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A pretty daisy relative with a distinctive spicy smell, feverfew (scientifically Tanacetum parthenium, sunflower family, Asteraceae) was a common folk remedy in Europe for more than 2000 years. Its name, feverfew, is based on the name the Romans used for it, febrifuge, which means fever-reducer. English speakers heard that and wrote feverfew. It is also […]Read more »
Chasteberry, VitexVitex agnus castus Chasteberry, also commonly known as Vitex (Vitex agnus castus) or Chaste Tree Berry and belongs to the verbena family. Chaste Tree Berry is a deciduous tree with dark green hand sized and palm-shaped leaves that are silver underneath. It has small purple flowers on long panicles. Historically the Chaste Berry Tree has been a […]Read more »
Chlorella is a freshwater unicellular green alga which contains essential amino acids, protein, minerals, vitamins, dietary fiber, and chlorophylls Chlorella Nutrients Bioavailable form of vitamin B12 Source of protein Vegetarian source of iron High in chlorophyll 20% of fatty acids are Omega 3s Chlorella is rich in the carotenoids beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and lutein. It’s […]Read more »
What are adaptogens? Adaptogens are herbs that help us adapt to changes and stress caused by physical, biological, emotional, and environmental factors. They can assist in restoring balance within the body and help us defend against both chronic and acute stressors. One of my favorite adaptogens is astragalus. Astragalus (Astragalus Membranaceus) Astragalus is an adaptogenic […]Read more »
It’s a dark night in autumn. Days are becoming shorter and colder. Harvest time is ending, and pantries are being stocked with fruits and nuts for winter. Inside, beside a warm fire, an old uncle tells ghost stories. Firelight gleams on a bowl of red apples, ready for fortune telling and games. Spiced cider flows, […]Read more »
‘Awa—Kava-kava (Piper methysticum) This plant grows in moist, shady places in the tropics and has been under cultivation for so long that it can no longer reproduce itself in the wild. Today kava-kava—or simply kava—is consumed as a beverage in Fiji and Tonga, but in Hawaii it’s used primarily as a ceremonial drink or for […]Read more »
Herbal remedies have been used since the ancient of times, healing all sort of ailments. In today’s modern world, herbs represent the healthy alternatives to medication, sometimes doing wonders for our health. Did you know that chamomile has amazing calming effects? And that lavender can be more than useful when feeling anxious? In this article, […]Read more »