What is Plantfed Mana's ethos?
Our ethos is ethical plant-based wholefoods and whole herbs. Why? Because wholefoods are bioavailable and protects from overdosing and malabsorption. Standard supplements are either synthetic or concentrated-part-foods. This means that a component is pulled away from its wholefood form. Then that component is added to a supplement in concentrated doses. This is not what nature intended. These concentrated-part-foods are tougher on the digestive system and the nutrients are harder to absorb. Which is often why manufacturers recommend higher doses because bioavailability is low and only some of the nutrients are absorbed. Wholefoods also come with an array of other nutrients that 'work together,' not just a single concentrated form! These other nutrients also work to protect the body from overdosing on any one nutrient.
Where are your products made?
All of our herbal powders and capsules are hand-made in our studio, in Sydney, Australia. We outsource some capsule making to a local complimentary medicine manufacturer. We source our herbs from Australian, American, Austrian, and Canadian suppliers. Our magnesium flakes come from the Dead Sea, Israel.
Are your products organic?
All of our herbs are either organic or wildcrafted. They are also tested for contaminants and heavy metals etc. Our medicinal mushrooms are sterilized with heat rather than radiation (gamma irradiation) - sterilization is a legal requirement. No additives, fillers or preservatives are ever used, our products are 100% herbs only. Our capsules are vegan and made from pullulan, which is a natural substance created by fermenting tapioca. This natural process creates the cleanest capsules on the market. Other vegan capsules (veggie capsules) are made using wood via a chemical process (HPMC capsules aka veggies capsules - you could say is closer to plastic than a vegetable). Pullulan also has a far superior oxygen barrier (8x stronger than gelatin and 300x stronger than HPMC), keeping our herbs fresher for longer. Pullulan is also far easier to digest.
Do you recommend capsules or powders?
We recommend powders over capsules. In every herbal tradition, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Western herbalism etc, the taste and smell of food is extremely important. We are meant to smell and taste our food, to smell and taste our nutrition - our sense of taste and smell are needed when eating or taking herbs. The simple act of smelling our food is the start of the digestive process and also helps trigger the holistic healing components of herbs. When you taste Blue Vervain, for example, its calming effects are immediately felt. A Blue Vervain capsule does not have the same effect. The simple fact is that our nervous systems run off this "electricity" that our senses are creating. We are electric beings, and not smelling or tasting our herbs does have its shortfalls. While we do use the best and cleanest capsules on the market, we recommend powders and tasting/smelling herbs and food. We do understand the convenience of capsules - we initially launched as herbal powders only, but after many requests, we added capsules for our customers.
Can I take the herbs all at once?
It is best to leave at least 5 mins between herbs, and take with or before food/smoothie. Some herbs, such as Iron and Irish Sea Moss, or ANTI Blend, Immunity Blend and Kakadu Vitamin C may be taken together. If you are treating an illness, it is best to take herbs 30 mins away from food. If you need assistance, please reach out.
How long will it take to receive my order?
As we make your powders fresh, it will take 2 - 3 business days to ship your order. Shipping times depend on where you live and what shipping method you choose. If you are an international customer, we suggest using DHL if you require your order urgently. DHL shipping is approximately 6 business days, where as, standard post can take up to 2 - 4 weeks. See shipping and returns details here.
Where have all of our product reviews gone?
When we changed from plantfedmama.com to plantfedmana.com, we lost our product reviews. So we had to start again. We we able to salvage some of the reviews, but we lost most of them.