Your Apothecary Cabinet: Calendula Oil

Marigold has much value today and in traditional cultures as a homeopathic remedy, but the oil extracted from the flowers, called calendula oil, is not far behind in providing benefits. Learn more about this oil distilled from the petals of the pot marigold or Calendula officinalis, and how you can harness its health and practical … Continue reading Your Apothecary Cabinet: Calendula Oil

Your Apothecary Cabinet: Common Base Oils

Vegetable and herbal oil are used in creams, lotions, massage, facial and body oils, gels, and salves. Sweet Almond (Prunus amygdalis var. dulcis) and Apricot Kernel (Prunus armeniaca): emollients, can relieve itchiness and dryness. Arnica (Arnica montana): indicated for bruises, varicose veins, burns, strains and sprains, arthritis, and myalgia. Avocado (Persea Americana): wonderful oil for … Continue reading Your Apothecary Cabinet: Common Base Oils

Your Apothecary Cabinet: Herbal Oils

Herbal oils are simply oils infused with herbs, much as you would steep rosemary in olive oil for culinary purposes. Healing herbal oils can be taken internally for a variety of ailments, can be used externally for therapeutic or daily beauty routines, and can be incorporated into herbal salve recipes. Dried herbs are preferred since … Continue reading Your Apothecary Cabinet: Herbal Oils

Your Apothecary Cabinet: Herbal First Aid Kit…

Being prepared with my favorite remedies gives me peace of mind on the road or trail, and keeps me from having to search out herbal products in an unfamiliar town — or from having to resort to padding my heels with mullein leaves to ease the agony of a broken blister while on a backpacking … Continue reading Your Apothecary Cabinet: Herbal First Aid Kit…

Effects of Yerba Maté on Metabolism, Satiety, and Mood at Rest and during Exercise

Diet and exercise induce weight and fat loss and lower risks of cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, and other chronic diseases. While diet and exercise remain essential elements of weight loss, nutritional aids such as functional foods and herbal products can enhance their benefits when used concomitantly with lifestyle modifications. Yerba maté (Ilex paraguariensis, Aquifoliaceae) leaves, … Continue reading Effects of Yerba Maté on Metabolism, Satiety, and Mood at Rest and during Exercise

Know Your Herbal Chemistry

A herbalist should be fully aware of details about the pharmacology of herbs, a basic understanding of it is more than enough. Herbs are used for healing the human body, they are considered to be holistic agents, and they are used on a physical and biochemistry level. Many pharmacologists try to find out the constituents … Continue reading Know Your Herbal Chemistry

Know Your Underground Roots

Underground Stems The underground stems, by being situated below the surface of the soil, protect themselves against unfavorable conditions of weather and the attack of animals and serve as storehouses for reserve food, and in vegetative propagation. Their stem nature can be distinguished by the presence of nodes and internodes, scale leaves at the nodes, … Continue reading Know Your Underground Roots

Your Apothecary Cabinet: The Healing Properties Of Herbs

There have been lots of pharmaceutical studies to evaluate the active elements present in herbs to discover the reason as well as the manner in which they work. A relatively outmoded method is to classify the herbs by exploring the types of health conditions that they can aid in curing. Identifying the actions of the … Continue reading Your Apothecary Cabinet: The Healing Properties Of Herbs

Endangered Species; Herb Guide: Goldthread

Health Benefits of Goldthread Goldthread, also known as coptis or canker root, is a genus of perennial herbs that have been part of Asian and North American traditional medicine for hundreds of years. The roots of the plant look like a tangled mass of gold thread, hence its name. Herbal goldthread is actually the powdered … Continue reading Endangered Species; Herb Guide: Goldthread

Herb Guide: Senna

Cassia senna syn. Senna Alexandria Also, Known As: Alexandrian Senna Senna The senna plant is a small shrub belonging to the Caesalpiniaceae family. Incidentally, the senna belongs to two genus of Cassia - C. senna is also known as Alexandrina senna and C. Angustifolia that is also called the Tinnevelly senna. While the first variety … Continue reading Herb Guide: Senna