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Amrita: The Drink of the Devas

By |2019-04-16T16:19:06+03:00April 16th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Substances|Tags: , , , , , , |

Amrita, Amrit or Amata is a word that literally means "immortality" and is often referred to in ancient Indian texts as nectar. "Amṛta" is etymologically related to the Greek ambrosia and carries the same meaning. Its first occurrence is in the Rigveda, where it is considered [...]

Guarana Health Benefits

By |2019-03-10T06:16:51+03:00March 10th, 2019|Categories: Herbs & Plants, Knowledge, Substances|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Guarana is an effective energy booster. Guarana seeds are rich in caffeine and contain up to 4-8% caffeine, more than coffee beans, which contain approximately 1-2.5% caffeine. The seeds are also rich in tannins and xanthine alkaloids theophylline and theobromine. The Guarana fruits color ranges [...]

How Spices Shaped Our History

By |2019-03-08T01:33:54+03:00March 8th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants|Tags: , , , , , |

Vast fortunes made and squandered, powerful rulers seduced, ailments cured, and nations discovered…all in the name of spice. Spices have always cast a spell on our imaginations. They flatter our senses: our sight with their vibrant colors, our smell with their enticing fragrances, and our [...]

The History of Penicillin

By |2019-02-26T17:50:03+03:00February 26th, 2019|Categories: Knowledge, Substances|Tags: , , , , , , |

The history of penicillin follows a number of observations and discoveries of apparent evidence of antibiotic activity in molds before the modern isolation of the chemical penicillin in 1928. There are anecdotes about ancient societies using molds to treat infections, and in the following centuries, [...]

Anadenanthera Peregrina (Yopo) Traditional Uses

By |2019-02-24T05:26:30+03:00February 24th, 2019|Categories: Herbs & Plants, Knowledge, Substances|Tags: , , , , , |

Anadenanthera peregrina, also known as yopo, cohoba, parica or calcium tree is a perennial tree of the genus Anadenanthera native to the Caribbean and South America. It grows up to 20 m (66 ft) tall, and has a horny bark. Its flowers are pale yellow [...]

Magu: Goddess of Hemp and Healing

By |2019-02-22T00:10:23+03:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants|Tags: , , , , , , |

In ancient China, the cannabis plant was a valued part of the Taoist religion, and the goddess Magu was often pictured carrying a basket of hemp and peaches. In fact, the name Magu translates directly to, “hemp maid.” Magu was a beautiful, young woman with [...]

Cleansing and Healing Properties of Palo Santo

By |2019-02-15T16:21:54+03:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Herbs & Plants, Knowledge, Substances|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Palo Santo is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh, and Copal. In Spanish, the name literally means “Holy Wood”. It is part of the citrus family and has sweet notes of pine, mint, and [...]

Mayan Maize Myths

By |2019-02-13T04:12:08+03:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants|Tags: , , , , , , |

Like other Mesoamerican people, the traditional Mayas recognize in their staple crop, maize, a vital force with which they strongly identify. This is clearly shown by their mythological traditions. According to the 16th-century Popol Vuh, the Hero Twins have maize plants for alter egos and [...]

5 Benefits of Gotu Kola

By |2019-02-04T20:23:33+03:00February 4th, 2019|Categories: Herbs & Plants, Knowledge, Substances|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Gotu Kola? Here’s a plant you may have never of heard before. But it is a name you be keeping on your lazy Susan. Gotu Kola is an herb with truly remarkable health benefits for both the mind and body. It’s especially beneficial in treating [...]

6 Home Remedies for Dry Cough

By |2019-01-31T19:18:01+03:00January 31st, 2019|Categories: Herbs & Plants, Knowledge, Substances|Tags: , , , , |

A dry cough is a common symptom of asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, and other lung and respiratory infections. Bouts of coughing usually get worse at night i.e. mostly when one is asleep, early in the morning, after meals and after you’re tired. A dry cough [...]