Great Bougainvillea, Bougainvillea spectabilis, is a beautiful ornamental vine or shrub that bears small white flowers surrounded by red, pink or purple papery petals or leaves, called bracts. This plant is as beneficial as it is pretty, with use that dates back over a century in Ayurvedic and Chinese systems, and thousands of years in traditional systems of South America. The plant is native to Peru, Bolivia and Brazil, and made its migration to India in 1860, where it was quickly embraced and popped up in gardens throughout the subcontinent. It wasn’t long until herbalists found that the plant, particularly the colorful leaves, have benefits related to blood sugar metabolism, inflammatory response and more.
What sets ORGANIC INDIA Great Bougainvillea 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 Great Bougainvillea 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.
Great Bougainvillea Benefits for Body and Mind
The flowers and bracts (colorful leaves) of Great Bougainvillea are used in a number of traditional remedies both on its own and as a blend in herbal compounds. Here are the benefits of Bougainvillea:
Blood Sugar Metabolism. The plant’s biggest claim to fame is its ability to help support blood sugar metabolism. It does so by supporting sensitivity of insulin receptors; improving endogenous insulin function; and stimulating muscular glucogenogenesis — in other words, promoting glucose storage in the muscle, which makes energy more readily available for use.
Inflammatory Response. The plant can also help support a healthy inflammatory response and ease minor, temporary pain; plus it has an antioxidant action in the body that helps remove toxins and pollutants that may otherwise cause a reaction in the body.
Throat Comfort. Due to its expectorant qualities, Great Bougainvillea can be consumed as a tea to help move excess liquid from the respiratory tract and comfort the throat.
Great Bougainvillea Traditional Use
Great Bougainvillea has been used in various traditional remedies in Central and South America for millennia. The flowers, stems, leaves and roots were all used in tinctures, infusions and decoctions for their ability to support digestion, blood sugar metabolism, throat health, respiratory health, liver function and more. Nearly 200 years ago the plant was introduced globally and in India, though largely used ornamentally at first. It is now embraced among the Ayurvedic community for its health benefits related to blood sugar maintenance.
Where is Great Bougainvillea Grown?
ORGANIC INDIA’s Great Bougainvillea is grown in Azamgarh, a city beside the Tamsa River in the Uttar Pradesh region of India. The plant is cultivated throughout South and Central America, Southern States of the United States, India, China and Southeast Asia.
Who is it for?
Great Bougainvillea teas and supplements are suitable for anyone who would like support with sugar metabolism, inflammatory response, and respiratory health. Anyone pregnant, breastfeeding or who has underlying health conditions should first consult with a medical professional.
Great Bougainvillea for Healthy Conscious Living
ORGANIC INDIA’s Great Bougainvillea 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.