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By Laurel Vukovic Although we tend to think of mushrooms primarily as ingredients for creating gourmet meals, in Traditional Chinese Medicine mushrooms have been highly prized for thousands of years for their potent healing benefits. In Japan and China, medicinal mushrooms, such as shiitake, maitake and reishi, have long been regarded as longevity tonics. Research […]Read more »
A member of the lily family, garlic has been prized for its healing properties since at least 2600 b.c. Anthropologists have found prescriptions for the herb chiseled onto ancient Sumerian clay tablets. Cultures around the world have embraced garlic as a cure for everything from colds to cancer. Prior to the discovery of penicillin, garlic […]Read more »
By Laurel Vukovic • American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). Recent research shows that American ginseng root—revered for centuries as a health and vitality tonic—helps prevent upper respiratory infections when taken for several months. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, tonic herbs, such as ginseng, are taken to strengthen immunity, but are discontinued during an acute illness (such as […]Read more »
The coming cold and flu season is only one of the hundreds of reasons that immune function should always be at the top of your list of health priorities. The immune system doesn’t just keep sniffles away—it also is the body’s best defense against potentially deadly diseases, such as H1N1 flu, and well-known killers, such […]Read more »
This warming tea is perfect for winter nights. Lemon-Ginger-Ginseng Tea Recipe • 1 cup dried ginger root • 1/2 cup dried eleuthero root • 1/4 cup dried American ginseng root, broken into small pieces • 1/4 cup dried lemon peel • Honey, to taste 1. Mix all herbs together in a bowl until well combined. […]Read more »
Natural mosquito repellents, such as rosemary, lemongrass, wormwood, marigold and mint, get rid of pesky insects.Read more »
You might be surprised to learn that you can grow herbal medicines in your own backyard. Although many homesteaders embrace herbal medicine, not everyone realizes how well these traditional medicines work, or that you can grow them on your own land. One obstacle is that many people still equate herbal medicine with superstition, thinking it’s […]Read more »