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
The Antioxidant that’s 800x more Powerful Than CoQ10
Discover how this powerhouse antioxidant may
help treat chronic disease, support optimal cardiovascular function and… make your skin glow in the process!
When the words anti-aging, longevity and wellness are attached to a health supplement or product, the buzzword antioxidant is sure to follow. As a label-savvy consumer, you don’t want to get hoodwinked by the hype. Continue reading
As Will Rogers once said, “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.”
And if those facts weren’t so infuriating, maybe they would be funny.
Consider the latest bad joke our own FDA is playing on us. They now consider a fruit eaten for millennia — Continue reading
Did You Know… … that laughter (even “fake” laughter or just thinking about laughter!) lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, boosts the immune system—and has even been useful in integrative cancer treatment? Continue reading
A new study published in the journal Nature Chemistry provides new insight into the power of a rare type of tree bark to relieve serious pain. Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute (SRI) in Florida discovered that the bark of the Tabernaemontana divaricata plant, also known as crepe jasmine, contains a compound known as conolidine that appears to be just as effective at treating pain as morphine, but without all the harmful side effects.
Glenn Micalizio, an associate professor at the SRI Department of Chemistry, and his colleagues first had to figure out a way to synthesize conolidine in order to study it. Once they did, they discovered for the first time that conolidine is an effective alternative to traditional opioid analgesics. And because it does not cause nausea, constipation, breathing problems, and even death like morphine can, conolidine has great potential to become a natural replacement for this and other pain medications.
Not an opioid itself, conolidine remains a bit of a mystery. Researchers are not quite sure how the substance works to relieve both acute and inflammatory pain in a similar way as opioids do without acting upon the same cellular receptors. Continue reading
That bottle of ibuprofen in your medicine cabinet is more powerful than you may think.
A new study by Harvard Medical School researchers suggests that the pain reliever may offer protection against developing Parkinson’s disease by targeting a certain receptor in the brain.
The analyzed data from more than 127,000 people who reported their use of ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs over a six year period – and what they found was the participants who took ibuprofen on a regular basis had a 38 percent lower risk of developing the brain disorder.