We might think that it is only men who use herbs as ‘aphrodisiacs,’ such as Tribulus, Horny Goat Weed, Ginseng, and Yohimbe. In fact, many traditional aphrodisiac herbs have been used for thousands of years by women, too, for supporting a healthy libido! Sexual and reproductive health has always been viewed as an integral part of overall health in traditional healing systems such as Ayurveda from India, or traditional Chinese medicine. Aphrodisiacs derive their name, appropriately enough, from the Greek goddess… Continue reading
Nothing speaks of “tropical” quite like the exotic beauty and intoxicating fragrance of Plumeria (Frangipani). What is especially unique about this flower’s exquisite scent is that it is continuously being released by the plant’s metabolism, not made or stored as an essential oil (which most plant fragrance molecules are). As so eloquently described by one famed aromatherapist, it is as though its fragrance were “the breath of the living plant.” I could happily inhale Plumeria’s sweet breath, anytime! What is… Continue reading
We often experience a sense of improved overall wellbeing with adaptogens, because all of our systems are working together more harmoniously. Adaptogens strengthen the intricate dance of hormones and neurotransmitters continuously secreted throughout our body, and, in doing so, improve many systems simultaneously, including our nervous system, hormones, immune system, energy, digestion, and stress response. Traditionally, adaptogens are prepared as formulas, not taken as individual herbs, as each herb enhances and builds upon the other. This creates a synergistic benefit… Continue reading
Rachel’s hair loss is one that many women can identify with. Follow her journey as she discovers Hair Essentials, an all-natural solution for hair loss!
Plants can not move or speak, but they still need to ‘communicate’ with their environment, including with other plants, animals, insects, and their specific pollinator(s). They also do not have an immune system; however, they need to defend against challenges from bacteria, fungi, viruses, insects, and even other plants. How Do They Do This? The primary way that plants accomplish both of these necessities – communication and defense – is through the production of “secondary metabolites” – compounds such as… Continue reading
A combination of frequent and thorough hand washing, along with keeping your hands away from your face, are two of the best practices for avoiding catching the flu (especially if you’re out in public spaces a lot). As well, when using a public facility, be sure to use the paper towel you’ve dried your hands with, to turn off the faucet and open the door. You can also keep your immune system ready for extra defense with herbs like Oregano… Continue reading
Does your son or daughter have difficulty finishing their schoolwork or other tasks? Sitting still? Do they get easily distracted or frustrated? Attention difficulties and hyperactivity are an ever-growing concern these days, and too often the ‘solution’ seems to be a pill. Here are some natural options: • Fresh, whole-food diet – remove processed and preservative/chemical-laden ‘nonfoods,’ excess sugar, sodas. • Avoid food-coloring dyes – there’s an established link between Yellow No. 5 and ADHD. It’s the second most common coloring… Continue reading
Sleep is vitally important to health, with one of the most significant compromises being upon our immune system, when we don’t get enough of it. Chronic insomnia can cause irritability, frustration, daytime exhaustion, and may even result in mild personality changes that contribute to relationship or work problems. It can also lead to more serious health issues. Approximately 60% of us experience poor quality sleep (including not enough of it) and about one in ten of us have chronic insomnia. Insomnia… Continue reading
Did you know that almost 50% of us make resolutions for the New Year? And, that about 75% of those resolutions are based on self-improvement? That’s not so surprising, really; after all, many of us have high hopes of changing our lives for the better, from eating well and getting in shape, to saving money. And the New Year is a great time to focus on how to do that! This upcoming year, women of all ages are looking to… Continue reading
Here’s an idea for a simple, healthy New Year’s resolution: Plant some fresh herbs on your windowsill to inspire your culinary urges! They’re not only full of flavor, but also packed with antioxidants and micronutrients to help keep you healthy!