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9 Health Benefits of Thyme

9 Health Benefits of Thyme With thanks to Summer Fanous, May 2016. Thyme is a herb from the mint family that you probably recognize from your spice set. But it’s so much more than an after-thought ingredient. Its range of use is impressive, and it has over 400 subspecies. Ancient Egyptians used it in their embalming practices, while ancient Greeks used it as incense. Thanks to its distinctive taste, thyme has remained a culinary staple to this day. But thyme is also fast gaining a reputation for its medicinal qualities, such as its ability to help treat acne and high blood pressure. 9 Health Benefits of Thyme It’s about thyme If you’re tired of buying and trying over-the-counter acne medication with no good results, you may be in luck. Thyme is known for its antibacterial properties and it might have a future as an acne-fighting ingredient. When thyme is steeped in alcohol for days or weeks, it turns into a solution known as a tincture.  Researchers in the UK and USA have tested the effects of thyme tinctures on acne. In the one study done on thyme tincture, the findings were impressive. This natural herb preparation fought pimples better than (more…)


Bloating The surprising foods that cause it, and how to relieve it .  Chewing gum is a culprit too. Feeling “Weighty” All of us have days when we suddenly start feeling a bit ‘weighty’   round the stomach. The belly bloat can be very unseemly and off-putting. Here are a few foods that can assist you in cutting back on the excessive bloating and slim down your waistline. AND some a few surprising foods that actually cause bloating. Foods which cause Bloating. Even if you have a moderately healthy diet, there are certain foods that can make you more bloated. You should stay away from these right before an important occasion or event. Too much salt in food or eating added salt by way of pickles should be avoided. Adding table salt to dishes can increase your sodium intake without you even realizing it. Bloating Binge Drinking Binge drinking alcohol or mixing too many alcoholic drinks dehydrate your body, which in turn leads to water retention and causes you to wake up with a puffy, bloated face and belly. If you want to avoid bloating, then limit the number of drinks you consume, don’t drink on an empty stomach and follow (more…)

How Safe and Effective are Herbal Remedies

How Safe and Effective are Herbal Remedies is a question asked by many of our clients on buying our products. Used correctly, herbal remedies can be a safer, less expensive alternative to pharmaceuticals. Doctors have begun to recognize their treatment value. By Michael Castleman | October/November 2010 Herbal remedies can be a safer, less expensive alternative to pharmaceuticals, and you can grow many of them in your backyard. PHOTO: DIANE GUTHRIE, STYLING BY BITTERSWEET FLORAL & DESIGN. How Safe and Effective are Herbal Remedies Like drugs, medicinal herbs can cause harm. Anything that’s pharmacologically active can. Anyone who calls herbs hazardous is totally misinformed. Every year the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) compiles statistics on accidental deaths from drugs, herbs, vitamins, and other supplements. The AAPCC’s most recent report (2008) records 1,756 accidental poisoning deaths. How many were attributable to medicinal herbs? Zero. In every accidental death caused by a pharmacological agent, the culprit was a pharmaceutical. And it’s been that way for many years. Herbs are safer than drugs. University of Toronto researchers combed 30 years of medical literature (1966 to 1996) for reports of drug side effects in hospital patients. Extrapolating from the 39 most rigorous studies, (more…)

Homegrown herbal remedies

Homegrown herbal remedies Labels on store-bought herbs rarely reveal how plants are raised, let alone how long the ingredients are exposed to light and high temperatures while stored in their plastic containers. Grow your own to ensure the best quality and potency of your herbal remedies. “The primary benefit is being able to develop a relationship with that herb,” according to Jen Bredesen, an herbalist and teacher at the California School of Herbal Studies. Even novice gardeners can concoct simple home remedies such as teas and salves using Bredesen’s list of the top nine easy-to-grow medicinal herbs. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Calendula is also known as pot marigold. It’s a centuries-old antifungal, antiseptic, wound-healing ally. The petals of these cheerful yellow-and-orange daisy-like flowers lend skin-soothing properties to many natural cosmetics and diaper creams. Calendula is a freely reseeding annual that blooms all season long. It makes a lovely addition to gardens with full sun. Harvest the petals fresh. You can also dry entire blooms — which close in the evening — before they form seeds. Homegrown herbal remedies Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) Cilantro boasts a unique flavor that people either love or hate. The leaves often garnish Mexican and Thai dishes. The seeds, known as coriander, (more…)

Add this to your diet if you’re diabetic: The English walnut prevents neuropathy

Add this to your diet if you’re diabetic: The English walnut prevents neuropathy   earch has found that English walnut (Juglans regia L.) leaf can prevent and treat peripheral neuropathy, one of the most common chronic complications of diabetes that affect all peripheral nerves. In the study, which was published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the therapeutic effects of the English walnut leaf extract against diabetic neuropathy in mice were investigated. The study was conducted by a team of researchers from Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences and Lorestan University of Medical Sciencesin Iran who induced diabetic peripheral neuropathy by injecting streptozotocin in mice. To evaluate the effects of the English walnut leaf extract, the research team administered the English walnut leaf extract before or after the development of neuropathy to a subgroup of the streptozotocin-induced mice; who were also given isotonic saline every day. Based on the results, the streptozotocin caused the degeneration of the sciatic nerve, the largest and longest nerve, in mice. However, this degeneration was attenuated after the treatment of the English walnut leaf extract. Moreover, the expressions of caspase-3, cyclooxygenase-2 (COX), and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) also decreased after the treatment of the English walnut leaf extract. The (more…)