Natural & Herbal Remedies

The Truth about Fitness

The Truth about Fitness The spine you have is the only one you ever get! Through the miracle of modern medicine, many organs that fail or wear out can now be replaced. Heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and even artificial lenses for the eyes can make someone feel like new. Unfortunately for the spine, the one you were born with must last you your entire lifetime! The desire for attractive teeth, hair and skin has driven most...

Diet High in Monounsaturated Fatty Acids Protects Against Memory Loss

Diet High in Monounsaturated Fatty Acids What you eat now could prevent loss of memory and mental ability later in life. According to a study published in the May 1999 issue of Neurology, the American Academy of Neurology’s scientific journal, a diet high in monounsaturated fatty acids protects against a decline in memory performance and cognitive processing functions often associated with aging. Study author Antonio Capurso, M.D., of...

Health Tips - More on Tea

Scientists can't stop finding health benefits for tea. Tests at the University of Newcatle upon Tyne suggest that tea, and particularly green tea, may improve your memory and slow the onset of Alzheimer's. A previous study in Chicago of people prone to tension headaches found that Caffeine along gave as much pain relief as Ibaprofen. And a team in Illinois found that polyphenols in black tea stop...

Hiatal Hernia

The hiatus is an opening in the diaphragm (a muscle separating the abdomen and chest) that the esophagus passes through to reach the stomach. If the hiatus weakens and stretches, part of the stomach and/or the oesophagus can squeeze into the chest cavity, producing a hiatal hernia. Essentially, there are three types of hiatal her-nias. In a sliding hernia, the lower oesophagus and stomach move...

Honey - The Natural Broadspectrum

Honey is set fair to be the new medical champion in hospitals. Latest research claims that it could help combat the potentially lethal rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are proving notoriously difficult to treat when they appear in infections. By studying the way bacteria protect themselves from attack by forming slimy clumps, the scientists have discovered that honey may be an effective...

Plants, Minerals, and Molds Combat Disease Highlights in The History of Pharmacy

Plants were probably man's first source of medicine. The Chinese were said to have compiled a catalogue of medicinal herbs as early as 3000 B.c. Egyptian apothecaries, in 1500 B.C., knew how to compound herbs, mineral salts, and animal substances into salves, gargles, powders and purgatives. Dioscorides, a 1st century Greek physician, compiled a herbal treatise that became a standard text on...

Chinese Home Remedies: Sauteed Celery, Pomelo Chicken, Fish with Spinach

Chinese Home Remedies Sauteed Celery (serves 4) This dish nourishes and soothes the liver 2tbsp oil, or water; 5 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed; 2 cups (½ kg) celery stalks, cut into 1 inch pieces; 1 tbsp soy sauce; salt and pepper to taste. In a frying pan, heat the oil or water. Drop in the crushed garlic, then throw in the celery. Stir well. Add the soy sauce and a little salt and pepper to taste. Stir again and...

Medicinal Uses of Bananas

Banana (Musa sapientum L.) one of the major tropical fruits, is commercially important in world trade. Banana is the cheapest as well as one of the most nutritious fruits. The banana bas become a very popular fruit in modern westernized diets for its flavour, texture and for its convenience value being easy to peel off and eat. Banana can make an useful contribution to the Vitamin A, C and B6...

Herbal Vinegars

Aromatic Delights From Your Garden Capture Their Nourishing Goodness! A pantry full of herbal vinegars is a constant delight. Preserving fresh herbs and roots in vinegar is an easy way to capture their nourishing goodness. It's easy, too. You don't even have to have an herb garden. Basic Herbal Vinegar Takes 5 minutes plus 6 weeks to prepare. You will need: glass or plastic jar of any size up...

A Culinary Delicacy

Rose, a Culinary Delicacy by Maureen Rogers May the queen of flowers, reign too in the kitchen! What's in a name? That which we call a rose Would by any other name smell as sweet. Rose water and rose syrup, made from rose petals, are used in numerous Middle Eastern and Indian pastries and confections and are available from specialty stores and ethnic markets. Rose petals are used in making...

A Medley of Mints

Undoubtedly, mints are the coolest of the herb world and often overlooked as a refreshing addition to the indoor herb garden. Until now that is! Some say there really is no such thing as an indoor herb garden. So many culinary perennials do much better with a dormant period, so I guess for the most part that could be true. In fact, that is why I leave some of my pots at the side of the house...

Use Nourishing, Tonifying, Stimulating, And Potentially Poisonous Herbs Wisely

Herbs comprise a group of several thousand plants with widely varying actions. Some are nourishers, some tonifiers, some stimulants and sedatives, and some are potential poisons. To use them wisely and well, we need to understand each category, its uses, best manner of preparation, and usual dosage range. Nourishing herbs are the safest of all herbs; side effects are rare. Nourishing herbs are...

Woodland's Rattle - Black Cohosh

If you are lucky to live near a wood, a walk in the early spring may reward you with a glimpse of emerging red shoots, curled under like fiddleheads. This is the black cohosh. These delicate shoots gradually turn green as the leaflets unfurl and, by early summer, the leaves will have turned a dark green. From this leafy base, flowering wands with few leaves shoot 1-2 metres high and, by late June...

Identification of Quality Herbs Products Available on Herbal Market

Identifying quality herbal products is not as easy as it sounds. An astounding number of products are on the North American market today, and not all of them measure up to the standards we expect. Surprisingly, no assurance of quality control exists in this rapidly expanding business beyond that of the manufacturers'. Our best defense against a less than potent herbal product is to arm ourselves...

Herbal Hydrotherapy

Care for your skin should not be limited just to cleaning the makeup off your face and a quick shower in the morning. Your skin is a powerful and vital organ - your second lung. Through the skin a large amount of waste material is eliminated from your body 24 hours of every day. Produced by your body's normal function, the metabolic waste is carried by the circulatory system to the capillaries of...