Entries by Viana Muller

Some Positive News for Nature’s Pharmacy

As a consumer of Whole World Botanicals’ therapeutic herbal products, you have a very personal reason for caring about what happens to the Amazon Rainforest, which, as you are undoubtedly already aware, is in deep crisis due to global warming throughout the world. Your Cat’s Claw, Chanca Piedra, Camu-Camu, Desmodium (Amor Seco), Graviola, and Dragon’s Blood products all began their lives as vines, trees, fruit bushes, or small, fast-growing plants in different areas of the vast Amazon River basin, which extends from northeastern Peru moving east into Brazil and further north into Ecuador.

Cat’s Claw: Nature’s Medicine Cabinet, Part 2

When I’m not feeling well, it’s often a sore throat, a headache, a feeling of discomfort in the gut, or a mix of low energy and mental malaise. Others might have aches or a touch of arthritic pain. But these vague and common symptoms are not likely to send me – or you – running to a doctor, because doctors often just stare blankly, order various tests, and, when the test results come back, end up saying “everything is fine.” That’s why my first response is often to turn to Cat’s Claw.

Cat’s Claw: Nature’s Medicine Cabinet, Part 1

When I’m not feeling well, it’s often a sore throat, a headache, a feeling of discomfort in the gut, or a mix of low energy and mental malaise. Others might have aches or a touch of arthritic pain. But these vague and common symptoms are not likely to send me – or you – running to a doctor, because doctors often just stare blankly, order various tests, and, when the test results come back, end up saying “everything is fine.” That’s why my first response is often to turn to Cat’s Claw.

Peruvian Botanicals: The Secret to a Healthy Weight

I’m the first to admit that although I eat a mostly organic diet, avoid bread, and haven’t eaten four-legged animals in more than 40 years, I am not a poster child for healthy eating. I love ice cream, carrot cake, macaroni and cheese, and rich lemon tarts from our local French bakery. (And don’t get me started on pizza!) I’m usually successful at pulling back from these delicious foods, but not always! They are, after all, some of life’s most delightful pleasures!

How to Have Happy, Healthy Holidays

It’s winter and the holidays are approaching. That means the kids are bringing all sorts of colds and viruses home with them from school. It’s so busy at work that even when your coworkers clearly should stay home sick, they often come in anyway. Everyone’s piling into planes, trains, buses, and cars for holiday travel. Shopping, holiday parties, and family get-togethers put us all together – in close proximity.

This Thanksgiving, Will You Have Room for Dessert?

I LOVE Thanksgiving! It’s a special day when I join family and friends in a spirit of gratitude and celebration before a table overflowing with delectable and lovingly prepared dishes!

I also look forward to the opportunity to put aside my usual regimen of healthy eating for a day of guilt-free indulgence. I can overdo it, however, and after the main meal, I often end up feeling stuffed and uncomfortable. Worst of all, I don’t feel like I even have room for dessert! (And believe me, I LOVE desserts!)

Looking Back on 25 Years

Almost three decades ago, while studying indigenous botanicals in Peru, I first learned about Maca, and experienced its powerful benefits firsthand. I was so impressed with this botanical’s incredible properties that I made it my mission to bring high-quality, properly prepared Maca to the U.S. market.

It feels just like yesterday when the cofounder of Whole World Botanicals, Elena Rojas Martinez, and I were getting started. But now, we’re celebrating 25 years in business!

Build Better Bones with Botanicals!

World Osteoporosis Day is October 20th, making it a perfect opportunity for me to share natural tools to help you build better bones today. And, for those who already have bone health problems, I have good news. There is a remarkably effective, natural way to help rebuild better bones!

Indigenous People’s Day: A Tribute to the Shinnecock Nation

At Whole World Botanicals, we frequently share information about the Indigenous people of Peru, who grow, collect, and harvest our botanicals. To commemorate Indigenous People’s Day this year, we wanted to pay tribute to an Indigenous community close to home: the Shinnecock people, one of our Native American neighbors here in New York. The Shinnecock Nation is a federally recognized tribe of Native Americans based at the eastern end of Long Island, where they have resided for approximately 13,000 years.