Plants Migrate, Too: On The Trail of Aloe Vera

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Some of the earliest uses of aloe vera involved the use of its sap as a powerful purgative during the 18th and 19th centuries

The use of aloe vera gel, which is found inside the leaves, Continue reading

7 Underrated Medicinal Plants

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The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 80 percent of the world’s population still uses traditional remedies, including plants, as their primary health care tools

The majority of new drugs (70 percent) introduced in the US are derived from natural products, primarily plants

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11 Herbs Used As Traditional Acne Remedies

Acne involves the over-production of sebum from the sebaceous glands which results in the blockage of the pores with a sticky mass of the dead cells and oil. This creates a breeding ground for the opportunistic overgrowth of bacteria normally present in the skin. These convert the mass into compounds that cause inflammation and unattractive raised surfaces. Skin irritation may also result Continue reading

Use Eucalyptus Oil to Breathe Easier, Kill Germs, and More

One of the few essential oils most people can identify by smell alone; eucalyptus is very popular because of its effectiveness and range of uses. Originally from Australia, where it was first used by the aborigines, the locals started distilling and using the oil in the 1780s. The eucalyptus is one of the world’s tallest, deciduous trees, with some varieties growing as high as 465 feet. Making up about 75 percent of Australia’s flora, Continue reading

13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil

13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut OilWhile coconut oil has dragged itself out of the muck of vast misrepresentation over the past few years, it still rarely gets the appreciation it truly deserves.  Not just a “good” saturated fat, coconut oil is an exceptional healing agent as well, with loads of useful health applications. Continue reading

Black Seed – ‘The Remedy for Everything But Death’

nsThis humble, but immensely powerful seed, kills MRSA, heals the chemical weapon poisoned body, stimulates regeneration of the dying beta cells within the diabetic’s pancreas, and yet too few even know it exists.

The seeds of the annual flowering plant, Nigella Sativa, have been prized Continue reading

Can A Spoonful of Honey Reverse Allergies?

This is a FACT.

As the seasons change, allergy sufferers brace themselves. If you’ve been searching for a natural allergies remedy you might want to consider local honey.

The science is fascinating but the idea is a very simple one. Continue reading

Using Coconut Oil for Natural Candida Treatment as Well as Alzheimer’s

Did You Know…that an exciting new natural Candida treatment is also one of the best remedies for Alzheimer’s prevention?

Caprylic acid (a medium-chain triglyceride) is an anti-fungal agent found naturally in coconuts. It’s also the active ingredient in a new medical food validated by scientific research as an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s. The medical food is being marketed under the name Axona. Continue reading

Natural Food Remedies Fight Cold and Flu

During the holiday season, the cold and lack of sufficient sunlight are enough to weaken the body’s natural defenses against cold and flu. Luckily, experts say that consuming specific types of foods might increase our resistance to colds and seasonal pathogens. These cold fighting foods are rich in minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals that help repel invading microorganisms, strengthen our immune response, and reduce inflammation and cold associated symptoms.

Consuming raw, vegan foods (such as sesame and mustard seeds, celery, beans, almonds, cashews, whole grains, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and cocoa powder) may work wonders on human immunity due to their high zinc content. Continue reading

Exciting New Alzheimer’s Treatment

Did you know…that an exciting new natural Alzheimer’s treatment is also one of the best remedies against Candida, the most widespread cause of ill health?

Caprylic acid (a medium-chain triglyceride) is an anti-fungal agent found naturally in coconuts.  It’s also the active ingredient in a new medical food validated by scientific research as an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s.  The medical food is being marketed under the name Axona.

Caprylic acid works by providing the brain with an alternate source of energy.  Healthy brains use glucose as their main source of cellular energy.  But imaging studies show that brains affected by Alzheimer’s use less glucose.  If brain cells affected by Alzheimer’s could be powered in some other way, symptoms of dementia could be eradicated.

The substances produced by caprylic acid in the body–known as ketones–can provide that essential alternative source of energy.

Candida: The Fungus You May Not Know You Have

Caprylic acid’s potential against Alzheimer’s is highly promising.  Yet, its amazing effects for Candida detoxification are equally extraordinary.  For more than 40 years scientists have known about the power of caprylic acid for treating Candida symptoms. Continue reading

The Top Five Secret Sugar Substitutes

Refined sugar is used in just about every type of food you can imagine. It’s in baked goods, of course, but you’ll find it in breads, cereals, dairy products, drinks, and even sandwich meat. The reason white sugar is used so often and in such a diverse range of foods is that white sugar leaves you wanting more. It creates a sort of nutritional deficit in your body, triggering cravings — which is exactly what the companies that make these sugar-laden products are hoping for.

Why not do your body a favor and try some natural sweeteners instead? They can boost your natural health by adding not only a little bit of energy, but also some vitamins and minerals. Here are five natural sweeteners that you may not have considered when it comes time for a little sweetness in your diet. Continue reading

The Many Medicinal Benefits of Cat’s Claw

Cat’s Claw is an herb that has received very favorable but limited press. Word of mouth has boosted sales. But too few know enough about this miraculous yet inexpensive Peruvian mountain rain forest herb. Consider this article as a primer or introduction to Cat’s Claw and its healing capabilities.

The Herb

The vine was named for the hooked thorns resembling cat claws on its twigs. Cat’s Claw, or una de gato, is technically known as uncaria tomentosa. It has been used traditionally for many centuries by Peruvian medicine men for a variety of ailments.

Cat’s Claw’s bark and roots provide most of its immune boosting qualities via oxindole alkaloids. Continue reading

Sage is an Anti-Aging Anti-Oxidant which also Boost Memory Recall

Sage is a wonderful herb that can add flavor to soups, salad dressings and juices. The herb also has anti-inflammatory and powerful memory enhancing qualities. In trials, even small amounts of sage have been shown to significantly boost memory recall. It’s also been known since 2003 that the root of the Danshen or Chinese sage contains compounds that are very similar to the drugs used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, which makes it a safer alternative. The herb has also been used for over 1,000 years to treat other brain related problems. Sage has even been found to improve the interconnectivity of the different parts of the brain, which should be important for everyone, with Alzheimer’s or not.

One of sage’s anti-oxidants, carnosic acid, can even cross the blood brain barrier to halt free radical damage in the brain. The same anti-oxidant increases our own production of glutathione,  Continue reading

Can You Really Extend Your Life Span with this Antioxidant?

In 2003, research showed that resveratrol, a powerful polyphenol and anti-fungal chemical, was able to increase the lifespan of yeast cells. The results ignited flames of hope for an anti-aging pill. According to the findings, resveratrol could activate a gene called sirtuin1, which is also activated during calorie restriction in various species.

Since then studies in nematode worms, fruit flies, fish, and mice have linked resveratrol to longer lives. Other studies with only resveratrol have reported anti-cancer effects, anti-inflammatory effects, cardiovascular benefits, anti-diabetes potential, energy endurance enhancement, and protection against Alzheimer’s.

Resveratrol is found in grapes and red wine, and has particularly been associated with the so-called ‘French Paradox’ — the low incidence of heart disease and obesity among the French, despite their relatively high-calorie diet and levels of wine consumption.