herbs

  • 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.
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  • 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
  • Real Relief for Migraines

    Imagine wearing a football helmet that’s too tight. Add to that upset stomach, blurred vision, and flashing lights. This is a migraine—a type of headache one memoirist described as feeling like “God just punched you in the side of the face.”

    Try these treatments when the throbbing starts.
    By Jennie Dorris
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  • 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
  • Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Treat Erectile Dysfunction

    Aside from the television commercials depicting couples dancing or holding hands in claw-footed bathtubs, erectile dysfunction (ED) has remained a relatively taboo topic.

    The most effective natural remedies
    By Kris Kucera and Hilary Oliver
  • Toxic Herbs?

    A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found heavy metals, including mercury, arsenic, and lead, in some ayurvedic herbs. The study tested two types of ayurvedic medicines—herbal only and rasa shastra. “Rasa shastra is an ancient science that uses metals and minerals in combination with herbs.

    By Lindsay Wilson