Organic Chamomile Extract

Organic Chamomile Extract

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Chamomile Extract | Healing Herbals

Elevate your wellness routine with Healing Herbals' Chamomile Extract, a premium herbal extract known for its calming and sleep-enhancing properties. Derived from organically grown chamomile flowers, this extract is a powerful ally in reducing stress, promoting relaxation, and supporting a restful night's sleep. Its gentle effectiveness makes it a preferred choice for individuals seeking a natural approach to managing anxiety and improving sleep quality.

  • Key Benefits:
    • Promotes relaxation and reduces symptoms of stress
    • Enhances sleep quality, aiding in a more restful night
    • Supports digestive health, soothing discomfort

Our Chamomile Extract is meticulously sourced to ensure the highest quality and potency, providing a safe and natural option for those looking to improve their mental well-being and overall health. Integrate it into your daily regimen for a tranquil, harmonious balance throughout your day and night.

When to avoid Kanna? Precautions?

Yes, it's recommended to avoid Kanna when taking other SSRI's as there may be an adverse interaction between these.

Otherwise Kanna is considered a safe herbal supplement.

As with any new herbal supplement it's recommended to consult your physician first.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sceletium Phytochemistry

Order: Caryophyllales

Family: Aizoaceae

Subfamily: Mesembryanthemoideae

Genus: Sceletium

Species: Sceletium tortuosum / expansum

Sceletium tortuosum, also known as kanna, channa, or kougoed, belongs to the plant family Aizoaceae. Kanna falls under the order Caryophyllales and is part of the genus Mesembryanthemum. The kanna succulent plant is native to the Cape Provinces of South Africa. It has numerous synonyms, including Mesembryanthemum aridum, Phyllobolus tortuosum, and several variations under the Sceletium genus, reflecting its diverse classification within botanical taxonomy.

Physically, Sceletium tortuosum is characterized by its fleshy, thick leaves with visible bladder cells or idioblasts. It exhibits a unique skeletonized leaf venation pattern in the dry leaves, a defining feature of this genus identified by N.E. Brown in 1925. The plant's flowers are distinguishable by their threadlike petals, usually white to yellow, and occasionally pale orange or pink. The fruits are capsules containing kidney-shaped seeds that are brown to black in color. Sceletium tortuosum is a creeper plant, typically reaching heights of 15 to 20 cm and often found covering the ground in the shade of larger shrubs. It grows in pairs during winter, with the leaves dying off in the summer to protect the plant from adverse environmental conditions​​.

According to current research Sceletium tortuosum contains a variety of alkaloids which contribute to its pharmacological properties. Research has identified twenty-five alkaloids in Sceletium tortuosum, classified into four structural classes: mesembrine, Sceletium A4, joubertiamine, and tortuosamine, with the mesembrine class being predominant. These alkaloids are considered the primary active constituents of the plant and are responsible for its traditional uses, such as relieving thirst, potentially providing mild analgesia, and potentially altering mood.

Pictured here is a large kanna plant taking up most of the foreground and some kanna is fuzzy as it's too close to the camera

Kanna & Quality

Healing Herbals was established as a comprehensive online platform, offering an array of services and products related to the Sceletium plant. We offer a wide range of Kanna extract, kanna loose leaf, tinctures and other potent sceletium & plant based products.

Our aim is to meet the growing international interest in Sceletium by offering a unique shopping experience and a reliable supply chain. We serve as a central hub for various forms of Sceletium, functioning both as a large-scale distributor and a diverse retail outlet. Our offerings include not only our own products but also those from our main suppliers.

Our commitment extends through sustainable and ethical sourcing of Sceletium tortuosum. We ensure that our plant material is organically grown, without the use of synthetic chemicals, and sourced either from well-managed farms or sustainably maintained wild ecosystems on private lands.

In alignment with our ethical practices our main suppliers participate in fair sharing agreements with the indigenous San and Khoikhoi communities including the South African San Council. These are the traditional knowledge holders of Sceletium. Additionally our suppliers are authorized by the Western Province Department of Cape Nature to distribute and export Sceletium globally.

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History of Kanna

The history of Kanna, also known as Sceletium tortuosum, is a fascinating journey through time, culture, and geography. This revered herb, indigenous to South Africa, has played a significant role in the lives of the local people, particularly the Khoikhoi and the San tribes, since prehistoric times. These tribes, initially hunter-gatherers, used Kanna for various purposes including relief from thirst and hunger, to combat fatigue, and for social and spiritual purposes. They had a profound connection with the plant, associating it with the sacred eland antelope and referring to it by the same name: 'kanna'​​.

The area where Kanna was found was so rich in the plant that it was called ‘Channaland’ by the local inhabitants, reflecting the abundance of Sceletium and eland in the region​​. The rich oral tradition of knowledge about Sceletium tortuosum, unfortunately, faced decline due to conflicts with settlers, genocidal raids, and acculturation, mainly during the 17th century colonial era​​.

The first written reports of Kanna came from Dutch explorers like Van Riebeeck in 1662, who bartered with locals for the plant. The Dutch noted the plant's effects and termed it 'kougoed', meaning 'good to chew', appreciating its ginseng-like qualities​​. By the 18th century, Kanna had become a significant trade item, highly valued for its mood-elevating and therapeutic properties, with people traveling great distances to trade it​​.

Carl Peter Thunberg, a Swedish botanist, reported in 1773 that Kanna was used as a chewed and fermented substance, often mixed with other herbs, including cannabis, for intoxicating effects. This combination was noted to enhance the intoxicating effect of cannabis​​. By the mid-19th century, Kanna had established itself as a traded commodity in several centers, used for treating insomnia, diarrhea, and also chewed as a mild narcotic​​.

The first isolation of an alkaloid from Sceletium tortuosum was in 1898 by Meiring, who called it mesembrine. This discovery led to a deeper understanding of the plant's chemical composition, though its exact composition remains elusive​​.

Kanna's long-standing history reflects its significance in South African culture and its evolving role in global herbal medicine and recreational use. From its traditional roots to modern applications, Kanna has remained a plant of great interest and value.

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