Difference between Herbal, Ayurveda, Natural and Organic Products

By / 19th April, 2015 / Rustic Blog / 10 Comments

Often, we are confused as to what is the difference between natural and organic. Also, many of us do not understand if herbal and Ayurvedic products are same as natural products or are they something else?

We cannot easily differentiate between all these terms and it is even more confusing since their meaning often over laps. Below is a simplified classification of all of these categories of products so that you can make an informed choice and know what you are opting for!
Herbal Products
What are they made of?
Herbal products are made of plant extracts, plant roots, leaves, etc and used as per their properties.
Origin?
The word herbal is derived from the mediaeval Latin liber herbalis (“book ofherbs”)
Are they completely natural?
Herbal products are free of chemicals. However, pesticides may have been used in their growing.
Use?
Medicinal
2 organic

Ayurveda Products
What are they made of?
Ayurveda is medicinal science which includes use of herbs as well as heavy metals like gold, silver, copper, tin, mercury, sulphur, animal extracts, etc.
Origin?
Ayurveda is derived from the Sanskrit word Āyurveda which means ‘life-knowledge’;
Are they completely natural?
Ayurveda products may contain toxic levels of metals, etc.
Use?
Medicinal
1 organic
Natural Products
Definition
Natural products are made from plants and minerals that occur in nature and have not been produced in a laboratory and are not man made. However, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, etc might have been used to enhance their growth.
Chemicals
Generally speaking, a product claiming to be natural is free of common chemicals such as artificial fragrances, colorants, preservatives, and other synthetic additives.
How to check?
To understand if a product is natural, check its detailed ingredient list.
What do certifications mean?
There is no regulation on the word ‘natural’. A product being claimed as natural may have as low as 1% natural ingredients.
3 organic
Organic Products
Definition
Organic products are also made from natural ingredients but they are grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program, organic is “a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods. These methods integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used.”
Chemicals
Generally, organic products do not contain any genetically modified ingredients or petrochemicals. Unless required by law, organic products do not undergo any animal testing and are minimallly processed.
How to check?
Check for certifications on the product to know if it’s organic.
What do certifications mean?
Labelled ‘made with organic ingredients’, it implies the product is made with at least 70% organic ingredients.


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