Burdock Root: for Clear Skin and a Healthy Complexion

Burdock root is best known as an “alterative” herb. This is a category of herbs that “alters” (hence, their name) the body’s internal environment in a beneficial way. In fact, Burdock root is one of the best alteratives there is, and has been used for centuries as a gentle blood purifier and liver cleanser. It is considered one of the best herbs for skin-related conditions, as these are often related to a congested and sluggish liver. How does Burdock Root… Continue reading

Hair Loss? Thinning Hair?

If you’re noticing hair loss or thinning, the first thing one should consider is whether there may be a nutritional deficiency that is affecting hair growth. We need to ensure that we’re providing our body with all of the essential nutrients that it needs, in order to be able to repair and rebuild itself, daily and ongoing. Iron-deficiency, inadequate protein intake, and lack of certain vitamins and minerals can all have a deleterious effect upon hair growth. Hand-in-hand with our… Continue reading

Sinus Congestion? Try a Neti pot!

Do you suffer from chronic sinus congestion or seasonal stuffiness (allergic rhinitis)? Or, have a lingering cold with post-nasal drip? Rinsing your sinuses regularly can really help, and, once you get the hang of it, it’s easy! Neti pots are simple devices that look a little like a miniature teapot. They’ve been an integral part of Ayurvedic medicine in India for thousands of years. Neti pots allow you to gently flush out and cleanse the sinuses more effectively than blowing… Continue reading

The Ultimate Sleep Formula – Gentle & Effective Support for Insomnia

Natural Sleeping Essentials™ is a safe, effective remedy that naturally helps you to fall asleep faster and enjoy a more restful sleep. It gently relaxes both mind and body, letting you enter the deeper, more restorative stages of sleep. Insomnia is extremely common and includes not being able to fall asleep, sporadically waking up in the middle of the night, and not being able to fall back asleep if woken up. What causes insomnia? Many possible reasons, including depression, stress… Continue reading

Fo-Ti – Herb of Longevity

Fo-Ti root, also called He Shou Wu (‘black-haired Mr. He”), is considered one of China’s greatest tonic herbs. It has been used traditionally for thousands of years for improving a wide array of conditions ranging from low back pain and decreased energy and vitality, to fertility and longevity support. Fo-Ti is a “superior tonic” herb. It rejuvenates the entire body and helps protect against premature ageing. Fo-Ti is possibly best known for its ability to help restore hair back closer… Continue reading

Elder Flower – Good for All Ages

Written about long ago by the Roman naturalist, Pliny the Elder (ca. 23-79 BCE), Elder flower has an extended history of use in a variety of traditional systems of medicine. In fact, its current use as a diaphoretic stems from traditional Greek medicine. From Greece, it spread to India where its same indications for use were introduced. It is still used today within Ayurvedic medicine, the ancient healing tradition of India. Elder flower is primarily considered a diaphoretic, a herb… Continue reading

Hawthorn for the Heart

Hawthorn’s reputation as a heart tonic is well-deserved, as it reliably provides a slow, gentle effect upon the cardiovascular system (heart and associated blood vessels). It often requires several weeks of regular, daily use in order to produce appreciable results, though – slow and steady is Hawthorn’s maxim! Interestingly, its botanical name, “Crataegus,” is derived from the Greek word “kratos,” meaning strength. This is in reference to the strength of its wood and, perhaps, also a reflection of its strengthening… Continue reading

Men’s Health

Are you getting up several times a night to pee? Having difficulty “getting the flow” going? As men get older, they commonly develop a condition called benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). BPH is an enlargement of the prostate, a small, walnut-sized gland that encircles the urethra. The prostate enlarges due to the cumulative effects of DHT (dihydrotestosterone), a hormone made from testosterone. DHT causes the prostate cells to get bigger and to also multiply (interestingly, it also causes the scalp hair… Continue reading

Turmeric – Food as Medicine, at its Finest!

Turmeric is one of those incredible, versatile foods that extends itself readily from the kitchen cupboard to the medicine chest, in one easy step. As well as lending its distinctive flavor (and telltale color) to curries, Turmeric root is renowned as one of nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatories. It has been found especially beneficial for symptoms of osteoarthritis. According to a study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism (2006), Turmeric reduced joint inflammation in osteoarthritis a statistically significant amount. Its main mechanism… Continue reading

Neem – the “Village Pharmacy”

Neem is one of the most important and revered herbs within Ayurveda, the ancient healing tradition of India. Extracts from the “Sacred Tree,” as Neem is also known, have been used medicinally and ceremonially for over 5000 years. Called the “Village Pharmacy” for good reason, Neem finds usefulness in treating a wide variety of ailments ranging from skin conditions to blood sugar imbalances. All parts of the Neem tree, including its seeds, leaves, flowers and bark, have therapeutic value. Neem… Continue reading

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