What does Kumbaya mean?
The word Kumbaya may have its origins associated with an African-American spiritual song from the mid-1920’s, and the creole Gullah language, in which its meaning is something akin to “come by here.” While it is a word present in the historical archives of countless hymns and choir songs, in Brazil, it is used as a generic name for herbal mixtures used mainly for smoking and aromatic purposes.
The absence of nicotine in such blends is one of the main reasons why its use is considered superior and more beneficial to the body and mind than regular cigarettes, and often sought out by those who wish to quit chain smoking habits.
There is a great variety of Kumbaya blends, though a common denominator amongst most mixes is the presence of calming herbs and agents, all of which have pleasant smells as well, such as chamomile and fennel.
Whichever sort of blend is chosen by consumers will greatly depend on their intent for the blend: whether their focus is to find something that’ll help them wind down, something that is particularly satisfying to the nose, or something to alleviate symptoms they face during their days, such as headaches, tension, and even common colds.
Maya’s Aromatic Kumbaya Mix
Our Aromatic Kumbaya Mix, for example, is a marvelous source of olfactory therapeutics. Made up of a carefully selected blend of scented plants and herbs, such as lemon balm and lavender, it will certainly bring more than just comfort and sensory pleasure, since all ingredients in its formula also offer medicinal benefits.
Lavender itself, aside from being one of the most commonly found scent in the cosmetic and hygiene industries, may be beneficial for those who suffer with insomnia, stress, alopecia (hair loss), and even postoperative pain, and it is also being the subject of studies that aim to measure its antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Melissa officinalis, which is the scientific name for lemon balm, and a member of the mint family, has been historically used to reduce stress and anxiety as well, but also as means to improve appetite and ease indigestion related discomfort.
Salvia and Rosemary
Salvia and rosemary are also part of the mint family, and while the first is commonly associated with improved oral health and brain function, decreased levels of bad cholesterol and blood sugar, and antioxidant properties, the latter has been scientifically claimed as an active therapeutic agent for improved learning, memory, better moods and sleep, and easing of anxiety and pain.
Frequently used as topic creams, compresses, and salve, mauve (or violet) is commonly used in the treatment of skin conditions, such as abrasions, eczema, hemorrhoids, and insect bites for its cooling, soothing, and antiinflammatory action.
Fennel may be another prime option for a natural boost to skin appearance, as well as offering a solid boost to the digestive and circulatory systems and reducing respiratory ailments such as intense coughing and asthma.
Nearly last but not least, mint, which aside from being deliciously fragrant and tasty, is incredibly rich in nutrients such as vitamin A, iron, manganese, antioxidants, and fiber amongst others is also added into the mix.
And although it is widely linked with refreshing breath, it can also improve cold symptoms, help relieve indigestion and IBS, and even aid in the relief of pain that may arise due to breastfeeding
And finally, jasmine, which has been used in the treatment of hepatitis, cirrhosis, and severe abdominal pain, and is well known for calming and aphrodisiac action, brings our blend to a widely beneficial and fragrant close.