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ADHD – Alternatives to Ritalin

November 12, 2014

Question: I am desperately trying to avoid giving my 9 year old Ritalin for ADHD. Her behavior, impulsiveness and distractibility have caused all facets of her life to suffer. Of course the “mental health” professionals have an easy answer, a little green pill twice a day. We have switched to a whole foods diet but […]

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Herbal Information Sheet: Ginseng

November 10, 2014

by Cheryl Hoard     Common Name Ginseng   Latin Binomial Panax quinquefolium (American) Panax ginseng (Asian)   Family Araliaceae   Other Common Names True Ginseng, Five Fingers, Tartar Root, Red Berry, Man’s Health, Ren Shen, Man Root, Finger Root   Parts Used Root   Uses Ginseng is taken to improve stamina and concentration, for […]

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Jeff’s thoughts on ginseng…

November 10, 2014

Years ago when I lived in Wisconsin, I frequented a well-known Madison co-op which was conveniently located on my walk home each day. It was a throwback, hippie sort of place complete with dusty old wood floors, a store cat and a collection of questionable vegetables, which were supposed to be organic and somehow better […]

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Purchasing and Using Herbs

November 10, 2014

by   Cheryl & Jeff Hoard       Knowledge is vital in the successful use of herbs for health and well-being. It is best to consult your health practitioner first before using herbs. It wouldn’t be wise, for instance to take Saw Palmetto Berry (respected by the mainstream medical community) for treating enlarged prostate […]

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Natural Remedies for Moderate Depression

November 10, 2014

by Cheryl Hoard   From a holistic point of view, many herbal remedies could be used for depression because the physical body, psychological state and spirit are all connected to produce the whole person and all of those parts have also created the disease. Every case of depression is very unique and the successful treatment […]

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Natural Alternatives for Allergy Sufferers

November 10, 2014

by Cheryl Hoard   There are a lot of us allergy sufferers out there! An estimated 30 million in this country deal with hay fever. Another 12 million experience allergies to food, drugs and bee stings. Other conditions like asthma and eczema are sometimes linked to allergies. We tend to blame dust, mold, pollen and […]

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Echinacea called ineffective…

November 10, 2014

by Jeffrey S. Hoard Yesterday I saw the headline, “Popular herbal cold remedy fails to relieve symptoms, study finds” in my morning St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The herb in question turned out to be Echinacea. Knowing empirically that Echinacea does indeed do what we think it does when it is prepared and used properly, I was […]

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Herbs & Essential Oils for SARS

November 10, 2014

By Cheryl Hoard As one physician put it in a recent national television interview about Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), now is the time to “live well”. This doctor describes living well as eating wholesome foods, exercise and stop smoking. A few weeks before this TV interview, another MD voiced the opinion that addition to […]

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Alternatives To Hormone Replacement Therapy

November 10, 2014

by Cheryl Hoard  I am frequently asked questions about alternatives to Hormone Replacement Therapy. The use of herbs, essential oils and hydrosols gives more options to adapt to changes during menopause. Herbalism is most effective when used in a holistic approach, which is integration of the body, mind and spirit. Changes during menopause happen not […]

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Herbal Information Sheet: Red Clover Blossom

November 08, 2014

RED CLOVER BLOSSOM (Trifolium pratense)   Excerpted from: New Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way By Susun Weed  “Red Clover is everything you thought soy would be, with none of soy’s drawbacks.  Instead of leaching minerals from the bones, Red Clover contributes generously to bone health.  Instead of disturbing the thyroid, Red Clover helps normalize […]

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