The Bitter Truth

The Bitter Truth

Let’s do an exercise. Imagine a salad full of bitter greens: radicchio, endive, dandelion greens, arugula. There’s no dressing on this salad. Now imagine taking a big bite of that salad and beginning to chew. Pay close attention to your tongue. As you chew on those bitter greens, is there a particular part of your tongue that feels more active than others? If you were to actually chew on one of these bitter greens, it might become more obvious that our bitter taste receptors reside on the back of the tongue. And when those become activated, a cascade of physiological responses takes place.

Ayurvedic Golden Milk

Ayurvedic Golden Milk

Golden Milk or "Haldi Ka Doodh" is a nourishing and delicious brew with ancient origins that is currently having a renaissance in cafes across the globe. Before documented time, the traditional medicine people of India joined the life-giving properties of turmeric, black pepper, ginger, and cardamom to create a balancing herbal blend that benefits nearly all physical constitutions, or "doshas"

Creative Uses for Turmeric

Creative Uses for Turmeric

Turmeric has been used for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. We've put together a few of our favorite recipes that include this versatile ingredient. Like any herb, the fresher, the better. These recipes integrate our Fresh Freeze-Dried Turmeric Powder. Our turmeric is grown on an organic farm Hawaii and is fresh freeze-dried, it tastes superior to air-dried varieties and has a beautiful fresh aroma.

Making Home Remedies with Fresh St. John's Wort

Making Home Remedies with Fresh St. John's Wort

There are a number of things you can make with freshly picked St. John's Wort, our whole family gets involved with harvesting and making things with this herb. The flowers are the perfect size for small hands to pick, and watching oils and tinctures turn red is fascinating for children.

Japanese inspired recipes for Stinging Nettles

Japanese inspired recipes for Stinging Nettles

At Eclectic Institute, stinging nettle is one of our favorite plants, and at our location in the wilds of the pacific northwest it can be found growing in wild abundance during springtime. Nettles has special historical significance for Eclectic, as our founder was responsible for discovering one of fresh nettles' previously unknown health benefits.