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Chandrashoor: Garden Cress

“Chandrashoor” is the seed of the Garden Cress plant. Garden Cress is an annual herb in the mustard family and is grown throughout India for its densely nutritious leaves and seeds. The leaves are commonly eaten in salads and ground into a pesto-like paste for bread. As a folk remedy, the entire plant is crushed and used to make infusions for a range of nutritional needs and to fend off many different ailments. Chandrashoor seeds, also known as haloon or halam, are a source of protein, dietary fiber, minerals, amino acids, Omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. 

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What sets ORGANIC INDIA Chandrashoor apart?

ORGANIC INDIA takes every avenue to operate in a way that is Beyond Sustainable, for both the planet and the amazing partners we work with. Our Chandrashoor is grown, harvested and prepared in adherence to the following principles and practices: 

  • Small Family Farmers. Ethical partnerships are the heart and soul of our company. We contract with small, family-owned farms across India and purchase crops at premium market price. Most of our partners have been with us for more than ten years, and each is an integral part of our herbal family. As indispensable members of our team, we provide all of our farmers health insurance and ongoing training by agricultural experts who are at the cutting edge of organic and regenerative farming⁠—a no-brainer for us, but an unfortunately unheard of practice in the industry. 
  • Regenerative Agriculture. We are deeply rooted in agriculture that is beyond sustainable—it’s regenerative. What this means is our farming practices not only preserve the land, they make it better. Regenerative means replenished soil, improved biodiversity, enhanced water conservation, and increased carbon sequestration. We look beyond our crop to the whole earth and our responsibility to it as a healthy conscious living company.
  • Sustainable Production. All of our herbal teas and supplements are produced in our LEED Platinum certified production facility in India, which is a marvel of top-tier sustainable design, construction and operations.
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Chandrashoor Benefits for Body and Mind 

In classical Ayurveda, Chandrashoor is recommended for a range of conditions, from nutritional deficiencies to digestive support. Here are the top health benefits of Chandrashoor seed: 

  • Nutritional Support. Chandrashoor is so nutritious it’s almost like a multivitamin in a seed. It contains calcium, iron, fiber, protein, three amino acids, folic acid, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, omega 3’s and many antioxidants. For this reason, many people use it for easy nutritional support. 
  • Bowel Care. Chandrashoor has long been used and more recently studied for its use as a gentle laxative, gastrointestinal stimulant, gastroprotective and digestive aid. It is also found to balance vata dosha in the stomach and intestines.
  • Hormonal Regulation. The seed is recommended to help support healthy hormone levels in women, which may help regulate normal menstrual cycles, ease bloating and support milk production in breastfeeding mothers. 
  • Immune Modulation. Used in tonics for respiratory support, Chandrashoor can help support and modulate immune function and overall wellness.
  • Topical Benefits. Studies have shown that chandrashoor may be effective in relieving minor pain from everyday actions like exercise. 

Traditional Significance of Chandrashoor

Garden Cress and its seed, known as Chandrashoor, both have a strong gastronomic significance in India and beyond. Because it’s an edible and highly nutritious fast growing herb, it’s a staple in many households and often used as a base for salads. The seeds can be ground into a powder and added to foods or drinks, however the seeds’ significance goes beyond the kitchen. They have been used in traditional remedies in Ayurveda for millenia for everything from digestive support to immune care. Chandrashoor is also part of a potent Ayurvedic formula of four seeds known as Chaturbeeja, which can help support a healthy inflammatory response and balance vata energy in the digestive tract.

Where is Chandrashoor grown?

Where is Chandrashoor grown?

ORGANIC INDIA Chandrashoor is grown in Rajasthan, a northern state in India, and is commonly grown throughout India as a salad green. The plant is native to the Mediterranean but is cultivated throughout the world. 

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Who is it for? 

Chandrashoor seeds can be used as a remedy to promote overall wellness and support nutrient intake for kids and adults alike. The seed can be ground into a powder to be taken in a tea blend or herbal supplement. Speak with a professional for appropriate dosage.

Chandrashoor for Healthy Conscious Living

ORGANIC INDIA’s Chandrashoor is organically grown according to ancient Ayurvedic regenerative cultivation practices to ensure the highest possible efficacy, or “prana.” All ORGANIC INDIA herbs are processed and tested in compliance with FDA and World Health Organization safety protocols.

At ORGANIC INDIA, we recognize the vast interconnectedness of life. From seed, to soil, to field, to factory, our products empower the farmers of India, promote environmental and economic recovery, and provide wellness solutions derived from nature’s intelligence.

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