Five Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women, Part 4: Iron-Deficiency

Nutrient deficiencies are a common cause of hair loss and poor hair growth (thin, weak, brittle, slow-growing), with iron-deficiency being the most common in women of child-bearing age. If your body doesn’t have adequate iron, it’s unable to produce sufficient oxygen-carrying hemoglobin in your red blood cells. This is known as iron-deficiency anemia, and can occur with: • insufficient dietary intake of iron • decreased absorption of iron from intestinal tract due to gut inflammation (e.g., irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),… Continue reading

Five Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women, Part 3: Hypothyroid

Hypothyroid-related Hair Loss A common cause of hair loss in women, especially as we get older, is hypothyroid (underactive thyroid). Oftentimes, however, this condition may not be detected if relying only upon standard TSH testing. The thyroid gland, a small, butterfly-shaped gland situation in our throat, is vitally important to overall health, as it regulates our body’s entire metabolism. When the thyroid is underactive, all cellular activity, body-wide, is decreased. This includes the rate of cell division within an area of… Continue reading

Five Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women, Part 2: Telogen Effluvium

Telogen Effluvium: Is Your Hair Going Down the Drain, Literally? Anywhere from one to four months after an extremely stressful event or shock to your system, you may start to notice significantly more hair in the shower drain or in your hairbrush, or that your hair is suddenly “coming out by the handfuls.” Why does this happen? When the body experiences a dramatic shock, an increased number of hair follicles may prematurely enter the resting (telogen) stage, as the body… Continue reading

Five Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women, Part 1: Androgenic Alopecia

Androgenic/Androgenetiic Alopecia (also known as Hereditary Hair Loss or Female Pattern Hair Loss) According to the American Academy of Dermatology, androgenic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss in women. It typically occurs as women near or enter menopause, though it can begin much earlier. Both genetic and environmental factors, including declining hormone levels, play a role in the build up of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the hair follicles. Genes that signal for production of the hormone DHT may… Continue reading

Spark Your Passion (and Put a Little Spring in Your Step!) with Female Libido Tonic

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

Plumeria, Plumeria

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

Improve Your Wellbeing with Adaptogens

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

Hair Essentials for Hair Loss

  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!      

The Language of Plants

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

Avoid Catching the Flu this Winter!

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

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