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 […]
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.
Steam is the best way to deliver the healing power of herbs to congested sinuses. Oregano and rosemary have antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties. Plus, they’re bronchodilators, so they help you breathe.
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 […]
L-arginine is an amino acid that’s converted in the body to nitric oxide, which causes blood vessels to dilate for healthy blood flow. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 108 women ages 22 to 73 who reported lack of sexual desire were given placebo or a combination of L-arginine, herbs (Ginkgo biloba, Korean ginseng, damiana), vitamins […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This centuries-old Chinese formula stars a number of immune-boosting herbs and can help ease cold symptoms such as sneezing and congestion. How to use: Use at the first sign of illness; follow package directions or consult with a TCM practitioner.
Believed to boost overall health, tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) — also known as holy basil — contains antiviral and antibacterial compounds. It may help prevent illness when used over time. How to use: Tulsi makes a delicious tea; look for it in packaged form or brew your own with loose tulsi. Aim for two to three […]