Meet the Plants
Wildcrafter botanically infused organic coffee starts with a deep connection to Nature. We invite you to learn more about how plants can help you along your journey to feeling healthy and whole. Once the seed of knowledge has been planted, you’ll be amazed at how quickly it grows.
Dig a Little Deeper
You care about what goes into your body, and so do we. That’s why we want you to know the story behind every plant that we put inside your coffee. Some of these names may sound familiar—and some may be completely new—but one thing remains the same. Each plant has been thoughtfully selected to help you enjoy cup after cup of great-tasting benefits.
Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal
Ashwagandha root is used as an adaptogen, an herb that helps support the body during life’s daily stressors. And it’s considered one of the most calming. In fact, it’s Latin name means to induce sleep. It has been held in high esteem for millennia in Ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India where it is considered a medhya rasayana, or herb that sharpens the mind and intellect. We’re in love with ashwagandha root and think you will be, too!
Astragalus membranaceus Bunge.
A member of the legume family, astragalus has been highly prized as both a nutritious ingredient in Chinese soups and as a plant that nourishes and supports the immune system. In China, astragalus is known as huang qi, which roughly translates as yellow leader/essence. The yellow-colored roots are harvested when the plant is 4-5 years old, dried in the shade and then thinly sliced lengthwise for use in herbal formulas.
Bacopa monnieri (L.) Wettst
Bacopa leaf has been prized in India for millennia as a medhya rasayana, an herb said to sharpen the mind and intellect. It is said that the ancient Vedic scholars of India would use bacopa leaf to help them memorize lengthy texts, and modern research suggests that they were on to something. In Sanskrit, bacopa is called brahmi, which literally means “expands consciousness.” You’re going to want some of that in your cup.
Matricaria chamomilla L.; M. recutita L.
Chamomile flower was one of the nine sacred herbs of the Saxons and is highly revered in Russia, where it is the national flower. Chamomile flower has been cherished for millennia for its gentle soothing effects, so drink it when you want to slow down, let your cares drift away and just chill.
Sambucus nigra L.
The word “elder” is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word æld, meaning fire, because one could start a fire by blowing through its young, hollow branches. The nutritious ripe, cooked berries have long been used for making jams, jellies, syrups, pies and wine. These delicious purple-black colored berries have also been shown to support a healthy immune response. Elderberry fruit is the perfect herbal ally when the temperature starts to drop and you’re looking to give yourself an edge.
Ocimum tenuiflorum L., O. sanctum L.
Holy basil leaf is a lovely member of the mint family. In India, it is referred to as tulsi or tulasi, meaning “the incomparable one.” In Ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India, ancient texts write about the plant’s beneficial effects on the mind and thoughts. Modern science has confirmed that holy basil leaf enhances clarity of thought, creating a relaxed and calm state of mind. Just think of it like yoga in a cup.
Lion's Mane Mushroom
Native to the northern climates of Asia, North America and Europe, this shaggy looking mushroom can be found in late summer or autumn growing on dying or dead trees. Instead of gills, the fruiting bodies cascading spines look like tiny icicles, or perhaps, like a “lion’s mane.” The mushroom takes its genus name, hericium, from the Latin word for hedgehog, which it also resembles in appearance.
Lepidium meyenii L.
A hardy member of the mustard family, maca root grows high in the Andes mountains of South America. For more than 2,000 years, it has been cultivated as an important root vegetable and fertility aid by the indigenous peoples of Peru’s central highlands. It is one of the few crops that can grow at altitudes as high as 15,000 feet. Maca root looks like a radish; its thick tuber (roots) are cooked, fermented as a drink and made into porridge.
Passiflora incarnata L.
There are more than 400 species of passionflower herb worldwide. Most are vines but some are shrubs, and many are cultivated for their exquisite beauty. In Central and South America, passiflora edulis, a related species, is known for its luscious edible fruit, while its leaves are used to ease anxiety, nervousness and sleep problems*. Also known as maypop, passionflower herb is native to the northeastern United States and has a long history of medicinal use by Native Americans.
Ganoderma lucidum L.
Reishi mushroom is technically a fungus, not a plant. This mushroom likes to grow on dead or dying trees. Reishi, the Japanese name for G. lucidum, has a fruiting body (the mushroom mycelium (the filamentous form) and spores (for reproduction). Its beautiful reddish-brown cap can grow to up to twelve inches across. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is known as ling zhi, which translates loosely as a mushroom of spiritual potency, reflecting the belief that it can heal the body’s energetic or spiritual essence.
Rhodiola rosea L.
Rhodiola root is a perennial in the stonecrop family. It is native to the arctic and subarctic regions of China, Europe and North America. Rhodiola root is also commonly known as rosenroot, for the rose-like aroma of its roots. While it is commonly referred to as rhodiola root, it is the rhizome, or underground stem, that is used in herbalism. Rhodiola root has a long history of being used to increase physical and mental stamina, as well as providing support for the immune system*.