Chaga Mushroom

chagaDid You Know…

… that chaga mushroom can strengthen the immune system, help prevent cancer, reduce high blood pressure, and soothe an aching stomach?

The Siberians call this humble tree fungus a “Gift of God” and the “Mushroom of Immortality.” The Japanese have nicknamed it “The Diamond of the Forest.” The Chinese refer to it as “King of the Plants.” And thousands of centuries of use attest to this mushroom’s healing and strengthening properties. 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

Fact or Myth: Can Umeboshi Reverse a Gallbladder Attack?

This is a FACT.

The digestive health benefit of umeboshi – pickled plums – has been used in Asian culture for hundreds of years.

The ume plum is closely related to the apricot and is part of the Prunus mume family. Continue reading

Thyme out for Cold, Flu, and Other Organisms

thymeAnother member of the labiatae, or mint, family, thyme is an herb native to the Mediterranean basin and comes in many varieties. There is only one plant, thymus vulgaris, but the composition of the oil distilled from the plant shows variations in chemical components based on the location or region the plant grows in, despite being botanically identical. The microbial power of thyme is so powerful that some oils are safe to use in all situations, and some are not. Thymus vularis ct. linalol is the best oil for beginners to use and it is the safest to use on the skin, in baths, and on children and the elderly. Other chemotypes (ct) such as thymus vulgaris ct. thujanol, thymus vulgaris ct. thymol, Continue reading

Wheatgrass

Did You Know…

… that wheatgrass rejuvenates aging cells and helps fight tumors, cleanse the blood and tighten loose and sagging skin?

Say what you will about the taste, which can be chased away with something fruity and sweet, wheatgrass is total body nutrition in one gulp. Prominent research scientist Dr. Earp-Thomas says that,“15 pounds of wheatgrass is the equivalent of 350 pounds of carrots, lettuce, celery and so forth.”

Made up of 17 essential amino acids, 90 minerals, 13 vitamins and 80 enzymes, Continue reading

Smelly Superstar Is First in Disease Prevention

Garlic is a superstar when it comes to protecting against disease — no doubt about it. How does garlic come to sit in the top spot when it comes to maintaining good health? Mostly because it is high in sulfur compounds. These compounds are potent extractors of toxic heavy chemicals in your body. They bind with chemicals so that they can be excreted, instead of taking hold in your organs and causing damage. These sulfur compounds are also effective at protecting against oxidation and free radicals. Garlic is also a natural antiseptic. Continue reading

Mangosteen Benefits May Become a Revolutionary Natural Health Option For Many Illnesses

Some of the most powerful antioxidants in the world might come from the rind of a tropical fruit called mangosteen—with its benefits and extraordinary potential against ailments ranging from infection …to cancer…to mental health issues?

Despite the similarities in name, the mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) is not related to the mango. Once you discover the extent of the mangosteen’s curative and preventative powers, you’ll never confuse the two again!

The mangosteen is a dark purple fruit that thrives in the hot, humid climates of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia. The flesh of the mangosteen has a sweet, tangy flavor, but it’s the hard pericarp—or rind, Continue reading

Coriander-This Spice Could Help Slash Harmful Cholesterol

Coriander is an herb often used in Indian food. It is almost guaranteed to be included in any curry dish. Coriander is also used quite frequently in Thai cooking. It has a delicious taste that is quite distinct and unique. What an added bonus that this tasty herb is also very good for you! Researchers have determined that coriander could help lower blood glucose and LDL cholesterol levels.

A recent clinical trial set out to investigate the potential hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic activity of coriander seed. In the animal study, coriander extract was given to both obese rats with elevated blood glucose and cholesterol levels and normal rats. The researchers found that the coriander extract suppressed hyperglycemia in the obese rats and helped to lower LDL cholesterol levels. They concluded that coriander seed extract in obese rats normalized glycemia Continue reading

Introducing – Black Walnut

The black walnut tree, also known as the American walnut, is native to North America. Trees range in height from 70-150 feet and have a diameter of 2-4 feet. The compound leaves are between 1 and 2 feet long. This tree is prized for its beautiful wood and the tasty nuts which are avidly harvested in the autumn. The tree has large, pinnately compound leaves, 12 to 24 inches long with 15 to 23 leaflets. The leaf stems are covered with fine hairs, but are smoother than butternut. The fruit is a large, rounded, brownish black nut with a hard, thick, finely ridged shell enclosing a rich, oily kernel. The nut is black and ridged with the kernel having a high-quality taste. The kernel is edible and highly nutritious. The nut is enclosed in a solid, non-splitting husk, and is borne on the tree singly or in pairs.

Medicinal uses and health benefits of black walnut

Black walnut is considered to be an antiseptic, a germicide, a parasitic, and a laxative. Black walnut hull does indeed help with a variety of health conditions from ridding the body of intestinal parasites and tapeworms to reducing constipation and healing skin conditions like acne, canker sores, psoriasis, and other fungal infections. Black walnut has been used as external applications for a variety of skin complaints including ringworm, jock itch , athlete’s foot, psoriasis, blisters, eczema, scabbing pruritus, varicose ulcers, and even syphilis sores. Black walnut oxygenates the blood to kill parasites. Black walnut extracts can be taken internally for ailments such as gout, rheumatism, glandular disturbances, worms, and parasites. Black Walnut oxygenates the blood to kill parasites. It is used to help balance sugar levels. It also is able to burn up excessive toxins and fatty materials. The decoction has also been used as an effective vermifuge. The fruit is useful for promoting strength and weight gain. The husk is chewed for colic and use as a poultice for inflammation. The decoction has also been used as an effective vermifuge.

The black walnut hull contains a number of active ingredients, including omega-3 fatty acids called alpha linolenic acid (ALA), sterols, tannins and iodine. A high intake of ALA is protective against heart attack. Sterols are naturally occurring plant compounds that are chemically similar to cholesterol. Sterols may play chemoprotecive and cardioprotective roles. Tannins is antibacterial, anticancer, antidiarrheic, antihepatotoxic, chelator, antihypertensive, antitumor, cancer preventive, antiulcer. Iodine is widely used as an antiseptic in medicine. It works by attaching itself to the pathogenic bacteria and thereby killing them. Black walnut shells are very rich in vitamin C, and beta-carotene, B1, B2, and B6 are found in the leaves.