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

Can Ginger Beat Out the Multi-Billion Dollar Acid Blockers?

ginger_indigestion_remedyDid you know that the multi-billion drug category known as “acid blockers,” despite being used by millions around the world daily, may not work as well as the humble ginger plant in relieving symptoms of indigestion and heartburn?

Ginger is a spice, a food, and has been used as a medicine safely for millennia by a wide range of world cultures. Research on the health benefits of ginger is simply staggering in its depth and breadth. In fact, the health benefits of ginger have been studied extensively for over 100 health conditions or symptoms, making it one of the world’s most versatile, Continue reading

Ginger’s Many Evidence-Based Health Benefits Revealed

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Ginger has broad-spectrum antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-parasitic properties, to name just several of its more than 40 pharmacological actions

Ginger is anti-inflammatory, making it valuable for Continue reading

Scientists Discover why Honey Is Still the Best Antibiotic

honey2Conventional antibiotics are overprescribed and overconsumed. They are given out like parade candy, tossed out to anyone waving their hands. 2010 data obtained by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show that a whopping 833 antibiotic prescriptions are handed out on average per every 1,000 people. Continue reading

Honey Heals Chronic Dandruff, Scaly, Itchy Scalp (Seborrheic Dermatitis)

honey_heals(1)Amazingly, something as simple as crude honey has been found to alleviate an embarrassing scalp condition that most body care products and drugs can’t even make a dent in. 

Honey’s strange power to resolve chronic dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, while common knowledge within traditional ‘folk medicine’ systems of healing and countless personal anecdotes, 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

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

Ziziphora: A Medicinal Jewel of Western Asia

Did You Know…

…that an extract of an herb most people have never heard of—a “Medicinal Jewel” of traditional Western Asia—may effectively treat gastric cancer?

     An extract of the plant Ziziphora has shown promise as an herbal remedy against gastric cancer, according to a new study published in Food and Agricultural ImmunologyContinue reading

It’s Not Honey, But Bees Make It, and It Fights Cancer

While honey has recently gained a reputation as an excellent health food, there is another bee-produced product that may do even more. Propolis—a substance bees manufacture from tree sap and buds, and Continue reading

Five Powerful Herbal Tinctures to Boost your Immune System

tinctureThe beauty of the natural world extends far beyond just the aesthetic characteristics that make plants and shrubs visually appealing. Some of the most powerful healing and immune-boosting agents in existence can actually be found growing unassumingly in fields, forests, and jungles around the world — Continue reading

Five Ways Astragalus Helps your Body Heal Itself

With a healing reputation in Eastern medicine that’s already thousands of years old, the astragalus herb, renowned for its ability to deeply strengthen the immune system, is becoming even more widely used in Western treatments as well.

Derived from a perennial plant native to China, Mongolia and Korea, the plant’s root is dried, prepared into a tincture, tablet or topical treatment, and applied as a natural remedy for all kinds of health conditions, from fatigue, ulcers and liver toxicity, to diabetes, blood pressure and circulation, and even cancer. Continue reading

The Herbal Chinese Heavyweight Revealed

Here is the first of a quick two-part article series on one of the greatest herbal secrets in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Da huang is one of the oldest and best-known herbal medicines from the Far East. In part one, we look at its ability to fight infection and soothe the stomach.

Da huang (rhubarb, in English) has a wide variety of uses. It fights bacteria, viruses, and toxins, it clears inflammation, it soothes the stomach and promotes digestion, it promotes circulation, and it improves immunity. It has a special relationship with heat Continue reading

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Did You Know…

… Flu vaccines could make you sicker—and there’s a great alternative the FDA doesn’t want you to know about?

Last week, Dr. Mercola shared a story from the Vancouver Sun on a frightening new research study about the flu vaccine.  Initial findings Continue reading

Drink This to Improve Lactose Intolerance

kefirDo you know anything about kefir? Kefir is a cultured, enzyme-rich food filled with friendly microorganisms, much like yogurt.

In recent health news, however, some health pundits say kefir may be more nutritious and therapeutic than yogurt, ounce for ounce. Kefir could help in the reduction of lactose intolerance symptoms, in the stimulation of Continue reading

Use Raw Honey for Health, Skin, Hair, and More

Raw honey is more than just a natural sweetener. Honey has a variety of uses in your beauty regimen and for medicinal purposes. Raw honey, which is not pasteurized or refined, can be especially useful because of its nutritional properties. Although you may have heard about the benefits of raw honey, you might be surprised at some of the creative ways Continue reading