Essential Oil of the Day: Lavender

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Many a herbalist and aromatherapist have said: “if you have no other essential oil, have lavender.”  This is one of the most well-known and widely used oils in the world.  Lavender happens to be one of the only oils that can be used undiluted and is often referred to as … Continue reading

Symptoms You May Experience With Parasites

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Welcome back everyone.  I hope you’ve been learning about, and becoming less intimidated by, parasites.  Now that you know what they are and where they come from.  Let’s take a look at what parasites can do to our bodies.   As the parasite makes itself comfortable in the host it uses … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Spearmint

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Most people don’t realize their favorite mint-flavored treats are most likely flavored by spearmint and not peppermint.  Peppermint contains significant cooling properties and is a much more intense flavor, so spearmint is typically chosen for culinary preparations.  Use of spearmint has been documented back to the ancient Egyptians both medically … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Valerian

Hippocrates, known as the Father of Medicine, was one of the first to document using this herb. This plant has been widely used as a sedative but research seems to not be able to nail down quite why this herb is so extremely effective in helping with sleep.

A couple weeks ago we introduced you to Hops.  Today we’d like to introduce you to an herb frequently used alongside hops- Valerian. Hippocrates, known as the Father of Medicine, was one of the first to document using this herb.  This plant has been widely used as a sedative but … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Oatstraw

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  Oatstraw is the stem from which the popular grain oatmeal grows.  The grain is separated and the stem, seeds, and leaves are used for a variety of medicinal uses partly due to the extremely high concentration of magnesium, calcium and B-Vitamins found in the plant.  Oatstraw is fantastic for … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Passion Flower

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Passion flower was commonly used as a sedative among the ancient Aztecs. You will often find the entire above-ground part of the plant being harvested and put to use. As a anti-spasmodic, it calms the central nervous system. As a sedative, it helps with sleep and restlessness. Let’s take a look … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Catnip (Not Just for Cats)

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When you hear the word “Catnip” the first thing to cross your mind is likely the stuff that makes cats go crazy. Ironically, this herb has the opposite effect on humans and is known to be very calming. Catnip, a member of the mint family, has been used for centuries … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Chamomile {A Soothing Herb}

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Chamomile is known as one of the most popular teas in the world. Its wonderful calming nature has made it a common fixture in many bedtime routines. Just as Peter Rabbit’s mother gave him chamomile when he was feeling ill, it is commonly given to children for irritability or stomach … Continue reading