The Top 15 Healing Actions of Herbs

 hhA great deal of pharmaceutical research has gone into analyzing the active ingredients in herbs to find out how and why they work. In some cases, the action is due to a specific chemical present in the herb or it may be due to a complex synergistic interaction among various constituents of the plant. 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

Kapikachhu

KapikachhuKapikachhu Health Benefits

Kapikachhu or Mucuna pruriens is well-known for its aphrodisiac activities as it is known to increase the sperm count and to increase testosterone levels in the body. The herb is also known to help the body build lean muscle and to break down surplus fat and hence Mucuna or Kapikachhu is often used by athletes, sports persons and body builders as sports medicine for increasing body performance. Continue reading

Ease Menopausal Symptoms Naturally with Red Clover

Red Clover (Trifolium Pratense) is a plant which is native to Europe as well as parts of Northwest Africa and Western Asia. The flower of this plant is the most commonly used part. Because of isoflavones that it contains, Red Clover has been used for many years as a remedy for menopausal symptoms including mood swings and hot flushes. This makes it a natural alternative to traditional hormone replacement therapy.

Health benefits associated with Red Clover are numerous. It is an excellent expectorant, which makes it useful in treating conditions such as bronchitis and asthma. These flowers also possess diuretic and sedative properties. It has also been reported to be an excellent detoxing agent for the body. It has been used as an all-natural anti-inflammatory for many years.

People suffering from osteoporosis may benefit from using Red Clover because of the fact that the isoflavones Continue reading

Holy Basil an Alternative to Medical Marijuana

Did You Know…that there’s an aromatic plant which offers an alternative that rival those of medical marijuana treatmentwithout the side effects or the necessity for a prescription? This same medicinal plant also protects against inflammation, stress, and even radiation poisoning.

In Asia, holy basil(Ocimum sanctum, O. tenuiflorum) has been cultivated for medicinal use for over 5,000 years.

Today, Western scientists have caught on to the herb’s natural anti-inflammatory properties. Chemically speaking, basil (in numerous tested varieties) contains compounds similar to those found in cannabis (also known as marijuana) and oregano.

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Benefits of Bioidentical Progesterone

Question: What are the benefits of taking a progesterone supplement?

Dr. Brownstein’s Answer:

Progesterone is produced in the adrenal glands of men and women, as well as in women’s ovaries. During menstruation, it is the hormone that prepares the uterus for implantation of a fertilized egg. Progesterone also acts as a natural antidepressant and diuretic, helps to activate thyroid hormone, improves libido, protects against breast disease, and can even  Continue reading

The Benefits and Side Effects of Hibiscus Tea

People drink tea for a number of reasons, ranging from an affinity for the taste to an extra caffeine boost to a variety of health benefits. Tea is a popular drink across the world, and whether you’re drinking chai in India or Earl Gray in Britain, each tea has a unique flavor and essence. Jamaica flower tea is a hibiscus tea known for its popularity in Mexico.

Jamaica Flower Tea

Jamaica flower tea is an iced tea made from a flower called Jamaica (hibiscus sabdariffa). In Mexico, hibiscus blossoms are called Jamaica and Jamaica flower tea is called “Agua de Jamaica.” Made from a strong brew of hibiscus flower tea, Jamaica flower tea is a tart, flavorful red tea, often sweetened heavily with sugar.

Diuretic, Laxative or Digestive Supplement Continue reading

Artichokes Are Nutrient Dense with Many Health Benefits

The ancients considered artichokes to have many benefits. Artichokes, including leaves, were thought to be an aphrodisiac, a diuretic, a breath freshener and even a deodorant. Decoctions of artichoke leaves have been used as blood cleansers to improve bile production and secretion and to detoxify the liver and the skin.

The globe artichoke is a member of the Composite family, closely related to the thistle. The part we eat is from the immature flower bud. Artichokes are nutrient dense, so, for the 25 calories in a medium artichoke, you’re getting 16 essential nutrients! Artichokes provide the important minerals magnesium, chromium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, iron and calcium. For example, that 25 calorie artichoke provides 6% of the  Continue reading

Health Benefits of Mullein Essential Oil

The health benefits of Mullein Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like analgesic, anti inflammatory, anti septic, disinfectant, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, relaxant and tranquilizing.

Common Mullein or Verbascum Thapsus and Wavy Leaf Mullein or Verbascum Sinuatum, as they are botanically known, both used to extract the essential oil. The former one is more preferred for extracting oil. The Essential Oil is extracted by steam distillation of its leaves and flowers. The Mullein is distributed all over Europe, South and Central America and temperate zones of Asia. The essential oil contains coumarin, rotenone, and tannin, triterpene saponins like verbascosaponin, mucilage, aucubin, catalpol, flavonoids and phenolic acids. From very old time, Mullein was famous as Candlewick as it as actually used to make candlewicks.

Later on, its medicinal uses took over its other uses. Let us see what those medicinal uses are.

* Analgesic: The analgesic property  Continue reading

Honeysuckle: An Ancient Traditional Chinese Medicinal Herb

Honeysuckle is one of the oldest medicinal herbs in known history. Sometimes referred to as woodbine, European honeysuckle was once used widely to treat urinary complaints, asthma, and during childbirth. In traditional Chinese medicine, honeysuckle has been used medicinally for millenia. The first known reference to the honeysuckle plant as a medicinal plant is in the Tan Ben Cao that was written in A.D. 659. In traditional Chinese medicine, honeysuckle is considered one of the most important herbs for releasing poisons from the body and clearing heat from the body.

There are three main parts of the honeysuckle plant that are used medicinally: the flowers, the flower buds, and the stems.

The flowers are traditionally used to make syrup  Continue reading