The UN once declared Spirulina the “best food of the future”. Is it just sensationalism? After all, it’s only a microscopic, blue-green algae. Used by the Aztecs and Mesoamericans since the 16th century, few know that its history goes even further back to 9th century Chad. Presently, it is cultivated and eaten in over 70 countries as a dried powder or pill.
So many of the natural health practitioners readily expound upon the benefits of lemon and honey. Often a home remedy given by mothers and grandmothers, they pack a one-two health punch when used in conjunction, whether in water or tea. As an herbal consultant, they are my go-to remedy in colds and flus, but they have so many more benefits in store for us.
Yellow verbena or lemon verbena, native to South America, has quite a few health benefits packed into this pungent herb. The plant looks very similar to your average mint plant — perhaps like the common lemon mint — and a tea can be made out of its leaves just like any other mint plant.
The Holy Basil plant, also known as Tulsi, is a bountiful herb, entrenched in the culture of India as an Ayurvedic healing wonder and a Hindu object of prayer. It lives with tradition in India and has been a physical and spiritual cure-all. Tulsi is a nutrient rich herb that also conducts improved absorption of nutrients into the body from other foods and herbs as well.
The good thing about tea – especially a hearty green tea – is that it provides a healthy and stable base for different potions that help to ease different ills. The best tea to use as a base for tonics is definitely a mid grade green, like a Maofeng. I will write here about some healthy green blends that are popular in China.
Swine flu is a respiratory ailment that affects pigs seasonally, and although cases of transmission to humans have occurred in the past, it usually didn’t spread past just a few people. However, now the infection has begun to affect larger numbers of apparently healthy people.
Whenever we’re in the middle of flu season, which lasts from about November to March, this time of year certainly reminds us that the flu can be terrible. The aches, pains, and sheer mucus production sap your strength, turn you into a social pariah, and make you feel miserable for weeks
Echinacea became widely used as a form of medicine in the United States during the 18th and 19th century, but has since declined, most likely due to the development of modern antibiotics. Despite the decline, Germany has taken interest in Echinacea and has become one of the leaders in researching the medical benefits of the plant.