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Ajwain, also known as Caraway, Bishop’s weed or Carum, is a small gray-green seed that comes from a small shrub. It is a biennial herb of the parsley family (Apiaceae). Ajwain is originally from the Eastern Mediterranean, but is now mostly cultivated along river banks in Central Asia, India and Egypt. Ajwain has a distinctive aroma, similar to that of anise but has a slightly bitter, pungent and sharp taste. It can be used as a seasoning in chicken, fish, meat and vegetable dishes. It is also commonly used as a digestive aid for minor stomach complaints.
Amla, also known as Indian Gooseberry is a herb native to India and is known for its fruits with the same name. Its fruits are small, round in shape and resembling a berry. They have translucent light-green skin. The fruits are juiced for their extracts and dried into a powder that can be used for a variety of purposes. Amla powder has a balance of bitter, sweet and sour flavours to it. It is widely used in traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine and is known to fight a number of health ailments and diseases.
Ashwagandha is an ancient Ayurvedic herb known for its various health benefits and is grown in India, the Middle East and parts of Africa. The word Ashwagandha means ‘smell of the horse’, referring to its unique smell. It is also called as Winter Cherry.
Ashwagandha Powder is best consumed with milk.
Henna is a dye prepared from the henna tree. Henna has been used since ancient times and even today to dye and nourish the hair. The powder is also used in body art and to dye fingernails, a common practice in many Asian countries. To make a hair pack, mix some water, yogurt or egg with a little Henna powder and apply the thick paste to your hair. Leave in for a few hours and wash with water. Finish with a little oil for soft and glossy lustrous hair. Henna powder can also be used to dye fabrics like silk, wool and leather.
Indigo is a natural dye that is obtained from the plant Indigofera tinctoria. The powder can be used as a natural and healthier alternative to synthetic/chemical hair dyes and is perfect for people with sensitive skin. Indigo powder is prepared by grinding the dried leaves of the Indigo plant. The paste should be mixed with water and applied on the hair and left on for 2-3 hours or overnight for a dark black look. Sometimes essential oils are added to give it an extra fragrance. For best results, Indigo powder should be combined with Henna powder.
Licorice is a perennial herb native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. A sweet flavour can be extracted from the plant and is often used in candies and sweets. This herb is approximately about 30-50 times sweeter than sugar and sucrose. In spite of its extreme sweetness, Licorice is known to have no damage to teeth. The roots of this herb are also used in the preparation of herbal teas. A sip of Licorice tea can kill sugar cravings and is ideal for weight management.
ORIGIN: Sri Lanka
Mace is a net-like coating surrounding the nutmeg seed. The layer is removed, flattened and dried and changes color to a yellow-orange shade. It has a mild and sweet flavor with less pungent undertones. Some great uses include – puddings, cakes, cookies, soups, sauces, dairy products, fish among others. Mace powder should be stored in an airtight container for a longer shelf life. One teaspoon of mace powder amounts to one tablespoon of mace blades.
Moringa is a multipurpose herb native to the Himalayan areas of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan and also parts of Africa. It is cultivated for food as well as for its medicinal value. Because of its various health benefits, Moringa is often called the ‘Tree of Life’. A rich herbal tea can be prepared from its leaves which have a high level of polyphenols, an antioxidant.
Neem, a leafy tree also known as the “Indian Lilac” is commonly used in traditional Ayurvedic Indian medicine. It is a species of evergreen tree native to India, Pakistan and Africa. The neem tree leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds, gum, oil and bark all have health benefits. Neem leaf powder possesses most of the medicinal values of neem. The powder is made by drying and grinding neem leaves or a blend of leaves, flowers, seeds, fruit and bark. The powdered leaf is used for organic pest control and to produce chemical-free fertilizer. Neem leaf powder is also widely used in a variety of natural cosmetics, including soaps, skin lotions and hair products. It can also be used in your teas.
Hatton Naturals sources its certified organic Neem Leaf Powder direct from small-scale farm co-ops in India. If you like this herb’s unique flavour, you may also enjoy our organic Moringa Powder.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: India
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Neem leaf powder can even help in treating dandruff. Add neem powder in water and apply this mixture to your hair roots, and then consume any remaining water. Leave it for 30 minutes and rinse thoroughly. With the regular use of this remedy, you can get rid of dandruff.
Citrus peels have a high nutritional value and add a beautiful flavor to food. They brew a beautiful bright orange aromatic tea, which is more flavorful than regular tea. The peels can be used in the preparation of cookies, cakes, and other sweets and desserts. Cut pieces of dried orange peels can be added to soups and stews and slow cooked with various meats. Store dried orange peels in an airtight jar and use it in meal preparations all through the year.
Used in traditional Hindu rituals, Tulsi is a sacred herb which is native to India. It grows as an erect branched shrub up to 60cm tall and has furry stems. In herbal medicine, practitioners treat ailments such as asthma and inflammation, with Tulsi. There are three varieties of Tulsi; Rama, Krishna, and Vana. The Tulsi (Krishna) leaves and blossoms are fragrant and purple in colour. The plant has a spicy, clove-like aroma. Its leaves mimic the sharp, crisp flavors of pepper and are cultivated, picked, dried, and powdered for use.
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