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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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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: Arjuna

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/


Cold & Flu Prevention

echinacea“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ~Benjamin Franklin

Preventing illness, and the downtime it brings, is always preferable to simply treating it after the fact. By planning ahead and taking a holistic approach – treating the body, mind and spirit – one can successfully prevent illnesses of all kinds. It is especially easy to successfully prevent germ and viral born illnesses, such as cold and flu. Step by step, I will explain how you can help prevent falling prey to cold and flu infections this, and every, season. … This article has been updated and moved to the new Holistic Health & Living: http://www.holistichealthliving.com/2016/01/cold-flu-prevention/.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil for Headaches

Eucalyptus-Oil---1-fl.oz-31For years, I have used eucalyptus essential oil, alone and in combination with other oils, to treat muscle and joint aches/pains, but for headaches I was loyal to peppermint. I had always used peppermint essential oil when the tea wasn’t working quickly enough, but on one occasion, a few months back, I had run out of peppermint oil and decided to try the eucalyptus. …

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Basil – More Than A Kitchen Plant

By Kevin Pederson

Fresh Basil

A universally known fact is that aromatherapy uses essential oils are extracted from plants. One of the most commonly used essential oil in aromatherapy is that of Basil. Basil gets its name from the Greek word “basileum” meaning “king”. Considered “king among plants” as it was one of the ingredient on the list of oil blended to massage kings.

Basil is an important herb as its uses are two-fold, for cooking as well as to cure variety of ailments. The herb covers and offers plethora of medical benefits. If added early while cooking, it loses its flavor; hence it should be used as soon as it is plucked from the plant. It ought be added towards the end of the cooking. It exudes warm, gentle unique flavor and fragrance in cooking.

The leaves of basil are steam distilled to create oil. Medically it provides relief to sore gums, ulcers, chest infection and digestive problems. It has been used as brain stimulant, antispasmodic making it wonderful in the treatment of bronchitis and whooping cough.

Basil is said to have uplifting and refreshing properties. 2-3 drops of basil oil is known to relieve mental fatigue, tension, stress, mild anxiety, loss of appetite, flatulence, nausea, sinusitis, cold, fever, earaches, eases rheumatic, arthritic and muscular pains.

A potpourri of dried basil leaves and flowers creates fragrant atmosphere wherever kept. It also used as an insect repellent, as burned sprigs of basil drives away mosquitoes. If you keep a potted plant of basil on the windowsill, it will deter flies from entering your home.

Basil oil when mixed with massage oil and gently rubbed over stomach helps to ease many types of digestive problems. Basil should use sparingly on skin as it could cause irritation. If you want to add few drops to your bath, dilute it with carrier oil, or mix it skin cream or lotion.

It should NOT be used during pregnant. Basil helps with depression, increases alertness, aids in concentration, relieves headaches, head congestion and migraines. Basil regulates the menstrual cycle and reduces menstrual cramps. The herb blends well with rosemary, lavender, bergamot, clary sage, geranium and citrus oils.

About the Author:

Kevin Pederson manages sites on aromatherapy offering information on Aromatherapy essential oils , concentrated extracts of plants and their roots, stems, flowers and fruits. Further classified as carrier oils, massage oils etc

A Guide To Detoxifying Herbs

By Jason Uvios
Oregon grape root
Oregon Grape Root

One of my friends run a popular health food store and according to him in the recent years there has been an incredible interest surrounding the detoxification through herbs. More interestingly, these herbs are increasingly being used in the treatment of cancer.

You can well explain these growing demands for herbal detox if you consider the toxic nature of the tumors that often lead to the development of cancer. This calls for purification of blood and liver and nothing can perform this task of cleansing more wonderfully than herbs.

Why herbal detox?

The herbal detoxifiers are great cleansers. This is evident from the fact that with an herbal detoxification program, you will start to see the result almost immediately. Following an herbal detox program you will experience an improved mental clarity in the very first day. An improved digestion and bowel movement will help you to feel more energetic and lighter. Some patients even reported to have reduction in pain.

Be consistent with the program
When you are undergoing an herbal detox, you should keep one point in mind. With herbal detox you will experience dramatic improvement in the early stage. But gradually the rate of improvement may slow down. In these phases some patients tend to be panicky and either start taking overdoses of herbs or just discontinue with the program in frustration.

Both are wrong approaches.
They should remember that herbal detox program is based on the ideal of ‘slow and steady’. A magical improvement may sound good, but in reality they are not long lasting. Instead you should allow your system to get accustomed to the changes, even if they are in positive direction. Otherwise the whole process may loss momentum after a certain time.

Consultation with an herbal practitioner
The health food stores are the best place to find out the detox herbal formulae. There are also a number of online stores to shop for your herbal detox program. But it will be wiser to consult an herbal practitioner before buying any product.

There is a serious reason behind this.
Most of the products sold by these stores have a common feature; these are all herbal alkaloid based products. You can find common dandelion roots to more uncommon and lesser known herbs of berberines group like barberry, oregon grape root, or goldenseal.

But the problem is; every patient has a specific capacity of assimilation of these herbs and this capacity varies with each patients. Individual patient will require different doses of herbs to treat the similar symptoms. That is why it is essential to consult an herbalist first if you want to get the best result from the detox herbs.

About the Author:

Jason Uvios writes about A Guide to Detoxifying Herbs to visit: lemon juice detox,detox diet fads and detoxification diets. (www.detoxdietstoday.info/– Site is written in Japanese.)