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Marjoram Essential Oil and its uses

Marjoram was originally found in the eastern Mediterranean, but is now grown in North Africa as well as central and southern Europe. A well known culinary herb, it has also been used medicinally for centuries and is valued for its warming, relaxing and restorative properties. The essential oil is steam …

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Homeopathic Remedies for Chicken Pox

Most parents will recognize the itchy red bumps that herald the onset of chicken pox. The varicella-zoster virus causes this illness, which begins with a fever and itchy rash and lasts one or two weeks. During the illness, itchy blisters replace the red rash. The blisters break open and form …

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Uses of Pokeweed in Herbal Medicine

Native to the American continent, pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) was valued by native American healers as a blood purifier, fever reducer, and pain killer. Today, herbalists respectfully administer this potentially poisonous herb with the same care as their predecessors. A perennial member of the Phytolaccaceae family, pokeweed grows in moist soils …

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Plum Flower

In Chinese herbal medicine, the plum flower is a remedy for stomach ulcers. The plum flower is also called plum blossom, Japanese apricot, or Chinese plum. This tree is native to China. It has been introduced to Korea, Vietnam, and Japan. The tree is grown for it’s fruit and flowers. …

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Uses of Tiger Lily in Alternative Medicine

The tiger lily is a characterized by its large orange flowers with black dots on the petals (this is probably why they are called tiger lilies). Tiger lilies are perennials and grow up to three inches in width. They are also known as Ditch lilies because they are found in …

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Treating Gallstones with Olive Oil

More than half a million people in the US and over fifty thousand in Canada have gallbladder removal surgery every year. Those are some staggering numbers. Gallstones are formed from cholesterol and can be very painful when they form in the gallbladder or get into the bile ducts. The most …

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The use of Basil as a Medicinal Herb

Basil is a native herb to India but is now grown in temperature regions all over the world. Basil not only enhances the flavors of certain foods but it also has medicinal properties as well. Basil is good for heart function and in past centuries was used to treat cases …

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Herbal Remedies for Anxiety

Anxiety is a psychological and physiological response to stress and in typically stressful situations is a normal response. However, some people suffer from excessive feelings of anxiety in the normal routines of their lives. Anxiety creates feelings of worry, fear, uneasiness, dread and even panic. According to the National Institute …

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Choosingthe Correct Potency for a Homeopathic Remedy

Homeopathic medicine was introduced by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in 1810. Homeopathic remedies are prepared from natural substances, such as plants or minerals, in a series of dilutions and succussions (shaking). A remedy is prescribed to treat the symptom it would cause at full strength; the body’s healing abilities are stimulated …

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How does Resveratrol Assist Health

Resveratrol is the protective bioactive nutrient found most commonly in the skin of red grapes, peanuts and cacao. Resveratrol provides a protective barrier against disease and fungus in plants which is also beneficial to human health. A wealth of information exists to support the function of resveratrol for brain rejuvenation, …

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