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 … Continue reading How to Boost Your Immune System with Herbs

A Healthy Immune System

The immune system defends the body against infection. Although it works effectively most of the time, sometimes our immune system fails, and we become sick. Are there ways we can boost our immune system and prevent illness?  Our immune system protects us from infection and disease, but is there a way we can enhance the … Continue reading A Healthy Immune System

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, … Continue reading Western Diet: Can A Western Diet Permanently Alter the Immune System?

Building Your Immune System {Part 1}

Did you know that when it comes to boosting your immune system, there's a lot of misinformation circulating on the net?  Yes, everyone is selling magic bullet immune boosters, but do you know why, when it comes to the immune system, magic bullets can't work?  Were you aware that it's actually possible to fool your … Continue reading Building Your Immune System {Part 1}

Echinacea Benefits to Support Your Health

Echinacea is a powerful and beneficial herb used by people around the world to maintain good health. Every part of the plant, from the roots to the flower petals, is bursting with vital nutrients. With a reputation as a natural cold remedy, many people enjoy echinacea in one form or another, whether as a tea, … Continue reading Echinacea Benefits to Support Your Health

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 … Continue reading Horny Goat Weed: Health Benefits, Use

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 … Continue reading Oral Allergy Syndrome: Foods, Symptoms, and Treatments

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, … Continue reading The Immune System: Anatomy & Physiology

True Aloe

Aloe Vera Latin Name L. Aloe vera, Aloe barbadensis var miller, Aloe vera var. chinensis, Aloe vulgaris, Aloe vera var. lanzae, Aloe indica, Aloe barbadensis var. chinensis, Aloe vera var. wratislaviensis, Aloe elongata, Aloe vera var. littoralis, Aloe perfoliata var. vera, Aloe perfoliata var. barbadensis, Aloe flava, Aloe chinensis, Aloe barbadensis, Aloe lanzae. Common Names … Continue reading True Aloe