Monthly Archives: October 2017

Health Benefits of Organic Greater Celandine

Chelidonium majus, or greater celandine, has a long history of use in many European countries. Ancient Greeks, Pliny the Elder and Dioscorides all called celandine an effective detoxifying agent. The Romans used celandine as a blood cleanser. The French herbalist Maurice Mességué cited celandine tea for help with liver problems. Its use also extends to traditional Chinese medicine, and it’s

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Support Your Digestive System with Aloe Vera

Gut health is a topic that’s getting a lot of press lately and I think it’s about time. It’s an understatement to say the importance of gut health is undervalued. The digestive system is where nutrients are absorbed and is the basis of a healthy body. If your digestive system is inefficient or your gut environment isn’t balanced, you might

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10 Aloe Vera Uses You Probably Didn’t Know About

Aloe vera, also known as Aloe barbadensis, has been a staple resource in many cultures around the world for thousands of years. While the plant originated in southern Africa, you can find it growing around the world in places as varied as the Mediterranean and the southern United States. Traditional uses for aloe vera include soothing burns, moisturizing skin, and helping small

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Benefits of Aloe Vera

Although the gel of the plant is famous for its ability to take the sting and heat out of a sunburn, the beneficial properties of aloe vera, Aloe barbadensis, reach much further than skin deep. Ancient peoples have used this soothing plant for a wide range of applications, from controlling irritation to keeping wounds clean, and soothing gastrointestinal upset. New research reveals

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Benefits of Prune Juice: A Powerful Constipation Reliever

You may have heard about prune juice for babies or older adults, but this purple-colored drink is breaking old stereotypes and gaining a whole new following. Don’t be mistaken, the health benefits of prune juice still include constipation relief, but that is not all it can offer. Made from prunes (also known as dried plums), prune juice is packed full of

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Food as Medicine Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana, Brassicaceae)

History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana, Brassicaceae) is a hardy perennial native to southeastern Europe and western Asia. Today, it is grown in the temperate regions of Europe, Asia, and North and South America, as well as some parts of Africa and New Zealand.1 The plant grows in clumps with bright green leaves that radiate out from

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Use of Stinging Nettle Extract Helps Improve Fasting Glucose, Hepatic Enzyme, and Inflammatory Markers in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus remains one of the most common diseases. One of its signs, hyperglycemia, is a major predisposing factor for oxidative stress, as it disrupts the natural equilibrium that protects the body from tissue-damaging effects of free radicals. In patients with diabetes mellitus, oxidative stress can lead to microvascular and macrovascular complications precipitated by the disequilibrium between antioxidant enzymes and

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Potential of Wild Egyptian Artichoke for Hepatitis C Treatment

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the most common chronic bloodborne infection. There are 7 major HCV genotypes (1-7), which vary regionally. Water extracts of wild Egyptian artichoke (wild cardoon; Cynara cardunculus var. sylvestris, Asteraceae) (WEA) leaves are used traditionally in Egypt for their choleretic (increasing bile secretion) and hepatoprotective (liver-protective) effects. In addition, 2 sesquiterpene lactones (cynaropicrin and grosheimol) isolated from WEA leaves

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American Botanical Council Publishes Online Version of The Identification of Medicinal Plants Book

Online access to identification book provides new quality control resource for herb industry AUSTIN, Texas (October 19, 2017) — The American Botanical Council (ABC) announces a new benefit for its members around the world: the online publication of The Identification of Medicinal Plants: A Handbook of the Morphology of Botanicals in Commerce, a manual that addresses the macroscopic assessment of 124 medicinal plants

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