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The Sleeping Giant of Mediterranean Herbal Medicine: Helichrysum italicum

Helichrysum italicum (Roth.) Don. (Asteraceae) is an iconic plant of the Mediterranean area (Figure 1), but the use of its essential oil in glamorous perfumes and personal care products has turned it into a veritable icon of luxury. However, just like the geographical distribution of Helichrysum species extends beyond the Mediterranean region, the properties of H. italicum are not limited to fragrance as they can benefit

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Cayenne Pepper Cataplasms May Be Safely Used to Treat Painful Areas of the Body

Musculoskeletal pain is often treated with physical medicine therapies. Herbal cataplasms, or poultices, containing rubefacient substances, which result in redness of the skin by causing capillary dilation and an increase in blood circulation, are used to treat painful areas of the body. A cataplasm containing cayenne pepper (CP, Capsicum annuum, Solanaceae) applied to the skin at a painful area provides beneficial

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Assessing Potential Efficacy of Rhodiola Extract for Cognitive Symptoms of Stress Using a Bioassay Model of Memory

Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea, Crassulaceae) is a succulent perennial herb that grows wild throughout arctic Eurasia. The rose-scented root and rhizome have long been included in the pharmacopeias world-wide, including Dioscorides in classical Rome. It is used for symptoms arising from stress and especially valued for its stimulating effect on the mind. Extracts of Rhodiola are typically standardized to salidroside (1%) and

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Health Benefits of Moringa

Originally posted on Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs:
Moringa oleifera is a plant, which is often called the drumstick tree, the miracle tree, the ben oil tree, or the horseradish tree. Moringa has been used for centuries due to its medicinal properties and health benefits and has antifungal, antiviral, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Facts on Moringa: The tree is native to India…

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Herbal Formulation Is Safe and Effective in Treating Knee Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common, debilitating joint condition characterized by degeneration of cartilage. The early stages of OA feature synovial inflammation caused by sustained high levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which can be triggered by mechanical strain or age-related oxidative stress. Treatment options aim to reduce pain and improve function but do not affect disease progression. Some pharmacologic therapies, including nonsteroidal

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Both Lavender and Bitter Orange Reduce Anxiety in Postmenopausal Women

Postmenopausal women frequently report feelings of anxiety. Uncontrolled anxiety can harm physical health, reduce the quality of life, and increase the intensity of menopause symptoms. While several conventional drugs are available to treat anxiety, many women avoid using them because of side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, memory impairment, and difficulty concentrating. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia, Lamiaceae) flowers contain several compounds

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Thinking About Herbalism Courses?

Perhaps you, like myself, have been on a mission to incorporate a more natural approach to your family’s wellness. You’ve revamped your homemade meals with fresh, healthy ingredients, researched holistic ways to approach common ailments, and tried using essential oils and herbs in your own health routine! No matter where you are at in your herbal studies, the Herbal Academy

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Starting Your Seeds Indoors This Winter

Expert answers to your herb-growing questions. Q.  This year I want to grow some of my herb plants from seeds. What are the steps to starting seeds over the winter? A.  Seed starting is like baking bread- you need the right mix of ingredients, the right temperature, and viable yeast. In the case of seed starting, the ingredient list includes a lightweight

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Starting Plants: Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden Transplants

Some plants can be started indoors early in the season, before soil and air temperatures are warm enough to plant outdoors. From a seed-starting perspective, most of our common vegetable plants fall into one of three categories. Don’t do well direct-seeded outdoors – these plants seem to do better if they are started in a controlled environment. The reasons may

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