Incan Secrets for Stamina, Energy, & Vitality (including Libido!)

No matter where one looks, every region of our planet offers at least one indigenous plant to its surrounding peoples, that enhances stamina, vitality and energy: Ginseng from the Orient; Ashwagandha from India; Rhodiola (Arctic Rose) from Siberia. In the high Andes of South America, a hardy plant called Maca fulfills this role. The root (actually a tuber) has been cultivated as a vegetable by indigenous peoples of Bolivia and Peru since pre-Incan times. It flourishes in conditions where few… Continue reading

Bladder Infections, UTIs, Cystitis… However You Spell it, They Hurt!

If you’re like many women, you’ll have experienced a urinary tract infection (UTI) at least once in your life… telltale burning upon peeing, especially near the end of urination, along with frequency and urgency, are classic symptoms. Sometimes a small amount of blood and mucous may also be visible in the urine. It’s very important to get bladder infections tended to quickly, so they don’t ascend and infect the kidneys. This can lead to infection in the bloodstream, a potentially… Continue reading

Night-time Peeing Keeping You Awake?

Fellows, are you getting up more than a couple of times a night to pee? Or, you feel like you need to go, then can only urinate a wee dribble (and it’s difficult to get even that going!) so you turn around and go back to bed… only to lay down and feel like you need to go again?! Well, if this is sounding familiar, you may have what many men over the age of about forty-five commonly experience: benign… Continue reading

Give Your Brain a Boost!

Yesterday’s post on Skullcap generated a lot of buzz – seems like we could all use a little extra support when it comes to our frazzled noggins’n’nerves these days! With that ‘in mind,’ we’re going to take a look at another herb that supports just that – the mind – as well as strengthens the nervous system. Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri herb): Introduced to the west from India, Brahmi has been used in the Ayurvedic healing tradition for thousands of years… Continue reading

Health & Beauty Secrets of Tropical Tamanu Oil

Tamanu oil, pressed from the nut of the fruit of the Tamanu tree, is a remarkable topical healing agent with skin healing, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibiotic and antioxidant properties. It possesses the unique capacity to promote the formation of new tissue and accelerate growth of healthy skin. Coupled with its antibacterial properties, this makes Tamanu oil exceptionally useful for severe burns as it speeds wound healing and reduces the risk of infection. Tamanu oil can be used for all manner of… Continue reading

Has Your “Thinking Cap” Been on Too Tight?

If your mind seems to be racing a million miles a minute or you’re having nonstop, circular or repetitive thoughts, herbal relaxants such as Skullcap can help ease that too-tight thinking cap. Its gentle, sedative action helps to calm the nervous system and relax the entire body. It’s especially useful when mental stress is causing physical tension in the body, making it difficult to sleep. Named for the two ‘lips’ of its flowers that resemble the skullcap worn by warriors… Continue reading

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