Category Archives: Herbs

Top 10 Benefits of Adaptogens. Wait, what are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are a rare group of botanicals and mushrooms possessing unique properties that can offer a safe and natural way to contribute to full body health. Adaptogens promote a holistic balance within the body, helping you adapt to mental and physical stress and fatigue.

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CBD Oil. Know what to look for!

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THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive component of Cannabis, but as the debate rages on about the legalities and uses, there is no denying the surge in CBD oil and hemp supplements hitting the market, all with a plethora of health claims and promises.

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Nutrients that support fitness. Rhodiola, Green Tea, Chromium, Royal Jelly, and more….

There are MANY nutrients that will support your fitness endeavors. This short list includes some of our favorite nutrients that support fitness. Some of these nutrients you have heard of, some maybe not. Click on the name of the nutrient to learn more.  (more…)

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Herbal Ice Cubes

Herbal ice cubes make a cool (pun intended) remedy for hot summer itches and scratches! Bug bites, poison ivy, hives and other allergic skin reactions can keep kids and adults up at night because of the constant discomfort. Kids especially will scratch an itch unconsciously as they are falling asleep, only to wake up the next morning with inflamed skin, not only from the reaction, but from the self inflicted scrapes which can potentially turn into an infection. A great bedtime tip for you to try is to apply herbal ice cubes. (more…)

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What to look for when buying Resveratrol.

Although resveratrol occurs naturally in grapes (especially Muscadine), nuts and other fruits, buying resveratrol as a supplement means that it is extracted from the herb Polygonum cuspidatum. The resveratrol from Polygonum cuspidatum is just like that of grapes and other sources of resveratrol, but unfortunately, Polygonum cuspidatum is known to be a toxic herb when consumed over time.

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Curcuminoids have your back!

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Curcuminoids are the bright orange pigments of the herb turmeric. They belong to the family of polyphenols that includes all bioflavonoids. Renowned for its free-radical scavenging and antioxidant activity, turmeric has been traditionally used in India to relieve jaundice, arthritic conditions, allergies, liver disease, digestive and urinary disorders, skin problems, and aid wound healing. Check out these 3 outstanding ways turmeric can benefit your health!

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Stress and Supplements. Adapting to our Modern Day Lifestyles via superfoods and herbs in capsules.

Books and research on the subject of stress are everywhere now. This is an opportunity to point out how supplements have become so valuable in our modern day lifestyles. Even though you can argue that people from the beginning of time have dealt with various stressors, the nutritional component was also up to par to support the stressors of those times.

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Product review: Amanprana ORAC Botanico Herb Mix

ORAC Botanico Herb Mix

I was very excited to try the Aman Prana High ORAC Botanico herb mix, mainly because I am so excited about this entire company and the products they are making available. All of the Aman Prana products, including coconut oil, matcha, and Gula Java coconut blossom sugar, are rated according to their ORAC value, glycemic (GI) value, Bovis value – this is a frequency value that measures the energy and vitality present in our bodies and foods, and Yin and Yang value – a popular measure in traditional Chinese medicine. These measurements alone, found on all of their products, set Aman Prana apart from any other company that I am familiar with.

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Cilantro, Herb or Super Food?

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Cilantro and coriander have two very different flavors, but come from the same plant. Cilantro refers to the fresh leaves used as an herb, and coriander to the seeds used as a spice. The medicinal and nutritional qualities are very different as well. Also called Chinese parsley and Mexican parsley, cilantro is a fragrant mix of parsley, sage, and citrus, and is the focus of this post.

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Don’t overlook Olive Leaf for nutrition, inflammation, blood sugar & immune support.

If you know about olive leaf, most likely you have heard of it as a natural supplement for treating Candida, and supporting the immune system. Oleuropein, is the component of olive leaf that has been shown to fight against a wide variety of  bacteria, yeasts, and fungus. To take this a step further, within the oleuropin, there is a compound called elenolic acid that loves to breakdown viruses. Calcium eleolate, one form of elenolic acid, is keen to fight bacteria and parasites.

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Have you been diagnosed with an “itis” ? Tendonitis, bronchitis, arthritis, colitis, gingivitis…

If you have been diagnosed with an ailment, either acute or chronic, whose name ends with“itis”, it is inflammation. Examples include bronchitis, meningitis, arthritis, tendonitis, colitis, gingivitis, laryngitis, (and the list goes on and on and on). Follow the doctor’s orders, but support your body’s healing process and consider adding some nutritional support.

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Is there a magic pill or fountain of youth? Our opinion on Supplements, Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs.

Is there a magic pill or fountain of youth? We think the answer is yes and no.

Typically people settle for sub-par energy and vitality over long periods of time. When they realize they don’t feel great, then they look outside of themselves for the answer.
 So, our basic response to supplementation is this:

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Rhodiola – support during acute or chronic stress, promoting physical & mental energy & stamina

It can be a challenge to continually look at the bright side of things in times of constant stress no matter how hard we try. We think we are doing ok, and realize much later that the physical, mental, and emotional stress has taken a toll on our health. (more…)

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2 Herbs to Love: Gymnema & Guggul

You might want to love these Ayurvedic herbs. The actions of these two herbs will support your heart because they address two major factors that contribute to heart disease, blood sugar and cholesterol. Find out what’s to love about the two classic Ayurvedic herbs, gymnema and guggul, along with tips for purchasing to ensure quality, purity, and efficacy.

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Fight free radicals with antioxidants from food, super foods, herbs, and supplements.

Free radicals are mostly bad, but did you know that lymphocytes, a type of immune cell within your body, use free radicals to kill bacteria and viruses, and that your liver uses them to break down toxins? The problem is, our modern environment exposes us to immense numbers of free radicals – pollution, strenuous exercise, radiation, tobacco, drugs (prescription or otherwise), pesticides, household chemicals, fried foods, fast foods, and more. Because of this we want to make sure to have plenty of anti-oxidants to combat their damage.

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