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Back Pain? Research Shows Comfrey Ointment Helps

April 16, 2015

Anyone with back pain knows how difficult it can be to get lasting relief.  A long-standing Native American herbal remedy can help, according to research in the journal Phytotherapy Research. Native Americans made an ointment or oil from an herb we know as comfrey, or Symphytum officinale) to treat…

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Herb as Effective as High Blood Pressure Drug

March 23, 2015

Olive leaf extract is effective at normalizing blood pressure

Most people already know the health benefits of eating olive oil on a regular basis, but an increasing amount of research is showing that olive oil isn’t the only therapeutic part of these trees.  The leaf of the trees have long been used for their anti-viral properties as well.  And…

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The Mushroom that Shows Great Promise against Cancer

March 16, 2015

 

When we think of cancer in our Western world, we tend to think of harsh chemicals or toxic radiation as the treatments.  But promising new research published in the journal Phytomedicine suggests that we might want to give serious consideration to the humble mushroom cordyceps that quietl…

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A Super Health-Boosting Pumpkin Spice Latte

October 2, 2014

If you’ve read my recent blog “The Ugly Truth about Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte” and are ready for a delicious beverage that’s packed full of healthy and wholesome ingredients, then my recipe for “A Better Pumpkin Spice Latte” is for you. 

This recipe can be made with your favor…

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The Disturbing Truth about Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte

October 2, 2014

Artificial Ingredients and No Pumpkin in That PSL

Before you grab that ever-so-tempting Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte on your way to work, you might be surprised to learn what’s in it…and, well, what’s not.  Since it is packed with artificial ingredients, I’ll start with what’s not found in the beverage.  There’s no pumpkin in a “Pu…

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Herb Helps Smokers Kick the Habit

August 15, 2014

You’ve probably trampled on a weed that could help you kick the smoking habit.  The North American wild herb, plantain (Plantago major), helps reduce cravings for cigarettes.  That could be one of the main reasons it is being used in many commercial smoking cessation products. 

Growing on lawn…

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The Allergy Remedy in Your Yard

May 29, 2014

Nettles is a traditional allergy remedy.First Nations and Native American people used the herb stinging nettles for thousands of years to treat many health conditions, including allergies.  Now, science has proven what these wise people knew from experience:  nettles are an effective allergy treatment.  In a 2009 study published in "Phyto…

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Horsetail for Stronger Bones, Hair, Nails, and Teeth

June 28, 2013

Horsetail is a good source  of the mineral silica.  No, this plant has nothing to do with actual horses, it is simply the name of an herb that grows in sandy soil in damp areas.  It does  the same for the plants near where it grows as it does for humans who use horsetail:  it provides important nut…

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