Chanca piedra (Phyllanthus niruri), also known as gale of the wind, is a plant native to warm regions. It is widespread in South America and has been used there for centuries as a natural remedy.
The leaves and stems of the chanca piedra plant are collected in small batches the whole year round by locals. Traditionally the leaves are dried in closed rooms and then roughly cut smaller. The gentle and slow drying ensures the retention of valuable antioxidative plant compounds such as flavonoids, polyphenols, and tannins. Our chanca piedra is 100% made from both the leaves and stems of the plant because the stems also have great nutritional value. The velvety green colour is furthermore a marker of the expert processing of the freshly picked leaves and stems.
The supplier of our chanca piedra has prioritised civic engagement since the founding of the family-run business. Small-holder farmers are paid fair wages (above the minimum), and the farmers protect and maintain the wild-growing chanca piedra. The business has a mission to support biodiversity and the environment, to treat employees and farmers fairly, and to pursue sustainable business practices in all matters.