|Used in different combinations for thousands of years. Contemporary
research has focused on Schisandra's very strong anti-oxidant characteristics.
|One of the most thoroughly documented traditional botanicals. Recently
"rediscovered" based on studies by Russian scientists.
||Considered one of the superior botanicals. Many experts consider it
superior even to ginseng in various aspects.
|Native to Europe; legendary, since ancient times, for its calming
|Known as "sacred bark" by Spanish explorers. Native to the
Pacific Coast of North America; harvested by early American natives who felt it had
|Referred to in imperial China as "the elixir of life" its use
was reserved for the Emperor.
||Known for its strong roots - and perceived as a symbol of strength and
longevity. Native to Europe; grown and used around the world.
|Native to the Middle East and China. Called the elder statesman as it
was thought to harmonize and unify other botanicals within a formulation
|Native to Eastern Europe, some specimens of Juniper are over 1000 years
old. The resinous berry-cones were highly valued by early Europeans who believed the
evergreen Juniper represented lifepower. Used in the preparation of medicinal juniper and
as a classic flavoring ingredient.
|Among the various species of roses used for their fruits the fruits of
the R. Laevigata are the most highly valued traditionally by the Chinese. Classical
writings reports its effects as "resistant to cold and light in body". High in
bioflavonoids, plant acids and other nutrients. Native to China and Japan.
||Native to the Near East, now found worldwide; rich in vitamins,
minerals, flavonoids, amino acids, and protein; used traditionally as a nutrient to
||Extensively used by Native American Indians. Native to northern North
America from Quebec to Georgia.
||Native to Europe and Asia. Traditionally used as both food and
|Native to southern U.S., it was highly valued by Cherokee Indians, who
believed it to be of great importance and used it in a wide range of traditional
||Commonly referred to as the medicine plant in Western folk medicine.
Now widely used in the health food and cosmetic industries.
|Rich in nutrients including vitamins, minerals, proteins, and amino
acids; 2000-year-old Chinese legend claims that long-term use will cause one to "be
light in body and live forever".
||Mainly found in the Middle East and Mediterranean region. One of the
truly ancient medicinal plants with records of use dating back millennia to ancient Egypt;
said to impart "fire and vigor".
||Native to the Mediterranean region; now extensively cultivated
worldwide. It has germicidal properties; and it is commonly used in cosmetics, food, and
|With a use history of over 2000 years, it possesses qualities similar
to Oriental ginseng, but in a milder form. Found in tropical regions worldwide.
||Native to Southern Asia; cultivated in tropics worldwide. Traditionally
though to detoxify; modern studies have shown it to have anti-oxidant properties.
|Native to Southern Europe; believed to diffuse a calming influence
through the system.
|Rich in vitamins, traditionally used to stimulate metabolism; commonly
used to help improve action of other botanicals in formulations.
||Native to tropical America and the West Indies; long famed as a folk
remedy and currently used in many food products.