The idea of The Swinging Leaf stemmed from the pressures we face in the modern day world, with the daily grind of city life creating pressure on our bodies, leading to stress and a host of ailments connected to a fast paced lifestyle and the constant onslaught of a polluted environment.

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Legend has it that herbal infusions came to exist by virtue of a wonderful accident. It was 2700 BC in China, and Emperor Shennong (the name literally meaning ‘divine farmer’) was resting under a under a tree and some leaves and twigs fell into his pot of hot water. The mix started steeping, and giving out an alluring fragrance. Drawn by this smell, the Emperor took a sip of the water from the pot and was pleasantly surprised by the benign yet distinct taste of this brew!...

Due to its tropical climatic conditions, India has always been a rich agricultural treasury of herbs and medicinal plants. The benefits and uses of these ancient herbs find mention in the Vedas, Ayurvedic and Unani medicinal practices, as well as in folk culture. Over the course of centuries, it has become an inextricable part of people’s lives. Herbs have been used in cooking, as disinfectants for the household, healing wound repair in the form of tinctures, tonics and balms, as well as relaxants and supplements for...

All of us are aware that conservation is a buzzword in today’s social climate. We read about the need to conserve the planet, its animal species and plant cover, its precious natural resources, as well as communal languages and cultures. In all of this, where does the preservation of oneself fit? Can it better motivate one to make a change around themselves? Why should you be conscious about change? While the onset of the modern era brought forth its own scientific rationality,...

Mint is the common name for the mentha plant which is a perennial plant species growing all year round in spots of moist soil, in damp and wet environments. In India, we know it by the name of pudina, and encounter it frequently in chutneys and other food, appreciating its characteristic bitter, zingy taste. Have you ever wondered what the health benefits of mint may be? Here are the ones we know of! Health benefits of Mint Mint has been known...

Lavender is a popular herb that originated in Egypt and has since then been grown in Mediterranean regions as well as in Africa and India. The word lavender comes from the Latin root ‘lavere’ which means, ‘to wash’. So, it would not be wrong to believe that lavender, with its many significant health benefits, can indeed have a cleansing effect on one’s body and mind. Lavender Tea impact on mental health Did you know that some studies have indicated that the aroma...

Due to its instant cold relieving properties, most of us remember sipping on a cup of hot tea with finely sliced bits of ginger in it. What happens if you take the goodness of ginger and pack it into a completely caffeine-free infusion? Its benefits only manifest better! Here’s what they are. Health Benefits of Ginger Tea Historical records show that the ginger plant was first grown in China. It has been used in traditional practices of medicine in many parts of...

Turmeric is an indispensable part of any Indian, or even subcontinental household, and has always been relied on to aid healing in the body. Being an essential ingredient in traditional knowledge, turmeric has been used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine, as well in naturopathy, because of its powerful health benefits. It has truly withstood the test of time and has entered again into the lives of health-minded, modern individuals all around the world. Why so? Let’s look deeper! Himalayan TeaTea for Digestion Health Benefits of Turmeric tea The turmeric...

When you say Holy Basil, we hear Health Benefits! Basil is a herb that is cultivated in several parts of the world, mainly India, Africa, and Mexico. Historically, it has been considered a holy plant in Indian culture. It has been used in Ayurvedic treatment as well as ancient Chinese medicinal practices. Basil plants grow well in well-drained, warm atmospheres and have a sweet-bitter taste that is often used to top off the flavors in traditional or exotic cuisines. However, basil has...

We are all familiar with the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but did you know that chamomile derives its name from the Greek word khamaimelon, meaning ‘earth apple’? It’s not surprising, therefore, that chamomile can have some wondrous benefits on our health as well. Try our Chamomile Herbal Infusion here - Chamomile Tea Health benefits of chamomile Chamomile has been used as traditional folk remedy to treat a number of ailments, as well as boost one’s health generally. Nowadays, researchers are...

What are Herbal Infusions? Infusion is the process of steeping (soaking) herbs in water until the water absorbs the oils and flavors, then drinking the liquid for the taste or for the medicinal value.There is a marked difference in the brewing process of teas and herbal infusions.True infusions typically use roots, shoots, leaves, and flowers of the plant, while teas typically use only the leaves in the steeping process. Green tea, for example, needs water that has cooled down from the boil...