You all know we love our saffron — and after experiencing its direct impact on our personal health, that’s never going to change. However, we have also fallen in love with another traditional Middle Eastern staple — barberries. As we began to research and develop the ingredients for our new tonic Mindful Immunity™, we wanted to source nutrients that were both potent and relatively uncommon in modern wellness. Incorporating barberry into our tonic was a no brainer. However, the more we learned about it, the more we were blown away by this berry’s healing and protective potential.
Barberry is not as widely known as other immunity players in holistic healing — think turmeric and vitamin C — but it is by no means “new.” These healing berries have been used for over 2,500 years for their medicinal properties and science-backed benefits.
The Power of Barberries
- Sometimes referred to as the jewel of Iranian cuisine, our first introduction to barberries was through our Founder’s Persian heritage and generational knowledge. However, barberries are also revered globally for their medicinal benefits. Valued by Native Americans for thousands of years, barberries were shared as a medicinal herb with early settlers. In India, they’ve been used to treat dysentery while in Egypt, have been combined with fennel seed to ward off plagues.
- More recently, European herbalists have used them to treat gallbladder and liver issues — and healers in Russia use them to combat inflammation and high blood pressure.
- A 2019 research paper stated they have “a strong impact on human health and can be used as a painkiller, as well as for the relief of fever, diarrhea and vomiting. They are also useful for curing liver and vascular problems and preventing many diseases.”
Other Mindful Immunity™ Players
Although barberry is our hero ingredient in our natural defense tonic, we’ve also supported it with other immunity-boosting heavy hitters.
Another plant that has been used for thousands of years to heal the body is the elderberry to help fight cold and flu, clear up acne, and even improve fine lines.
This plant is a vitamin powerhouse containing vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and has also been used to treat heart conditions, skin health, and swelling and inflammation.
When creating a tonic, we wanted it to be an experience that people enjoyed — basically the opposite of taking a spoonful of cough medicine. Incorporating manuka honey gave us the sweetness but also provided another form of protection as it’s both antibacterial and bacteria resistant.
One of our proud parent moments with this tonic is the fact it is not made of glycerin or alcohol. Instead lemon juice is used to keep it preserved and extend its shelf life.
It’s our prediction that this powerful berry is about to explode onto the holistic and natural wellness scene. If you are looking to add a tonic to your daily routine or simply want to dose up with barberry when you feel a cold coming on, we highly suggest Mindful Immunity™. You can shop it here as a single purchase or make sure you’ve always got it on hand with our monthly subscription. It’s particularly great for the colder months but we have found it to be a powerful preventative measure all year round.