Herbs and Supplements

  • Making Sense of Multivitamins

    When we were kids, multivitamin choices seemed so simple: Do I want the yellow Pebbles or the purple Bamm-Bamm? But now that we’ve outgrown Stone Age chewables, our options have expanded. We can get our vitamins and minerals in tablets, liquids, or gummies. We can take one, two, or even five per day. We can opt for natural, food-based formulations or synthetic versions.

    By Vicky Uhland
  • 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
  • Spinach Salad Nicoise With Golden Beets

    Serves 6

    2 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar

    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

    1 garlic clove, minced

    1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

    1 small shallot, minced

    4 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley

    Sea salt and white pepper to taste

    4 medium golden beets, peeled and quartered

    2 cups green beans, cut into 2-inch long pieces

    8 cups baby spinach, loosely packed

    1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil

    4 eggs, hard-boiled, peeled, and quartered

    8 oil-packed anchovy fillets (optional)

    1/2 cup pitted Nicoise olives

    1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

    1. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, and garlic. Whisk in olive oil, shallots, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Season with salt and pepper.
    2. Place beets in half of a stainless steel steamer or on the lower level of a bamboo steamer. Place green beans in the other half of the stainless steamer, or on the top level of the bamboo steamer. Steam over boiling water for 5 minutes.
    3. Remove beans, leaving beets in steamer. Plunge beans into a bowl of cold water; drain and pat dry.
    4. Cook beets for 5 minutes longer, or until tender; remove, plunge into a bowl of cold water, drain, and pat dry.
    5. In a large bowl, toss spinach and basil. Drizzle with just enough dressing to lightly coat leaves; toss, and arrange on a serving platter.
    6. In separate bowls, toss beans and beets with just enough dressing to lightly coat, and arrange over salad. Sprinkle with remaining parsley. Arrange eggs around outside edge of platter.
    7. Arrange anchovies (if using) over salad. Scatter olives and nuts atop salad. Serve immediately, with additional dressing on the side.

    nutrition info per serving: 287 calories; 23 g fat; 4 g saturated fat; 141 mg cholesterol; 9 g protein; 5 g fiber; 233 mg sodium

  • 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

  • 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
  • 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