Benefits of Reishi Mushroom: Herbal Profile

Mushrooms are one food I have never tried to eat. My mom once tried to stealthily serve me spaghetti with pureed mushrooms in the sauce, but from the first bite, I knew something wasn’t right! Since learning about the health benefits of reishi mushrooms, though, I’ve discovered that mushrooms are far more desirable than I …

Horse Chestnuts: Natural Relief for Varicose Veins

No one wakes up one morning and says, “Hey, I think in another ten years, I’d like to have lots of bulging varicose veins!” It’s one of those things that creeps up on us, sometimes during pregnancy, sometimes not until later in life. Yet this doesn’t have to be an inevitable development because the beautiful …

Herbal Profile: Ginkgo

Have you ever seen a ginkgo tree? They have the loveliest fan-shaped leaves that seem to wave in the breeze. The leaves from this amazing tree have been used medicinally in China for over 3,500 years! In recent years, ginkgo has become popular as an aid to memory and concentration, and research confirms its use …

Spring Tonics for Health and Vitality

Spring is here! ….or at least, that’s what the calendar says. The temperature did hit 60° here yesterday, so I suppose that counts as a decent start to spring. And if it’s spring, that means it’s time for Granny’s Spring Tonics. What are Spring Tonics? Even in our modern world of 24-hour grocery stores and unlimited …

Heal the Bowel, Heal the Body

How do you feel today? Energetic and light? Or dull and heavy in the middle? Much of how we feel depends on what’s going on in our center – on our bowel health. Eighty to 85 percent of the body’s immunity exists in the digestive system. It is one of the first lines of defense against …

Cycling Herbal Dosages for Best Results

Unlike most pharmaceutical medications, herbal remedies usually work best when taken in cycles with breaks in between. Just like you shouldn’t eat the same food every single day for months at a time, you need breaks from tonic herbs as well. Cycling herbal dosages ensures that your herbal remedies can do their best work for …