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Why Herbs? Really, Why?

Updated: Jan 11, 2021

There were very small traces of exotic herbs we first used in the first batch of Himalayan Long Life Botanicals Super Superfoods in 2017. They are grown in regions only accessible by plane in the Himalayas.

The reason they were included was because they had an established reputation locally to aid memory. We, however, used them only in very small trace amounts as the superfood is already a Super Superfood with its other mainstream ingredients. Plus we could not get the more exotic ingredients regularly. There are benefits though. We may include them again in a future blend, but as of the end of 2018 we no longer have them available.

The herbs are still here with their benefits:

Chirata. This herb is mentioned in the ancient healing text of Ayurveda. It has a bitter taste. It is known to handle upset stomachs, has a role in diabetes and Hypoglycemia prevention. It also has a strong anti-inflammatory effect and reduces pain and swelling in joints. It also helps in destroying intestinal worms. Its antioxidant action guards cells from turning cancerous, especially liver cancer. The antiviral action of Chirata is used to fight the herpes and papilloma virus. It also counters fever, and can lower the fever from a cold, flu and malaria. The active ingredients are folic acid, glycosides and ophelic acid. Avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and by people with gastric or duodenal ulcers.

Harrow (as pictured below): It is good for asthma, improves digestion and appetite, and can be a laxative. Avoid when breastfeeding or when pregnant as the herbs can prevent lactation when in large quantities.

Pipla can be used simply as a spice or as a remedy, or as something to increase effectiveness of other herbs. It is a stimulant for the digestive system and the respiratory system. It can be used to treat colds and congestion and rejuvenates the lungs. It improves the function of the liver. The powder of the root helps against obesity, coughs, colds, asthma, fever, and enhances intelligence. It regulates the release of glucose released into the blood and so is good for diabetics. It boosts the production of insulin. It combats bacterial infections, diarrhea and toothache. Consult your physician if pregnant.

Katuki is effective for liver disease. It is a detoxifying herb. It improves skin and makes it bright. It treats hormonal imbalances, arthritis, urinary tract infections, liver and spleen and gallbladder issues. It maintains the blood sugar levels in the body. It is useful in shedding fat from the body. Avoid during pregnancy and breast feeding as again it can prevent lactation in large quantities.

Padamchal (as in the header and above photographs): Primarily for digestive complaints including constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, stomach pain, gastrointestinal (Gl) bleeding. It is s rhubarb root and is sometimes applied to the skin to treat cold sores.

Guchi Mushrooms: The Morchella Esculenta (Guchi) is a wild mushroom which grows in deep Himalayan forests (Upper Himachal Region). Morschella, the true Morels belong to the rare genus of mushroom family, which is found in upper Himalayas in April to Sept Period. It grows naturally and has not been commercially cultivated due to its rare and distinctive characteristics.


NOTE: While these above are amazing reports, our super superfoods never did, and never will include high volumes of these herbs. If you are ill, please go to a physician.

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