According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wei Qi is the energy that safeguards health. In the East, tonic herbs are often consumed to fortify and enhance Wei Qi. Elderberry, Astragalus and other herbs and spices come roaring deliciously to the defense like a shimmering purple dragon.
Astragalus membranaceus, a member of the fabeaceae, or pea family native to Northern China and Mongolia, is now cultivated worldwide. It has been used in herbal medicine for more than 2,000 years, and is considered one of the 20 most important herbs used in Traditional Chinese medicine.
Elettaria cardamomum, a member of the tropical Zingiberaceae family, is one of several species of herbaceous plants native to India that produce the well known light green, spicy pods we know and love. While India remains the world’s largest producer of Cardamon, it is now cultivated worldwide, particularly coming from Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Guatemala.
Cinnamomum verum, a member of the Lauraceae family, is also known as True or Ceylon cinnamon, referring to its homeland in Sri Lanka. Cinnamon bark has been used for thousands of years in both Eastern and Western Traditional herbal systems.
Sambucus nigra, a member of the Adoxeaceae family, is also known as black elderberry. It has had a long and illustrious career in Traditional European and North American herbal medicine. Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician, referred to elderberry as “Nature’s medicine chest” due to the long list of health conditions it benefits.
Its benefits are legendary and too numerous to list. Beneficial constituents in ginger are perfectly suited to effectively invigorate digestive processes in a highly flavorful and balanced way. The pungent aromatic oils in ginger stoke the digestive fire, regulate secretions, relax the gut, and increase circulation.
Hibiscus sabdariffara, a member of the Malvaceae family, is the most commonly used variety for medicinal use originating from West Africa and now cultivated worldwide. Cultivation is most intensive throughout tropical regions in China, Thailand, Mexico, Sudan, Egypt, Senegal, and Jamaica. Hibiscus is used by cultures the world over for its delicious, refreshing flavor and ruby red color.
Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine have utilized the peels from citrus fruits for millennia. Peels of citrus are substantial sources of nutrients, antioxidants, and enzymes that increase the value of a formula and enhance its assimilation into the body.
Rosa Canina, commonly known as Dog-Rose, is a member of the Rosaceae family, native to Europe, Northern Africa, and Asia. The flowers are usually pale-pink in color, and this plant has a habit of climbing up into tall trees by using its grappling hook like thorns to hold on to the trunk. The fruit of the rose is called its hip, and dog-rose has some particularly attractive hips.
Ocimum sanctum is a member of the Lamiatae family. Highly aromatic, different varieties of Tulsi may smell and taste of peppermint, cloves, licorice, or lemon, as well as having distinct characteristics of their own.
Defend contains herbs used historically in both Eastern and Western traditions related to the “defensive qi.” Also known as Wei Qi, this portion of our energy acts as a sentry, protecting and consolidating our borders. This formula is based on a powerful combination of sour herbs, including elderberry, hibiscus and rose hip. These unique super-fruits, contain unique and colorful plant pigments with a distinctive sour taste that nourishes and strengthens. Combined with Astragalus, the famous tonic root of Traditional Chinese Herbalism, for a base of earthy sweetness. Also a generous helping of fragrant, spicy herbs, including cinnamon and ginger to enhance vital energy flow, particularly to the periphery of the body, which acts as a boundary against intruders. They also bring heat to the digestive system to improve absorption of the powerful ingredients in this delicious tonic.
Defend functions as a preventative, helping to maintain optimum immunity and replenishing depleted resources. In times of greater vulnerability, such as the change of season or when undergoing high stress, Defend is particularly important. It supports the body’s defenses during cold, flu and allergies and reinforces optimal recovery. This tonic is also an excellent choice when sharing enclosed spaces with other people, such as in the workplace or when travelling. The fruity flavor appeals to children, so pack it in their lunch for sweet protection.