Galanga, Alpina galangal, is well known throughout Thailand as “Kha “  for its distinctively sharp sweet taste and fragrance. Like Turmeric, Galanga is a member of the ginger family and this very popular culinary herb is used in soups and curries.

Galanga has a long history of use in various medicinal traditions.  In African-American folk medicine galanga is referred to as “chewing root” said to settle the stomach and aid digestion.  Traditional Chinese medicine prescribes galanga to relieve stomach pain, vomiting, hiccups and diarrhea.  Galanga is often to relieve motion sickness as well as morning sickness.

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Turmeric

Turmeric, (Curcuma longa), contains hundreds of chemical species including a variety of curcuminoids working together in synergy. Much if not all of the turmeric powder in the market will have been processed by boiling or steaming as a first step after washing. In Thai Freeze Dry’s ”Cellular Fraction-Line Technology   ” (CFL) the turmeric is not exposed to heat during any part of the process.  This is the “Thai Freeze Dry” difference.  In addition CFL activated turmeric powder is preserved to maintain the cellular and molecular structure of turmeric as it grows in nature with the highest levels of both bio-activity and bio-availability possible. Read more


Stevia

 

SteviaStevia rebaudiana, plays an important role in our herbal blends. Bamboo Hut’s herbs are not all delicious.  Some are bitter, some our sour,  astringent etc.  Please do not expect a super sweet “bubble gum” drink.  This is herbal.  This is healthy.  The sprouted black rice provides a pleasant tasting (malt) flavor but with the addition of our herbs, taste tests indicate that a slightly sweeter taste is preferred.  Stevia provides natural sweetness.  It is a healthy herbal alternative.  It contains no sugar but is sweeter than sugar with no calories, no toxicity and none of the negative health effects of sugar.

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Holy Basil

Holy basilOcimum sanctum / Ocimum tenuiflorum, has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes for thousands of years in India and S.E. Asia.  Its distinct cooling mellow “peppery” flavor distinguishes it from other varieties of basil.  The aroma is a blend of peppermint, cloves, licorice and lemon.  This flavor and aroma make holy basil an essential ingredient for Thai cooking.  In addition to its culinary use, holy basil is a medicinal herb in the category known as “adaptogens.”

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Gotu Kola

Gotu KolaCentella asiatica, is one of the most important regenerative Ayurvedic herbs. These leaves have been used for centuries by yogis to support deep meditation.  It is believed to develop the Crown Chakra, the energy center at the top of the head and balance the right and left hemispheres of the human brain.  In addition to its use in ancient India, China and Africa have traditionally used gotu kola for its  medicinal properties.

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Blue Butterfly Pea Vine

Blue butterfly peaClitoria ternatea, vine is noted for its bright blue edible flowers that have a shape similar to female genitalia from which it derives its scientific name.  Aside from its many culinary uses, the blue butterfly pea vine has been used in Ayurveda as well as traditional Asian and Middle Eastern medicine and its health benefits are increasingly supported by modern science. Blue butterfly pea itself has a rich historical background with a multitude of health convenient properties.

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