Ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly diseases out there. It is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women — an astounding 14,000 out of 23,000 diagnosed each year, die. Ovarian cancer tends to be aggressive and generally has very few symptoms until it reaches an advanced stage. Fortunately, several natural remedies have proven to be exceptionally useful in both preventing and curing this silent killer. Ginger, ginkgo biloba, green tea and flaxseed are all remarkably effective Continue reading
Another 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
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
For more than 3,000 years, the Plukenetia Volubilis – also known as the Sacha Inchi or Inca Peanut – has been used by inhabitants of the Amazon Rainforest for better total body health and increased endurance.
Found in the highlands of the Andes Mountains in Peru, the plants are durable, Continue reading
Here is a piece of health news about a highly useful Chinese herb. It’s called “psoralea” and it lives and grows in Asia, particularly Vietnam and China. Its Chinese name is “bug u zhi” and it is linked to the flow of “Qi” through kidney and spleen. It can exert powerful effects on a body that is out of whack.
The seeds of this plant, Continue reading
Almost everyone wants to improve their love life, find the perfect partner and have better sex. Some of the biggest pharmaceutical sales in history come from performance-enhancing drugs. What about using natural inducements for romance such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, grapes or truffles? Add some of these delectable delights to your arsenal of temptations and woo your lover into bliss.
Chocolate — Chocolate works like no other food to stimulate human sexuality. It’s delicious, melts on the tongue and has an erotic quality even when not thinking of sex. According to Amy Reiley in her book, “Romancing the Stove: The Unabridged Guide to Aphrodisiac Foods,” chocolate helps thin the blood, Continue reading
Anger can have a destructive—even deadly—effect on your health.
Everyone gets angry. But according to Dr. Don Colbert, M.D., author of Deadly Emotions, anger can profoundly damage your health. “Depression, anger, guilt, condemnation, low self-esteem…these are only a few of the lethal toxins…,” Dr. Colbert warns.
He supports these claims with scientific evidence about the effects of anger on the physiological aspect.
Simply put, the effects of anger, triggers a biologically embedded “fight-or-flight” response. In ancient times, when human beings faced physical threats like animal predators, the fight-or-flight response saved our lives by pumping our bodies with hormones and chemicals necessary to fuel intense physical action. Continue reading
Varicose veins are a common and unsightly — and often painful — problem for many adults. But there have been many health breakthroughs in the area, and many herbal remedies and natural medicine options are available. Here are your top eight.
1. Horse Chestnut
Containing the active ingredient saponin, horse chestnut could boost circulation in your veins and reduce varicose symptoms. The herb helps reinforce veins by helping your body repairs leaks or holes in the blood vessels. This, in turn, makes them more elastic, which improves blood flow to the heart.
One review of studies found that extract from horse chestnut is just as effective as the best medication for varicose veins. Continue reading
Rosemary a fragrant herb native to the Mediterranean region has many benefits it can reduce stress and anxiety, improve memory, mental performance, concentration–and even have a significant effect on your test-taking ability?
It appears that the ancient Greeks knew something about rosemary herbs that the rest of the world didn’t. Grecian scholars traditionally wore sprigs of rosemary when taking tests because they believed the herb would improve their performance.
Two recent studies prove that the Greeks’ use of rosemary didn’t just stem from a herbal folklore or superstition, but actually has scientific merit.
Both studies–one from the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing in Boca Raton, and the other from the Department of Nursing at Nambu University in Korea–found that rosemary benefits has a significant and measurable positive effect on test takers! That same benefit carries over to any high-stress situation that requires concentration, memory, and cognition. Continue reading
Although the cosmetic industry would have us believe otherwise, beautiful skin doesn’t come from a jar full of perfumed chemicals. Beyond being born with great genes, the best thing you can do for your skin is to eat a healthy diet. Learn how to enhance your skin from the inside out by eating foods that will make your epidermis glow with health. Try adding these foods to your diet to both feel and look better.
Chia Seeds: Chia offers a multitude of health benefits. The word chia derives from the Aztec word for oily. Chia seeds offer high levels of omega-3 acids which the human body needs but cannot produce and which only come from a few dietary sources.
Without omega-3’s, people can suffer from poor circulation and dry skin, as well as heart problems, fatigue, Continue reading
Ginger root is more than a zesty culinary spice. It’s both a general tonic and specific medicinal herb. Ginger is actually the rhizome or horizontal “creeping root” of the Zingiber officinale plant, which belongs to the same family as turmeric and cardamom. Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine has used ginger for centuries. Now mainstream medicine uses various ginger extracts for major health problems.
Ginger has been used effectively for gastrointestinal problems as major as colitis and as minor as motion sickness. It stimulates good digestion. It helps alleviate congestion and minimizes mucous, even helping asthmatics. Various ginger extracts have been shown to improve cardiovascular health and circulation.
Ginger kills off 5-LO enzymes, without which prostate cancer cells die within hours. A component of ginger Continue reading
October winds mark the beginning of 45 days of harvesting those odiferous, nutritious, delicious ginkgo nuts. Notorious for its stinky fruit which is discarded, the ginkgo nut itself contains potassium, phosphorus, folate and vitamin A, with traces of zinc, copper and manganese. After cooking, the rubbery jade-green nut tastes very similar to edamame (young soy bean pods) with a hint of that unique ginkgo fragrance.
The health benefits of the ginkgo nut make it worth the effort. The nuts have similar health properties as the leaves, but caution must be used if any allergies to tree nuts exist. The recommended “dosage” of nuts is six to ten daily. With antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and vasodilator properties, Ginkgo is recommended for a variety of ailments, particularly those concerning circulation, heart and lungs. Continue reading
They’re one of the most important parts of our body when it comes to day-to-day activities; without them we couldn’t cut vegetables, grip pliers, or text our friends. They’re revealing, too: Not only do scars and age spots recount our personal history but mystics all the way back to prehistory have “read” our futures in their lines and whorls.
But what if your hands could say more about you than that? What if, looking down at your palms and the five digits attached to them, you could discover early signs of dangerous diseases you didn’t yet know you had? “It used to be common for doctors to look at the hands for important clues to overall health,” says endocrinologist Kenneth Blanchard of Continue reading
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