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How Vitamin C Boosts the Immune System

When you feel the sniffles coming on, what’s your go-to remedy? Do you reach for a refreshing glass of orange juice? Do you listen to your grandma’s advice to eat lots of vitamin C-rich fruits and veggies to help you feel better? As it turns out, the age-old wisdom to load up on this potent vitamin to get and stay

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STRENGTHEN WITH FRANKINCENSE

Frankincense Essential Oil is an eminent and versatile oil that can be used on almost any part of the body for almost any ailment. The positive effects of Frankincense Oil are powerful and have beneficial impacts on interconnected body systems. It is famed for its ability to strengthen and invigorate the respiratory system, stimulate the immune system, reduce the appearance

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How to Boost Your Immune System with Herbs

The coming cold and flu season is only one of the hundreds of reasons that immune function should always be at the top of your list of health priorities. The immune system doesn’t just keep sniffles away—it also is the body’s best defense against potentially deadly diseases, such as H1N1 flu, and well-known killers, such as cancer. Your daily habits,

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Western Diet: Can A Western Diet Permanently Alter the Immune System?

The immune system’s response to the Western diet is similar to how it reacts to infection by dangerous bacteria, according to new research led by the University of Bonn in Germany and published in the journal Cell. What does eating a lot of fast food do to your immune system? Another disturbing result of the study is that, in the longer-term, a Western

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Horny Goat Weed: Health Benefits, Use

Horny goat weed is a traditional Chinese medicinal herb. It is also known by its many botanical names, including Epimedium, and its Chinese name, yin yang huo. As a form of alternative medicine, the herb has been used to treat conditions from hay fever to atherosclerosis, nerve pain fatigue, osteoporosis, and erectile dysfunction. Human research data to support the use

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Oral Allergy Syndrome: Foods, Symptoms, and Treatments

Oral allergy syndrome is an allergic reaction that specifically affects the mouth, lips, tongue, and throat. It is related to allergic rhinitis, otherwise known as hay fever. In oral allergy syndrome, the body cross-reacts to certain proteins in specific foods. These proteins are similar to the proteins found in the pollens that are associated with hay fever and seasonal allergies.

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The Immune System: Anatomy & Physiology

The immune system serves as the body’s greatest defense mechanism against foreign invaders. But as herbalists, we see it as much more than just a systematic fortress.  Medical herbalist Diana Jones writes, “Immunity represents an ecological interface between inner and outer environments”–a concept that considers immune health holistically, linking it to our relationship with mind, body, spirit and ultimately our

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