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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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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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Ginger Better than Drugs for Pain

May 3, 2013

A new study published in the journal Arthritis compared ginger extract to the common drugs betamethasone (cortisone) and ibuprofen for the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. 

While ibuprofen isGinger is an effective pain remedy a popular pain remedy (such as Advil or Motrin), in this study it showed no effect on…

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The Truth about Frankenfoods

March 19, 2013

If the thought of unleashing bacteria shells filled with viruses that spread pesticides in your foods sounds like something out of a scary science fiction movie, think again. This is the stuff of reality.

Would you knowingly eat a potato that needs to be transported in hazardous waste containers si…

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Make Your Own Dairy-Free Yogurt

March 7, 2013

Making your own dairy-free yogurt is easier than you think.  You don’t need any expensive equipment or yogurt makers either.  Just use a ceramic crock or bowl (metal interferes with the natural culturing process).  I use a 1-1/2 quart white ceramic crock with a lid that comes with a slow cooker

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