Happy Earth Day: Nature's Way Herbs 101

An appreciation for and a historical look at some of our most popular herbs.

At Nature’s Way, Earth Day is every day – all 365 days of the year! Nature is always top of mind with every choice we make as a company (look for 50% plastic-free bottles in the distant future) and remains our main source of inspiration.

Part of our commitment to nature, and to the earth, is responsible global sourcing. Our herbs line draws from ancient traditional wisdom, and the main ingredients are pretty interesting. Let’s take a look.



Aloe plants have said “We’re not going anywhere,” — they’ve been known to stick around for over 100 years, and are one of the oldest mentioned plants in history (!). You can see how they’ve earned our respect. Our Aloe Vera Leaf Juice is versatile — put it in smoothies, juices, or water to support your digestive system.*   



Elderberry trees are native to Europe and feature small white flowers and dark purple berries. They can’t be eaten raw (you’d be dealing with quite an upset stomach) but are typically cooked and made into juice, jams, pies, and wine. We use black elderberry extract in our Sambucus line for traditional immune support.*



The ginger plant is an herb that grows not with vertical roots but with horizontal ones (rhizome roots) and is native to Southeastern Asia. Ginger has countless benefits; our root capsules were made for digestion support.*  



Lavender in Latin means “to wash.” It’s been grown for over 2,500 years and has been used for everything from perfume to aromatherapy. Calm Aid uses lavender oil to reduce feelings of occasional anxiety, stress, and tension.*  


Lemon Balm   

Lemon Balm is an herb that produces delicate white or yellow nectar-filled flowers. It comes with an assortment of medicinal properties — oh, and in 14th century France, an alcoholic herbal tonic with lemon balm, lemon peel, nutmeg, and angelica root was created by the Roman Catholic Carmelite nuns for King Charles V of France and was nicknamed “miracle water.” We love lemon balm as a traditional sleep aid.*  


Holy Basil

In Hindu Mythology, Lord Vishnu is said to have offered his wife, Tulsi, immortality by turning her into the holy basil plant. The plant is often considered holy and often grown in people’s homes and temple courtyards. Holy basil is considered an adaptogenic herb, which provides stress support.*


Asian Ginseng

Asian Ginseng is considered to be one of the most valuable herbs. In traditional Chinese wellness practices, Asian Gingseng is referred to as “renshen” or the “root of heaven.” For thousands of years, Asian Ginseng has been used as an adaptogen and to fight fatigue.*