Monthly Archives: June 2011

Holy Basil Tea Health Benefits

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Holy Basil is a plant that grows mostly in warm areas of Asia. It has been used for many hundreds of years as food seasoning, tea and medicinal herb. This herb has a very rich aroma and makes a wonderful caffeine-free herbal tea. It not only tastes great, it also has some impressive medicinal properties. It has historically been taken to calm the mind, as it has a relaxing effect when taken. It is a great remedy for stress and anxiety. The Ayurvedic medicine system used in….. Read more

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5 Medicinal Mushrooms That Can Improve Your Health

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Most of us have probably cooked with and eaten mushrooms. But did you know that some of them have very potent healing properties too? We may have tried the more common mushrooms like button and portabella, but there are some less well known mushrooms that are even better for us healthwise. Medicinal mushrooms, though sometimes flavorful, are not used for cooking like common mushrooms. They are most often made into tea or dried and ground into a powder and put into….. Read more

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The Magic Of Maca Root

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Maca is a small root which grows in the Andes Mountains of Peru. It has no problem growing in altitudes above twelve thousand feet. It is an extremely hardy plant. The Maca root looks similar to a radish or turnip but has many more health benefits. It’s roots have been harvested as a source of food by the Inca people for over two thousand years. Not wanting to over-harvest wild maca, they now cultivate it to keep up with the growing demand from other countries, such as the….. Read more

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Ginseng Tea History and Uses

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For thousands of years, people have been making and drinking herbal tea. Ginseng tea is very probably the most well known of all herbal teas in the world. Ginseng tea is not made from the leaves, as are other teas. This healthy tea is made from the plant’s root only. Korean ginseng can be found growing in many parts of Asia, such as China and Korea. American ginseng comes mostly from Wisconsin. Korean ginseng is considered the more “warming” of the two. American ginseng is….. Read more

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How To Make Ginseng Tea

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The Chinese people have been drinking ginseng tea for about five thousand years. Practitioners in Chinese herbal medicine say if you are over 40, you should drink a cup of ginseng tea daily or whenever you aren’t feeling well. Ginseng isn’t a quick fix. It’s something you have to take over time. Tea made from ginseng can have a rejuvenating effect on the mind and body. It is said to increase strength and stamina and make a person feel young. Ginseng tea can not only improve….. Read more

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Gynostemma

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Gynostemma Benefits Gynostema or “Jiaogulan” is an adaptogenic herb. An adatpogen is a substance that brings you whole body back into balance. It also increases strength and stamina and protects the body and mind against stress, either mental or physical. It is especially helpful for the immune, digestive, nervous, reproductive and cardiovascular systems. It is a very potent health tonic. Saponins are what gives this powerful herb it’s ability as an adaptogen. It has the….. Read more

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Eucalyptus – A Powerful Decongestant

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Eucalyptus is said to be one of the most useful trees on the planet. It’s name means “well covered” as it’s cap covers it’s flower before it buds. It is a tall tree that loves water. It’s very fast growing and can grow up to 400 feet tall. It can usually be found in damp areas and moist valleys of rich soil. For centuries, Eucalyptus has been used as a powerful expectorant and decongestant. For example, Vick’s is made from Eucalyptus oil. It is rubbed on the chest and back to….. Read more

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Holy Basil

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Holy Basil Benefits Holy Basil is great for reducing depression, stress and anxiety. It promotes health and wellbeing and protects the mind and body in a very positive way. It is an adaptogen, meaning it brings balance to the entire body and protects it from stresses of all kinds. It increases strength, stamina and endurance and allows the body to utilize oxygen more efficiently while it promotes proper protein synthesis in the body. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is a very important….. Read more

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Chamomile Health Benefits

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The herb Chamomile has been in constant use for thousands of years. It has been used to treat a plethora of ailments and health troubles, such as stomach upset, diarrhea, gas, insomnia and even anxiety. Most of the time Chamomile is taken as a hot tea, but can also be used externally for skin problems, like lesions and hemorrhoids. The flowering tops are the part of the Chamomile plant that is used for it’s medicinal properties. These are what are used to make the healthy….. Read more

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Schizandra

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Schizandra Benefits Schizandra (sometimes spelled Schisandra) berries are a powerful adaptogen. This means that they will help you adapt to your environment allowing you to better handle stress, whether mental or physical. An adaptogen is used as an overall wellness tonic. It is beneficial to the whole body. Like any adaptogen, Schizandra exerts a normalizing effect on the entire body. It will take you from any extreme back to a balanced state. In China, it is said to be the….. Read more

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Maca Root

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Maca Root Benefits Peru, in South America is where you’ll find the Maca plant. It is considered an adaptogen, meaning that is helps the body and mind adapt to stresses of all kinds and exerts an overall normalizing effect on the person who consumes it. Maca root is loaded with vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, good fats, amino acids and plant sterols, making it a very nutritious whole food. It has been called a “potent superfood” and can improve our health in many….. Read more

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Spirulina Tablets Vs. Multi-Vitamins

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First of all, let’s take a moment to talk about what spirulina actually is. Then we’ll discuss why you would want to take it in addition to or instead of a multi-vitamin. Spirulina is considered a blue-green algae. It is a single celled algae and grows in bodies of warm, fresh water. The cells are larger in size than most algaes and adhere in colonies, making the plant easier to harvest. Under the microscope, it would look spiral in shape. This is where it’s name comes from…… Read more

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Cordyceps

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Cordyceps Mushroom Benefits One of the many benefits of Cordyceps is the fact that it dilates the lung’s airways, providing more oxygen to the blood. Every cell is enriched by this process, enhancing energy levels and causing the body’s cells to work better. It has been shown to improve the functioning of the respiratory system and is beneficial for people suffering from cough, asthma and bronchitis due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties and it’s action of relaxing the….. Read more

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Bee Pollen

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Bee Pollen Benefits Bee pollen consists of 20% protein, 25% carbohydrates, 14% fiber, 4.5% fats and 3% minerals and trace vitamins. It has a very high nutritional value due to it’s vitamin and mineral profile. It is easily digested and highly absorbable. It is said to be the most nutritious foods on Earth. It’s often used by athletes to increase energy before an event. It’s high B-vitamin content helps combat stress and anxiety. It also contains a good source of vitamins A,….. Read more

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Health Benefits Of Alfalfa

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When most people think of alfalfa, they probably think it’s just something animals graze on. Not so! It’s actually a very beneficial plant. It’s loaded with nutrition and health improving nutrients. Alfalfa is a perennial herb that has been used for hundreds of years for it’s nutritional value and also for it’s healing properties. Research suggests that Alfalfa may lower cholesterol and impart many other health benefits to anyone who consumes it. Millions of people throughout….. Read more

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Bilberry

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Bilberry Benefits For centuries, Bilberry has been used to treat blood disorders and vascular problems, such as angina, varicose veins and thrombosis. The berry’s high content of anthocyanin and flavonoids give strength to the capillaries while thinning the blood. Bilberry contains one of the most powerful antioxidants known to exist. This antioxidant called anthocyanin can improve the flow of blood to the nervous system, lower blood pressure and reduce blood clotting. It….. Read more

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Herbs To Help You Sleep

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Rather than take expensive and dangerous prescription sleeping pills, why not first try some all natural herbs to help you get some much needed rest. There are many herbs that you can use to help you relax and get to sleep faster and have a more sound sleep too. Probably the best known herb for the treatment of insomnia, is Valerian. It has been used for centuries as a mild sedative and sleep aid. This plant is native to North and South America, Europe and Asia. The root is….. Read more

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Chinese Licorice Root

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Chinese Licorice Root Benefits Licorice root is great for de-toxifing the body. It can remove over twelve hundred toxins. It is mixed into many Chinese herbal formulas to enhance the effects of the other herbs and reduce any bad side effects they may have. Some believe that it can remove intoxication from alcohol and drugs, though no scientific studies have confirmed this. In China, licorice is knows as “The great detoxifier”. Licorice is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial,….. Read more

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