frequently-asked-questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We would love to answer all your questions. Please read our most frequently asked questions below and if your question is not answered here, send us an email.

q : where do the herbs come from?

a : all the herbs in our store range are sourced from reliable organic supply where possible. The herbs are grown in various parts of the world. A Many of the herbs are grown in Pakistan and we are passionate about growing the number of PK direct suppliers where we can.

q : what’s the Big Dream?

a : We want to supply the public with affordable medicinal herbal blends through markets, cafe’s and organic / health shops, in most cities, as well as online.
We want to steadily increase the amount of organic herbs for our products that are grown locally in Pakistan, and eventually we would like to grow the majority of the herbs ourselves.

q : who are herbal teas for?

a : Herbal teas are designed for everyone and every body. There is a blend for everyone! They are safe and easy to drink, hard to overdose on and really yummy!

q : where can I buy herbal teas?

a : Herbal tea’s can be purchased through the online store. Soon we will be providing out products on stores.

q : why is the steeping time so long for Herbal Teas?

a : Herbal Teas are formulated for their medicinal effect and taste. The medicinal effect is best when steeped for 20 minutes. Herbal Teas are still yummy if you don’t have that much time… just steep to taste!

q : can I drink Herbal Tea during pregnancy and while breast feeding?

a : There are some herbs which influence stages of pregnancy as well as milk production and should be taken with caution.

Sage can reduce lactation and can be used for weaning. Due to this effect we do not recommend ‘Buzz’ and ‘Voice’ Teas to women who are breast feeding.

Pregnant women who have had trouble with bleeding, could avoid calendula.

q : can I take Herbal Teas if I am on prescription medication?

a : yes. Herbal Teas are safe and beneficial alongside pharmaceutical drugs. However, to avoid any sensitivity with powerful drugs, Herbal Potential Teas can be taken away from medication.

For more information on herb drug interactions talk to your Naturopath or other health care professional.

q : why do the different Herbal Teas look like they are different sizes?

a : All Herbal Teas are packed by weight. Some blends contain more leaves and flowers which have more bulk and are lighter than seeds and bark, which is heavier. Herbal Teas also settle after packaging, and vary due to different cuts.

q : Is herbal medicine safe?

a : Yes – when you know what you’re doing. Herbs (plant/botanical medicines) are also drugs, and they have a profound affect on the human body. Comprised of thousands of medicinal constituents, herbs can affect multiple body systems in targeted ways while also working synergistically with the body for a holistic treatment approach (allowing minimal to no side effects in the process).

q : What is the research supporting herbal medicine? Is it really effective?

a : There are literally thousands of years of recorded herbal practice with countless documentation of their effectiveness, clinical safety and potency. Add that to the emerging clinical trials and modern scientific research on herbal medicine today and we have an incredible arsenal of information to utilize in clinical practice. Effectiveness of herbal preparations is directly linked to appropriate dosing, frequency and choice of herb. This is why it is to important to work in partnership with a qualified herbalist to be given appropriate dosing information and to have herbs custom selected or compounded for you in a very tailored way. The main reason you hear of herbs not working is due to inappropriate dosing or using the incorrect herb for the illness.

q : How is herbal medicine different from modern-day pharmaceuticals?

a : When using herbs as medicine, you are employing the entire plant (root, flower, leaf, rhizome, etc) which consists of hundreds or thousands medicinal constituents to address specific issues. This differs from pharmaceuticals which are manufactured to address one specific goal (which they often do very effectively). Pharmaceuticals, standardized as they are, do not take into account the synergy of multiple body systems, often leading to unnecessary and potent side effects. Herbal medicines were not created for your specific diseases and illness, therefore there is no herb to “treat arthritis” or to “treat IBS”. Herbs, when combined together in a custom compounded form, can be remarkably effective in providing holistic treatment that is not just symptom specific, but whole body supporting.

q : Can I take herbal formulas in place of my medications?

a : Not unless you are under the clinical supervision of a qualified Herbalist or Naturopathic Doctor. It can be very dangerous to abruptly discontinue pharmaceuticals and extremely difficult for a lay person to choose an acceptable alternative(s) to their treatment.

q : What about all the conflicting information I find on the internet about herbal remedies? I’m afraid to try anything!

a : The internet is the worst place to go to find natural medicine advice. Period. There is no regulation on people’s opinion and what can be published on the internet unless it is a scientific journal or medical publication. There is so much mis-information and poorly researched advice floating around that it makes it extremely difficult to make an informed decision about your health on your own. Seek out a qualified herbal medicine practitioner or naturopathic doctor who have been properly and extensively trained to help guide you in your health choices.