Medicine Chest: Herbal First Aid Kit

Topical Herbal First Aid Kit As you delve into the world of herbal medicine, at some point or another you take a look at your medicine cabinet and think, "What kinds of natural remedies should I stock in my first aid kit?" Many herbs offer topical applications for a variety of everyday woes, including aches … Continue reading Medicine Chest: Herbal First Aid Kit

The Forager’s: Foraging for Summertime Herbs

Go beyond the confines of the garden and into the wild to find some of nature's most valuable medicine. Summer is the perfect time to stock up on nature's healing gifts. But all too often we walk right by these treasures, not recognizing them as valuable plants. Learning how to identify and then use a … Continue reading The Forager’s: Foraging for Summertime Herbs

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

Meta-analysis Finds Standardized St. John’s Wort Extracts as Effective as Conventional Antidepressants

St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum, Hypericaceae) St. John's wort (SJW; Hypericum perforatum, Hypericaceae) aerial parts are a popular treatment for depression, and many countries in Europe prescribe SJW for that purpose. According to the authors, SJW has been well researched; however, the results are conflicting. The last large published meta-analysis was conducted in 2008, and … Continue reading Meta-analysis Finds Standardized St. John’s Wort Extracts as Effective as Conventional Antidepressants

Chronic Pain

A person affected by any kind of chronic pain can feel a lot of discomfort throughout his or her life. It does not matter whether the form of chronic pain is an aching sensation, a tingling feeling, stabbing pains, shooting pains, or burning sensations. Any prolonged and uncontrollable chronic pain can and will affect the … Continue reading Chronic Pain

8 Herbs and Supplements to Help Treat Depression

Depression isn't just feeling sad or "blue." It is a serious mood disorder with symptoms that range from mild to debilitating, and potentially life-threatening. Depression is a relatively common disorder in that it affects millions of people each year. People of all ages and ethnicities experience depression, including children and adolescents. Depression does not only … Continue reading 8 Herbs and Supplements to Help Treat Depression