Plants: Herbs and Spices

Podcast 434: CirstenW Health Talks – Part 7

With Cirsten Weldon. Answering your most asked health questions about heavy metal detox, immunity, digestive health, and more… Read More

Podcast 427: Tonic Herbal Formulas

With Rehmannia Dean Thomas. Discover adaptogenic herbs used for healing in Traditional Chinese Medicine… Read More

Maca Root is a Peruvian Treasure

Maca Root is a peruvian treasure, grown at high elevations in the Andes. It’s been appreciated for balancing hormones in both women and men, better endurance and interest in life… Read More

Herb Power: Parsley

Parsley has been used for a very long time. In ancient Rome and Egypt, it was used for its cleansing properties to treat urinary tract, bladder, and kidney issues. Read More

Power of Spice: Turmeric

Not only do spices add a flavor boost to your meals, pleasant aroma, and often also color, some of them have really significant health benefits. Read More

Power of Spice: Cinnamon

Cinnamon bark from trees grown in Sri Lanka, however, is considered the true cinnamon, and is labeled as Ceylon cinnamon. Read More

Chocolate and cacao

Chocolate consumption should be evaluated based on your current state of health, but also on what you are actually calling chocolate. Read More

Yarrow

Yarrow stimulates the digestion and tones the blood vessels. Read More

Wormwood

Wormwood is primarily used as a bitter and therefore has the effect of stimulating and invigorating the whole of the digestive process. Read More

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel has a deserved reputation in the treatment of bruises and inflamed swellings, also with varicose veins. Read More

Willow

Willow bark has been used to treat many types of inflammatory conditions, including headache, lower back pain, joint pain (arthritis). Read More

Wild Indigo

Wild Indigo taken both internally and as a mouthwash it will heal mouth ulcers, gingivitis and help in the control of pyorrhea. Read More

Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is high in oxygen like all green plants that contain chlorophyll. The brain and all body tissues function at an optimal level in a highly-oxygenated environment. Read More

Water Cress

Watercress contains significant amounts of vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus – all of which are deficient in most common foods, and are required for health. Read More

Usnea

Usnea has been used for its anti-bacterial properties. Read More

Turmeric

Turmeric, and curcumin are showing strong benefits for all autoimmune inflammatory conditions. Read More

Turkish Rhubarb

Turkish Rhubarb Root is used for its properties as antioxidant for Cellular Regeneration, Cleansing, Detoxifying, and Diuretic action. Read More

Tribulus, Puncture Vine

Tribulus, Puncture Vine helps with the organs and systems of the abdomen, especially the liver, kidneys, urinary tract and sexual systems. Read More

Thyme

Thyme has a history with with chest and respiratory problems including coughs, bronchitis, and chest congestion. Read More

Tansy

Tansy is an effective remedy for use in ridding the digestive tract of infestations of worms. Read More

Tamarind, Citrimax, Garcinia

Tamarind, Citrimax, Garcinia seems to work to reduce appetite by blocking the conversion of sugary foods and starches into fats. Read More

Stevia

Stevia leaf is used for diabetes, obesity, cavities, hypertension, fatigue, depression, sweet cravings, and infections. Read More

St. Johns Wort

St. Johns Wort is a valuable healing and anti-inflammatory remedy. Read More

Spices For Health

Spices offer interesting flavors and some potentially significant health benefits. Read More

Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm Bark is a soothing nutritive demulcent which is perfectly suited for sensitive or inflamed mucous membrane linings in the digestive system. Read More

Skullcap

Skullcap relaxes states of nervous tension whilst at the same time renewing and revivifying the central nervous system. Read More

Shephards Purse

Shephards Purse will prove effective in the treatment of diarrhea, wounds, nose bleeds, and other conditions. Read More

Schizandra

Schizandra is used to treat a variety of medical conditions and is widely known as a longevity herb and aphrodisiac. Read More

Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto is a herb that acts to tone and strengthen the male reproductive system. Read More

Samento for Lyme Disease

Samento for Lyme Disease, the fastest growing infectious disease in the world. Read More

Sage and Body Odor

Sage besides body odor is touted as a treatment for everything from mouth cancer to gray hair. Read More

Sage

Red Sage is the classic remedy for inflammations of the mouth, throat and tonsils, its volatile oils soothing the mucous membranes Read More

Saffron

Saffron is rich in crocetin as a cholesterol reducer and as a protector against human heart disease. Read More

Rhodiola, Golden Root

Rhodiola, Golden Root is used for treating depression and fatigue, enhancing memory and intellectual capacity, increasing work performance and endurance, and stimulating the nervous system. Read More

Persimmon Leaves

Persimmon Leaves are an allergy or itching preventive food. Read More

Nutmeg

Nutmeg is valued as an anti-inflammatory agent, reducing swelling of the joints. Read More

Nettle

Nettles are one of the most widely applicable plants we have. They strengthen and support the whole body. Read More

Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle can be used to increase the secretion and flow of bile from the liver and gallbladder. Read More

Marshmallow

Marshmallow is good for chronic inflammatory conditions affecting the gastrointestinal system or genitourinary tract. Read More

Malva Leaf

Malva Leaf soothes and softens irritated tissues, especially the mucus membranes. Read More

Lobelia

Lobelia has a general depressant action on the central and autonomic nervous system and on neuromuscular action. Read More

Licorice

Licorice triterpenes of Glycyrrhiza are metabolized in the body to molecules that have a similar structure to the adrenal cortex hormones. Read More

Iris

Iris root yields a warm and comforting fragrance healing to emotional hurts and dissolving of mental blocks. Read More

Horsetail, Equisetum

Horsetail is an excellent astringent for the genito-urinary system, reducing hemorrhage and healing wounds thanks to the high silica content. Read More

Hoodia

San Bushmen, have used Hoodia as an appetite suppressant for their long hunting expeditions. Read More

Guggul

Guggul is one of the most fascinating and complex herbals with dozens upon dozens of hyper-exotic phytonutrients. Read More

Goldenseal

Berberine, one of the alkaloids found in Goldenseal, was found to decrease the activity of an enzyme involved in tumor growth Read More

Epimedium

The phytonutrients in Goat Weed directly benefit the sexual systems in humans as well, and they help with an overall enhanced sense of youth, ambition, confidence and well-being. Read More

Devils Claw

Devils Claw grows in Africa in very arid conditions. The roots are collected at the end of the rainy season. Read More

Dandelion

Dandelion root may be used in inflammation and congestion of liver and gallbladder. Read More

Damiana

Damiana has a long history of use in traditional herbal medicine throughout the world. It is thought to act as an aphrodisiac, antidepressant, tonic, diuretic, cough-suppressant, and mild laxative. Read More

Cloves

Researchers have discovered that like many spices, clove contains antioxidants. Read More

Cascara Sagrada

Cascara Sagrada is used to help eliminate, to repair issues in the colon and in the liver. Read More

Capsicum – Cayenne

Capsicum – Cayenne is rich in carotenoids, important red pigments that are important anti-oxidants. Read More

Blessed Thistle

Blessed Thistle has been known to aid the body with many ailments. Read More

Antioxidant Activity in Chocolate

Flavonoids found in chocolate include the flavanols, notably the main flavonoid epicatechin, and catechin, and polymers of these, the proanthocyanidins. Read More

Amla

Amla reduces unwanted fat because it increases total protein levels; this is due to its ability to create a positive nitrogen balance and it also significantly reduces the levels of free fatty acids. Read More

Maca History and Facts

Maca root has been used by native Indians in Peru as a vital ingredient to health for thousands of years. Read More

Maca

Maca for men or women who are “languishing,” it may only take a small amount of 4:1 Maca extract to make a meaningful difference. Read More

Kale

Kale is also well known for it’s presence of carotenoids, especially lutein and zeaxanthin. These two substances act as a filter and help to protect the eye from overexposure to ultraviolet light. Read More

Collards

Collards are an excellent source of manganese functions as an enzyme activator. One of the enzymes that manganese activates is the one that helps the body to utilize Vitamin C. Read More

Carrots

Carrots are rich in carotene, fiber and beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant. They contain calcium pectate, a pectin fiber that has been found to have cholesterol-lowering properties. Read More

Broccoli Sprouts or Extract

Broccoli extract indole-3-carbinol does not act on estrogen at all, but rather works through a different mechanism to halt the cell cycle. Read More

Sesame

All over Western Asia, tahini, a paste made from ground dried sesame seeds, is popular and used to thicken and flavor sauces and gravies. Hummus, a bread spread popular in Israel and in the Lebanon, is made from cooked chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, a hint of lemon juice and fresh parsley. Read More

Asparagus

Rutin, a phytochemical in each spear, helps to strengthen capillary walls. Asparagus also contains high contents of Glutathione (GSH), a very potent antioxidant and anticarcinogen. Read More

Almonds

Almonds are much used in Middle Eastern cuisine; in Northern Indian cooking style, which was heavily influenced by Persia, they are widely used, besides poppy seeds, as a sauce thickener (in whole India, wheat flour is never taken for this purpose). Read More

Alfalfa

Like other members of the legume family, alfalfa is a fairly good source protein (up to 50%), B-complex vitamins and several minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, and potassium). Read More

Noni – Morinda

Noni is most profound in its relief of arthritis and support of the immune system. Read More

Tomatoes

Tomatoes give antioxidant function of lycopene has been linked in research to prevent heart disease. Diets rich in potassium have also been shown to lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. Read More

Wild Yam

In herbal medicine Wild Yam is a remedy that can be used to relieve intestinal colic, to soothe diverticulitis, ease dysmenorrhoea and ovarian and uterine pains. Read More

Spinach

Spinach is one of the vegetables with the highest amount of chlorophyll, a substance that stimulates hemoglobin and red cell production. Read More

Wheatgrass Book by Ann Wigmore

Wheatgrass contains a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals, including the thirteen essential ones, packaged with dozens of trace elements and enzymes. Read More

Onions

Onions may prevent gastric ulcers by scavenging free radicals and by preventing growth of the ulcer-forming microorganisms called Helicobacter pylori. Read More

Green Leaf Juice

Green Leaf Juice is one of the richest sources of vitamin A, B complex, C, E and K. It has seventeen forms of amino acids and enzymes therefore rebuilding the blood, cleansing the liver and improving blood sugar. Read More

Greens

Greens are one of the richest sources of vitamin A, B complex, C, E and K. It has seventeen forms of amino acids and enzymes therefore rebuilding the blood, cleansing the liver and improving blood sugar. Read More

Garlic

Garlic has been shown to reduce blood clotting and to reduce blood pressure, therefore making it an important part of the treatment for cardiovascular disease. Read More

Celery

The polyacetylene in celery is thought to reduce the production of prostaglandins (chemicals that produce inflammation) and thereby help reduce the pain in arthritic joints. This polyacetylene also destroys benzopyrene, a cancer causing substance. Read More

Cauliflower

Cauliflower is an excellent source of Vitamin C, a well known and extremely effective antioxidant. It is also an excellent source of folate, vital for the maturation of red blood cells. Read More

Cabbage

The high content of glutamine, an amino acid that is the preferred fuel for cells that line the stomach and small intestine, is likely the reason for cabbage juice’s efficacy in healing ulcers. Read More

Beets

Beets (and beet juices) are a blood-building herb that detoxifies blood and renews it with minerals and natural sugars. Read More

Broccoli

Broccoli belongs to the cruciferous vegetable family. Eating cruciferous vegetables (also cauliflower and cabbages) can help protect against cancer, your risk of heart disease, cataracts and stroke, due to their richness of flavonoids (antioxidants) and indoles. Read More

Yellow Dock

Yellow Dock is used extensively in the treatment of chronic skin complaints. Read More

Turmeric and Mental Health

Turmeric (curcumin) has long been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory, to treat digestive disorders and liver problems and for the treatment of skin diseases and wound healing. Read More

Sarsaparilla

Sarsaparilla is useful in scaling skin conditions such as psoriasis, especially where there is much irritation. Read More

Rosemary

Rosemary will relax smooth muscles of trachea and intestine, and have liver protective and anti-tumor activity. Read More

Red Clover

Red clover is also useful for soothing frantic nerves, systemic cleansing, coughs and for the lungs. Read More

Parsley

A sprig of parsley can provide much more than a decoration on your plate. Read More

Olive Leaf

Olive Leaf extract supplement to support immune system function. Read More

Nettle – Urtica

Nettle – Urtica Read More

Ginseng

Eleuthero ginseng is an adaptogen – it helps body adjust to stressful changes, especially cold climate situations and sudden increases in physical activity. Read More

Gingko Biloba

Ginkgo biloba is commonly used in the treatment of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, peripheral claudication, and tinnitus of vascular origin. Read More

Ginger

Ginger has been used in Asia for thousands of years for relief from arthritis, rheumatism, sprains, muscular aches and pains, catarrh, congestion, coughs, sinusitis, sore throats, diarrhea, colic, cramps, indigestion, loss of appetite, motion sickness, fever, flu, chills, and infectious disease. Read More

Fenugreek

Fenugreek is a strong stimulator of milk production in mothers, for which it is perfectly safe, and has a reputation of stimulating development of the breasts. Read More

Echinacea

Echinacea has the ability to raise the body’s resistance to bacterial and viral infections by stimulating the immune system. Read More

Coriander, Cilantro

Its leaves are known as Cilantro; the seeds are called Coriander. They pack the same medicinal benefits: both ease indigestion and prevent wound infection. Read More

Centella Gotu Kola

Centella Gotu Kola is great in helping and treating many problems and conditions, especially energy issues. Read More

Cayenne, Capsicum, Paprika

Cayenne moves blood to the sick and dying organs and with it nutrients and healing bio-chemicals. At the same time it gets the waste materials carried away. Read More

Cardamom

Cardamom is one of the world’s very ancient spices. It is native to the East originating in the forests of the western ghats in southern India, where it grows wild. Read More