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Medicinal and Culinary Uses for the Shy Violet

While violets’ delicate blossoms are a treat only for the observant, the plant has enjoyed a long history of medicinal and culinary use. Leigh Hunt, an English Romantic essayist, and poet is the first known author of the phrase “shrinking violet.” In 1820, he published a passage describing a bit of woodland in The Indicator, a poetry magazine: “There was the

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Napping Maybe As Good as Drugs for Lowering Blood Pressure

A midday nap may be just what you need, not just to boost your energy levels but also to lower high blood pressure. This, at least, is what new research from Greece suggests. Napping could effectively help lower your blood pressure, new findings reveal. When the afternoon slump hits in the middle of a busy workday, many of us may

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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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Food as Medicine: Pear (Pyrus communis and P. pyrifolia, Rosaceae)

The genus Pyrus consists of 30 deciduous species and is closely related to the genus Malus, which includes apples (Malus spp.). Both genera are part of the economically important Rosaceae family.1,2 Similar to apples, Pyrus fruits are classified as pomes, where the seeds are contained in a central, compartmentalized core.3 The Pyrus genus is native to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.1 Capable of living for more than 250 years,

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cardamom

f you have ever tasted Biryani (Indian flavored savory rice) or kheer (Indian rice pudding) or the famous Finnish pulla, you would probably identify the aroma of cardamom. The sweet and mystical spice was used by the Greeks and Romans in their perfumes and the ancient Egyptians as mouth fresheners. Even today, Cardamom (green) is one of the most expensive

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Herb of the Month; Cardamom – The Queen of Spices

Cardamom is the Queen of Spices and has grown lavishly under the tropical canopy on hillsides in the Ghat Mountains on the Malabar Coast of southern India to be harvested by hand and shipped around the world.  The cardamom familiar to India and the western world is called green cardamom and it, along with several other types such as giant cardamom,

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The Beautiful Herb That’s Amazing for Your Heart; Red Clover Benefits

Finding a three-leaf clover may bring good luck, but taking red clover as a healing herb may bring even better fortune! People have appreciated the therapeutic qualities of the red clover’s pink and red-hued blossom for generations. Women, in particular, have passed down its secrets as a remedy for feminine issues, whether premenstrual syndrome or menopause symptoms. In modern times, scientific research

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All About Your Heart; 6 Weight-Friendly Juice Recipes

Juicing has become a popular way to boost energy and lose weight. You may have heard juice cleansing radio ads, seen (or bought) expensive juices in the store, or maybe you’ve even made juice from scratch. But does juicing for weight loss work? Juicing refers to using a juicer or blender to liquefy fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Juices differ from

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The Best Diet for Heart Health; DASH Diet: A Vegetarian Meal Plan for Heart Health

f you’ve been thinking about changing your diet in order to lose weight, lower your blood sugar or blood pressure, or just improve your overall health, you might have heard about the DASH Diet. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet was named the “best overall diet” for eight consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report. Some of this distinction

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All About Your Heart; Foods That Lower Blood Pressure

There is a virtual cornucopia of foods, herbs, and other forms of nourishment that are readily available to lower high blood pressure, or hypertension, naturally. Fruits, vegetables, and nuts are just a handful of healthy things you can eat to promote healthy blood flow. Learning the benefits of these foods and determining which ones are best for your diet may

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