Four Power Herbs for Summer – Urban Moonshine

Here are four summer power herbs that are not only in gorgeous bloom, but are also appropriate for the times and can act as everyday medicine. Source: Four Power Herbs for Summer - Urban Moonshine

Review on the Effectiveness of Aloe Vera for Oral Diseases

The succulent leaves of the aloe vera (Aloe vera, Xanthorrhoeaceae) plant have been used medicinally for hundreds of years. The clear gel, or mucilage, found inside the leaves, is well known for having wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumor, and analgesic properties. These attributes could potentially help in treating oral ailments. The aim of this systematic review … Continue reading Review on the Effectiveness of Aloe Vera for Oral Diseases

Artichoke Leaf Extract Shows a Potential Mild Benefit to Those with Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome refers to a cluster of abnormalities such as hyperlipidemia, hyperglycemia, and obesity, and may lead to the development of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. This condition is also associated with excess reactive oxygen species (ROS), and this redox imbalance is thought to correlate with further problems in metabolic syndrome. Artichoke (Cynara scolymus, Asteraceae) is … Continue reading Artichoke Leaf Extract Shows a Potential Mild Benefit to Those with Metabolic Syndrome

Food as Medicine: Sorrel (Rumex acetosa, Polygonaceae)

History and Traditional Use Garden sorrel (Rumex acetosa, Polygonaceae) is a wild, perennial herb characterized by slender stems supporting bright green, spear-shaped leaves, with distinctive backward-reaching lobes.1,2 Sorrel grows in patches that average in height from 20-36” and produce small red-brown flowers, which bloom in early summer and produce tiny, hard fruits.3 Sorrel is easy to cultivate … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Sorrel (Rumex acetosa, Polygonaceae)