How to source wild ingredients, sustainably and ethically,for herbal medicine

By Susan Curtis The increasing demand for wild plants as ingredients for food, cosmetics, wellbeing and medicinal products poses major ecological and social challenges. Many of the herbs and essential oils we love and use – from juniper and liquorice to elderberry and frankincense – are collected from the wild. In fact it is estimated…

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The multiple healing qualities of the herb burdock

Burdock is one of those seemingly magic herbal remedies which is good for so many aspects of our health. Burdock is popular in both Western and Chinese herbal medicines for its detoxifying effects — it’s a great herb to try if you have skin problems, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis or skin infections. It’s also…

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Helpful tips for building your own herb garden

By Ethan A Huff Spring is in the air, which means the sweet essences of flowering citrus, leafy greens and other fresh fare are soon to follow. But for some people, joining in on this bountiful chorus with their own vegetable or herb gardens might sound too intimidating, or they’re not exactly sure where to…

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Time to talk about the miraculous wonders of thyme

Thyme is just one of those wonderful herbs that are almost magical in how they heal so many different ailments. It’s one of those great all-rounders that you should always keep in your medicine cabinet as essential oil, or as a herb in your larder.

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New Herbal Method To Remove Fluoride from Drinking Water

Researchers in India have developed a filter system based on a medicinal herb, which they say can quickly and easily remove fluoride from drinking water. The technology described in the March issue of the International Journal of Environmental Engineering uses parts of the plant Tridax procumbens as a biocarbon filter for the ion.

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How Clematis Brings Us Back To Earth

  By Judith Reid of Nature Knows Best For years I used Bach Flower remedies and simply thought of them as essences in bottles, without giving a thought to the actual flowers used to make them. This all changed when I started studying the essences in earnest and now I enjoy going on an adventure…

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The Miraculous Healing Properties of Herb Robert

I’ve had this weed growing in the gravelled part at the front of my house for ages, and I always pull it out. But no matter how often I pull it out, it comes back, and this Spring, there it was again, grown even bigger and spread. I was about to extract it again, when…

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The Secrets of Australian Aborginal Bush Medicine

The Chinese drank tea from sweet wormwood leaves to cure chills and fevers, Egyptians used a herb from a plant called khella to help pass kidney stones, and all around the world, leeches were placed on sores to stop blood from clotting. While these traditional methods of treatment are well known natural cures, Australian bush…

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Those “Weeds” Are There For A Reason

A very old and wizened gardener once told me that there was no such thing as ‘weeds’ “A ‘weed’ is just a  plant in the wrong place,” he would say. He might as well have said: “A ‘weed is just a herb in the wrong place … or even in the right place!”

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Effective natural remedies for hayfever sufferers

So it looks like the hayfever season is nearly upon us again, in the UK. After a mild winter and then a brief cold snap, the forecasters are warning that the birch pollen hay fever season is starting early this year. It has already begun in the south of the country, and is expected to…

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Five Top Herbs To Beat the Flu

We’re well into the ‘flu season now, and so what better time to look at natural cures and in particular, herbs that help? There are no known cures for the common flu but there are many natural flu remedies that are highly effective at easing flu symptoms and reducing the duration of the illness. Certain…

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Drink a cup of thyme a day

by Barbi Trejo Thyme is a delicate herb which is both pungent and hot with a penetrating fragrance. It is also a fabulous herb for healing a large number of ailments. It is known to increase the flow of urine and to help in menstruation. It helps in the delivery process and prevents miscarriages; in…

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What is herbal medicine and how does it work?

The government’s announcement today that it would bypass EU legislation in order to stop hundreds of perfectly useful herbs disappearing off the shelves of our health foods shops came as welcome news to the more than six million UK customers who consult herbal medicine practitioners. Under the new plans, herbal medicine practitioners will have to…

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Herbal medicine is often safer than pharmaceuticals

In the wake of the recent news that herbal medicine will now be kitemarked for safety reasons, it might be a good time to talk about the relative safety of herbal medicine as compared to its more orthodox equivalent. According to the groundbreaking 2003 medical report, Death by Medicine, (Gary Null, Carolyn Dean, Martin Feldman,…

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More and more turning to medical use of marijuana

It’s difficult to think of a herb that has caused more controversy than marijuana. And even now, the medical community is split into two camps about its use.  However, since 1972, when the US Congress placed marijuana in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act because they considered it to have “no accepted medical use,”…

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Chinese herbs work their magic on heart disease

by Angelo Druda Cardiovascular diseases kill more Americans than cancer and motor vehicle accidents combined. Most of our aging baby-boomer population will be brought down by problems located in the heart and cardiovascular system. Even so, we can significantly increase heart longevity in the highest percentage of cases with the right application of herbal medicine.…

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The growing interest in ayurvedic medicine in the West

Harry G. Psaros The word ‘Ayurveda’ is from the ancient Indian language, Sanskrit, and literally means “Science of Life” (ayus, means ‘life’ and veda, means ‘related to knowledge’ or ‘science’). Ayurvedic medicine is a 5,000 year old system of traditional medicine native to the Indian subcontinent and practiced in other parts of the world as…

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The ancient Vedic elixir of life

We find the ancient Indian elixir of life in a series of texts which reveal how our ancestors at least 5,000 years ago coped with similar health conditions that we experience today. All this is revealed in the Sushruta Samhita and the Charaka Samhita.

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Milk thistle halts spread of lung cancer cells

By John Philip Lung cancer is a devastating disease with a traditionally poor survival rate of less than ten percent after five years from diagnosis. There are a number of well documented triggers that cause tissue damage that eventually results in DNA damage, allowing lung cancer cells to develop and spread. Researchers from the University…

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Putting The Spirit Back Into Herbal Medicine

by Ishtar Dingir Hippocrates has a lot answer for, in my opinion. It was the 5th century Greek so-called Father of Medicine that separated out the physical from the spiritual in medicine. So after that, pills, potions and elixirs were created solely to cure a physical ailment with no recognition of the more holistic aspect…

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