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Essential Oil Profile: Clary Sage

November 10, 2014

by Marie Temmen   Common name: Clary Sage Latin binomial: Salvia sclarea Plant family: Labiatae History/folklore: Clary sage has an interesting history that reveals itself in the names which were applied to this plant. Medieval authors called the herb “clear eye” and considered it beneficial in healing visual problems. The name “clary” is derived from […]

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Turmeric: A superior herb hiding beneath media hype

November 10, 2014

by Laurel Redmon, M.S., L.Ac. Dipl. C.H.     Turmeric rhizome, Curcuma longa, or jiang huang has been enjoying the limelight in recent months.  It was the herb-du-jour, in the wake of the Vioxx scandal, along with a bit of research funding and an urban myth that Indian women never contract breast cancer.  Media scrutiny […]

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Traditional Chinese Medicine and Aromatherapy

November 10, 2014

by   Laurel Redmon     Aromatherapy is one of the most exciting and burgeoning modes of herbalism today. It strikes me as a truly global discipline, different parts of the world contributing varied uses and methods of application for essential oils.   Arriving at the study of aromatherapy by way of herbalism, I have […]

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Strategies for Respiratory Health During Cold and Flu Season

November 10, 2014

by Laurel Redmon, M.S., L.Ac. Dipl. Ac.,C.H   Flu shots may afford many a sense of security this time of year.  Those with a mind toward holistic and preventive health, however, can easily see that many more genuine and effective measures can be taken to protect ourselves, families and loved ones.   Frankly, herbal remedies […]

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Soothing Stress with Aromatherapy

November 10, 2014

by Cheryl Hoard   On this subject I feel compelled to speak from my own perspective. My husband is teasing me at this moment, suggesting I write an article about the stress of writing an article about stress. At times in my life I have taken on quite a lot of responsibilities resulting in huge […]

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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 Approach to Addiction Recovery

November 10, 2014

By   Cheryl Hoard     There are so many things to which we can become addicted. As is often the case with a natural approach, the same herbs and essential oils can be helpful for the various difficult moments associated with recovery from all kinds of addictions. Addictions to cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, unhealthy […]

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Making Tea From Freshly Cut Herbs

November 10, 2014

by Maria Roderick   Making tea from freshly cut herbs from your own yard is an easy and rewarding task. Some of the most commonly used herbs are Peppermint and Spearmint. Both of these herbs are extremely easy to grow and usually provide more than enough leaves for making tea many times throughout the year. […]

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Herbal and Aromatic Aphrodisiacs

November 10, 2014

By   Ingrid Petres   Our species evolved using scent to help us survive. We recognized what was food through scent. As a flower lures a bee, an animal emits pheromones to lure a mate to propagate our species. These hormonal emissions, the breath of desire, contain all kinds of tiny chemical constituents. They have […]

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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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Actions and Energetics of Some Common North American Trees

November 10, 2014

by Laurel Redmon, M.S., L.Ac. Dipl. Ac.,C.H Trees, Earth’s largest plants, embody the wood element. Humans and trees have co-evolved to a degree that our lives seem unfathomable without their wealth of resources. Symbolically, trees have represented longevity, wisdom, fertility, and a strength that can yield without breaking. These universal themes apply to the elemental […]

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