While we believe that the foundation of good health lies in a whole-food plant-based diet we’re also advocates of periodic juice and broth fasting and additional elixirs and supplements when required.
Our preferred means of supplementation has always been plant-based extracts. Nature’s medicine cabinet: Herbs, roots, seeds, spices, mushrooms and other botanicals contains a treatment for almost any ailment. However many of these compounds and chemicals are difficult for our bodies to access and breakdown by traditional means – and thus it is necessary to extract them in the form of tinctures.
Aether Herbalist and Apothecary are at the forefront of botanical and fungi extraction in South Africa and once we met them, and learned of the wondrous ways in which they utilizing plant medicines, we knew we had to collaborate. In partnership with their founder Cullen, we have created a range of ten high-potency tinctures which we believe will play an important part in restoring the health of human beings through plant medicine.
A tincture is a concentrated extraction of herbs and other natural compounds. Tinctures are an incredible way of ingesting natural medicines as they are extremely bio-available and easily incorporated into daily life. Nourish'd tinctures are made using a dual hydro-ethanol extraction method which delivers maximum potency.
Not all tinctures are made the same. While there are many methods of extracting the medicinal qualities of plants into ‘potions’ some are definitely better than others. Many tinctures on the market utilize a form of extraction known as the ‘folk’ method. This involves soaking the plant or mushroom material in either alcohol or water for an extended period of time. While this method may draw out a small number of phytochemicals, many are left behind.
Our tinctures are made using an ancient, yet superior, method which extracts almost every trace element from the plant material. This is done by utilizing a lab instrument called a Soxhlet Extractor which essentially runs evaporated ethanol, or water, through the plant-matter over 600 times in four minutes. This process is done with both 99 proof ethanol and water creating both a hydrosol (water extract) and a concentrated alcohol extract. These are then combined and further reduced to create a potent hydro-ethanolic extract/herbal tincture.
The only single-ingredient tincture in our range, Reishi is a mycelial ally which needs no supporting act. It’s a bright-red polypore mushroom which grows on the rotting wood of dead trees - and one of the most ancient natural medicines in the world.
Traditionally, it was used in China by Taoist monks to promote calmness, improve meditative practices, as well as to attain a long & healthy life. Chinese royalty, seeking longevity, held reishi mushroom in high esteem. It became immortalized throughout Chinese culture in paintings, statues, silk tapestries, & on the robes of emperors.
Reishi mushroom has also been revered in Japanese culture where it is considered to be the most important of all the Japanese medicinal polypores. In China this brilliant mushroom is listed as a superior tonics in the most famous of all Chinese materia medicas - the Shen Nung Ben Cao Jing (206 BC-AD 8).
It boosts immunity by affecting the genes and altering inflammation pathways in white blood cells. It’s also been proven effective against various types of cancer by increasing the production of natural killer cells - immune cells which fight infection and cancer.
Reishi can also assist in relieving stress, fatigue and anxiety. It can aid in heart health and blood sugar control and enhances overall antioxidant status within the body - combatting free-radicals and supporting the entire system.
The recommended dosage for this product is 10 drops three times daily and one bottle should last one month.
You will always be given the option to collect your goods from either our Kloof Street or Observatory stores. In busier periods we may disable Kloof street as a pickup location due to high volumes of foot traffic and limited space, you will then be able to collect from Observatory.
Shipping of goods within the Cape Town area is charged at R80. Shipping of goods nationally outside of Cape Town is charged at R150. If you live in a rural area please contact us before placing your order to ensure that we are able to deliver to you.
If you are ordering a non-cleanse-product alongside a cleanse or nutritional programme this may create a shipping rule error and you will only be offered the option to collect. If this occurs please contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lowers blood pressure, could interact with some medications which lower blood pressure levels.
Do not take if you suffer from low blood pressure or are taking medication for it.
No adverse contraindications have been shown when using these herbs, however, please consult your health care provider if there is concern and/ or you are on specific medications.
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