How Yoga, Meditation Benefit the Mind and Body

Yoga and meditation have both become increasingly popular in the Western world, and practitioners praise their psychological and physical benefits. Current research also suggests that meditating and doing yoga can boost overall well-being and resilience to stress factors. Increasingly, yoga practice and meditation have been the focus of research aiming to test their benefits. Recently, we have … Continue reading How Yoga, Meditation Benefit the Mind and Body

Health Benefits of Gelatin

When someone thinks of healthful food, gelatin may not be one of the first things that come to mind. But gelatin is more than just a jiggly childhood snack or a hospital staple.In this article, you can learn about gelatin's unexpected health benefits. What is gelatin? Most people are familiar with flavored, colorful gelatin. But … Continue reading Health Benefits of Gelatin

Aloe Vera For Hair

Aloe vera is a plant that grows in tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world. People appreciate it for its decorative uses and medicinal properties. People have valued this member of the Liliaceae family for its many healing and regenerative properties for millennia. Advocates of using aloe vera for hair health point to its plentiful supply of vitamins, … Continue reading Aloe Vera For Hair

Ginger for Arthritis Pain: Will it Work?

Ginger is most commonly known as a unique, aromatic spice, but it has also long been used in traditional and modern medicines. Ginger may be beneficial in managing the inflammation and pain of arthritis, owing to its anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger is a flowering plant native to several Asian countries, as well as West Africa and the … Continue reading Ginger for Arthritis Pain: Will it Work?

Lavender: Health Benefits and Uses {Updated}

Lavender is an herb native to northern Africa and the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean. The herb is highly regarded for skin and beauty and is commonly used in fragrances and shampoos to help purify the skin. It can be purchased over-the-counter (OTC) from drugstores, and some versions are used to add flavor to baked … Continue reading Lavender: Health Benefits and Uses {Updated}

Health and Beauty Benefits of Grapeseed Oil

Fast facts on grapeseed oil. Here are some key points about grapeseed oil. More detail is in the main article. Grapeseed oil is high in omega-6 fatty acids. The oil can be used in hair and on the skin as part of your beauty regimen. Buy expeller- or cold-pressed oil for use in the kitchen. Grapeseed … Continue reading Health and Beauty Benefits of Grapeseed Oil

12 Potential Health Benefits Of Eleuthero

Eleuthero is a plant that has been traditionally used as an immune system booster and a general stimulant. Sometimes known as Siberian ginseng, eleuthero is native to Japan, northern China, southeastern Russia, South Korea, and North Korea. What is Eleuthero? There is evidence that eleuthero was first used as an herbal remedy in China some 2,000 … Continue reading 12 Potential Health Benefits Of Eleuthero

How Do Vegetarian Diets Affect Cholesterol Levels?

A new review of almost 50 studies related to nutrition suggests that plant-based diets are associated with lower total cholesterol levels. The authors believe that these findings will have an impact on preventive care for cardiovascular diseases. Researchers from three institutions have recently put together a comprehensive review and meta-analysis looking at the effects that … Continue reading How Do Vegetarian Diets Affect Cholesterol Levels?

Food as Medicine: Strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa, Rosaceae)

History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat Strawberry plants are considered herbaceous perennials and have a low-growing habit, reproducing horizontally via rooting runners or stolons.1 Each plant has a compressed, modified stem from which fibrous roots grow downward and multiple stems grow upward from a rosette. Strawberry plants produce a three-part leaflet with coarsely serrated edges. … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa, Rosaceae)

Bilberry Health Benefits

If you haven’t heard of bilberry fruit, you shouldn’t be surprised. The plant is extremely difficult to grow, and since it bears small fruit it is seldom cultivated. The fruit that does exist is primarily from wild plants that grow throughout northern and central Europe where they are more plentiful. In fact, it’s often called … Continue reading Bilberry Health Benefits