photo credit: stevendepolo The #1 contributor to premature aging? You guessed it: free-radicals, those tiny reactive oxygen particles that damage our cells’ membranes and DNA. Chemicals in our food, pollutants, drugs, and stress can all contribute to the burden of free-radicals that we encounter every day. When cells become damaged, they lose their ability to repair and replace themselves effectively. Mutations can occur that result in uncontrolled growth (such as a tumor), or the tissue weakens and can’t perform like… Continue reading
photo credit: Robert S. Donovan Already renowned for its potent antioxidant, weight loss, and blood sugar benefits, now bone density support can be added to the ever-growing list of health benefits of green tea. Already Popular in Japan and China for thousands of years, green tea is rich in a group of plant compounds called catechins. In addition to being powerful antioxidants (40-200 times stronger than vitamins A, C, or E ), catechins are also associated with improvement in bone… Continue reading
photo credit: graywolfx47 Aphrodisiacs derive their name from the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, who embodies the graceful beauty of the feminine and reminds us – all women – of our timeless sexuality. Plant aphrodisiacs can strengthen and naturally enhance the female libido and sexual response, including arousal and lubrication. They provide an abundant source of nutrients that help us to maintain our hormones in optimal balance for healthy, sexual vitality – at every age! Female Libido Tonic™ is… Continue reading
For centuries, Bilberry has been used as both a food and a health supplement – and like many berries, it is “food as medicine” at its best! As a food, Bilberry is enjoyed in pies and jams much like its cousin, the Blueberry (in fact, it’s known as European Blueberry). Bilberries are rich in anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that help to protect us from damaging free-radicals. Oxidative damage is considered to be a significant contributor to age-related macular degeneration.
So named for its hooked thorns that remarkably resemble a cat’s claw, this South American vine has traditionally been used for its exceptional anti-inflammatory and rejuvenative properties. Cat’s Claw is one of our best-loved herbs for joint inflammation, especially that associated with rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, conditions which have an autoimmune component to them. This is where our immune system fails to recognize our own self as ‘self’ and, instead, starts to treat it as ‘non-self,’ and mounts an immune… Continue reading
photo credit: ValentinaM- For soft lips and smooth skin, Shea Butter is one of nature’s best kept secrets! The thick ‘oil’ (butter) expressed from the nut of the magnificent Shea tree is a rich source of fatty acids. These have the unique ability to readily penetrate the skin and improve its ability to retain moisture, which fills out fine lines and wrinkles to provide a softer, smoother texture and appearance.
From ginger snaps to ginger tea, there’s hardly another spice that imparts a more welcoming warmth than Ginger does! Ginger is especially beneficial for anyone with perpetually cold hands and feet… so if you “know anyone” who takes a hot water bottle to bed every night, they may want to give Ginger a try!
Happy New Year, everyone! We’re looking forward to sharing lots of great health tips and info with you here, for a healthier 2012! If you’re someone who makes New Year’s resolutions, perhaps one of them was to do a little cleansing after “holiday excesses”?