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Banyan Botanicals was founded in 1996 in New Mexico by Kevin Casey and Scott Cote, former Ayurveda students, who ran the Ayurvedic Institute’s herbal pharmacy for more than a decade. However, the more Ayurveda gained a loyal following, the more Kevin and Scott received requests for higher quality Ayurvedic products and herbs. This constantly increasing demand gave birth to Banyan Trading Company, whose headquarters was Kevin’s room at that time.
It didn’t take long for the company to spread its wings and fly and quickly moved to a small warehouse in Albuquerque and was armed with a group of Ayurveda enthusiasts that shared the same vision – to help the world enjoy great health and wellbeing with the healing powers of certified organic Ayurveda herbs and products.
Over time, Banyan Trading Company was renamed to Banyan Botanicals and expanded its line of products from 9 formulas in 1998 to more than 40 to date. They made sure the company was supplied with certified organic herbs from their own farms in India, and also transitioned from their old warehouse into a USDA Certified Organic facility in 2003. The next step was to make sure the entire manufacturing process met the strict organic standards from start to finish; another goal that was achieved a year later.
Ever since Banyan Botanicals has been adding new series of formulas and expanding partnerships while also keeping their focus on supreme quality products undivided.
When it comes to the production of their herbs, Banyan Botanicals is committed to the following practices:
The entire Banyan Botanical structure is based on:
At this time, the vast majority of Banyan Botanicals products (98%) are USDA certified organically grown and sustainably harvested. The company has also partnered with reputable US laboratories to ensure the safety and purity of their herbs, always with consumers’ well-being and health in mind. To make sure their botanicals maintain the highest possible quality standards, they employ an extensive testing system that comprises of:
Finally, Banyan Botanicals tests the dried herbs in accordance with the Ayurvedic Pharmacopeia of India, which validates that the recommended reference ranges of active ingredients, ash content, and level of solids are met.
1. Certified B Corporation
Business owners that use their businesses as a force for good and positive change comprise the B Corporations. For the time being, there are 2,800 Certified B Corporations from more than 60 countries and 150+ industries. Their shared mission is to “redefine success in business”. What sets them apart from other organizations is that they meet higher standards of accountability, transparency, and environments (and social) performance. These standards are verified by B Lab, a nonprofit organization, and are transparent and comprehensive. Given Banyan’s objective to help people maintain a great quality of life and achieve (also sustain) optimal health with the assistance of Ayurvedic wisdom, among others, has given them a ticket to enter the elite Certified B Corporations club.
2. Guggulu Cultivation Project
Part of the organization’s mission is to protect the long-term availability of ancient Ayurvedic herbs. Attempting to preserve a flowering plant called Guggulu, which is one of the most powerful and potent herbs in Ayurveda due to its medicinal tree resin, the company’s partners have joined hands with a farming cooperative in India’s Rajasthan precinct to establish a reliable and sustainable source of the plant. For that reason, they planted organic Guggulu trees, which are only tapped when they reach full maturity. Also, harvesting is conducted in a way to enable the trees to grow and thrive. The Guggulu Project is one of the very few farming projects in the world that support certified organic, sustainable Guggulu trees.
3. FairWild Certification Project
This refers to an initiative that ensures wild plant species and their habitats are well protected. It also fairly supports the livelihoods of the people that take part in the harvesting of wild plant species. The first Banyan Botanicals FairWild certified formula is Triphala, which uses FairWild certified bibhitaki fruit. The most beloved herb in Ayurvedic pharmacopeia is harvested from an old bibhitaki forest in a way that preserves the forest and natural habitat of not only bibhitaki tree but also the beautiful Great Pied Hornbill (bird species) that lives there.
Nasya Oil – It supports healthy nervous system function, decongests sinuses, promotes normal skin function, and alleviates from congestion-induced headaches.
Healthy Kapha – It provides support to the immune system and encourages normal weight management and lung function.
Stress Ease – It offers adrenal support, helps combat stress, encourages relaxation, and promotes normal energy production.
Kapha Digest – It is indicated for gastrointestinal support, proper digestion, and healthy metabolism and lung function.
Manjistha – It supports healthy blood flow, maintains clear channels, reduces kapha and pitta, fosters proper liver and kidney function, promotes healthy skin, and removes toxins from the blood.
Kutki – It helps alleviate respiratory issues while supporting normal immune and liver function.
Cedar Eucalyptus – Ideal for healthy hair and nail growth, and also supports normal skin function.
Hibiscus Flower Power Organic – It helps keep hair healthy, encourage nail and hair growth, and protects the skin and kidney function.
Arjuna – Designed for optimal cardiovascular support, it protects the heart, helps keep blood pressure and cholesterol within normal limits, and boosts normal blood circulation.
Punarnavadi Guggulu – It promotes healthy kidney, urinary, metabolism, and heart function while providing antioxidant support.
Breast Care Balm – It can be used to support normal skin function, as a massage aid for regular breast care, and to foster normal circulation.