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Blog: Kava Kava – Nature’s Anti-Anxiety Aid

Kava Kava (Piper methysticum) was originally first grown and used in the South Pacific ceremonially for enhancing a sense of unity, especially as it pertained to the meeting of high-ranking community leaders. Nowadays, Kava is probably best known as a natural anti-anxiety aid. In recent studies, Kava was shown to be as effective as Xanax, a prescription […]

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Blog: Nursing Mother Milk Support

Nursing Your Baby Breastfeeding not only promotes a deeply intimate and loving way to bond with your newborn, it also nourishes your infant with the perfect balance of nutrients and vital immune protection. If breast milk supply is low, however, or there is difficulty in milk letdown, herbs known as galactagogues can improve production and […]

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Blog: Mediterranean Diet for Heart Health

‘Heart Health’ month may be coming to a close, but a healthy heart is something we want to maintain every month of the year! Inflammation in the arterial blood vessels of the cardiovascular system is a leading cause of heart disease. It causes damage to the walls of the vessels, making them more susceptible to […]

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Blog: Five Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women, Part 5: Trichotillomania

Trichos derives from the Greek, meaning hair, with trichotillomania being the compulsive urge to pull out one’s hair. The action of pulling or tugging can lead to noticeable breakage, hair of varying lengths, and hair loss, and has been strongly associated with stress, anxiety, and depression, though other events can also trigger it. The most common age […]

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Blog: 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 […]

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Blog: 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 […]

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Blog: 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 […]

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Blog: 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, […]

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Blog: 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 […]

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Blog: 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 […]

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