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Adaptogens have long been revered by Indigenous groups in the Amazon, and years of traditional healing practices are now being adapted to fight the COVID-19 virus. These non-toxic plants and roots have incredible health benefits and as Indigenous peoples in the Brazilian Amazon are showing us now, it can be used to remedy even the most complex viruses.

Through an agroforestry approach to cultivation, we have worked alongside Indigenous peoples to not only understand the healing powers of adaptogens but further protect the environments they thrive in and support the people who depend on them. As the world works to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, we will look to our Indigenous partners and continue to be humbled by their ancestral knowledge and deep understanding of the healing powers of adaptogens.

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AMAZ, ISA AND THE XINGU SEEDS NETWORK

2% percent of all Amaz sales go to the Xingu Seeds Network, a non-profit organization that promotes reforestation and agroforestry within the Brazilian Amazon. It is a social, ecological and community movement that collects tree seeds, and redistributes them to replant deforested areas of the Xingu River basin, bringing new agroforestry technologies to areas in need.

Xingu Seeds Network emerged from an initiative of the Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), a non-profit Brazilian civil society organization, founded in 1994, to promote integrated and inclusive solutions to social and environmental issues. ISA believes in the defense of social, collective and diffuse environmental and social rights & resources, cultural heritage, and human rights.