Alternative Health

The Healing Benefits of 5 Popular Herbs and Spices


By Derek Henry, Holistic Health Coach for Healing the Body These aromatic and delicious additions to beverages, baking, and other treats are irresistible when we...

  • A little girl in a field of mustard. The mustard flower is used to alleviate sadness that comes without cause. Shutterstock/Photohota

    Flowers for the Winter Blues

    Winter can be a gloomy time. Stressful holidays. Cabin fever. Seasonal depression. For cold dark days, when you’re still reeling from the drama of extended... Read more

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    Tired of Being Tired?

    Have you been feeling more tired than usual lately? Do you find yourself having a slump at 3 p.m. and reaching for coffee or a... Read more

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    Honey Plus Coffee Beats Steroid For Treating Cough

    A remarkable new study looking at natural alternatives to medications found that compared to a systemic steroid, a combination of honey and coffee was superior... Read more

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    The Healing Warmth of Moxibustion

    For ancient doctors, the guiding principle was balance. Naturally, a patient who is cold and weak needs warmth and strength. In traditional Chinese medicine, the... Read more

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    Eating Sesame Seeds Superior to Tylenol for Knee Arthritis

    A remarkable new study published in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases confirms that food is not only medicine, but sometimes superior to it.  Medical... Read more

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    Making New Year Resolutions That Work

    The season’s celebrations are a flurry of fun and festivity, but all of the partying, including the associated food choices and sweets, distract us from... Read more

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    The Holiday Spice That Boosts Mood, Fights Depression

    Who doesn’t love the taste of ground nutmeg over a holiday hot chocolate or latte? It’s not only the classic eggnog spice, it’s perfect in... Read more

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    What Are the Health Benefits of Oregano?

    Oregano is a wonderful herb, both to use in your cooking and to use therapeutically as needed. Its name means “mountain joy,” and oregano was... Read more

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    Meet Chaga, Arctic Birch Fungus

    Until recently, chaga was virtually unknown to anyone outside a cold climate. Today, it is promoted across the Internet as a miraculous cure all. From... Read more

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    Pine Bark Extract Improves Blood Vessel Health, Heals Psoriasis and Hemorrhoids

    By Jonathan Benson, contributing writer to Natural News One of the most powerful natural substances for increasing blood flow, clearing arterial plaque, and improving blood... Read more

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    The Secret Life of Christmas Plants

    Holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia are best known as Christmas decor, but they have an even longer history as healing herbs. Holly There are hundreds of... Read more

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    Black Seed – ‘The Remedy for Everything but Death’

    The seeds of the annual flowering plant, Nigella Sativa, have been prized for their healing properties since time immemorial.  While frequently referred to among English-speaking... Read more

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    Surviving the Holidays Without a Loved One

    Two years ago, I suffered the devastating loss of my mother. She had courageously battled multiple myeloma for seven years and tragically passed at the... Read more

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    All About Nuts

    For many cultures around the world, nuts have been a treasured food source. But at the height of the low-fat craze, nutritionists viewed these age... Read more

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    Unwrapping Christmas Myrrh’s Cholesterol Lowering Properties

    In the holiday season, there’s a lot of talk about the three wise men and the gifts they brought to the baby Jesus. In the... Read more

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    Rosemary Protects Against Macular Degeneration

    For modern cooks, rosemary is best known as the perfect herb to pair with a good roast chicken or lamb. But as with other herbs,... Read more

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