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Starwest Sourcing Stories: Ceylon Cinnamon

Starwest Sourcing Stories: Ceylon Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one spice that we hardly think twice about including in our pantry. It is a must have; a trusty standby; the go to spice when the holidays come around. But did you know there are two types of cinnamon in the market today - Ceylon and Cass...
​ 5 Health Benefits of Sprouts

​ 5 Health Benefits of Sprouts

There’s no question that a nutritious diet is a major factor in overall health. If you’re looking for a natural boost on your wellness journey, sprouts (edible, germinated seeds with shoots) are a unique culinary option that can support a healthy lif...
Chinese Five Spice

Chinese Five Spice

In the philosophy of Tao, the concept of balance between yin and yang – the former representing the feminine as well as dark, cold and wet, and the latter being the manifestation of the masculine, light, heat and dryness – is important. Chinese Five...
5 Ginseng Tea Benefits

5 Ginseng Tea Benefits

If you’re on the hunt for a benefit-packed beverage to add to your botanical repertoire, it may be time for your treasured tea cup to meet ginseng root tea.Some people may have confused ginseng with another root, ginger. But ginseng vs ginger ha...
What is Ginseng Good for?

What is Ginseng Good for?

One of the earliest extant records of the use of the ginseng plant as an herbal medicine comes from traditional Chinese medicine circa 196 A.D. in the Shen Nong Pharmacopoeia. This ancient text collects centuries of Chinese folk wisdom. Back then, wh...