Top 5 Reasons To Always Have Lavender Oil Around

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According to author Susanne Fischer-Rizzi, lavender oil has 167 medicinal uses that have been tested! Today we’ll talk about just a few of these uses and why lavender oil is so good to have around. If I had to sum it up, I would say lavender oil is the most valuable, versatile oil because there’s […] Read more »

SuperFoods to Fight Inflammation

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The Superfoods Group Chronic inflammation is associated with many health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis as well as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and many pain disorders. Research suggests that chronic inflammation can lead to the above health problems, as well as Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Inflammation is an important part of […] Read more »

6 Benefits of Ginger

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Ginger, Zingiber officinale, is a root with a characteristically spicy flavor used in cooking all over the world. Gingerol, one of the identified essential oils in the fresh root has many soothing and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a very useful substance. According to Ayurvedic medicine, which has used ginger root for centuries, the fresh […] Read more »

Inflammation at the root of ill health

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Inflammation is a natural process in the body that helps it heal from injuries. If inflammation didn’t exist, infection even from a small wound could overwhelm the body and lead to serious illness or even death. However, researchers have come to believe that chronic inflammation leads to the most devastating of illnesses, including cancer, diabetes […] Read more »

Spicebush: An Under-utilized Appalachian Medicine

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by Betsy Miller, M.S., CNS, LDN Spicebush, Lindera benzoin, is a small deciduous tree that typically grows in the understory of forests.  The tree is native to eastern North America, and ranges along the Appalachian mountains from Florida to as far North as Ontario and as far west as Kentucky and Texas.  The leaves and […] Read more »

Medicinal Kitchen Part II

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Photo by Nailia Schwarz Common Culinary Herbs and their Medicinal Uses Not only do these herbs add spice and flavor to our favorite dishes, they have powerful medicinal properties too! Unsurprisingly, all of these classic culinary herbs aid in digestion, but here are some of the other health benefits you can receive from using these […] Read more »

The Many Benefits of Holy Basil

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Holy Basil Called “The Incomparable One” in its native India, this beautiful plant is a powerful and easy to grow medicinal herb. Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum or Ocimum tenuiflorum, also known as Tulsi) isn’t your ordinary Basil. While it makes a great pesto, it does lots more than add flavor to a dish; its antioxidant and […] Read more »

Shilajit

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Shilajit Benefits   Shilajit is a rock-like substance that is found in the mountainous regions of Asia. When the weather gets hot, this tar-like substance oozes out from the mountains. Shilajit takes hundreds of years to form, and comes from plants that decompose combined with the activity of microorganisms. It is incredibly mineral-rich and known […] Read more »