Bilberry: Not Just Another Blue Berry

Bilberry and Blueberry: They're both blue. They're both tasty. And they're both good for you. But compared to their sibling berry (the blueberry), wild-grown European bilberries (Vaccinium myrtillus) are more intensely sweet and have much more delicate skins. Since the early Middle Ages, dried and fresh bilberry leaves and fruit have been used for managing [...]

By |2019-05-07T12:25:14-07:00May 7th, 2019|Herbs|Comments Off on Bilberry: Not Just Another Blue Berry

Aloe Vera Benefits the Gut

With long, thick, plump and pointed deep green leaves, Aloe vera is one of the most well-recognized medicinal plants in the world. It has a long history of use in pharmaceutical, food, and cosmetic products. A great deal of research supports the use of topical Aloe gel, balms and creams for wound healing, sunburn, frostbite, [...]

By |2019-04-15T11:51:07-07:00April 15th, 2019|Herbs|Comments Off on Aloe Vera Benefits the Gut

Black Currant

Among the most nutritious of berries, Black Currants (Ribes nigrum) were once a forbidden fruit in the United States. Native to Europe and Asia, it was believed that the berries spread a fungus that killed pine trees. Fortunately, we know better today and have discovered the many health benefits of this herb. Important compounds and [...]

By |2019-03-22T15:39:36-07:00March 22nd, 2019|Herbs|Comments Off on Black Currant

Ease Cold Symptoms with Echinacea

Just a glance at the lavender-hued petals and deep crimson center of Echinacea flowers can brighten a gloomy day. That's probably why this wildflower is a staple in many gardens. Plus, with many medicinal uses, Echinacea is a wonderful addition to your home remedy kit, especially during cold and flu season. Historically, Native Americans used [...]

By |2019-02-14T15:47:07-07:00February 13th, 2019|Herbs|Comments Off on Ease Cold Symptoms with Echinacea

Lemongrass: A Mind-Body Herb

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) is an ancient remedy for detoxifying the body, relieving pain, and supporting the health of red blood cells, the skin, and for sound sleep. It's also highly regarded for promoting mental clarity and "spiritual resilience", making lemongrass a useful "mind-body herb." For the physical body, lemongrass has long been used for treating [...]

By |2019-01-14T13:39:43-07:00January 14th, 2019|Herbs|Comments Off on Lemongrass: A Mind-Body Herb

Peppermint for Home and Health during the Holidays

Aromatic peppermint (Mentha piperita) has been used for centuries to add flavor or fragrance to foods, cosmetics, toothpaste and mouthwash, soaps, candles, and scented products for the home. Several different cultures also use peppermint leaves, oil, and fresh or dried powder in holistic health preparations. As a traditional remedy, peppermint is used to awaken the [...]

By |2018-12-04T11:16:33-07:00December 4th, 2018|Herbs|Comments Off on Peppermint for Home and Health during the Holidays

The Antimicrobial Power of Desert Parsley

Desert Parsley (Lomatium dissectum), also known as Toza Root, is a traditional Native American herbal remedy for colds, flu, pneumonia, viral infections, asthma, tuberculosis and many other conditions. Used in the Southeastern states during the influenza pandemic of 1917, positive results have been documented, particularly among Native people, who recovered more quickly because of their [...]

By |2018-11-12T09:55:30-07:00November 12th, 2018|Herbs|Comments Off on The Antimicrobial Power of Desert Parsley

Got Sprouts? Health Benefits of Alfalfa

What makes a sprout so good for you? Sprouting is the moment of greatest vitality in a plant's life cycle, the phase in which the seed activates and makes its way through the topsoil and sprouts into the fresh air above. At this high point of metabolic and enzymatic changes, the sprout contains high levels [...]

By |2018-09-11T10:50:39-07:00September 11th, 2018|Herbs|Comments Off on Got Sprouts? Health Benefits of Alfalfa

Gentle, Effective Skin Healer: Calendula

Considered a first-aid all-star, Calendula (Calendula officinalis) bears the nickname "mother of the skin." It's been used for health remedies and spiritual rituals dating back to ancient Egypt and early Christianity. Boasting antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties, calendula is still used to help heal skin inflamed by chafing, blisters, bites, and burns, as well as [...]

By |2018-08-21T15:43:56-07:00August 21st, 2018|Herbs|Comments Off on Gentle, Effective Skin Healer: Calendula

Fight Joint Inflammation with Turmeric

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is the golden-orange spice that gives curried foods pizzazz. In Traditional Chinese and Indian Medicine, turmeric is used to treat allergies, digestive ailments, and pain. The active chemical component of turmeric is curcumin, known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Today, research is focused on the role curcumin plays in diseases where the underlying [...]

By |2018-07-18T11:51:27-07:00July 18th, 2018|Herbs, Supplements|Comments Off on Fight Joint Inflammation with Turmeric