Herbals

5 Reasons to Add More Garlic to Your Diet

5 Reasons to Add More Garlic to Your DietGarlic is versatile and has many health benefits. The smell sometimes makes people not want to add garlic to their diet but the benefits outweigh the price you would pay in powerful breath. In If you’re concerned about it though, you can minimize the smell by sucking on a lemon wedge or chewing on a sprig of parsley. Both work well to neutralize the garlic odor in your mouth.

Garlic can be eaten raw but most people prefer to add it to cooked foods. It gives your food a flavorful boost. You can also buy garlic supplements that may help reduce garlic breath.

Heart & Circulation

Powerful antioxidants found in garlic can help reduce Continue reading

Nettle Tea – A Health Tonic

Nettle Tea – A Health TonicNettles, specifically stinging nettles (Urtica dioica), have all kinds of health benefits. Here are some healthful properties of nettles, and a recipe for making your own nettle tea.

Nutritional Profile

First of all, nettles are high in vitamins and minerals, including iron, chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium, silicon, zinc, potassium and phosphorus. They contain significant amounts of vitamins A, C, D, E, and K, as well as riboflavin (B2) and thiamine (B1). Nettles also have folic acid and amino acids.

Body Cleanser

Nettle tea stimulates the elimination of wastes from Continue reading

Growing Your Own Herbal Medicine

Growing Your Own Herbal MedicineLong before there were doctors and high-tech medications, people were growing their own herbal remedies so that, through the simple act of gardening, they could manage many of the ills that befell their family members or themselves. You, too, can grow your own herbal medicine—in the garden or in pots you keep in front of the window.

Common herbal remedies can be grown, gathered, steeped in teas, or put in ointments. Here are some herbal remedies that you can grow in the comfort of your own home. If you don’t know how to use the herb, check with an herbalist or get a book at a whole foods store or health food store about the best ways to use these plants for their therapeutic value: Continue reading

The Healing Potency of Eucalyptus Oil

The Healing Potency of Eucalyptus OilThe chances are that at some time in your life, you’ll have had a medicine that contained eucalyptus oil in it. Most of the time, it’s very obvious that it’s in the medicine or treatment that you’re taking.

The taste and smell are quite distinctive – but have you ever wondered what it was about the humble Australian gum tree that makes it such a medical necessity? Eucalyptus oils can either be rubbed onto any part of the body that might need it or taken internally – usually as an ingredient in a pill or inhaled through vapor form or by putting a few drops of oil on a cloth for inhalation.

The way you use it all depends on the particular problems you’re having. For example, eucalyptus oil can help with migraine, fevers, and malaria. It can help with asthma, throat infections, coughs, catarrhal and Continue reading

Antibiotic Herbs

Herbal MedicineThe issues of antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant bacteria have gotten a lot of attention lately. The concern is that bacteria, having been exposed to antibiotics for so long, have developed a resistance to the antibiotics, creating “superbugs.” The grim reality is that bacterial infections that used to succumb easily to antibiotics have turned more serious, even deadly.

Interestingly, though, herbs with antibiotic properties seem to elude the bacterial “learning process” and thus do not appear to produce resistant bacteria.

Antibiotic herbs can be used around the home for minor infections and as antiseptics to prevent infection. Here are some of the more useful antibiotic herbs. Continue reading