Category Archives: Herbs

Posts that focus on herbs and their use as medicine.

Alternative Acne Treatments That Work

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Most people will struggle with acne, at some point in their life. If they are wise, they will avoid drugs of last resort, such as antibiotics, to treat the condition. Recent studies indicate that the use of antibiotics to treat this epidermal disease may be leading to a drug-resistant “superbug” disaster. Researchers have already determined that prescribing antibiotics, like Tetracycline, to treat acne increases a patient’s risk of contracting MRSA. On the other hand, alternative acne treatments, which take a more holistic approach – naturally treating the acne sufferer inside and out, may be the key to safely ridding oneself of acne for good. …This article has been updated and transferred the new Holistic Health & Living Blog.

 

 

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The Benefits of Ayurvedic Medicine: Guggulu | Holistic Health & Living

Guggulu, also known as Commiphora mukul and Indian Bedellium, gugguluis a resin and one of the best known Ayurvedic herbs. It can increase white blood cell counts and possesses strong purifying and rejuvenating properties. As it cleanses blood of toxins and other impurities, it also helps our cells to rejuvenate and become fresh and active. …

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Hawthorn: Effective Herbal Remedy for Heart Failure

Hawthorn berries and leaves
Hawthorn berries and leaves

Several recent clinical research studies have demonstrated that the herb Hawthorn (Crataegus Oxyacantha) can be of great benefit to those suffering from heart failure. Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure or chronic heart failure, as described by Dr. Ed Zimney, MD, is “a condition in which the heart muscle cannot pump out blood effectively or efficiently. […] Left untreated, heart failure can become progressively worse because a vicious cycle develops wherein the heart gets further and further behind in its ability to pump the blood, which can lead to worsening symptoms and to acute heart failure requiring emergency medical treatment.”

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The Benefits of Ayurvedic Medicine: Ashwagandha

ashwagandha herbAshwagandha (Withania Somnifera) is an extraordinarily useful herb, particularly for those struggling to keep up with the hectic pace of modern life. Its name literally means “the smell of a horse” in Hindi, indicating the herb’s ability to impart the strength and vigor of a stallion. But this ancient herb doesn’t just boost energy, it reduces the effects of stress and pathogens in the body, reduces anxiety and more. Below, I’ve listed some of Ashwagandha’s best known health benefits. …

This article has been updated and moved to the new Holistic Health & Living at http://www.holistichealthliving.com/2015/09/the-benefits-of-ayurvedic-medicine-ashwagandha/

MORE Cold & Flu Remedies

herbal-decoctionThe viruses that cause cold and flu can strike anyone at any time of the year. In fact, germ and virus borne illnesses are more severe during the warm months, because germs and viruses multiply faster in warmth. If you are the typical DIY (do-it-yourself) holistic health and living type, like me, you’ve probably used nutrients, herbs and other natural remedies to treat various illnesses over the years. This post was written for folks like us! I have included my favorite and most effective herbal combinations to help you fight off cold and flu, at any time of the year. I even compiled a shortlist of my favorite, affordable, over-the-counter natural remedies. I’ve also included an effective how-to for treating mild sinusitis. Enjoy! … This article has been moved to the new blog here: http://www.holistichealthliving.com/2015/12/more-cold-flu-remedies

The Benefits of Ayurvedic Medicine: Ashoka

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Saraca Asoca flowers and leaves

Ashoka (saraca asoca/saraca indica) is the oldest known species of tree in India and is considered sacred in the Hindu faith; it’s name means “without sorrow” or “that which gives no grief” in Sanskrit. This evergreen is regarded as a universal panacea in Ayurvedic medicine, and with good reason. Ashoka is not only used as an individual Ayurvedic remedy, for a variety of ailments, but as part of synergistic blends and in pharmaceutical drug formulations as well. For the sake of brevity, I will only discuss the most documented health benefits associated with this legendary herb. …

This article has been updated and moved to the new Holistic Health & Living at http://www.holistichealthliving.com/2015/09/the-benefits-of-ayurvedic-medicine-ashoka/

The Benefits of Ayurvedic Medicine: Arjuna

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Bark of the Terminalia Arjuna tree

Arjuna is one of those herbs that doesn’t just improve a few aspects of one’s health, it greatly benefits overall health and well-being. For thousands of years, Arjuna has been used both alone and as a support herb in Ayurvedic medicine because it is useful for several common health issues, but can also support the functioning of other herbal remedies; so, it should come as no surprise that modern scientists have discovered that Arjuna also supports the effects of pharmaceutical drugs. … This article has been updated and moved to the new Holistic Health & Living blog: http://www.holistichealthliving.com/2015/09/the-benefits-of-ayurvedic-medicine-arjuna/