Spring is a time when we think of gentle rain showers followed by a burst of colors in the gardens and fields. Many of us are reminded to stock up on tissues to get ready for allergy season. While most people deal with the effects of allergies, such as sneezing and congestion, the causes of allergies are often overlooked. So while you are deciding which colored box of tissues will match your décor you could actually be doing something about your allergies before they start!
Aloe vera is the Latin name and its common household name is simply aloe. There are 275 species of aloe to be found in various parts of the world.
By introducing alterative herbs into your daily routine you can bring about a gradual shift in your health and “... keep the doctor away."
Amino acids are the building blocks of your physical body. Protein has to be converted into amino acids with which the body repairs daily wear and tear and the breakdown of hormones and enzymes. Sometimes we do not receive enough protein or we cannot assimilate it.
Antioxidants are substances that neutralize harmful free radicals in our bodies, also known as free radical scavengers. Antioxidants have extra electrons they can share without becoming unstable. When an unstable molecule encounters an antioxidant it takes an extra electron to regain stability. This may help repair and prevent the damage caused by the oxidation process. Many people feel this may be the key to counteracting the aging process.
These amazing little berries provide so many benefits they deserve a place in everyone’s home as preventative or treatment.
We have a plethora of choices in helping to manage blood sugar problems during the holidays or any time of year. With these techniques, many people are able to reduce both the physical and emotional repercussions of blood sugar imbalances, moving on to a freer and more stable lifestyle.
While we all have a range of emotions and times that our brain is functioning better than others, we can equip ourselves to better handle stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression so we can move through these obstacles quicker and in a way that is more harmonious with our lives. Herbs are a wonderful partner in improving our lives on both a physical and emotional level.
There are a number of medicinal herbs that may be of benefit in your daily regimen when you wish to increase your lung capacity and, thus, your exercise comfort level and performance.
Fungi are everywhere in our environment! Most of the fungi we come in contact with are innocuous, however, several can cause problems for our health.
In our modern world we are bombarded with synthetic chemicals. . . These can all potentially cause illness.
Adults experience two to five colds per year, and children have an average of four to eight colds per year. It is not fun to be sick, and most of us cannot afford to miss too many days at work or school. Many wonder what healing alternatives are useful to ensure winter health.
Traditional cleansing techniques can help to bring you renewed vitality in the spring or anytime during the year when you feel you need a lift. With care and attention to these guidelines and your body’s own signals, you’ll have a safe and rejuvenating cleanse!!
Cranberry has a long history of American folk use as a medicinal food year-round for urinary problems, liver and gall bladder complaints, arthritis and mild constipation.
As society progresses, the wastes produced by civilization come back to haunt us, making the environment more and more polluted. It is ironic that the progress that was meant to better our living conditions can create poisonous surroundings that compromise our health and quality of life.
As the days get shorter and the temperatures decline we start sifting through our cabinets to take stock of what herbs we have on hand to keep us healthy. This is the time of the year when the gift of herbal remedies is most appreciated.
Used medicinally for thousands of years throughout the world, ginger is a very useful herb to be acquainted with. In Asian medicine ginger is so significant that it is found in half of all the herbal combinations.
With a wide array of effects and an excellent safety record, Ginkgo needs to be viewed as an all around tonic herb on par with Ginseng and Green tea.
American herbalist Jethro Kloss described goldenseal as “one of the most wonderful remedies in the entire herbal kingdom.”
During the early years Hanna made her own herbal combinations at the kitchen table a few at a time. She gave her formulas away to anyone who needed help. She soon became known for her formulas and as a master of using subtle and unique combinations of two or more herbs to improve the whole system of the body.
Headaches are one of the most frequent afflictions to hinder mankind’s well-being, indicating something is not right.
A considerable body of scientific research shows that herbs and nutritional supplements have substantial effects to maintain a healthy heart.
With the realization that synthetic hormone replacement therapies can cause more harm than good, women are looking for alternatives to assist with a smooth transition into menopause and declining hormone levels.
The name hydrangea comes from the Greek word meaning "water vessel", very appropriate due to its action on our water processing organs.
When it rains we grab an umbrella; when it\'s cold we put on a coat; we defend ourselves from the elements because the effects are quickly appreciated. How do we take care of ourselves when exposed to viruses and bacteria? Our immune system acts just like an umbrella or a coat by trying to shield us from outside influences.
Combining kidney supportive herbs with seasonal eating strategies gives us an excellent foundation for winter health, which we can supplement with immune strengtheners as needed.
Summer brings the unwelcome worries of tick bites and the possibility of Lyme disease or its cousin, Rocky Mountain spotted fever. It is important to know the symptoms of these diseases, how to avoid being at risk for tick bites, what to do if you are bitten and what herbs may be useful.
The ancients of many cultures believed that regulating the vital organ system was of utmost importance in creating long-term health. By regulating the individual organs and the flow of energy between them, one can regulate the metabolism.
Milk thistle, as the name implies, is a member of the thistle family whose seed has long been used in traditional herbalism as a general liver tonic, for liver and gall bladder cleansing, to promote healthy elimination; as well as for skin conditions, depression and regulating the menstrual cycle.
Our eyesight is something that is too often taken for granted. Eye disease is erroneously considered a “natural” consequence of old age. The health of our eyes depends on the healthy choices we make now, not when we have been diagnosed with eye disease in old age . . . Give your eyes the care and consideration they deserve, and they will continue to be your precious “window to the world”.
Americans are increasingly aware of olive oil’s health benefits in the diet. The healthful gifts of Mediterranean cuisine have become popular topics of cookbooks, talk shows and seminars in recent years.
“Parasite” comes from a Greek word meaning “one who eats off the table of another.” A parasite survives by hijacking another organism, robbing it of nutrients and thanking it by leaving behind toxic waste. Obviously, we would be much happier without having these pint-sized freeloaders around.
Peppermint is enjoyed throughout the world as a refreshing tea and, being the strongest of the mint family, it is easily recognized and loved for its potent flavor.
The flowering top of red clover has been popular in European folk medicine for centuries. It contains copious amounts of important nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, as well as having impressive health-promoting activities.
Rosemary has a long list of uses and properties such as an antibacterial, antioxidant, astringent, carminative, emmenagogue, expectorant, diaphoretic, nervine, stimulant and tonic. The tea has been used for headaches, depression, nervous diseases, colds and colic.
Traditionally, St. John’s wort has been used as a pain reliever and helps to regulate the nervous system.
Too often herbal extracts are subjected to excessive chemical processing, which renders them deteriorated and incomplete. You could compare the absurdity of this process to bleached, refined, foam-rubber-like foods that need to be “enriched” after all their nutrients have been stripped out. Herbs are too complex to be over-processed or have certain constituents isolated; yet it happens all the time.
Herbalists have relied on plants as medicine for centuries, and now increasing evidence demonstrates that herbs can offer gentle relief through the many phases of a woman’s life.
The subject of parasites can be unpleasant, yet it is more common than most people are aware of. Becoming proactive about parasite maintenance can make a big difference in overall health. Doing a preventative program can ease your worries about uninvited guests.
Some research indicates the Neanderthals possibly used it as far back as 60,000 years ago. From the ancient Chinese and Greeks through modern times, yarrow has been an important and versatile herbal medicine.
This wonderful herb found in North America and Europe has a history of beneficial properties on both sides of the Atlantic. Yellow dock has been used since ancient times for many of its medicinal properties.