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
Bergamot (citrus bergamia) is best known for lending its strong flavor to Earl Grey tea. But, within its herbal family is another species of bergamot called Monarda (also known as bee balm, oswego, and horse mint) which has strong antiseptic properties within the stalks, leaves, and flowers.
Pennyroyal Oil is an essential oil that has many benefits. Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) is a member of the mint family and thereby related to spearmint, peppermint, and thyme. It was reportedly useful against gout, headache, and stomach trouble, as well as repellent to snakes and insects when worn as a garland or in a satchel around the neck.
Licorice was estimated to first be used by the Egyptians in 3rd Century B.C., but it has long been a significant herb in ancient healing, with evidence found on nearly every continent that the plant was cultivated for medicinal purposes.
Hawthorne (Crataegus) trees are named for their thorny hedged brush and produce a tart, red berry that has been used in folk medicine as a heart tonic since the Middle Ages. The tree, which can grow up to five feet in height, is native to the Mediterranean, but is common in Northern America, Western Asia, and Europe.
Love-making in and of itself can be a stressor. Many factors – such as fatigue, menopause, certain medications or medical conditions – can cause disturbances in sexual desire. But if you’re not ready to hop on the Viagra bandwagon, there are alternative choices that may improve your feelings of desire.
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.
Goji berries, native to the regions of China, Mongolia, and the Himalayas in Tibet, have been used for over 6,000 years for various health reasons such as: protecting the liver, improving eyesight, improving sexual function, boosting immune system, and are notoriously known for promoting longevity. And who doesn’t want to live longer, right?
Arnica has been used for more than five centuries for medicinal purposes and has become even more popular in present times. It is used in a cream or ointment form to soothe pain associated with muscle aches, reduce inflammation and to heal wounds, by applying to the skin.
Stevia is a popular and widely used herb throughout South America, Central America, and China. Studies of its use have shown that the herb has antifungal properties, can help to lower blood pressure and blood sugar, and can be used as a calorie-free sweetener for diabetics and healthy individuals alike.