Meltzer's - Puremints Pastilles 100% Natural Ginger - 1.76 oz. (50 g)
Meltzer's 100% Natural Ginger Puremints pastilles contain real ginger root, standardized to 5% ginerols. Meltzer's reinvents natural pastilles by using healthy, beneficial herbs - not just flavors. Made via supercritical extraction, Meltzer's ginger is extremely pure and very high quality. American, Tienchi, and Korean ginsengs provide additional health and digestive benefits.
Meltzer's Ginger Root
Meltzer's Ginger Puremints pastilles contain real ginger root for a strong, spicy ginger bite. The high quality and purity of their ginger, which is standardized to 5% gingerols, also makes Meltzer's Ginger mints helpful for motion sickness and nausea - 'ginger like' flavors cannot do this. Their Ginger mints can be savored slowly, chewed, or swallowed - whatever your spicy desire!
Ginger - Zingiber officinale and Korean, Tienchi, and American Ginsengs
Spicy, pungent, and warming all describe the commonly used spice known as ginger (Zingiber officinale ). Ginger has a long and well-documented history of culinary and medicinal use and many of its health benefits, such as helping with nausea and motion sickness, have been substantiated in scientific research. Meltzer's Ginger mints contain standardized ginger root which contains 5% gingerols to ensure consistent levels of active components. Meltzer's ginger is supercritical extracted (made without dangerous solvents) and not irradiated - for the highest quality ginger mints they could make!
The use of ginger dates back many centuries. It was commonly used throughout Asia and Europe. Chinese herbalists traditionally use ginger to expel cold and rekindle the body's warm fires. It is also used for some types of intestinal discomfort, cough, and body aches. The most widely known use of ginger today is for nausea and motion sickness, thus giving some western insight as to why, in China and India, ginger is believed to stimulate and strengthen the stomach. Modern research on nausea and motion sickness used approximately 1 gram daily which is equivalent to about 6 servings of Meltzer's Ginger mints. Meltzer's ginger mints contain a standardized ginger extract, not just regular powdered ginger. Research has also found ginger to be a powerful antioxidant. Ginger has also been shown in research to have a regulatory role in the natural inflammatory response of the body. In India ginger is applied as a paste to the temples to relieve headache.
Ginger is widely cultivated all over India, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Jamaica and Nigeria. This perennial grows in warm climates and is native to tropical or semi-tropical regions, where it flourishes in the heat, rain and humidity. Growing conditions are very important for strong root growth and high content of active principles. Ginger needs rich, well-drained, moist fertile rich in organic matter. It also needs plenty of indirect sunlight and water. It is frost sensitive, and mostly grown in the subtropics and tropics. Given proper growing conditions, the stems will reach two to four feet tall with narrow, glossy green leaves that can get up to a foot long. Some varieties grow upwards of 8 feet tall. Rhizomes may be harvested at any time, but is generally harvested in autumn months when the leaves of the plant have died down.
Pharmacologically, ginger is a very complex mixture of compounds. Ginger contains several hundred known constituents among them gingeroles, shogaols, beta-carotene, capsaicin, caffeic acid, curcumin and salicylate. It contains 1-3% volatile oils in addition to lipids, monoterpenes, and other compounds. The gingerols and shogaols are considered to be the main active principles. Regular powdered ginger that is not a standardized extract is inconsistent in the levels of active compounds it contains. Only Meltzer's Ginger mints contain a quality ginger extract standardized to 5% gingerols. Meltzer's Ginger is also supercritical extracted - the highest quality extract available. In supercritical extraction, no solvents are used and the full profile of the plant is preserved. Many regular herbal extraction processes use solvents that are considered harmful to the health, such as toluene, and care must be taken to measure any residual level left on the herb. Meltzer's Ginger is pure and clean.
Meltzer's Ginger Pastilles
Meltzer's Puremints pastilles contain real ginger root which they combine with their custom blended peppermint oil for a spicy pure ginger taste and subtle mint background. For a full gram of ginger root, the amount used in most research on motion sickness and nausea, take 3 mints 4 times per day. The mints are quite small; many people just suck on them throughout the day or take several prior to activity, such as boating or driving, and then eat them as needed. Their ginger root is of the highest quality and is standardized to 5% gingerols to ensure consistent levels of active components. Meltzer's Ginger mints contain nothing artificial. And similar to our peppermint oil, Meltzer's ginger root is not produced using propylene glycol, a controversial solvent used often in flavor or flavor oil manufacture. Also, none of their materials are irradiated, a very controversial and commonly used sterilization method that may affect the integrity of a material.
Ginseng (Panax sp.)
Ginseng has been used for thousands of years and is famous for its numerous health benefits which include supporting stomach health and as a nausea remedy. Ginseng was added to Meltzer's Ginger mints to support the activity of Ginger and help aid nausea and motion sickness. Throughout history ginseng has been used as an "adaptogen" for increasing resistance to environmental stress and as a general tonic for improving well-being. It is also popular for improving physical stamina as well as concentration. Although generally thought of as an 'energy' herb, Ginseng has been used traditionally for stomach health and upset, particularly for nausea, stomach irritation, and lack of appetite.
There are only three types of true ginsengs available today and all belong to the genus called Panax: Panax ginseng (also called Chinese or Korean ginseng), Panax notoginseng (also called tienchi or sanchi ginseng), and Panax quinquefolius (also called American ginseng).
- Real Pastilles - more than just a mint, Meltzer's Puremints pastilles take you back to when mints actually were used to help digestion and were not overly sweet tasting. Meltzer's mint oil is pure and is of the finest quality
- Standardized and Concentrated extracts - Meltzer's uses Standardized and concentrated herbal extracts which assure consistent quality and levels of active components.
- Excellent taste in four flavors - peppermint (organic), ginger, licorice and spearmint
- 100% Natural - no preservatives, artificial flavors, sweeteners, or colors for the finest natural mints available.
- Vegetarian and Vegan - contains zero animal products of any kind including gelatin. All ingredients are certified Kosher as well.
- Finest quality pure & natural peppermint oil in the world - custom blended by the growers for them alone and standardized
- Top quality natural ginger root - pure and clean tasting. Standardized to 5% gingerols - high in natural oils.
- Real DGL licorice root - with the glycerhizinic acids removed. Full bodied licorice taste and healthy for the digestive system
- Real spearmint oil - refreshing and smooth. Lightly sweet and very cool.
- Carefully formulated with healthy & beneficial herbs traditionally used for breath-freshening and digestive support
- Powerfully Cool Peppermints contain parsley, chlorella and chamomile
- Snappy and Spicy Gingermints contain three different ginsengs: American, Tienchi, and Panax (C.A. Mey)
The time has arrived for a high quality, all natural and pure mint that is more than just a sweet candy. It is time for a real Pastille - something with real, pure oils and herbs that taste great as well as have a healthy function and are good for you. All of Meltzer's flavors are full-bodied and you can really taste the herb or oil used. Meltzer's use pure peppermint, pure ginger, pure DGL licorice and pure spearmint - not just flavor or flavor enhancers like menthol. Meltzer's Puremints brand of Pastilles reinvents the term natural mints - and offers the finest Pastilles available. Meltzer's mints are abosolutely pure - their Peppermints are deliciously cool, Ginger mints are deliciously spicy, Licorice mints are warm and full-bodied and their Spearmints are light and refreshing.
Meltzer's Puremints Frequently Asked Questions
Are Meltzer's mints gluten free?
Yes. They also are all natural with no artificial colors, flavorings, or preservatives, and absolutely no animal products. Meltzer's sugar, and all of their ingredients, are Certified Kosher. Nothing has been irradiated, and the flavors and oils are made without propylene glycol.
Why are there tiny white crystals on the peppermints? They are not there all the time.
These are natural menthol crystals. They may look like a very fine dust or tiny clumps. They form from temperature changes, since the menthol component of the peppermint oil is naturally volatile and forms crystals when cooled. A high amount of pure peppermint oil is used in the mints and this naturally occurs. This would not occur if artificial flavor, less pure oil or small amounts of oil were used. It's part of the pure freshness.
How should I store the mints? I usually keep them in my purse or pocket and in my car.
Mints can be stored at room temperature. Storing at room temp, or cooler, is good. If they get warm it's not a problem, but if kept at room temperature the flavor lasts longer, just like any other candy or mint.
What give the mints their nice color?
The light green of the peppermints and the golden color of the gingers are from the natural ingredients used, particularly the herbs. No dyes or synthetic coloring agents are used.
What are the ingredients in Meltzer's Puremints?
- Peppermints - Cane sugar, pure peppermint oil, parsley, chamomile, chlorella, magnesium stearate.
Parsley & chamomile are added for freshening effects. Chlorella is a source of chlorophyll, which has a freshening effect. Magnesium stearate is derived from vegetable oil and helps in making the tablets. The peppermints are nice and cool and have a light green color due to the herbs.
- Ginger - Cane sugar, pure ginger extract, natural flavor, peppermint oil, American ginseng extract, Korean ginseng extract, Tienchi ginseng extract, magnesium stearate. Ginsengs have a supportive and warming effect on digestion and work with the ginger. The ginger mints are warm and spicy due to the real ginger used.
- DGL Licorice - Cane sugar, licorice root extract (deglycyrrhized), natural flavor, peppermint oil, anise, fennel, cardamom, calcium stearate. NOTE: There is absolutely no honey in this formula and product.
- Spearmint - Cane sugar, spearmint oil, peppermint oil, green tea, parsely, peppermint leaf, calcium stearate.
Science, Sophistication, and Quality
Linda Meltzer started Meltzer's with the vision of creating great tasting, all natural products of the finest quality. And that is exactly what they have done. Meltzer's reinvents natural pastilles with mints that contain real herbs and have healthy, beneficial value:
As a Nutritionist, and Research Scientist, Linda Meltzer has been developing herbal formulas and products in the field of health and nutrition for over a decade. Her expertise is in vitamin and herbal biochemistry and nutrition - specifically, the development of products that support health. Ensuring that they taste good - flavor formulation - is one of her specialties.
And the relation between health and mint? As a mint connoisseur, Linda Meltzer has been greatly disappointed with all the mints and pastilles on the market. Most are terribly sweet - whether the sweetener is sugar, xylitol, or an artificial one, too sweet is the prevailing taste. The actual flavor and herb, whether it is mint, ginger, or something else appears to be an afterthought. Frequently menthol is used, an inexpensive way to make a mint cool while using small amounts of actual mint. And often just flavor is used, not the actual herb or oil that has health and digestive benefits and takes them back into history as to why mints began being used in the first place - to help with digestion after a meal. Thus the true meaning of pastille in this instance - a healthy mint that actually contains real herbs and has beneficial value.
Quality mint oil is a costly yet health promoting actual ingredient yet cheap, inexpensive oil is available and is often used in making candy or as a flavoring ingredient. Mint oil is like wine and quality varies greatly as does price - and cost is usually the bottom line. Even some mints that contain real herbs, or claim they do, have very little in it. A pastille that contains ginger root should taste like it - not like a sweet candy that reminds one faintly of ginger or some other flavor. A pastille that claims to be Licorice should really contain Licorice - not just a "licorice like" flavor.
Linda Meltzer could not find a single mint, or pastille, that was premium quality, with all natural, pure ingredients as well as great flavor. This was quite disappointing! Even the mints that indicated peppermint oil as an ingredient had her questioning, knowing as she does, the processing method of peppermint and how it is commonly modified with artificial "cooling agents" to make them taste 'cool' while using less peppermint oil. These companies may very well be using oil that's not completely natural without even knowing it. And often the oil is further blended with other artificial ingredients including flavors, colors and sweeteners. Some mints also contain animal gelatin.
Doing this takes away from the full quality of mint. Mint is natural. It has been used for centuries, all over the world, as a spice and for its numerous health benefits. Nature created this wonderful, delicious, and health supporting herb - and yet is being processed and modified until it is no longer natural and pure. This is also true for many other natural oils and flavors such as Ginger, Spearmint, and Licorice. Meltzer's has changed this. Linda Meltzer decided to use her skill and scientific expertise in the field of herbs and nutrition to create the finest all natural mint pastilles the world has ever tasted. Meltzer's Puremints was born, and thus The Meltzer Company, dedicated to creating products of uncompromised quality, sophisticated formulation, and great taste.
Of particular importance at Meltzer's is material quality which, in addition to taste and flavor, determines nutritional and botanical value as well. Meltzer's use only the finest all natural ingredients with particular attention given to purity as well as material source. Meltzer's search and accept only ingredients that are vegan (free of animal products), are not irradiated, and have little or no added fillers. Absolutely nothing artificial is used - no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. All ingredients are carefully evaluated for flavor and function and only the best are chosen.
The Meltzer Company is proud to introduce their all natural Meltzer's Puremints pastilles, available in four flavors: Ginger, Peppermint and their new Licorice and Spearmint. These four elegant and delicious pastilles not only taste great but are absolutely natural and vegetarian - no preservatives, gelatin, animal products, artificial flavors, sweeteners or colors have been added. They also contain beneficial herbs, such as parsley, chlorella, chammomile, and ginseng, that have been used for centuries to support health and digestion. They are not super sweet and you can really taste the herbs and oils in them. Meltzer's hope you enjoy them as much as they do! Linda Meltzer, CN