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Drink Herbal Teas for a Healthy Holiday

Trudy Pieper, Naturopathic Doctor with Phoenix Wellness Center As winter approaches and we move into cold and flu season, try adding herbal teas to the diet. They will not only alleviate symptoms, but may prevent the onset of illness as well.  A warm cup of tea can give the immune system an extra boost during the busy holiday season. Steep ... Read More »

Go for the Glow

Kimberly Snyder’s Detox Diet Creates Radiant Beauty by Judith Fertig Wise food choices, carefully timed consumption and naturally effective detoxification can help us attain red-carpet shape, professes wellness and beauty expert Kimberly Snyder, bestselling author of The Beauty Detox Foods. She aims for optimum health as the basis for achieving that all-desirable outward glow. Snyder says she once struggled with ... Read More »

Honey and Ginger Beat Antibiotics in Fighting Superbugs

Researchers from Ethiopia’s University of Gondar College of Medicine have recently found that the use of mixtures of honey and ginger extract can treat drug-resistant bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae. They note that further clinical evaluation and pharmacological standardization of the mixtures are needed before they can be used therapeutically. The scientists conducted laboratory testing ... Read More »

Indian Vegetarian Cooking

Potent Spices and Veggies Fend Off Disease by Bushra Bajwa Vegetarians seeking flavorful variations can turn to 9,000 Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi grocery stores nationwide. “We are now seeing 20 percent non-Indian customers in our store,” says Vipul Patel, owner of the Louisville, Kentucky, branch of Patel Brothers, the largest Indian U.S. grocery store chain. “Usually, new customers come in ... Read More »

Ginger and Turmeric Protect Skin from Sun

Scientists from Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University have found that extracts from ginger and turmeric may help prevent DNA damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, a leading cause of melanoma and other skin cancers. Fifteen herbal extracts were created; each was applied to human keratinocytes, the predominant cell type in the outer layer of skin that can be damaged ... Read More »

Fix Your Gut

With Foods Naturally High in Probiotics by Kathleen Barnes Gas, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea and constipation—each of these digestive issues indicates an imbalance of “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria. Chronic digestive discomfort is distressingly common. More than 60 million Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), notes Dr. Mark Pimentel, director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Program at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, in ... Read More »

Chewing Peppercorns Can Stop A Runny Nose

Catarrh is the term used to describe the overproduction of phlegm by the mucous membranes of the air passages to the lungs, larynx, nose and sinuses. Inflammation of the membranes from triggers such as colds, flu, smoking, dust or chronic sinusitis can lead to excess mucus. Overproduction of phlegm can also be a symptom of general toxicity and is the ... Read More »

Powerhouse Herbs

Four Plants that Fight Off Disease by Kathleen Barnes Mother Nature’s most potent healing herbs are already on most spice racks or growing nearby, often right outside the door. Herbs, respected for their healing properties for millennia, have been widely used by traditional healers with great success. Now clinical science supports their medicinal qualities. Herb: A plant or a part ... Read More »

Super Power Your Kids’ Immune System

Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Season by Jenna Blumenfeld Many experts admit there is no definitive reason that people sniffle more during colder months. Some speculate it’s because we’re spending more time indoors and missing out on resupplying vitamin D, which makes us more susceptible to disease. Others say that when the temperature drops, the body uses more energy ... Read More »

The 10 Most Popular Medicinal Herbs in the U.S.

by Trudy Pieper Herbal medicine, also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine, refers to the use of seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark or flowers for medicinal purposes. Ancient cultures used plants for medicinal purposes long before recorded history began. Ancient Egyptian papyrus and Chinese writings describe medicinal uses for plants as early as 3,000 BC. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates ... Read More »

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