Are you an Apple or a Pear?

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have pinpointed a protein that plays a part in how fat is stored in the body. And how the body stores fat – whether it’s deposited more around the torso (apple-shaped) vs around the hips (pear-shaped) – can correspond to outcomes such as obesity and diabetes. Fat stored around the torso is considered to be an unhealthy type of fat, and is more likely to be stored around the vital organs within the torso.… Continue reading

Probiotics are “For Life”!

Probiotics literally means “for life.” They’re the bacteria that live in your intestinal tract – all 3 to 5 pounds of them – and help you to digest food, synthesize important vitamins, support your immune system, and ensure proper elimination of excess estrogen (e.g., from the environment). They also help keep in check other microorganisms like Candida (yeast), parasites, and other bacteria that cause problems when they grow out of control. Even though we have billions of these microscopic little… Continue reading

Passion in a Flower!

Passionflower – simply one of the most gorgeous flowers of all time! Not only is its ‘other-worldly’ appearance beautiful to behold, but Passionflower also provides fantastic support for anxiety and insomnia. I find that simply looking at this amazing flower inspires a sense of awe and wonder, which are anxiety-reducing in themselves. Passionflower has a long history of use. It has been used by indigenous peoples the world over, both medicinally and ceremonially, and a tea made from the leaves… Continue reading

Springtime Blossoms, Springtime Sniffles…

Sniffling? Sneezing? Runny eyes? If you experience itchy eyes, nonstop sneezing, runny nose, or general malaise that coincides with the blossoming of spring, you may very well suffer from seasonal allergies! Also known as hay fever, this dreaded condition occurs when excessive amounts of histamine are released in response to various pollens or molds in the environment. It’s this histamine that causes all of the symptoms that allergy sufferers are all too familiar with! Fortunately, Nature is not only the… Continue reading

Rosa for Rosacea

Rosacea – often mistakenly called adult acne, a different condition – is a chronic inflammatory condition of the small blood vessels of the face. These tiny capillaries enlarge and fill with blood, giving the skin a rosy appearance. They can eventually break, leaving permanent small, broken blood vessels (spider veins) across the cheeks and nose, primarily. Depending on the degree of blood vessel enlargement, there may even be a swollen appearance to the face, and cyst-like bumps. It’s not exactly… Continue reading

Natural Weight Loss Support

Even though you eat a healthy, balanced diet and get regular exercise, sometimes you might need a little help shedding those extra few pounds that have a habit of creeping on. This is where gentle herbs like Hoodia may help. Hoodia has traditionally been used by indigenous peoples of South Africa to suppress the appetite. Several companies have attempted to synthesize the “active ingredient” thought to be responsible for Hoodia’s appetite-suppressant effects; however, like most herbs, it is more often… Continue reading

The Passion of Chocolate

Chocolate is one of life’s sweetest treats and a familiar courtship ritual. Like red roses, it is often given on Valentine’s Day and has come to symbolize romantic love and the tender feelings between lovers. This tradition was borne of its history as an aphrodisiac, as chocolate was believed to increase desire and arouse passion… in ancient Mayan culture, newly married couples would ceremoniously share it together prior to consummating their wedding night, and French courtesans would inflame their lovers’… Continue reading

Nervines: Herbs for Stress & Anxiety

Yesterday we looked at Skullcap, undoubtedly one of the best herbs available for people who “think too much.” Like Skullcap, Oats is a classic example of a nervine. A “nervine” is a herb (or food/nutrient) that helps to build, restore, and strengthen our nervous system. I’m sure that many of us could use a little help with that, these days! Oat seeds have long been used for debility and fatigue, and for restoring strength and vigor. They’re balancing and calming… Continue reading

Skullcap – When Your “Thinking Cap” Has Been on Too Tight!

When mental stress is also causing physical tension, Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) is one of the best herbs to consider. Its gentle, sedative action helps to calm the nervous system which, in turn, helps the entire body to relax. Named for its flowers which have two “lips” that resemble the skullcap worn by warriors of medieval times, Skullcap is used in the treatment of a wide range of nervous system conditions including: anxiety (especially circular or repetitive thoughts), headaches, neuralgia (nerve… Continue reading

Lavender Essential Oil: Potent Antifungal

A study published recently in the Journal of Medical Microbiology showed that Lavender essential oil could be used to combat the increasing incidence of antifungal-resistant infections. This is great news, as there has been an increase in the incidence of fungal diseases the last few years. The essential oil of Lavender shows a potent antifungal effect against strains of fungi responsible for common skin and nail infections, as well as various species of Candida. It destroyed the fungal cells by… Continue reading

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