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Fibromatosis, it is a benign growth of the plantar fascia. It may be worse when associated with diabetes, epilepsy, and alcoholism . Some doctors say its an aggressive healing response to small tears ...

Dr. Johanna Budwig is known and highly respected around the world, as Germany's premier biochemist. Over the years she has published a number of books including "Flax Oil as a True Aid Against Arthrit...

Aloe Vera is a highly respected and loved plant. It is easily grown in a pot or poor soils, likes full sun and is drought hardy but not frost tolerant at all. Everyone should have a pot of it in the ...

"Antioxidant" is a classification of several organic substances, including vitamins C and E, vitamin A (which is converted from beta-carotene), selenium (a mineral), and a group known as the carotenoi...

This ailment is marked by watery eyes, sneezing and running nose, in other words there is an excess of fluid which the body is drastically trying to offload. For an effective relief, honey and cider v...

Essential oils stimulates the powerful sense of smell. It is known that odors we smell have a significant impact on how we feel. In dealing with patients who have lost the sense of smell, doctors have...

We all feel a little down sometimes but here is a home remedy that will help you beat the blues. Walk for at least 30 minutes in the open if you can, either in a park, bush, around the block, shops...

Black Strap Molasses is made from Sugar Cane. The roots of the sugar cane grow as deep as 15 feet and therefore are able to receive a broad spectrum of minerals and trace elements normally lacking in ...

A boil starts out suddenly as an itchy, red, painful lump. They are sore to the touch. Usually within 24 hours, the lump fills with pus and takes on a round appearance with a yellow-white tip. There m...

Severe engorgement about the third or fourth day after the baby is born can usually be prevented by getting the baby latched on well and drinking well from the very beginning. If you do become engorg...

Using herbs that balance the immune system, decrease inflammation and soothe indigestion. Chamomile and Marshmallow perform all three of these roles, Peppermint and Ginger aid digestion and decrease i...

Chamomile is one of the most widely used flowers for herbal tea. Chamomile Tea is so popular, it is found in most grocery stores in the tea aisle. It is used as a mild sedative, and is good for insomn...

The Chilli is a dynamic herb - purifying the blood and stimulating the circulation and energising the body. Chilli also makes every other herb work better synergistically. Some even say that it is bet...

Cinnamon not only delights the taste buds, but benefits other parts of our body as well. It is one of the world's oldest healers. Recent research studies show that cinnamon contains constituents that ...

Here in Bathurst our mornings and evenings are now starting cool down. The following signs; long sleeves, heaters, mists and fog all point to the fact that our long hot dry summer is drawing to a clos...

Coriander is also known as cilantro (Spanish), dhania (Hindi) or Malli (Malay). The leaves are often called Chinese parsley. Coriandrum sativum is an annual herb in the family apiaceae.  All par...

Dandelions have a thick tap root, dark brown, almost black on the outside though white and milky within, the long jagged leaves rise directly, radiating from it to form a rosette lying close upon the ...

Any problems to do with the gastrointestinal tract can benefit from taking Slippery Elm powder twice daily. I flat teaspoon before breakfast and dinner mixed with either yoghurt or Baby stewed fruit (...

Evening Primrose is edible and medicinal and has a long history of use as an alternative medicine . The leaves are cooked and eaten as greens and the roots are said to be sweet succulent and delicious...

The Romans were very fond of the young shoots, eating both for the flavor as well as in the belief that it would control obesity. Even the original Greek name for fennel was derived from the word "mar...

Millet is one of the oldest foods known to humans and possibly the first cereal grain to be used for domestic purposes. Although millet is most often associated as the main ingredient in bird seed, it...

The garlic flower was historically and traditionally used as a symbol over the door of the classical herbalist. Classical herbalists very rightly have great respect for this plant. Ancient Egyptians w...

Ginger yields an essential oil that is steam distilled from the unpeeled, dried and ground root. The scent is somewhat bitterer than the root but when used in aromatherapy the oil mixes well with sand...

Gingko Biloba is a herb I am using more and more with patients, definitely a herb for the modern person with a high level of stress and elevated blood pressure. It seems some members of the royal chi...

A great mantra when it comes to skin care ingredients is "if you can't put it in your mouth, don't put it on your skin". Easily accessible nut and seed oils are a great way to save money on expen...

Gotu kola is occasionally called the arthritis herb in Australia has been known for centuries, valued for treating leprosy and tuberculosis; relieving the pain of rheumatism and arthritis; to increase...

Risk factors for menopausal concerns include:- Low estrogen Diets low in phytoestrogens-flaxseeds, peanuts, macadamias, rice bran oil promotes endorphin release Insulin resistence Anxiety, fear...

There is no human requirement for milk from a cow," says Suzanne Havala, RD, author of the American Dietetic Association's "Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets" and several books on nutrition. "The u...

Kelp is used to strengthen and promote the glands. It controls the thyroid and regulates metabolism. It is a sustainer to the nervous system and the brain, and is a terrific boost for pregnancy and th...

Prickly Lettuce or Wild Lettuce This plant looks like a prickly garden lettuce gone to seed. All parts of it exude a white sap when pierced. It is found in vacant lots, car parks and degraded pasture...

In todays modern world and lifestyle we need more nerve and brain energy than ever before. Lecithin is a fatlike substance called a phospholipid. It is produced daily by the liver if the diet is adeq...

Many herbs are used for temporary weight loss, including some that you can buy at an herb store. However, there are many herbalists who consider weight loss formulas to be harmful, and will not make t...

Miso soup alkalises the blood, wakes up the nervous system and offers nourishment, stamina and energy. 1 medium onion 2 litres water 1 cut carrot 1/3 inch wakame seaweed . Boil the above in...

An alternative or addition to an Epsom Salts bath to relax muscles and any tension. Magnesium cream is also another way of absorbing magnesium which is so low in our diets today. Magnesium is a natur...

8 oz. of dried elecampane leaves1 pint of vegetable oil1/2 sq. in. of beeswaxPlace the elecampane and the vegetable oil in a double boiler and simmer gently for 3 hours. Carefully monitor the temperat...

Onions In the Middle Ages, onions were used as a charm to ward off the Plague. According to Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1654), "the juice .... dropped into the ears eases the pains and noises in th...

Drinking more water and herbal teas-liquorice and chamomile would both be excellent . At least 4 glasses of water and two cups of liquorice tea each day. Very Important. Start taking 1 flat teaspo...

A wise lady once told me to eat one or two sage leaves each day on toast or chopped into salad. Sage essential oil, Salvia officinalis, is a stimulating oil which helps to stimulate and balance the n...

Sheep sorrel is one of the strongest antioxidant herbs we can use regularly, to benefit our health. And why are antioxidants so important? They have the ability to zap out free radicals caused by food...

Gelatin is the precursor to cartilage formation in the body. Gelatin itself is very similar in structure to Type 2 Collagen, (connective tissue) which is an important part of cartilage. Gelatin is a ...

Skin tags are small, soft, flesh coloured growths of excess tissue that hang from the skin. They usually occur in clusters on the armpits, eyelids, groin, neck and other body folds, Skin tags stay the...

Everyone should have some in their cupboard! This incredible herb is a member of the Elm (Ulmus) family. Native to Canada and the US, it can be found growing in the Appalachian Mountains. The inner b...

A THISTLE BY ANY OTHER NAME... Otherwise known as St Mary's Thistle, Silybum Marianum (botanical name), Marian's Thistle, Milk Thistle and Holy Thistle (do not confuse with Blessed Thistle), the plan...

Simple treatments for stomach cramps and bloating Wild mint was used by all the nations as an aid in digestion. It was steeped in water for the patient to drink. Menthol, the active ingredient in min...

Viola odorata, Ordinary violet, Common blue violet, Sweet violet, Garden violet The symbol of ancient Athens, the violet was believed to moderate anger, strengthen and comfort the heart, and promote ...

Alcohol severely depletes B-vitamins, thus contributing to mood swings and depression. Make a point of eating a large bowl of B-vitamin enriched breakfast cereal the morning after a boozy evening. Ca...

A powerful essential oil... Tea tree is well known known for its antiseptic properties and ability to treat many types of ailments. Tea tree oil is the essential oil derived mainly from the Australia...

Teeth grinding is a nervous system condition found in those who maintain residual muscular tension in the jaw while sleeping. The herb Valerian is particularly applicable to this type of nervous syste...

The Elder is the Old Crone aspect of the Triple Goddess, and powerful indeed is her protection and blessing. The elder grows rapidly from any part, and so speaks to us of regeneration and the power o...

The remarkably rich stores of GLA in evening primrose oil are what make it so valuable in healing. Taken internally, the body converts GLA into prostaglandins. These hormone like compounds help regula...

Lemon juice has long been used as a diuretic, diaphoretic, astringent, tonic, lotion, and gargle. Botany: The lemon tree is an evergreen, growing to over 6 m in height. Its toothed leaves are light g...

The plum is every bit as healthy for you as the blueberry. Everyone seems to think of the blueberry as the ultimate fruit, rich in antioxidants. But if you're looking for a cheaper option in these c...

Lemons and limes are an excellent source of Vitamin C, one of the most important antioxidants in nature. Vitamin C is one of the main antioxidants found in food and the primary water-soluble antioxida...

The dandelion plant (Taraxacum officinale) has long jagged leaves radiating to form a rosette lying close upon the ground. The leaves are shiny and without hairs, the margin of each leaf cut in...

The Herbal Travel Mixes are often formulated for individual animals once I know them and am able to take into account their own personality and experience. These consist of herbal extracts or decocti...

At the risk of repeating myself, our body will use 2-2.5 liters of water to perform its normal bodily functions (metabolism). It will do this whether we like it or not and if we do not provide our bod...

WATER 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (This likely applies to half the world population.) In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. ...

Fennel Fennel was traditionally known as the slimming herb as it has a stimulating effect on the metabolism. Fennel seeds, with its somewhat sweet, refreshing licorice-like taste, helps the live...

Some say wheat grass is almost like a blood transfusion that it is a wonderful cleanser and rejuvenator which means it helps your body to throw out toxins that have built up over the years and helps i...

Borage grows all year round and seeds by itself. John Gerard the herbalist from the 1500's wrote in his decription of borage as bringing happiness and comfort. Borage flowers are renowned to relieve m...

Poultices are an age-old remedy for many conditions. Lightly cook together in a little water until soft. Cool slightly, mash and apply to the chest while still warm. Cover with a soft cloth. Poult...

Probiotics come in many different forms such as probiotic yoghurts and fermented milk drinks. While Health food stores and pharmacies often have probiotic powders and capsules (some of which claim to ...

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