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A collection of practical herbal lore for health & healing
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18 of Nature’s Most Powerful Medicinal Plants

18 of Nature’s Most Powerful Medicinal Plants | Plantsheal | Scoop.it
Here are surprisingly common herbs, flowers, berries and plants that are anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, repel insects, antiseptic, expectorant, antibacterial, and pain relieving.
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Pleasure Medicine: Your Pipeline to Source

Pleasure Medicine: Your Pipeline to Source | Plantsheal | Scoop.it

"Pleasure Medicine taps into the very veins of life and sustenance which keep us living a life that is deeply satisfying. When we love our pleasures, the channels of abundance and healing open.
What is pleasure? To me, pleasure is something wonderful before, during, and definitely after. If you regret it, or feel terrible after, that may be a signal that it’s not a true form of pleasure for you. If it contains an amount of struggle as in exercise or a challenging business pursuit, we might include this as ‘growth pleasure’ because we know of its great rewards. However, if it has ramifications of pain, hurt, or self depreciation, as in the case of overly self-medicating oneself on alcohol, unhealthy foods, or mistreating our bodies, we can safely say this is merely anesthetic or illusion type pleasure, resulting in a loss of nourishment or wholeness.
Look at the whole circle of your pleasure choices:
Does it empower you? Does it nourish, fuel, and energize you? Stimulate your senses and strengthen your sense of self? Does it excite your whole being or ignite your imagination?
What can you do today, that would energize and heal you by way of pleasure? Ask yourself these questions. Make time to feel good. Make sure the people around you know that your feeling good is important to you."

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» Antibiotics: Connected to Obesity, Diabetes and Stroke?

» Antibiotics: Connected to Obesity, Diabetes and Stroke? | Plantsheal | Scoop.it
Maps of antibiotic use in the United States look very similar to maps of obesity, heart attacks, diabetes and stroke. Could there be a connection?
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Rosemary,Basil and Thyme at the Blue Mountain – a comparison

Rosemary,Basil and Thyme at the Blue Mountain – a comparison | Plantsheal | Scoop.it

This is a post from my herbal medicine blog on similarities and differences between rosemary, basil and thyme.

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E.coli- Listeria- quick, natural cure for food poisoning & Acid Reflux

Dr. Farley mentioned a quick, natural cure for food poisoning such as from E.coli or Listeria: a cup of raw honey mixed with a couple tablespoons of ginger. Some other useful information about maintaining stomach health and preventing acid reflux.

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Natural Herbs - Nausea, a Side Effect of Chemotherapy - Cancer Knowledge Base

TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) offers herbal treatment to quell the nausea cancer patients experience under chemotherapy. This is also an interesting database of general cancer information.

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Health Benefits of Angelica

The Angelica herb contains tannins, coumarin derivatives, ferulic acid, polysaccharides, butylphthalide, ligustilide and Vitamins A, B12 and E. These elements play a vital role in relaxation of the peripheral blood capillaries and uterine muscles and reduction of blood clotting and pain.
This clearly explains why most health benefits of Angelica herb are centered on women. Most women who use birth controls on a regular basis experience irregular menstruation cycles. Angelica herb can be used to help such women resume their normal menstrual cycles. Others experience abdominal pain when menstruating. Angelica herb is used to relief the pain thus may as well be used to relieve migraines, and arthritis pain.

 

Read how it helps with depression and anxiety, too!

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Herbs that Cure App for Iphone, Ipad

Herbs that Cure App for Iphone, Ipad | Plantsheal | Scoop.it

Since I don't use an iPhone I can't comment on how good this is, maybe someone who's using it would tell us? It says it helps users find herbs to cure over 100 diseases. Plus, it only costs 99 cents. 

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Rense & Ty Bollinger and Dr Michael Farley - Herbal Medicines

A 10 minute excerpt of an hour long program on the new book : "A Guide to Understanding Herbal Medicines - and Surviving the Coming Pharmaceutica Monopoly". Written by a medical doctor to help doctors understand herbal medicine.

It also discusses one of the best books on overcoming cancer, "Cancer, Stepping Outside the Box. 

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Natural, Herbal, and Alternative Treatments for ADD/ADHD -- Health & Wellness -- Sott.net

Rather than put a child at risk with conventional medications, why not get to the root of the problem and supply the natural substances a child's body will use to normalize attention span and activity levels? Here's a well-rounded article covering some of the alternatives to drugs.

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Do You Know Blood Purifying Herbs And Foods ?

 Do You Know Blood Purifying Herbs And Foods http://t.co/XDEXvN6k...

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asthma : herbs for health and healing

From an online ebook...Modern medicine offers children with asthma little more than temporary relief for their symptoms. The right herbs, however, not only help these children to catch their breath, but also reduce attacks by strengthening their lungs and their immune systems.

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Health Benefits of Black Cohosh : Natural Remedies – Herbal Cures

Health Benefits of Black Cohosh : Natural Remedies – Herbal Cures | Plantsheal | Scoop.it
The various health benefits of Black Cohosh range from relieving menstrual cramps, muscle pains and arthritis among others in menopausal women.
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Sage, the “Savior”

Sage, the “Savior” | Plantsheal | Scoop.it

Ever since I first realized I might age, Sage has beckoned. There was a conference on aging back in the 80's that caught my eye, called "Saging, Not Aging"  - so, what is it about Sage? Why are wise men called "Sages"? Could there be a relationship to the plant itself?

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Plant Journeys: Herbal Simple Syrups: Easy, Delicious Gifts!

Plant Journeys: Herbal Simple Syrups: Easy, Delicious Gifts! | Plantsheal | Scoop.it

"Yuletide is different for everyone. Some of us get excited and filled with joy at the many ways we can give, exchange, share, and create.

And some of us feel tired. Perhaps we have worked all year long and not gotten ahead yet, or perhaps we have a large family with all different personalities.

Perhaps we are stumped at what to offer our neighbors that would be lovely, personal, simple, yet not too freaky-deaky!

Herbal Syrups can provide a beautiful nature-connected gift that is simple, easy, versatile, and extremely cheap to make."

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Food We Eat Might Control Our Genes: Scientific American

Food We Eat Might Control Our Genes: Scientific American | Plantsheal | Scoop.it

“You are what you eat.” The old adage has for decades weighed on the minds of consumers who fret over responsible food choices. Yet what if it was literally true? What if material from our food actually made its way into the innermost control centers of our cells, taking charge of fundamental gene expression?

That is in fact what happens, according to a recent study of plant-animal micro­RNA transfer led by Chen-Yu Zhang of Nanjing University in China. MicroRNAs are short sequences of nucleotides—the building blocks of genetic material. Although microRNAs do not code for proteins, they prevent specific genes from giving rise to the proteins they encode. Blood samples from 21 volunteers were tested for the presence of microRNAs from crop plants, such as rice, wheat, potatoes and cabbage.

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Ice cream flavoured with Chinese herbs scoops a top prize

A team from Nanyang Polytechnic has scooped the top prize at an international competition for its ice creams flavoured with Chinese herbs.

 

The article doesn't tell us what's in it, other than Wolfberry and Hawthorn...but it's certainly expanded my thinking about how to serve up herbs. What herbs would you use in your own ice cream creations? How about cinnamon apple mint (with chocolate)? Please post your ideas...

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Medicinal tree used in chemotherapy drug faces extinction

Medicinal tree used in chemotherapy drug faces extinction | Plantsheal | Scoop.it
Annual IUCN 'red list' of endangered species includes upgraded threat to tree whose bark is harvested for cancer treatment...
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Irish Coffee Infusion May Boost tPA Efficacy for Stroke

This is a technical review of a study done about the success of using a mix of coffee and alcohol to save stroke victims. Neuroprotection during a stroke; at home variety....mix strong coffee with whisky and keep it in the fridge. Given immediately on stroke and over a 3 hour window, it can prevent a lot of stroke damage.

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Todd Caldecott | Nettle

Todd Caldecott | Nettle | Plantsheal | Scoop.it

This is one of my absolute favorites and here's a great article about it.

 

"Nettle leaf is among our most valuable herbal remedies, not because it is exceptionally potent or fast-acting, but because it is none of these things: it is a slowly acting nutritive herb that gently cleanses the body of metabolic wastes. Nettle leaf is thus one of the safest and happiest of the alteratives, especially in the treatment of chronic disorders that require long term treatment. This activity of Nettle leaf is perhaps best utilized as a kind of herbal food, eaten as a green vegetable, spice, condiment, or drunk in generous amounts as a herbal infusion. Taken in such a way Nettle is highly reputed in the treatment of chronic metabolic disorders, providing a gentle stimulant effect upon the lymphatic system, seeming to enhance the excretion of wastes through the kidneys. Weiss suggests that Nettle acts similarly to Dandelion leaf, promoting the elimination of uric acid from joints with a gentle, alkalizing diuretic activity. Nettle is thus indicated in most kinds of joint diseases, and doubly so in degenerative conditions, not only for its ability to arrest inflammatory states and enhance the excretion of wastes, but due to its high nutrient content, especially in the minerals calcium and magnesium required for bone-remodelling. Nettle leaf is also an exceptionally useful plant to correct symptoms of gastrointestinal excess, such as hyperchlorhydria with sour eructations and nausea, chronic diarrhoea, and mucus colitis"

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Download Handbook of Herbs and Spices ebook (Normally runs over $100 a copy)

Download Handbook of Herbs and Spices ebook (Normally runs over $100 a copy) | Plantsheal | Scoop.it

This is an excellent book and here you can get it in ebook form. The only catch is, you'll need to sign up and open an account with the providing site (which has a library of other good ebooks to choose from). The ebooks run $4.95 each or you can download an unlimited number over a month for around $39.00. Anyway, this book normally costs over $100. 

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Dia de Los Muertos – Remember The Rosemary!

Dia de Los Muertos – Remember The Rosemary! | Plantsheal | Scoop.it

This is one I wrote. October mashed up "The Day of the Dead" with Rosemary, serving me an insight into both. Here's an herb that can help us remember, in the very best way, those we love who have passed. For hundreds of years its been called "the herb of remembrance".

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Herbs for Diabetes - Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment to Lower Blood Sugar

Herbs for Diabetes - Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment to Lower Blood Sugar | Plantsheal | Scoop.it
Herbs for Diabetes Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment to Lower Blood Sugar http://t.co/BPnrWqp6...
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Dog Detox | How to Detoxify Your Dog

Dog Detox | How to Detoxify Your Dog | Plantsheal | Scoop.it
Regular dog detox is necessary for your dog's health. Read this page to see how herbs and other natural remedies can help detoxify your dog.
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Healing Cancer Naturally - Essential Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs to Fight Against Cancer!

Healing Cancer Naturally - Essential Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs to Fight Against Cancer!
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