Category Archives : herbs

Healthy Tip

Let your tea steep Studies of tea chemistry have found that steeping tea for at least 3 minutes increases the release of polyphenols, chemicals in tea that have antioxidant and other beneficial properties, and which may account for many of tea’s health benefits.

Astragalus: An Herb for All Ills?

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus, in the legume family) has been used in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years, usually combined with other herbs, to stimulate the immune system and treat respiratory infections, fatigue, loss of appetite, and many other ailments. Typically, what’s used is the plant’s root, which is available in capsules, liquid extracts, powders, and […]

Parsley to the Rescue

Planted in your garden, parsley attracts predatory insects that will eat many pests that would otherwise target the rest of your plants. Herbs and herbal remedies have been used for centuries by many cultures in different ways for different ailments and diseases.  Learn more about using and preparing herbs for healthy living.

PMS Bloating: Sage

If you tend to gain a pants size during your monthly cycle, banish the bloat with homemade sage tea. Common kitchen sage has drying properties that make it a terrific mild diuretic with no known side effects. As a bonus, sage tea is also an effective remedy for PMS-related moodiness. Try It: Boil 1/3 teaspoon […]

Maca to Get You in the Mood

Maca is a Peruvian plant (Lepidium meyenii) found in high-altitude areas of the Andes mountains and is rich in minerals, fatty acids and beneficial phytochemicals. It was used traditionally by South Americans to enhance fertility and improve sexual performance in both men and women. To test the effect of Maca on sexual desire, a 12-week […]

Natural Winter Remedies: Licorice

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) has immune-boosting and throat-soothing properties that make it an excellent addition to cough and cold formulas. How to use: For coughs, make a tea that combines mullein leaf with a pinch of licorice. Safety note: People who have high blood pressure should avoid this herb or use the deglycyrrhizinated form (look for […]

Natural Winter Remedies: Sage

Common culinary sage (Salvia officinalis) can help to ease sore throats and dry up sinuses. How to use: For a sore throat, make a strong tea by pouring 4 ounces of water over 2 teaspoons of dried or fresh sage. Cool to room temperature. Gargle until the mixture is gone. Repeat three times daily. For […]