Herbs and Supplements

  • The No-Pain Diet

    Remember the last time you had the flu? You slept poorly and felt exhausted, sore, and achy. You couldn’t think straight, it was a task just to drag yourself through the day. If you have fibromyalgia, that’s how you feel almost every day—and unlike the flu, your symptoms don’t go away.

    Foods to fight fibromyalgia
  • Kitchen Herbs That Heal

    There’s nothing like cultivating your own culinary herbs to make you feel like a great cook. Maybe it’s the pride associated with growing your own ingredients or the way fresh herbs give recipes such a clean punch of flavor.

    Your herb drawer is a genuine apothecary. Here's why.
    By Cheryl Myers
  • Cherry Coconut Ice Cream

    1 pound fresh and pitted or frozen and partially thawed cherries
    1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/3 cup raw, unfiltered honey 
    2 cups coconut milk 
    1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes for garnish

    1. Using a potato masher, coarsely mash cherries, lemon juice, and vanilla. Let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes, mixing occasionally. Pour hot water in a bowl, and set closed honey jar in water to thin texture. 
    2. In a food processor, puree coconut milk and half of cherry mixture. Add honey and process until smooth. In a bowl, combine puree with remaining cherry mixture.
    3. Place bowl in freezer, stirring occasionally, until cold, but not frozen, about 45 minutes. 
    4. Put in ice cream maker; follow directions.
    5. Place scoops of ice cream in serving dishes and sprinkle with coconut flakes. 

    nutrition info per serving: 452 calories; 33 g fat; 29 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 4 g protein; 4 g fiber; 21 mg sodium

  • Nausea No More

    When you feel like you’re going to throw up, you’ll try anything to make the sensation go away. But conventional cures like Pepto-Bismol or prescription antinausea medications carry side effects like constipation, headache, and muscle spasms.

    5 herbal remedies to help settle your stomach
    By Nora Simmons
  • Spot of Tea for Stress

    When the going gets tough, the tough get brewing, a notion legions of tea-loving Brits have subscribed to for centuries. Now, a City University of London study shows that putting a kettle on the stove and sipping tea in times of crisis or unrest can reduce stress—and even make you feel calmer than before the trauma.

    By Melaina Juntti
  • Take Care of Your Kisser

    From a distance, it could pass for smudged lipstick, but up close, it looks painful— and even a little embarrassing. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) and are spread by exchanging saliva with someone who’s infected.

    Cuer and prevent unsightly cold sores, naturally.
    By Nicole Duncan
  • Spice Up the Season

    Feel guilty sipping eggnog or munching on gingersnaps? These holiday goodies may not be as bad as you think. Some of the most commonly used spices in traditional treats can reduce inflammation, lower your risk of heart disease, and more, says Sarah Krieger, RD, national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

    By Celia Shatzman
  • Is Homeopathy Safe?

    For centuries, people around the world have used homeopathy to treat everything from seasickness to cancer. But this summer’s recall of Zicam, a popular homeopathic nasal cold remedy containing zinc, raised questions about the safety of this somewhat mysterious science.

    By Vicky Uhland
  • Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Get Off the 'Rhoids

    Actually a type of varicose vein, hemorrhoids develop when veins in the lower rectum or anus become inflamed and swollen from trauma or too much internal pressure. We most often hear about them in relation to constipation and pregnancy, but they also result from anal intercourse, high blood pressure, venous blockages, or simply as an unpleasant side effect of aging.

    Soothing cures for hemorrhoids
    By Hilary Oliver
  • Frankincense Oil

    Looks like those wise men were on to something. Frankincense oil, long-heralded for its therapeutic benefits, may be an effective alternative therapy for bladder cancer, the fourth most common type of cancer among American men.

    By Melaina Juntti