500 Reasons Turmeric May Be the World’s Most Important Herb

tumThere is a medicinal spice so timelessly interwoven with the origins of human culture and metabolism, so thoroughly supported by modern scientific inquiry, as to be unparalleled in its proven value to human health and well-being.

Indeed, turmeric turns the entire drug-based medical model on its head.  Instead of causing Continue reading

Fenugreek Multifaceted Healing Herb

fenugreekDid You Know…

… that fenugreek can help build muscles, burn body fat and protect against type 2 diabetes and heart disease?

Fenugreek is more than just a flavorful spice to add to chicken, curries and salads.  It’s been a century-old favorite among ayurvedic practitioners and herbalists for treating ailments from Continue reading

Herb Marjoram Shows Promise in Breast Cancer Treatment

marjoramIs the cure for breast cancer hiding in your spice rack?

You use it for cooking… and as a garnish…and now, a tasty herb that’s hiding in your spice rack right now could one day soon unlock a powerful new cure for deadly breast cancer.

A new study out of Continue reading

Medical Science Continues to Remain Silent about Milk Thistle as a Cancer Remedy

Milk thistle, or silymarin, has been used as a natural herb to assist liver function for thousands of years. Well established as a liver herb in both alternative and scientific literature, milk thistle strengthens liver cell membranes, decreases “bad” cholesterol levels, boosts the immune system, and is a powerful antioxidant. Milk thistle has also been demonstrated clinically to have a positive effect on certain cancers. 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

6 Ways to Help You Quit Smoking

In terms of health advice, nothing is better at minimizing your risk of health problems than to quit smoking. It is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the world. In a piece of health news, researchers found that smokers are at additional risk from breathing environmental tobacco smoke. In other words, second-hand smoke. This study flows into six tips on how to quit for good. Continue reading

How to Get Your Asthma under Control Naturally

Asthma is one of those health conditions — like diabetes — that have skyrocketed in the last decade. More and more people, especially children, seem to be afflicted with the breathing problems associated with asthma. All sorts of blame is being passed around to account for this sharp rise in the condition. Everything from environmental toxins, Continue reading

Meet a Pungent, Warming Herb from Deep within China

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

Homeopathy for Pets – Safer and More Effective than Toxic Drugs

shepHomeopathy is a specific form of alternative (holistic) medicine which was developed by Samuel Hahnemann, M.D., a German physician, in the late eighteenth century. At that time, people were being treated with poisonous substances to get the “bad humours” out of them by making them vomit, have diarrhea, sweat, salivate, and bleed. Many patients died from these treatments which included Continue reading

Protect Your Skin from Sun Damage with This Herb

Today’s health advice comes in the form of an herbal cream. Calendula, or pot marigold, is a hardy annual herb. These plants have brightly colored flowers and you are likely familiar with them. They are a staple in many front- yard gardens. The petals of the flowers are actually edible and can be used either fresh or dry to add color to rice and salads. Continue reading

Clean Fat Out of Your Arteries with This Herb

Here’s some inside health news that could help protect your |heart. It concerns a potentially new health breakthrough in the fight against atherosclerosis. This amazing alternative remedy could help clear away dangerous fatty deposits in your arteries.

You may know about “Ginkgo biloba.” It’s the herb that has been championed for its ability to boost mental function and protect against Alzheimer’s. Recently, researchers have been discovering that “Ginkgo biloba” extract has antioxidant and antiplatelet properties. Continue reading

How a Horse Chestnut could help you

In my series on chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), I’ve dug through the medical research for the best natural options at your disposal. As usual, all are supported by evidence. One quick note: never treat phlebitis or leg ulcers by yourself without close supervision by your doctor. Here, in part two, I’m focusing on one remedy in particular; the best one available. Its name: horse chestnut. Continue reading

Introducing the Diabetes-Preventing Herb

“Gymnema sylvestre” is an herb that has been used in India for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is less well known in North America, though, over the past few years, studies have been conducted to measure the effectiveness of gymnema.

Take, for instance, a clinical trial that took place at King’s College London. There, researchers looked at the effects of a gymnema extract in a small cohort of patients with type 2 diabetes. After administration of the extract for 60 days, the researchers found that there was a significant increase in circulating insulin in the participants. This surge in insulin helped to reduce fasting and after-meal blood glucose levels.

The research team concluded that a gymnema extract may provide a potential alternative therapy Continue reading

Rosemary Oil Can Be Used as a Natural Meat Preservative

Although some people already use the popular herb rosemary for seasoning their meat, this combination may become more common in the near future as food manufacturers respond to consumer demand for more natural products.

Currently, two of the most common additives used to preserve meat are BHT and BHA. But studies have linked BHA with cancer and BHT with hyperactivity, causing some consumers to avoid products containing them (read ingredients labels to find out if they’re in the foods you buy).

In a 2006 study, essential oils of rosemary and sage performed better at preventing oxidative decay and preventing loss of polyunsaturated fatty acids in meat than a combination of BHA and BHT. This means rosemary oil and sage oil Continue reading

Try This Herb to Help Breathe Easier

With flu season here; it’s time to start reinforcing your immune system. You’ll want to make sure you’re getting lots of vitamin C in the fruits and vegetables you eat. You’ll also want to get some exercise and keep up with the clinically proven cold and flu prevention tactic of washing your hands throughout the day. If you follow all this health advice, hopefully you’ll fight off any cold and flu bugs that you happen to come in contact with. But, if you do come down with a cold and symptoms settle into your lungs and chest, there’s a herb that can come to the rescue. Echinacea is heavily recommended during flu season by many naturopathic doctors — and for good reason.

Echinacea has special nutrients that fight bacterial and viral infections. Echinacea also stimulates white blood cells, helping them to do their job of protecting you against foreign invaders. Continue reading