Oats: Good for Porridge and a Whole Lot More!

Oats is a classic example of a “nervine,” a herb (or food/nutrient) that helps to build, restore, and strengthen our nervous system. Oat straw was historically used as mattress filling, apparently providing benefit to rheumatism sufferers. Nowadays, Oats (both the straw (dried stem) and seeds) are used primarily for nervous system-related conditions including debility and fatigue, and for restoring strength and vigor. Oats are balancing and calming to the nervous system, encourage healthier sleep patterns, and have traditionally been valued… Continue reading

Fibromyalgia and CFS Support

Many individuals, particularly women, suffer from fibromyalgia (FM) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), or even a combination of both, together. There may be painful muscle spasms, including exquisitely tender ‘trigger points’ distributed throughout muscles of the body, overwhelming fatigue, inflammation, headaches, depression and insomnia. FibroLo Gold™ is a natural herbal supplement that may help improve many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, including inflammation, muscle spasms, sore joints, and headaches. Its primary ingredient is Devil’s Claw, a… Continue reading

Weight Management

Even though you eat a healthy, balanced diet and get regular exercise, does it seem as though there’s a few extra pounds that won’t budge, no matter what you do? Or, maybe you’re on a weight loss program and the scales are “stuck.” Whatever the case, Hoodia may be able to help shed those last few, stubborn pounds! Hoodia is a succulent plant native to South Africa, and has traditionally been used to help suppress the appetite. Though several weight… Continue reading

Milk Thistle – Support for Liver Inflammation & Detoxification

While Milk Thistle derives its name from the milky latex contained within its leaves, it is actually the seed of the dried flower that is used in herbal medicine. This member of the Thistle family is one of our premier herbs for supporting the liver and aiding in detoxification! Milk Thistle is a gentle restorative tonic that can be used daily on a long-term basis to protect the liver and help it function better. The liver is a multitasking organ… Continue reading

Shea Butter – Gifts from the Savannah

For soft, supple skin, Shea Butter is one of the finest moisturizers that Nature has to offer. It is an amazing oil (nut butter) that ranks right up there with Coconut Oil as an excellent, all-natural bodycare product! Shea Butter is a rich source of fatty acids that have the unique ability to readily penetrate the skin and maintain flexibility of the cell membranes. This enables your skin to retain moisture better, filling out fine lines and wrinkles and improving… Continue reading

Hibiscus Flower for Health & Beauty

Renowned for its colorful beauty and association with balmy breezes, tropical beaches and swaying palms, Hibiscus flowers have traditionally been used to help reduce fever and provide a mild diuretic and laxative effect. And, if visions of a beach paradise aren’t enough to do it on their own, a recent study showed that drinking Hibiscus tea may also help to lower blood pressure (the study participants drank 3 cups a day). The leaves and flowers of Hibiscus are also renowned… Continue reading

Behavior, Attention, or Learning Disorders an Issue?

Do you or your child have difficulty staying focused? Is he, or she, easily distracted and restless, or find it challenging to concentrate upon work, including schoolwork? Concentration Essentials™ can help. Its unique blend of 9 special herbs work together to strengthen and support the nervous system and promote a calmer state of mind. Premier among the herbs in Concentration Essentials™ is Ginkgo, one of the oldest living species of trees on the planet (~300 million years). Ginkgo leaf has… Continue reading

Oregano Oil – Medicine from the Mediterranean

The Oregano plant, in addition to adding its distinctive flavor to your favorite spaghetti sauce, provides us one of Nature’s most potent natural antibiotic essential oils. Oregano essential oil has been shown to have the highest and broadest antifungal effect of a variety of essential oils including Thyme, Sage, and Tea Tree, as tested against 13 different types of fungus. The primary active constituent in Oregano oil that confers its powerful antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and antiparasitic properties, is called carvacrol.… Continue reading

Plant Medicine – A Greener Way to Health

Indigenous cultures the world over have used plant medicines for millennia as their primary form of healthcare, and have developed sophisticated healing systems using their surrounding natural pharmacopeia. Though distinct in many ways, these traditional cultures share in common an honouring of the natural environment in which they live, and a profound awareness that all life is interdependent. Currently over 120 distinct chemical substances are derived from plants and used today as important drugs. These substances are either still extracted… Continue reading

Meditation for Managing Chronic Pain

By practicing meditation, we can enhance our body-mind connection and support our ability to manage pain, naturally. Research has shown that it’s possible to achieve significant results in pain regulation, by ‘turning off’ certain areas in our brain. Using MRIs on 13 Zen meditators exposed to a painful heat stimulus, researchers demonstrated that they had the ability, with training, to decrease their sensation of pain. As compared to non-meditators, there was less activity measured in those parts of the brain… Continue reading

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