Those after-dinner mints at the next wedding reception you attend have a story to tell. They’re modern day descendants of the peppermint plant, also known as Mentha x piperita. In the past, it was widely known that peppermint aided digestion.
When did people start using manufactured products more than home remedies? It wasn’t that long ago. Most of our great-grandparents relied almost entirely on plant allies for wellness.
Some people, thankfully, never forgot the power of the plants. In 1974, Traditional Medicinals was founded with a goal to pass along centuries-old herbal wisdom and a vision for the rebirth of herbalism in North America. Forty-five years later, we are still passionate about connecting people with plants through high-quality herbal products formulated by herbalists.
Here are 11 plants we love, all of which are easy to use at home to support health and wellness.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): Built for survival, the leaves and root of this resilient “weed” have been used for centuries to stimulate the liver and support kidney health.* Wake up to a cup of our Dandelion Teas.
Senna: (Cassia angustifolia) A relief to be around, the leaves and flowers of this dainty yellow plant have been used as a trusted herbal laxative for generations.* Get things moving with our Smooth Move teas and capsules.
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita): Cool and uplifting, this herb is a familiar guest at the dinner table to help alleviate digestive discomfort and enliven the spirits.* Refresh with our mintiest Peppermint tea.
Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra): Smooth and silky, the inner bark of this North American tree has long been simmered and sipped for throat-soothing support.* Find it in our Throat Coat Original and Throat Coat Eucalyptus teas.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale): Warming and spicy, this root has been quelling upset stomachs and nausea for more than 2,000 years.* Find it in a variety of our Digestive Blends.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra): Known as “sweet root,” this harmonizing herb has been used for thousands of years to soothe the digestive tract and promote respiratory health.* Look for it in some of our favorite Seasonal Teas.
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita): Lovely and gentle, the flowering tops of this herb calm the nervous system and untangle the tummy.* Rest easy with a variety of our Relaxation Teas.
Nettle (Urtica dioica): Despite its prickly façade, this spring green provides nurturing support for joint health.* Get your dose in our Nettle Leaf tea.
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea): Stimulating and supportive, this purple coneflower gives your system an immune boost when you need it most.* Get your immune system fired up with Echinacea Plus Original and Echinacea Plus Elderberry.
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata): Peaceful and calming, this flowing vine helps to relax and carry you into a sweet lullaby.* Drift off to sleep with our Nighty Night teas.
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare): Pleasant and gentle, the seeds of this aromatic plant help to relieve gas and bloating and support healthy breast milk production in nursing moms.* Find it in our Fennel and Mother’s Milk products.
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