Cleansing has long been considered the cornerstone of good health by many of the world’s oldest traditional healing systems, including Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. Not surprisingly, it’s often undertaken in the spring as the change in seasons marks a natural time of renewal and revitalization. → Read more

Many herbs that are commonly used as foods are often remarkably effective as medicines, too. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is one such herb, and has been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes for over 4000 years.

Like its cousin Ginger (they’re in the same botanical family, Zingiberaceae), Turmeric is → Read more

Tamanu oil is pressed from the nut of the Tamanu tree (Calophyllum inophyllum), an evergreen tree indigenous to Southeast Asia and widely spread throughout Polynesia. The pressed oil is dark green and has the unique ability to promote growth of new skin tissue, decrease the formation of scars (including stretch marks), and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, making it an invaluable addition to any skin rejuvenation program. → Read more

The history and lore of Mistletoe is a classic example of how the relationship between plants and humans becomes woven, as myth, into the fabric of our culture. → Read more

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Herbal tonics have long-been used to support healthy aging and longevity. In fact, they form the cornerstone of the world’s oldest natural healing systems including Ayurveda (India) and traditional Chinese medicine, both over 5000 years old. Herbal tonics are generally taken on a daily basis to nourish the body regularly on a deep, cellular level and restore balance to areas of deficiency. → Read more

Long-touted in folklore as a fertility aid, pomegranates are not only one of the most beautiful of fruits to behold, they’re also one of the most healthful. Upon peeling away that thin, leather-like outer covering, hundreds of tiny, ruby-like jewels are revealed, each one bursting with juicy goodness. Their deep, rich red color signifies that they are packed with beneficial antioxidant phytonutrients. → Read more

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Humans have co-evolved alongside plants for tens of thousands of years. During this time we have developed sophisticated enzyme pathways that enable us to metabolize plants: essentially, our body recognizes herbs as food. Herbal medicine has the ability to rebalance the underlying cause of illness, rather than merely suppressing or masking its symptoms. As well, because of their complexity, undesirable side effects are rarely encountered with botanical medicines, unlike single-chemical pharmaceutical drugs.  → Read more

Under the guidance of a qualified herbalist, herbal medicine can safely be used by almost everyone. Many individuals choose herbal medicine as their primary form of health care, or use it alongside other treatments including conventional (allopathic) medicine. There are some instances, however, where caution around the use of herbal medicine is advisable, including: → Read more

Herbal medicine offers profound benefits for many conditions, especially longstanding imbalances and chronic concerns including joint inflammation, blood sugar imbalance, cardiovascular problems, digestive problems, and immune system dysfunction. Herbal medicine nourishes, restores and rebalances the entire body. → Read more

Research has shown that a tincture of thyme applied topically provides better results against acne than the active ingredient (benzoyl peroxide) in drugstore acne creams. Thyme tincture also does not cause the problematic side effects that benzoyl peroxide can, including burning and skin irritation. → Read more

If you’re looking for one new healthy habit to adopt this year, let it be a glass of warm lemon water every morning. This one simple routine will help to cleanse and detoxify your system, improve digestion, promote regularity, help maintain ideal body pH, improve energy levels, and maintain clear, blemish-free skin. → Read more

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