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We LOVE Kratom

Galactic Botanicals is involved with ongoing efforts to protect this wonderful tree and its availability while focusing on research, preservation, and education. Not only were we the first Kratom vendor in Canada, but we've worked alongside industry leaders and non-profit organizations for the last 10+ years to advocate for its preservation with responsible marketing practices and quality assurance. As with all of our bulk botanicals, we believe this specimen should be protected and given the proper respect it deserves. That's why our high quality leaf powders are sold strictly 'as is' with no gimmicks or flashy packaging. We put a lot of time and care into ensuring that we are mindful of the conditions in the jungles where it grows, the quality of leaves harvested, and believe in fair trade. Because of that, we pay more than most vendors for our high quality leaf powders, which makes it hard for us to stay competitive with fly-by-night vendors that acquire cheap, mystery leaf full of contaminants from unreliable sources to make a quick profit. 

Unfortunately, the palm oil industry has wiped out entire colonies of rainforest where this tree grows naturally, and is also home to orangutans, tigers, and endangered species. Click here for more information on how you can help save the rainforests of Borneo. Our staff has been researching and working with these trees for over a decade.

                                                                      History

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Mitragyna Speciosa (also known as "Kratom") is an ornamental tree from South Eastern Asia that goes by many different names. Its history can be traced back for thousands of years with connections to ancient Buddhism and the hymns of the Rig Veda. In ancient times, it was worshiped as a goddess known as "Kademba" or "Kadamba". According to regional linguistics, this is an old tribal term for a holy or important tree to the people populating the south east Asian islands around 10 thousand years ago. During weddings and celebrations, women would dance around this sacred tree or keep its dried flowers for good luck. Even today, its flowers and brightly colored leaf powders (which are collected for ornamental and decorative purposes) are sacred to Hinduism. Lord Krishna would play the flute standing in front of his favorite tree with the Yamuna River flowing in front of him. The Kademba tree also has astronomical significance in Eastern mythology. The great Indian astronomer, Aryabhatta, imagined the flowers on the Kadamba ball to be like humans standing on Earth and all of them being pulled towards the center because of the force of gravity. Watch a video about it here.

Ancient poetry written by Sudras in the Hindu scriptures about the Kadamba tree

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Nityananda Prabhu once asked, “Raghava Pandita, please get me soon a garland of kadamba flowers, for I am fond of it and prefer to dwell in a kadamba grove.” The devoted Raghava Pandita honoured the Lord and said, “Lord, it’s not the season of kadamba flowers.” Lord Nityananda said, “Go home and search, you may find be a flower or two.” When Raghav reached home, he was surprised to see beautiful kadamba flowers bloomed in his courtyard. He then made a garland of kadamba flowers and brought it to Lord Nityananda. The Lord was very pleased and honored them.

From Vrindavana Mahimamrta (Sataka 16.49-50) of Srila Prabhodananda Sarasvati explaining the glories of kadamba flowers:

 “I worship the fair and dark youthful divine couple under the kadamba trees by the Yamuna’s shore. I meditate on Sri Sri Radhika-Madhava who, on the Yamuna’s shore, in the shade of kadamba trees, in a splendid pavilion of glittering jewels lit by sapphire lamps and glorious with pearl flower-buds, diamond flowers, and lapis lazuli sprouting twigs, enjoy playful amorous joking.”

 The Srimad Bhagavatam (3.8.28) says,

 “O my dear Vidura, the Lord’s waist was covered with yellow cloth resembling the saffron dust of the kadamba flower, and it was encircled by a well-decorated belt. His chest was decorated with the srivatsa marking and a necklace of unlimited value.”

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 Narottama Das Thakura tells,

"In a forest of small kadamba trees on the bank of the Yamunä, I will seat the divine couple on a throne made of brilliant jewels.”

Rupa Gosvami tells in Laghu-bhagavatamrita (1.277.78) that "Goloka is a majestic manifestation of Gokula, which is sweet to the eye and so par excels. As the glory of Goloka, Rupa cites from the Varaha Purana: The kadamba trees of Goloka spread its grandeur of opulence with hundreds of branches. Nevertheless, the kadambas of Gokula excel those of Goloka of Krishna’s omnipresent pastimes in Goloka and so is different from His scintillating lilas with adorable humane glories of Gokula in this mundane world." 

Leaf powders

Our leaf powders are sold strictly 'as is' for herbarium specimen, collection, ornamental purposes, legitimate research, and identification purposes only. They come with no claims or directions. These raw materials are not approved for internal or external use. Depending on the time of the year, region, or season, the leaf color may differ than what is shown in product images. Always order sample sizes first, as we do not offer refunds or exchanges. 

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Harvesting 

All our Mitragyna Speciosa varieties are 100% natural and sourced from freshly dried leaves. We do not 'enhance' our products, nor do we add artificial colors, adulterants, tinctures, or mystery additives of any kind. We have always believed in the principle of quality over quantity. We are passionate about studying flora and fauna in the rainforests. In fact, this tree is directly related to the Rubiaceae family.

Our Cosmic Bali variety (100% Borneo Red Vein) originates from Borneo Kalimantan, while the Sumatra Red and White Veined leaves are harvested in the jungles of the Sumatra Island, Western Indonesia.

Our Super Green Malaysian variety originates from the Malay peninsular and is closely related to the Thai varieties, such as Maeng Da.

 All our leaf powders are harvested from mature trees, mostly grown wild in the various jungles. Because of the freshly dried leaves and advanced harvesting techniques used, our leaf powders are more vibrant in color compared to the average product you will find in the market.

We've also found that it's better to have a fine grind that's slightly coarser, as it doesn't spill out as much in packaging.

When you receive your order of high quality Mitragyna Speciosa leaf powder, you might wonder what makes Galactic Botanicals stand out next to other sellers. Our various suppliers work with a group of European professionals and perfectionists located directly in South Eastern Asia. Let us explain what our suppliers do to harvest high quality leaves.

 Before harvesting

Even though all Mitragyna Speciosa trees produce leaves, not all leaves are of the same color vibrancy or quality. The tree's profile differs per region, season, vein color, tree type, and even time of day it's harvested. Based on tests and the many years of experience from our suppliers, they only collect leaves that are ideal from the tops of very tall trees.

 During and after harvesting

Proper and clean handling of the leaves, as well as immediate drying, ensures the leaves keep their vibrant green color. Moisture is kept to an absolute minimum, since it would cause fermentation and that would lead to a loss of leaf quality. There is no exposure to sunlight, to protect the leaves from further breakdown.

After drying

Only the leaves that are well dried and of good color are further harvested. Roughly there are between 3000 and 4000 leaves in a KG (or 2.2 lbs) of Mitragyna Speciosa powder. Stems and center vein are removed and the leaf powders are sieved again to create a fine particle and remove the larger veins.

Before shipping

Each batch of Kademba (Mitragyna Speciosa) powder is tested before final shipping to ensure the best quality. Please note that the above comments are for educational and informational purposes only. If you are ready to order some of our 100% natural leaf powders, check out our catalog today.  

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May all beings be happy and kind. May all beings be at peace. May all beings live in harmony with nature. May all beings be free. May all beings be healthy and wise. May all beings be eternal and boundless. May all beings be released from suffering. ☯

Namaste!

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