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If you or someone you care about has suffered from chronic illness, you know how pernicious such an illness can be to your physical and mental health.

Michael Van der Linden, owner of Linden Botanicals, struggled with Lyme disease for almost four years. During that time, he sought advice from every corner and fell into all the common traps. Doctors ran expensive tests and prescribed one expensive antibiotic after another. Others suffering from Lyme disease suggested he remediate environmental conditions like mold and recommended magic cures.

On top of health complications, long-lasting disease took its toll on his bank account, his ability to hold down a job, his social life, and even his sense of self worth. As is the case with many people who suffer from chronic illness, the results were devastating.

Lyme disease did more than dominate Michael’s life – Lyme disease became his life. He started to chase sickness.

Chasing sickness involves an endless loop of seeing doctors and specialists to diagnose each new symptom. It involves trying one costly medication after the other (each with its own onslaught of side effects). It involves spending exhausting hours each week or even each day scouring articles and forums in search of a magic bullet. Michael chased sickness for years.

Through extensive research, Michael learned about a plant called Phyllanthus niruri. Phyllanthus niruri is from the Peruvian Amazon rainforest, and it’s known for supporting kidney health. Lyme disease can affect every system and get into your central nervous system. Phyllanthus niruri originally helped him with a kidney stone (the plant’s other name, Chanca Piedra, means “stone breaker”). His research suggested the tea made from the plant might also be helpful for Lyme disease. He is now Lyme free.

You can read more about the 8 intentional steps Michael took to overcome chronic illness and optimize his health here.

When Michael decided to start his company, Linden Botanicals, he chose to sell a curated selection of all-natural teas and extracts. Rather than sell every tea under the sun, he chose only plants with significant scientific research behind them. Phyllanthus niruri was the first tea and extract he selected because of his personal experience with it. The rest were selected after careful research to make sure they are effective and safe.

Today, we’re slowly and carefully expanding the line of teas and extracts we offer. We’re doing everything possible to make sure our products meet our customers specific health needs. We are grateful that we are able to help our customers optimize their health.