Midsummer’s Herb

st johns wort flower

St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum You’ve probably heard of this herb as a treatment for depression. And it’s true, St. John’s Wort extract can be helpful for mild or temporary depressions, particularly Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is not as useful for more serious depression, or other mood disorders, and can mix badly with prescription anti-depressants. […] Read more »

6 Benefits of Ginger

Ginger root

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 »

Nasya Oil

nasya lotus

What is Nasya Oil and Why Should I Put It Up My Nose?   Nasya oil is an invigorating Ayurvedic therapy used for more than 5,000 years to treat ailments occurring above the collar bone. This balancing herbal oil improves a number of discomforts including but not limited to clogged nasal passages, hoarse voice, stiff […] Read more »

Tension Headaches

AH12GY A woman with a headache. Image shot 2007. Exact date unknown.

AH12GY A woman with a headache. Image shot 2007. Exact date unknown. Are Tension Headaches Getting You Down? A little irritation can weigh you down a lot   Tension or Stress Headaches are characterized by dull, tight pain around the forehead, neck, or base of the skull. They do not affect vision or balance, and […] Read more »