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Clary Sage

Clary Sage

Native to the Mediterranean Basin, clary sage is a flowering herb that is widely cultivated around the world. While it is a relative of sage, the common cooking herb used in a variety of dishes, especially soups and sauces, clary sage has more of a distinct bitter flavor profile, which separates is use from the more common sage variety. Yet, clary sage is an important ingredient in the wine and spirits world, as its leaves are used to flavor vermouths, wines and digestifs.

Clary sage is also a very popular essential oil, offering a balsamic, sweet-herbaceous aroma with woody undertones. It is thought to induce calmness, work as a natural antidepressant, and alleviate the symptoms of exhaustion and mild pain. Clary sage is found in several high-end fragrances from notable fragrance houses, and is also used in body lotion, massage oil, and body wash.

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Himalayan Sea Salt

Himalayan Sea Salt

Travel with us on our first stop, the Khewra Salt Mine in Pakistan.

When you hear about Himalayan Sea Salt, one may picture the majestic Himalayan mountains, but this pink salt is actually sourced in the world’s second largest salt mine in Punjab, Pakistan.

Calming and serene, Himalayan sea salt is one of the many wonders of the spice world. Used as a preservative, it has more than 84 minerals and is mined, not manufactured.  It is known to the world as “white gold” because of its legion positive health benefits, including:

  • Regulating water content throughout your body
  • Promoting healthy pH balance in your cells, particularly your brain cells
  • Regulating blood sugar
  • Reducing the signs of aging
  • Helping to generate hydroelectric energy in your cells
  • Absorbing food particles through your intestinal tract
  • Supporting respiratory health
  • Promoting sinus health
  • Preventing muscle cramps
  • Promoting bone strength
  • Naturally promoting sleep
  • Supporting your libido
  • Promoting vascular health

In conjunction with water, a moderate amount of sea salt also is essential to regulating your blood pressure.

 

Get Salt as Nature Intended It — Pure Himalayan Crystal Salt

This majestic salt has spent 250 million-plus years maturing under extreme tectonic pressure, far away from exposure to impurities. Crystal salt’s unique structure also stores vibrational energy. All of the crystal salt’s inherent minerals and trace elements are available in colloidal form — meaning they are so small your cells can readily absorb them.

Crystal salt’s array of elements forms a compound in which each molecule is inter-connected. This connectedness allows the vibrational component of the 84 trace elements present in the salt to be in harmony with each other and helps promote a healthy balance.

When it comes to the power of natural salt, nothing compares to Himalayan crystal salt. Here’s why:

  • It is the highest grade of natural salt.
  • Under an electron microscope, crystal salt has a perfect crystalline structure.
  • It is mined by hand and hand-washed.
  • Crystal salt is immune to electromagnetic fields that alter the molecular balance of other salts.
  • Crystal salt contains no environmental pollutants.
  • Its shelf life is unlimited, and silica packets to prevent clumping are not needed

 

A New and Different Way to Experience the Salty-Sweet Goodness of Himalayan Crystal Salt

Here’s a creative way to enjoy Himalayan salt’s slightly sweet-salty goodness with your food: Featured on several top cooking shows, Himalayan salt kitchen slabs have become the newest sensation for extraordinary food preparation and presentation.

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Spinach

Spinach

Popeye showed the world that spinach is a powerful veggie, but did you know that spinach oil also packs a punch? Like the leafy plant from which it emanates, spinach oil boasts a range of health and beauty benefits.

Spinach oil is distilled from the seeds of the spinach plant. These seeds have a low oil content, accounting for only 3 percent of the seed. Therefore, many spinach seeds have to be pressed to obtain a marketable amount of oil.

But the effort is worth it. Spinach oil is rich in essential minerals like folic acid, iron and calcium as well as vitamins A, C and K1. Collectively, these nutrients assist cell growth, boost the immune system and can help prevent serious diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Spinach oil is used in nutritional supplements, and in powders to flavor smoothies.

Spinach oil is also an important ingredient in beauty products because it can improve damaged, aging skin and brittle, lackluster hair. Spinach oil is used in moisturizing lotions, repair creams and replenishing serums to help fight acne, protect skin from harmful UV radiation, improve complexion, diminish under-eye circles and keep skin hydrated. Spinach oil is also used in boutique shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments to promote growth and combat hair loss.

 

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Spearmint

Spearmint

Clean taste, bright refreshment, lasting enjoyment… what sounds like an advertisement for chewing gum is a perfect description of spearmint, one of nature’s most highly desired and widely used ingredients for foods and beverages and a pleasing additive for toothpastes, mouthwashes and cosmetics.

Native to the Mediterranean region, spearmint became popular throughout the Roman Empire. The Ancient Romans brought the mint to Great Britain, and English settlers later brought spearmint to America. Spearmint today is cultivated around the globe.

Spearmint is prized for its clean flavor and soothing, minty aromatic qualities that are slightly sweeter and softer than those of peppermint. Spearmint essential oil is favored for its subtlety and can be substituted for peppermint essential oil in applications where peppermint notes are overpowering.

Spearmint can also make you healthy as well as happy. The mint is rich in antioxidants and homeopathic properties that may help improve digestion, soothe itchy skin, lower blood sugar and resolve respiratory problems. Spearmint may also reduce stress and improve memory.

 

Artiste has the right spearmint product to meet your needs, whether it’s a Mentha spicata variety such as Farwest Native and Midwest Native, a Mentha cardiaca variety such as Farwest Scotch, Midwest Scotch and Canadian Scotch, or Indian spearmint. Interested in knowing more? Need to know, ask Joe!

The rise of dairy free: the need for true ‘real’ texture and endless flavor

The rise of dairy free: the need for true ‘real’ texture and endless flavor

Moo-ve Over Cows, Plant-based “Milk” is Here to Stay.

The ever-trending “dairy ditch” is more than just a fad, it’s a health movement. The food and beverage scene has been exploding with dairy free options for cheeses, creamers, milks, spreads and more. Not long ago, the move to go “dairy free” was more for those who were lactose intolerant or vegan. But today, it’s for everyone. The extremely educated consumer wants to do less harm to the environment and treat their bodies better…and now more than ever, they’re able to do that without having to sacrifice flavor and texture. Let’s talk two morning favorites: yogurt and coffee creamer or milk.

Going Nuts in the Yogurt Case

Not all non-dairy product buyers are strict vegans or lactose free. More and more households are looking to take baby steps to modifying their nutrition choices at home. The first hurdle to overcome: texture. Let’s start with yogurt. The creamy, smooth texture of this breakfast staple made from traditional dairy cow milk is hard to compete with, but the plant-based movement has figured it out. Soy, almond, coconut, oat and cashew milk are the front-runners of dairy free. But it’s sometimes hard to find just the right texture and flavor to hit the spot of a traditional yogurt. From our research, we’ve found that oat milk is definitely the winner – the creamy body is almost identical to that of your go-to traditional dairy. If you’re looking to dive into this without having to spend a lot of time tasting, Well and Good did all the work for you. The best part is, you’re not sacrificing texture or flavor.

Creamy Texture without the Guilt

When the doctor tells you it’s time to lose a few pounds, what’s the first thing to go? If you’re like us, we go straight to cutting out coffee creamer and sugar. Luckily now there are dozens of healthier plant-based options that don’t carry the ‘weight’ of traditional dairy creamers or milks and it isn’t limited to just the same old Coffee Mate. Califia Farms, Silk, So Delicious were the first few to offer healthy alternatives to milk or cream for your beloved morning “joe.” When some of the first milk alternatives launched, consumers were faced with stomaching a thin, non-milk-like texture, but thankfully those days are long gone. More and more options are becoming available with the “full fat” texture, body and flavor, without the guilt. These plant-based options are satisfying consumer’s desires for dairy replacements that give them the illusion that they aren’t missing out.

 

The plant-based movement is booming and is clearly here to stay. Do you have a dairy free product you’re looking to perfect? Artiste offers a variety of ingredients and flavors, many that are natural and organic, for use in your latest creation. If you’re looking for more information on flavors we can offer and our other services, please e-mail info@artiste.us.com.