Chicory is used as a popular seasoning throughout Europe; in Italy, the leaves are added to salads and, in Greece, the roots are served in various roasted dishes. Many don't realize that the herb has far more value than its unique bitter flavor. Chicory can soothe the mind and body while restoring balance to the digestive system at the same time.
Cultivated and harvested deep in the Amazon rain forests, guarana is the primary ingredient in many favorite soft drinks of Brazil. Like many other adaptogens, the plant has been consumed for its therapeutic properties in South America for centuries. Once again, the indigenous shamans of the Amazonian wilds had the right idea; guarana is in fact a powerful natural stimulant and restorative tonic.