeat in some people.

Yerba maté: Boost energy without the jitters

Yerba maté, Ilex paraguariensis, is a popular South American herbal tea that outrivals even green tea in its antioxidant content. Yerba mate contains trace amounts of every vitamin and mineral your body requires, as well as seven out of ten essential amino acids. 

It will also give you an energy boost with its 85 milligrams of caffeine per cup. This is almost double the amount of caffeine found in black tea but less than half that of coffee (100 to more than 200 mg per cup). As a bonus, many yerba mate drinkers say it increases alertness and energy like coffee, but it doesn’t have the same jittery effect.

Yerba mate has been shown to have antimicrobial properties. In one test-tube study, researchers found that a high dose of yerba mate extract reduced E. coli, a bacteria that can cause food poisoning symptoms. 

The researchers concluded that “extracts from commercial yerba mate have potential to be used as antimicrobials in foods and beverages against pathogenic E. coli…”

Damiana: Enhance libido

Damiana (Turnera diffusa) hails from a small, woody shrub in the passifloraceae family that produces small, aromatic flowers. Damiana is commonly used to enhance sexual health and decrease anxiety. 

Damiana has been used to treat headache, depression, nervous stomach, bedwetting and constipation; increasing and maintaining mental and physical stamina; and as an aphrodisiac. 

Reishi Mushroom: Powerful immune system booster

Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lingzhi) is a polypore fungus belonging to the genus Ganoderma. Its red-varnished, kidney-shaped cap and peripherally inserted stem gives it a distinct fan-like appearance. Reishi mushrooms are full of antioxidants and are a powerful immune system booster. They have historically been used to treat infections, improve sleep and reduce fatigue.

Research in cancer patients has found that some of the molecules in Reishi mushrooms can increase the activity of helpful white blood cells known as natural killer cells.

Blue Lotus: Aphrodisiac

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. 

Blue lotus flower contains antioxidants like flavonoids (help regulate cellular activity and fight off free radicals), quercetin (tied to improved exercise performance and reduced inflammation), kaempferol (may reduce risk of chronic disease), and myricetin. 

A diet high in antioxidants is tied to a reduced risk of chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and some types of cancer.

Organic Cacao

Cacao beans (Theobroma Cacao), a highly nutritious superfood, grow on trees in Central and South America. 

Raw organic cacao has more than 40 times the antioxidants than blueberries and more calcium than cow’s milk. It’s also the highest plant-based provider of iron. People commonly consume cacao to help with issues such as depression, stress, blood pressure and heart health. 

Research has shown that cacao can help reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. For example, cocoa flavanols have been shown to exert anti-inflammatory action, improve blood flow, and decrease blood pressure and platelet aggregation.

Organic Ceylon Cinnamon

Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum), also known as true cinnamon, is a small evergreen tree belonging to the family Lauraceae, native to Sri Lanka. Traditionally, cinnamon has been used to help with bronchitis and upset stomach and gynecological problems.

Ceylon cinnamon is considered a superfood and is loaded with powerful antioxidants. Although the inner bark of several other Cinnamomum species is also used to make cinnamon, cinnamon from C. verum is considered by culinarians to be of superior quality.

Cinnamon is also a potentiator for kratom.

 

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