• Flower Power

    Though most of us may not be aware of it, we are the beneficiaries of a long history of experimentation by healers and herbalists in different societies who have carefully selected and prepared specific parts of plants to maximize their desired curative properties.

    A look at the ancient art of transforming plants into medicines
    By Robert A. Halberstein, PhD
  • 5 Herbs for Comfort and Wellness

    For many of us, getting comfortable is often the subject of daydreams or relegated to weekends or vacations. Common signs of discomfort, such as stiffness, insomnia, depression, chronic pains, and early signs of aging, are ways our bodies communicate the need for action to support our health and wellness.

    Are you comfortable? If not, your body may be trying to tell you something.
    By Letha Hadady, DAc
  • The Sweetness of Life

    Part of truly appreciating our human experience is enjoying the sweetness of life—a perfectly ripe peach, a fresh slice of homemade bread, or a scoop of chocolate ice cream. However, at a time when we have access to the world’s rich variety of sweet delicacies more than ever before, the number of people with difficulties metabolizing sugar in their bloodstream soars.

    A Mind-Body Approach to Diabetes
    By Sheila Patel, MD
  • Sautéed Mushrooms with Herbs

    Weekly Recipe: 


    ½ pound mushrooms

    1 tablespoon vegetable oil

    2 tablespoons butter

    1 shallot

    1 to 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

    1 tablespoon chopped tarragon or chives

    Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

    Heat oil, butter in skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Sauté for 3 minutes. Raise heat to high and sauté for 2 additional minutes. When liquid has almost evaporated, add shallots and sauté for 1 to 2 more minutes. Add parsley and tarragon or chives. Season to taste.

  • 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.
    Cheryl Meyers
  • Women and Plant Medicine: A Natural "Herstory"

    Women use herbs as they progress through cycles of life in every corner of the globe. Plants nourish, heal, protect, lift spirits, give solace, strengthen, provide joy, offer hope, and provide every conceivable system of support to both the “selves” and “cells” of women everywhere.

    A historical perspective on the role of women as healers
    By Ellen Kamhi PHD, RN, AHN-BC
  • What's My Alternative: Nausea

    • Cloves (Eugenia aromatica of the family Myrtacae) can be used to alleviate nausea and dizziness when prepared as a tea. Two to five grains* is an appropriate dose for an adult. In tea, cloves generally have a pleasant taste. To brew, pour a cup of boiling water over a teaspoon of dried clove powder.

    Cloves and Ginger Reduce Nausea
  • Herbal Ice Cubes

    There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a cold beverage after a day in the hot summer sun—but drop in an herbal ice cube or two, and you’ve found the perfect way to make your favorite summer drinks even more enjoyable.

    Jazz up your favorite drinks with these cool summer treats.
  • Cilantro

    Many people anticipate summer’s abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables. Some of us, on the other hand, look forward to the fresh herbs. Grown in a patio tub outside your door, they are interesting to look at, provide wonderful fragrance, and are always at hand to offer a special zip to whatever you have cooking.

    Learn more about this fresh summer herb.
    Cilantro, Coriandrum sativum, coriander, summer, herbs
  • Helpful Herbs for Detoxification

    There are a ton of herbs that offer a multitude of benefits for the body. This simple list shows the body system that these specific herbs and amino acids help to support:
    Milk thistle: liver
    Dandelion: liver, bowel, and skin
    Black Walnut: parasite
    Burdock: bowel, blood, and skin

    By Ellen Kamhi PHD, RN, AHN-BC, AHG