Sometimes your scalp can develop pimples if your skin gets too dry. Dry up pimples on your scalp with help from a natural remedy adviser in this free video clip.
Treating a blackhead requires you to keep your skin exceptionally clean. Treat a blackhead with help from a natural remedy adviser in this free video clip.
When removing facial lines with home remedies, you're always going to want to keep a few important things in mind. Learn about home remedies for removing facial lines with help from a natural remedy adviser in this free video clip.
Making your own lavender pillow spray is a great way to take advantage of the material's soothing and calming effects. Make a do-it-yourself lavender pillow spray with help from a natural remedy adviser in this free video clip.
Natural face creams can be made right at home anytime you'd like, so long as you have access to the right tools. Get recipes for natural face creams with help from a natural remedy adviser in this free video clip.
Firming up a wrinkled neck is something you can do with a properly applied herbal face lift. Firm up a wrinkled neck with help from a natural remedy adviser in this free video clip.
At-home body wraps are easy enough to make, so long as you have access to the right recipe. Learn about a great at-home body wrap recipe with help from a natural remedy adviser in this free video clip.
How you'll go about repairing dry hair depends entirely on who you're trying to repair it for. Repair dry hair for young girls with help from a natural remedy adviser in this free video clip.
Foot care and pedicures are two things that require you to follow very specific techniques for the best results. Learn about foot care and pedicures with help from a natural remedy adviser in this free video clip.
Getting rid of sun spots on your skin is one of many things you can cure with the right natural remedy. Get rid of sun spots on your skin with help from a natural remedy adviser in this free video clip.
You can treat hair loss with a variety of different homemade remedies that you can start using today. Learn about homemade remedies for the treatment of hair loss with help from a natural remedy adviser in this free video clip.
Aromatherapy is the use of plant-based aromatic essential oils to promote physical and mental well being. Learn about ginger and aromatherapy with help from a natural remedy adviser in this free video clip.
There are a wide variety of shapes and sizes for herb planters for railings that you can choose from. Get herb planters for railings with help from a board-certified naturopathic doctor and a licensed acupuncture physician in this free video clip.
You can use a regular food dehydrator to dry herbs in your own home by following a few basic steps. Dry herbs with a food dehydrator with help from a board-certified naturopathic doctor and a licensed acupuncture physician in this free video clip.
The colonial herb lemon balm has many different medicinal properties and is great for calming. Harvest the colonial herb lemon balm with help from a board-certified naturopathic doctor and a licensed acupuncture physician in this free video clip.
Washing your hair with boiled herbs has a number of clear benefits that can't be denied. Find out more about the benefits of washing your hair with boiled herbs with help from a board-certified naturopathic doctor and a licensed acupuncture physician in this free video clip.
There are few better things for dipping than bottled herb olive oil. Make bottled herb olive oil for dipping with help from a board-certified naturopathic doctor and a licensed acupuncture physician in this free video clip.
Mashing herbs is going to require you to have access to a few very important kitchen utensils. Find out about kitchen utensils you'll need to mash herbs with help from a board-certified naturopathic doctor and a licensed acupuncture physician in this free video clip.
Babies and young children have soft, sensitive skin, and some skin care products can irritate their delicate skin. You can make toiletry items for your baby in your kitchen with inexpensive, natural and easy-to-use ingredients. Contact your local health store for some of the ingredients you need if you lack sufficient knowledge about harvesting wild herbs. Alternatively, you can grow many of the herbs yourself.
Dill oil is generally made by combining crushed dill seeds with oil and allowing it to infuse for several weeks. It's available at some health food stores, but making it yourself is easy and economical. The oil that results from soaking dill seeds is yellow in color and has a sweet scent. Dill oil has several uses, both medicinal and culinary. As with any herbal remedy, talk with your doctor before using dill oil to treat a health condition since interactions with medications is possible.
The origination of transfer factor and tri-factor research can be traced to the work of Dr. H. Sherwood Lawrence in 1949. Dr. Lawrence discovered that immune system responses of one individual could be transferred to another. This research has been used by doctors, pharmaceutical and nutritional supplement companies to assist in client treatment and improve product efficiency.
Many people with arthritis have purchased copper bracelets and magnetic copper bracelets believing that their pain and stiffness will be relieved by the jewelry. Stores that carry alternative health supplies and new age materials often carry the bracelets. You also can find them in big box stores. Many bracelet owners swear the copper relieves the pain and joint swelling.
Oil of oregano has achieved popularity in the natural healing community because it has proven antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial and antiparasitic properties according the "PDR for Herbal Medicines.” While you can ingest oil of oregano, you want to use it topically for skin abrasions and infections, foot and nail fungus or for other skin conditions. The essential oil is too strong to use alone, so you must dilute the oil before smoothing it on your skin.
Canadian wild ginger -- Asarum canadense -- grows in eastern Canada, the northeastern United States and the Midwest. A perennial, it has velvety, heart-shaped leaves, has a gingery smell, and is also known as Canadian snakeroot. It has long been used in herbal medicine, but one of its ingredients has recently been the subject of health warnings and consumer safety alerts by the FDA and Health Canada.
Since activated charcoal is widely known to detoxify and cleanse the skin, it was inevitable that it would find its way into liquid soap. Many liquid hand soaps contain allergenic and toxic chemicals, however. The clear solution is to make homemade liquid soap with activated charcoal.
Mint is a sweet herb that comes in thousands of varieties and is easily grown in nearly any climatic condition. The potent menthol scent and flavor makes it a popular herb for both cooking and medicinal purposes. Mint has a life outside of the kitchen and the apothecary as well. In popular culture, the phrase "rubbing mint" has come to mean "wasting time." A group of clever Romanians took the idea of this phrase and ran with it, creating a whole organization, the Romanian Mint Rubbing Association, dedicated to the concept. However, the elaborate farce doesn't discredit the validity of…
Red Lion powder and White Powder Gold are two powdered supplements containing plant extracts or mineral designed to improve the function of the body. Neither of the products contain illegal ingredients, however, it is important to check with a qualified health professional before taking any supplement as the use of these products can interfere with medical devices or current medications and can cause health risks, such as high blood pressure. Never start the use of a supplement without the consent of a medical professional.
Extracting from jade isn't as simple as locating a single source and reaping the benefits. Since "jade" refers to a specific plant, stone and even a kind of snail, the uses for jade go beyond a simple explanation. While perhaps jade's better known for use in alternative medicine and improving physical health, not all of jade's uses throughout history have been so helpful.
Painful and unpleasant, burns can occur at any time. While severe, deep burns require urgent medical attention, minor injuries can be easily treated at home. After cooling the affected area, it is important to prevent infection and aid the healing process. Many medications are readily available from the pharmacy; but, for those who prefer drug-free treatments -- or simply do not have easy access to them -- an herbal remedy offers a useful alternative.
Arnica is a lovely daisy-like flower that grows wild in Europe and in the Rocky Mountains. Since the 1500s, gels and creams made from arnica have been used for muscle pain, aches, and arthritis, and they are still in use today in homeopathic and herbal preparations. An arnica gel begins with an arnica extract, which is mixed with a gel made from Irish moss, a seaweed. Both arnica and Irish moss are available from herb sellers. Arnica should only be used topically -- on the skin -- as ingesting it can cause problems.
Peppermint has many beneficial uses, ranging from treating medical disorders to killing bacteria, according to studies conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Center. Peppermint is a natural alternative to chemical-laden household anti-bacterial cleaning products, toiletries, lotions and disinfectant air fresheners. Peppermint is also a wise economic choice; it is easy to grow and quick to harvest.
Lemongrass, a naturally occurring herb that can be cultivated, is known for its lemony scent and an oil called citral. The oil comes from the process of steam distillation, which occurs when heated water produces boiling points that extract it from the plant's leaves. Once extracted, citral is called lemongrass oil and used in perfumes, soaps, cosmetics, citronella and medicinal remedies. Fresh lemongrass can be purchased from herb and natural food suppliers and you can perform steam distillation at home.
A buildup of Candida yeast may lead to a yeast infection or a parasitical infection, also known as an intestinal parasite infection. Doctors treat the condition with prescription antibiotics, but if you have multiple infections, then the cost of doctor treatments becomes high. The parasites and infections can live in your body, even though you exhibit no symptoms of the infection. Taking cream of tartar every day may help kill the bacteria and reduce your overall symptoms of the parasitical infection.
Chamomile oil, with its relaxing, sedative effect, is one of the most popular essential oils used in aromatherapy. The oil is also known for treating problems of the skin including eczema and boils. Instead of purchasing chamomile oil, create it at home by infusing chamomile flowers in any oil of your choice.
Although thyme is best known as a culinary herb, the oil distilled from the leaves and flowering tops of the native Mediterranean plant performs many aromatic and medicinal functions. Sixty varieties of thyme are cultivated in southern Europe, according to a report by the George Mateljan Foundation. The foundation lists it among the world's healthiest foods because of its vitamin K, iron, manganese, calcium, antioxidant and flavonoid content.
Synthetic camphor is used in the production of cellulose nitrate, polyvinyl chloride and plastics. Its uses lie beyond the industrial, however; the substance plays a role in medicine and antiseptics. Different forms of synthetic camphor are also part of chemical stabilizers. Synthetic camphor is used most commonly in the making of moth balls and anti-mildew products.
The fresh or dried leaves of the oregano plant can produce an extract that has antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antioxidant, antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic properties, according to the "PDR for Herbal Medicines." A common plant in Asia, America, Europe and northern Africa, oregano is considered by herbalists to be helpful when dealing with many different kinds of internal and topical concerns.
Smudging is a common practice is many religions around the world, including both Celtic and North American traditions. Believers say it cleanses the body or a specific area of negative energy, promoting mental and emotional health and well-being. Smudge sticks made of cedar, sage and mugwort are available at health stores and can be used at home.
Diamond V. Mills is a company from Cedar Rapids, Iowa that specializes in yeast supplements and new animal feed technology. In 2004, when Diamond Mills' products were solely for animals, the company began noticing interesting patterns among its employees and their sick days. Specifically, employees who worked near the yeast cultures took almost no time off due to illness. This led to research into the effects of yeast cultures on human health and eventually spawned the supplement EpiCor and the subsidiary company, Embria Health Services, based in nearby Ankeny. EpiCor is marketed as a dietary health supplement that helps support…
Horse chestnut isn't a nut at all. Rather, it's a plant whose seeds, bark and leaves have been used to create medicine for hundreds of years. Horse chestnut extracts can be made from different parts of the plant, and are used to treat different ailments. Horse chestnut seed is used to treat diarrhea, fever and enlarged prostate. The bark of the plant is used to treat malaria and dysentery. Horse chestnut leaf is used to treat eczema, menstrual pain and swelling.
Native American Indians believed that certain herbs could help purify and cleanse a space. This was especially important before ritualistic healings or if negative energy could be felt within a space. Today, practicing Pagans, Native Americans, and others still use sage to smudge and purify areas. In combination with visualization, sage can clear and purify your home or other areas that may contain negative energy.
Lemongrass works well as an insect repellent and it's safe because it doesn't contain toxic and harmful chemicals such as DEET, which is found in commercial insect repellents. Lemongrass is included on the Environmental Protection Agency's generally regarded as safe list. As more negatives crop up about the use of chemical compound insect repellents, people are choosing natural ingredients, such as lemongrass.
Burdock root is used by traditional medicine to treat fever, fluid retention, infection, cancer and kidney stones. Though generally considered safe, it hasn't been adequately evaluated for effectiveness and safety. Steeping burdock root to make tea is a simple way to introduce this herb into your diet for its pleasant taste and digestive benefits. Dried and powdered burdock root are easiest to find and either works well for steeping. Burdock closely resembles belladonna, also known as deadly nightshade, which is toxic. It is advisable to purchase burdock from a reputable dealer and not attempt to gather it wild.
An antioxidant powerhouse, the pomegranate has long been prized for its juicy seeds and tart, nutritious pulp. Yet its often-overlooked rind, leaves and roots have curative properties that can treat a variety of ailments. Pulverized pomegranate leaves made into a paste can cure conjunctivitis and other conditions. Roots provide antispasmodic benefits. Rinds have been used to treat a wide range of ailments, including some bacterial infections, dysentery and intestinal parasites, including tapeworms.
Hydrogen peroxide, or H202, is a colorless and odorless compound that is found naturally within the atmosphere -- in rainwater -- and throughout the human body. The presence of two oxygen molecules means that it can be used to treat a variety of ailments and its ability to kill bacteria has been well-documented. Over the last 100 years, it has been used in the treatment of typhoid fever, cholera, ulcers, tuberculosis and asthma. It can be used topically or internally, although its internal use is still a controversial topic -- given that it can be fatal, at concentrated doses.
Androgens are "male" sex hormones such as testosterone and dihydrotestosterone or DHT. They can benefit the human body, both male and female, by increasing energy, enhancing libido and lowering the risk for osteoporosis. However, too many androgens can have undesirable virilizing effects on a woman’s body, such as deepening the voice, promoting excess body hair and even causing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS, which can make a woman infertile. These hormones are also primarily responsible for acne, which is considered undesirable in both sexes. Oral contraceptives and diuretic medications that block androgen production are often used to lower androgen levels;…
Famous throughout China and Korea, ginseng is an ancient herb known for its ability to improve circulation, natural rejuvenation and virility. Although natural health practitioners often prescribe it to treat common ailments, such as colds and coughs, as well as more advanced issues, such as diabetes and rheumatism, you can harvest your own ginseng. You just need to know how to select the best ginseng in the crop, how to cut it and how to rate it.
When you are outdoors and bugs are driving you crazy, you might be tempted to reach for a commercial, chemical-laden bug repellent. Instead, consider avoiding DEET and other dangerous substances by using natural tea tree oil as a bug repellent. Tea tree oil is commonly found in health food stores, pharmacies and even some grocery stores and is all natural and safe to use topically on adults and children alike.
Guggul, according to the East West School of Planetary Herbology, is derived from resin-filled trees related to the myrrh tree. When fried with ghee, dried, and powdered, guggul becomes a valuable herbal supplement that stimulates the metabolism, tones organs and reduces inflammation from arthritis. Shigru leaves, according to Ayrvedic Herbal Cure, also reduce inflammation and pain. Guggul is often paired with herbs to enhance certain of its benefits. A capsule of shigru guggul could aid someone with chronically inflamed joints.
Pascalite clay is an unusual type of clay that has been found to have many medicinal and personal care applications. This particular substance, a calcium bentonite, can be found only in mines in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. It is believed to have been formed from centuries-old vegetation and animal remains. Users apply the clay externally or ingest it to cure, prevent or alleviate many cosmetic and health conditions in both animals and humans.
Cell Press, also known as the fill pill, is an appetite suppressant available through online retailers. The pill's primary ingredient is chromium picolinate. Chromium is a mineral found naturally in foods such as fish, meat and poultry. It is combined with picolinic acid to aid in absorption. The makers of Cell Press claim that chromium picolinate regulates appetites and helps cut down on cravings. Some scientific research suggests that chromium picolinate supplements can help with the symptoms of type 2 diabetes, although the research is preliminary. The research on chromium picolinate and weight loss is currently inconclusive.
Glycosmis pentaphylla, or "orangeberry" as it is commonly known, is an obscure berry that is akin to citrus and grows in the tropics of Asia and Australia. As with many fruits and vegetables, this obscure plant boasts some medicinal uses that can be extremely beneficial to you and your health. Before taking any herbal berry supplement, however, it's important to understand its known effects and the claims about its benefits.
Kelp is a type of seaweed that grows in water up to 100 feet deep. Kelp grows quickly, up to an inch every hour. Because of its ability to grow fast, it is harvested and used in many products. Kelp powder is created from dried kelp. In some parts of the world such as Japan, kelp and kelp powder is a common part of the local diet. In other places, kelp powder is used for its nutritional value and medicinal uses.
Siberian root, commonly known as Siberian ginseng, has been used in Eastern countries, including China and Russia, for centuries. Due to its reputed healthful properties, including its beneficial effect on the immune system, it has recently become popular in the West as an alternative medicine. Siberian root can be found as an over-the-counter supplement in supermarkets and health food stores and comes in many forms, including powders, liquids, capsules and tablets. Caution should be exercised in taking any herb. Consult with your health care provider before taking Siberian ginseng.
Aster is a perennial plant native to Eurasia. Its roots are used in homeopathic treatments as an expectorant to relieve cough and loosen phlegm. The word "aster" is from the Greek meaning "star," referring to the shape of its flowering head. There are many species of aster, most of which grow in North America. Aster is a hardy plant that thrives in most climates.
Homemade bug repellent can be quickly and easily made in the home with essential oils. Unlike commercial equivalents, homemade repellent contains no chemicals or artificial ingredients. They also may be significantly cheaper than store-bought versions. Benefits of making bug repellent at home include the versatility and variability of the non-toxic versions.
Jewelweed is an annual that grows best in shady and damp conditions. The plant also goes by the names touch-me-not, silverweed, lady's slipper, lady's eardrops, snappers and snapweed. Jewelweed's most popular advantage is its ability to treat poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac -- the juice within the plant relieves the itchy rash symptoms. You can obtain a jewelweed's juice by boiling it, blending it or simply crushing it. Use caution when gathering live jewelweed plants because they tend to grow in the same location as poison ivy.
Lavender candles, incense, essential oils and dried lavender have a light, flowery fragrance used for centuries to relieve stress and promote relaxation and sleep. Some religious groups and superstitious individuals believe that the plant's scent can bring wealth, love, health or protection. Burning lavender is the most effective way to disperse its scent throughout a room.
We are exposed to toxic metals everywhere in our daily lives. Toxic metals are found in our foods, our cleaning products and product packaging. These metals pass through our body regularly, and generally are at low enough levels to not cause any harm. If allowed to build up too much, these metals can cause many different types of disease. When the levels are too high, the metals need to be cleansed from the system.
West Indian Bay Essential Oil is oil extracted from the Pimenta racemosa, or Bay tree. This tree is a type of evergreen that originated in the West Indies, though most West Indian Bay Essential Oil is now harvested in Morocco and Spain. The trees must be at least 5 years old to have their oil harvested, which is then used for many alternative health applications.
Medical marijuana is legal in 16 states and also the District of Columbia. For many people suffering from illnesses such as cancer and AIDS, controlled marijuana use has been shown to improve appetite and stamina, among other benefits. However, many patients find it difficult to smoke marijuana in joint form. A bubbler is a device that creates a marijuana-laced steam to be breathed in by the user. This may be a more desirable method of ingestion for weaker patients. Remember, marijuana use is still illegal in 34 states, and medical use requires a cannabis card even where it is legalized.
Symptoms of chronic fluoride exposure include chronic fatigue, weakness, depression, headaches and nervousness. Chronic fluoride exposure can also cause seriously dangerous complications, such as brittle bones, anemia and damage to internal organs. It can be difficult to avoid fluoride, as it is put into shared water supplies and in most toothpastes. Luckily, several herbs can promote wellness to help your body detox from fluorides and other damaging toxins. While some herbs can be ingested, others help your body when used externally.
Essential oils are distilled and highly concentrated, thus you must take many precautions to avoid allergic reactions and overdose. Making the oils at home allows you to infuse the oil, which creates a safer, diluted version. Extracted clove oil has painkilling and antibacterial properties; when used topically, it is an effective treatment for toothaches. You can combine the infused oil to make creams and salves or use it alone.
Cinnamon bark, which derives from certain varieties of evergreen trees, is used in food as a spice and in herbal preparations as a treatment or preventative care for a variety of ailments. People use cinnamon bark to treat gastrointestinal problems and nausea, as well as menstrual cramps, bacterial infections and the common cold.
Cell Tech Super Blue Green Algae is an algae from Klamath Lake in Oregon that was marketed aggressively by pyramid type network marketers for years. Cell Tech changed its name to Simplexity in 2006 and stopped marketing the blue green algae under that name following several lawsuits. The only ingredient of Cell Techs product is aphanizomenon flos-aquae, the scientific name for wild blue green algae, which is closely related to spirulina, a farmed algae.
The Inuit, the people of Northern Canada, use many materials as medicines; some of these ingredients include snow, lemming skins, stones and seal oil. The Inuit also use a number of medicinal plants, including trees, berries, mosses and algae. In many cases, the use of these plants has been validated by scientific research. Common ailments include mouth infections, cuts and burns, diarrhea and general illnesses such as colds. However, there are many different groups of Inuit and not all of them use all of these plants.
A tincture is the solution created when an herb, extract or plant is dissolved in an alcohol base, which allows for the solution to be applied topically as needed. Tinctures can also be concocted by using glycerin or vinegar in place of the alcohol if sensitivity issues are present. Licorice and licorice root has been used for centuries for the healing properties associated with the plant. Using a licorice tincture allows you to receive the benefits of licorice, without having to ingest the extract.
The sweetgum tree is one of the oldest flora specimens on record. Many of them extinct, the oldest recorded sweetgum tree is 55 million years. The presence of an American species of sweetgum was first recorded in 1519. Spanish soldiers attended a ceremony with Cortez and Montezuma during which the amber liquid from the sap was used. Sweetgum trees provide a low-grade lumber, are used as a stock tree in reforestation, but the medicinal properties are efficacious and ancient.
Myrcene is obtained from essential oils. It can be found in several plant species including bay, Ylang-Ylang, hops, wild thyme and lemongrass. Once the essential oil has been extracted from the plant, myrcene acts as the main ingredient in perfumes. There are several ways in which essential oils can be extracted from the lemongrass plant, including one which utilizes items you will have at home. You can extract your own oil from lemongrass and use it as an ingredient in homemade products.
Ginger confers many health benefits; it aids digestion, alleviates nausea, reduces blood pressure and inflammation, and helps protect against cancer. But if you over-consume ginger (which is difficult to do), you may find yourself with more issues than you started with. While ginger helps with many digestive problems, it can also cause or aggravate acid indigestion (acid reflux and ulcers, for example), and its status as a diuretic can cause discomfort as well as more serious problems for people at risk of kidney stones. There are ways to ease the discomfort when you find you've too zealously consumed ginger.
Wood Betony is native to North America and has been used as a natural medicine for hundreds of years. The herb played a prominent role in Native American culture and traditions. In addition to the medicinal usages, some believed the herb had magical properties that induced love. Wood Betony is nontoxic, and the roots, leaves and blossoms are safe for human ingestion. Some herbalists and alternative medicine devotees believe drinking tea made from fresh or dried Wood Betony leaves is beneficial for headaches and ailments of the urinary tract.
A marine brown alga known as Ecklonia cava provides the main ingredient for Ecklonia cava polyphenol extract. The companies that market the extract claim it provides a type of polyphenols known as phlorotannins that cannot be found in land-based plants. Manufacturers claim that the extract's mixture of minerals, vitamins and trace elements is more easily absorbed because it more closely resembles the chemical make-up of the human body.
Raspberries, which ripen in North America during the summer and fall, are a tangy red fruit with a variety of health benefits. They can be eaten straight off the vine or dried and eaten later. Both dried raspberries and dried raspberry leaves have medicinal and nutritional value.
Stinging nettle, or urtica dioica, has many interesting effects on the human body. The plant's herb, leaf and root are used internally for urinary disorders and externally for rheumatic ailments. Nettle also is recognized for its astringent and diuretic properties, according to Applied Health. Nettle contains vitamin B1 and its young leaves often are eaten in salads or stews.
Most essential oils are made from one source, such as tea tree or rose essential oils. Deep Blue essential oil is different because it is a combination of several essential oils including blue tansy, blue chamomile, helichrysum, osmanthus, wintergreen, peppermint and camphor. Because of its unique blend, Deep Blue essential oil has many uses.
A preparation of Royal Jelly and Ginseng is said to energize and reduce fatigue. Royal Jelly is the special food fed to bee larvae to produce queen bees. Ginseng is a medicinal herb used in Chinese medicine for centuries. Together in preparation they are used for nutritional and medical purposes.
Making tinctures by percolation can be a fun and rewarding activity. Though it can be a time-consuming process, your efforts will pay off in the end, with a large amount of freshly-made tincture at a fraction of the retail price.
Metal flavors appear in men, women and children from all areas of the world and can range from slightly annoying to extremely bothersome. They are usually harmless. A number of reasons could explain the experience of a metallic taste in the mouth. Some include dental fillings, early symptoms of pregnancy and the use of herbs. In fact, after a recent number of consumer complaints, the FDA has issued a notice addressing a metallic taste associated with pine nuts. The FDA hasn't approved all uses for herbs. Do not use them in place of medication prescribed by your doctor.
Hot packs are used for multiple reasons ranging from soothing sore muscles, relieving neck and back pain, helping with menstrual cramps, migraines and arthritis. Cold packs are useful when dealing with sprains, swelling and minor injuries. Choosing the type of stuffing to fill the packs depends on the use, desired scent, weight, texture and the amount of heat that each pack should provide. Whole flaxseeds, uncooked rice, dried herbs and whole kernel corn are all good options for stuffing material.
With their heart-shaped leaves and prickly reputation, stinging nettles (Utica dioica) have a long history as a medicinal plant. Nettle root has recently become a popular herbal supplement. Commonly available forms include pastes or creams that can be applied topically, and capsules or extracts that can be taken internally. However, these preparations can be confusing; some are sold only as "nettle root" and others as "nettle root extract."
Used as a ceremonial beverage in the islands of the South Pacific for centuries, kava kava is a big hit in the alternative medicine market worldwide. Thanks to its ability to reduce anxiety and stress and impart a smooth, calming feeling to those that drink it, it has attracted many fans among the stressed-out citizens of the modern world. You can buy kava kava in bulk root or in powder form and prepare a relaxing kava drink right in your own kitchen.
Buying herbal supplements over the Internet can be overwhelming. This is especially true for websites advertising psychoactive and rare herbs. For the consumer, it can be difficult to distinguish between marketing hype and factual product information. Three confusing terms you may run into are "rare botanicals," "extreme extracts," and "essential oils."
Neither strictly Irish nor a true moss, raw Irish sea moss is a seaweed that grows on the coastlines of North America and Europe. Used as either a foodstuff or an alternative medicine, Irish sea moss has many nutritional properties and effectively treats many skin and internal ailments. Long used in Jamaican cooking, raw Irish sea moss is finding its place as a super-food all over the world.
All you have to do is call a local spa and schedule an appointment if you want a spa day, or you can be creative and give yourself a spa day at home. With a few food items from the fridge and the right mood, anyone can be pampered for a day at little to no cost.
Established in 1910, Botanic Choice is a purveyor of herbal products, vitamins, nutritional supplements, natural beauty products and homeopathic remedies. Located at the Indiana Botanic Gardens in Hobart, Indiana, customers can buy Botanic Choice herbs either from a print catalog or online from the company's website. Botanic Choice is a member of the International Herb Association, the American Botanical Council and the American Herbal Products Association.
Dandelions are bountiful throughout much of North America. However, they are traditionally confused with their relatives, the weeds Hawkbit and Cats' Ears. While Hawkbit and Cats' Ears are not safe for regular consumption, a true dandelion is a nutrient-rich alternative medicine superstar. Identify true dandelions by their pointy leaves, hollow stems, lack of stem hair and presence of only one flower per stem. Harvest these and grind the roots into a tea using a mortar and pestle, or purchase dandelion root tea at health food stores. Either way, steeped in boiling water, the tea has many health-related uses.
Kalonji oil and seeds have been used for hundreds of years for their medicinal and healing properties. These little black seeds have many names: nigella sativa, black seeds, black cumin, black caraway (English), Kalonji (Hindi) and Habbah Sauda (Arabic). Kalonji is an herbal plant that grows in India and other Eastern countries. The seeds and the oil are used to purify the body, increase the function of the immune system and maintain general health. You can make Kalonji oil from the tiny black seeds, but you will need an oil press.
Concentrated bulk herbs allow consumers to create their own tinctures and extracts cheaper than purchasing them at a health food or holistic medicine store. In addition, these herbs also provide the consumer with more options regarding the potency of the extract produced. Because the herbs are concentrated, they must be extracted before use to achieve the best results.
Since the days of ancient Greece when it was dispensed to relieve convulsions, wounds and respiratory ailments, oil of oregano has been used to treat a number of health issues. The oil is extracted from the wild marjoram leaf, which is native to the Mediterranean region. NYU Lagone Medical Center reports that the oil is toxic to many microorganisms, but other applications are still under investigation. Traditionally, oregano oil is used to fight bacteria inside and outside the body.
Mosquitoes are a nuisance and can be carriers of disease. Herbs have been used historically to help prevent mosquito bites and are still used in some parts of the world. In the United States, chemical products have mostly replaced herbal remedies, but they can still be an effective defense against mosquitoes.
Herbs have been used since ancient times to cook and to cure everything from the common cold to bruises and even the spirit. Many serious conditions are suspected to benefit from the properties found in some herbs and scientists are continually discovering ways to use herbs as a line of defense against ailments.
Mandrake root is used to cleanse the bowel and liver as well as help with constipation. Mandrake is also used as a laxative and must be taken in small amounts due to the strength of its potency. Natural substitutions for mandrake root include peppermint oil, chamomile, valerian root and rosemary.
Nodules are small cysts that can form on the thyroid gland, in breasts, in the joints or on vocal cords, as well as in other areas. Often benign, these small fluid sacs can be unsightly and uncomfortable. While surgery or drugs may be required for malignant nodules, it's possible to reduce or dissolve some nodules through more natural means. All you need to do, according to many natural-remedy proponents, is to decrease the phlegm and unhealthy chemicals that are causing the nodules to form in the first place.
Salicylates are water-soluble (meaning that they dissolve in water) compounds that have anti-inflammatory and pain-killing properties. Salicylates occur naturally in plants, but these natural salicylates have become less commonly used for pain relief since the creation of acetylsalicylic acid, more commonly called aspirin. There are several plants often used in natural medicine that contain salicylates.
Grown in Europe, Asia and North America, Valerian root has a long history of use in herbal medicine. Used alone or combined with other herbs, Valerian root is usually used as a sedative or sleep aid, although research has shown that it may be helpful with a variety of other conditions. Like many herbal medicines, how you take Valerian root has a profound effect on how well it functions as an alternative medicine.
Vitamins, nutrients and oil extracted from orange seeds are used in food flavorings, health supplements and beauty products. Alternative medicine practitioners often use plant extracts in their treatment of diseases, such as arthritis, cancer and heart disease. Through many generations, natural-products manufacturers have gained extensive knowledge on the capabilities and safety of plant extracts, including orange seed extract.
The honey locust tree (Gleditsia triacanthos) is a deciduous, broad-leafed tree native to north America. The tree grows between 50 and 100 feet tall, with leaflets that are ¾ inches to 1½ feet long and about one-third as much across. The leaves are oval in shape. The blooming period for this tree occurs from late spring to early summer for about two weeks, producing greenish-yellow, bell-shaped flowers. The seed pods produced by the tree contain medicinal properties that can be used to make healing herbal tea.
Liquid chlorophyll has health benefits for people, horses and dogs. It is a natural product made from the substance that gives grass its green color. Green algae has the highest source of chlorophyll in the plant world. Liquid chlorophyll helps the body to detox, balances the acidity in the body and boosts the immune system. In horses, it can be used both internally and externally as a healing agent and a natural energy booster.
Goldenseal powder is extracted from plants found in the northern parts of the United States. Native American tribes have used the plant for medicinal purposes for many years. For advocates of alternative and natural medicine, goldenseal is still thought to have health benefits in treating skin conditions and mouth ailments such as gum disease and canker sores.
Known as Palmleaf Rasberry Fruit in English, Fructus Rubi is known as Fu Pen Zi in traditional Chinese medicine. It is most commonly found in China, but, with the spread of traditional Chinese medicine around the world as an acceptable form of alternative medicine, it is also found in use in the United States. Sweet and sour in taste, Fructus Rubi has a number of beneficial properties for those who prefer herbal medicine.