Should Phytoestrogens be Avoided with Breast Cancer?

There is much conflicting and confusing information regarding the use of phytoestrogen-containing herbs, foods, or dietary supplements, especially when there is a history of estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer (or a risk of it, e.g., family history). Some health care professionals advise to avoid phytoestrogens in these cases, while others recommend them as being protective. It is advisable to discuss the potential benefits vs. risks of phytoestrogens with your health care professional if you have (had) breast cancer or a history of it,… Continue reading

Fennel for Digestive Health and More

Herbs that are used for both food and medicinal purposes are amongst my favorites – and Fennel is one such. Contemporary herbalists still recommend fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) for digestive health, including relieving gas and bloating, calming an upset stomach, or to dispel intestinal cramping. It’s also used with infants to relieve colic, and with nursing mom’s to improve flow of breast milk. Fennel has enjoyed a long history of use: as early as 50 AD, the renowned Greek physician Dioscorides… Continue reading

Immune Boosting Turkey Tail Mushroom

Many mushrooms contain powerful compounds that boost immunity, such as shiitake, maitake, reishi, cordyceps, and turkey tail. Records of the medicinal use of turkey tail (Trametes versicolor) date back to at least the 15th century in China, and a recent clinical study has shown that it can augment conventional therapies for breast cancer by increasing immune-fighting white blood cells: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-stamets/mushrooms-cancer_b_1560691.html Turkey tail is an abundant mushroom found growing on dead trees, logs, branches, and stumps worldwide. More medicine from nature!

Chamomile and other Natural Alternatives for ADHD – Concentration Essentials

Looking for natural support for attention and hyperactivity challenges? Concentration Essentials delivers! Its gentle, yet powerful, blend of 9 synergistic herbs, including Chamomile, work together to naturally nourish and calm the brain and nervous system, improve focus and concentration, and decrease fidgeting and restlessness. Here’s what one of our many satisfied customers had to say: “Works great! My 9 year old was struggling in school and I did not want to put him on meds. I found Concentration Essentials and… Continue reading

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