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Flowers

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Chamomile

Matricaria chamomilla

Areas of origin: Europe and West Asia

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Chamomile is the name for a variety of flowers of the Asteraceae family, similar to daisies. The two most common types of chamomile, German and Roman chamomile, are commonly used to make herbal teas and ingredients in various traditional medicines. Other variations of chamomile are used for their flavour in cooking, confectionary, and beverages. The aroma and extracts of chamomile are used in the production of soaps, mouthwashes, perfumes and cosmetics.

Medical Benefits

The use of chamomile as an ingredient in traditional medicines has prompted various studies to determine its potential medical properties. These studies have found that chamomile possesses anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in antioxidants, which may give it the following medical benefits:

  • Reduce insomnia symptoms.

  • Prevents certain cancers.

  • Blood sugar balancing properties.

  • Immune boosting properties.

 

Cornflower

Centaurea cyanus

Area of origin: Europe

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Centaura cyanus is a flowering plant in Asteraceae family. Once considered a weed, it is now endangered in its natural habitats in Europe, but thrives in various environments around the world. The use of cornflowers in traditional medicines and its popularity in folklore has lead to cornflowers developing symbolic significance in numerous European cultures. Cornflowers have been used throughout history for their blue pigment for dyes and paints. It is also used in cooking and beverages, various tea blends and in herbal teas. 

Medical Benefits

Cornflowers contain a number of essential vitamins and nutrients which give it antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties. Studies on the medical uses of these properties have confirmed that cornflowers may provide the following medical benefits:

  • Reduce anxiety and stress symptoms.

  • Treatment for yeast infections.

  • Reduce chest congestions.

  • Liver health improving properties.

 

Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Areas of origin: East Asia and the Pacific Islands 

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Hibiscus is the name given to the species of flowering plants of the Malvaceae family. Hibiscus is native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world and is known for its large vibrant flowers. In many cultures, hibiscus flowers have cultural and symbolic symbolism, due to folklore and uses in traditional medicines. The Hibiscus syriacus and Hibiscus rosa-sinensis are used as ingredients in cooking, perfumes and cosmetics and are most commonly used for herbal teas and tea blends.

Medical Benefits

Hibiscus has been used in a number of traditional medicines as a treatment to a wide range of ailments. Recent studies have found that hibiscus is rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and a variety of other minerals and vitamins which may give it the following medical benefits:

  • Blood pressure reducing properties.

  • Cholesterol reducing properties.

  • Prevents certain types of cancers.

  • Aids healthy weight loss.

 

Hops Strobiles

Humulus lupulus

Area of origin: Germany

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Hops strobiles are the cone shaped flowers of the humulus lupulus vine. Most commonly used for its bittering, flavouring and stabilizing properties in beer, hops are characterised by its floral, citrus, or earthy aroma and flavour. Hop cultivation is extremely popular and as a result there is a wide variety of hops species, each with a unique combination of aroma, flavour and bitterness. Hops are also used in many traditional medicines and for flavouring for soft drinks, herbal teas and tea blends.

Medical Benefits

Studies conducted on the medical properties of hops have found that it has similar medical properties to Valerian, due to the antibacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties found in both. Hops and valerian may both provide the following medical benefits:

  • Anxiolytic properties.

  • Treatment for insomnia.

  • Treatment for digestive problems.

  • Reducing menopausal symptoms.

 

Jasmine

Jasminum

Area of origin: Eurasia, Australasia and Oceania

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Jasmines are the flowers of the Jasminum vine, in the olive, Oleaceae family. Jasmin vines are native to warm and tropical regions and are characterised by their flowers and aroma. Jasmine flowers are used in religious ceremonies and festivals in various societies due to the cultural significance of the flower. Jasmines are most commonly harvested for use in the cosmetic and perfume industries, but are also used to produce jasmine tea, herbal tea and tea blends.

Medical Benefits

Studies on Jasmine have found it to be extremely high in antioxidants due to its numerous polyphenols. These antioxidants may potentially provide numerous medical benefits which may include:

  • Protection again alzheimer's.

  • Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes.

  • Reduces the risk of certain cancers.

  • Cavity and tooth decay prevention properties.

 

Lavender

Lavandulae flos tot. bio.

Areas of origin: Europe, Asia and North eastern Africa

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Lavender is the name given to 47 species of flowering plants in the Lamianceae, mint, family. It is characterised by its strong fragrance and colour of its flowers. Lavender has a long history of cultivation, with evidence of it being harvested for use in the mummification process in ancient Egypt. Today lavender is cultivated for use in traditional medicines, cooking, perfumes and cosmetics, confectionaries and teas.

Medical Benefits

Lavender is also cultivated for its oil extracts which are a popular ingredient in traditional medicines. Studies on the properties of Lavender oil extracts have found it possess anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which may give it the following medical benefits:

  • Wound healing properties.

  • Anxiety and stress reducing properties.

  • Treatment for insomnia.

  • Digestion aid.

 

Marigold/Calendula

Calendula officinallis

Area of origin: South America 

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Caledula is the name of species of 15-20 flowering plants from the Asteraceae, daisy, family. Also known as Marigold, the flower has been used as a dye, an ingredient for cooking and as an ingredient for for traditional medicine since Ancient Greek times.  Its distinctiveness and versatility has lead to it developing cultural significance as it is used in the festivals and ceremonies of many cultures. It is cultivated for many culinary uses, for tea and liquor production and for cosmetic and perfumes.

Medical Benefits

The oil extracted from marigold has been found to possess anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties which may give it the following medical benefits:

  • Wound healing properties.

  • Treatment for rashes, acne and eczema.

  • Aid for oral health.