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Extracts Versus Whole Herbs for Breast Cancer Treatment

    This weekend a research paper landed in my inbox that tackles the controversy of extracts vs. whole herbs. The researchers studied the effectiveness of whole herbs and functional foods versus single phytochemicals (aka extracts) for the treatment of breast cancer. Extracts verses whole herbs is a pretty involved topic. I’m currently working on a mini-course for you on the subject. But I thought, since the research is hot off the press, I'd jump the gun and share some of their findings. As you...

What do Psychotherapy, Fasting and Parasites have in common?

  Dr. Shandor is a pioneer in the field of using fasting to enhance and accelerate the psychotherapy process.In this far-ranging interview, we discuss,- psychological hunger versus physical hunger, - the ways the fasting helps us get in touch with our most primal feeling and needs, - the linkages between body, mind a soul in both our physical and psychological health and - a side trip about parasites that hijack the brains of rodents so the parasite can find true love. Enjoy! (and, if you...

Quercetin and Seasonal Allergies

Do you have seasonal allergies, aka hay fever? I get it bad every year, non-stop sneezing fits several times a day and my nose running constantly. But my worst symptom is my eyes water so much that the skin under my eyes becomes sensitive and stings like salt in an open cut. Which has the lovely side effect of … making my eyes water. Over the years I’ve tried a number of natural remedies. The old herbal standby is stinging nettle and that works for...

Thе Health Benefits оf Jiаоgulаn: The Hеrb of Immоrtаlitу

Contents The Origins of Jiаоgulаn. Thе Hеаrt Hеаlеr. The Brain Booster. Thе Exеrсiѕе Elevator. The Chrоniс Disease Alleviator. They Don’t Call It “Thе Herb оf Immоrtаlitу” fоr Nоthing. What Else Can Jiаоgulаn Do For Your Health?. The 3 Ways Jiaogulan Can Be Used. Cautions To Know Before Using Jiaogulan. Conclusion. All thе riches and wealth in the wоrld don’t mean anything if your health is not in check.You nееd tо be healthy tо fullу аррrесiаtе the trulу valuable things in lifе: Sреnding quality timе with...

The Health Benefits of White Mulberry Leaf

Contents The Hеаlth Bеnеfitѕ Оf Hеrb Mоruѕ Аlbа (Aka Whitе Mulbеrrу Leaf) Introduction The Origin of White Mulberry Leaf Why People Are Turning To Herbal Remedies? Top 4 Bеnеfitѕ of Whitе Mulbеrrу Lеаf  A Nаturаl  Support Blood Sugar level and & Diabetes manage - Thе Mulberry Leaf Mulbеrrу Lеаf Mау Hеlр With Atherosclerosis Why Mulberry Leaf Is Cоnѕidеrеd A Suреrfood? Precautions When Taking Mulberry Lеаf White Mulbеrrу Potential Sidе Effects Hоw tо Tаkе Mulbеrrу Lеаf Conclusion References Introduction Thеrе are lоtѕ оf herbal рrоduсtѕ that make...

Whole Herbs vs. Extracts: What are the Pros and Cons?


You may have read in my different posts that I prefer the whole herb to herbal extracts. To be more specific about my preferences as an herbalist my order of preference generally goes like this; Best choice – Wild-grown fresh picked, whole herbs, 2nd Best – Farm-grown, fresh whole herbs 3rd best – Dried whole herbs, Acceptable – Full spectrum extracts Prefer not to – Standardized Extracts Last Resort – Plant Based Drugs  I’ve received quite a few questions about this lately so it’s time...

My Anti-Inflammation Tea

Recently I shared a couple of posts about my personal battle with Grave’s Disease. First of all, thank you so much for all the supportive emails I received in response. continue to be impressed with the caliber of people that follow my blog and subscribe to my newsletters. You rock! In one of those posts, I mentioned drinking turmeric tea to counter the inflammation. As always, enquiring minds want to know. I received a dozen emails asking for the recipe. I’ve put the recipe at...

U.S. Drug Spending Hits Record High (Again)

Fortune magazine reports that in 2015 Americans spent a record-setting $309 Billion on prescription drugs. That’s building on a previous record year in 2014.According to the article, “Driving more than half the growth in drug spending in 2015 were sales of new branded medications that have been available for less than two years.”  Fortune doesn’t explain where these new drugs are coming from but according to Scientific American,  “Nearly half of all human pharmaceuticals now in use were originally derived from natural sources.” – Scientific...

Tasting the 2017 Harvest in Taiwan

 In April I was in Taiwan working on a new herbal tea blend. I'm excited and hope to share more about it with you soon.  While I was there, I couldn’t resist popping into a couple of local teashops and tasting some of the 2017 teas that had just been harvested. We’ve put together this short little montage from one of my stops to just give you a feel for what’s it’s like. The music makes it feel more glamorous than it was. Picture a...

Top 5 New Health Benefits of Black Tea Discovered in 2016

  Black tea is the one of the most consumed beverages in the world, second only to water. Beloved in the UK and throughout the former British Empire as the base for the traditional “cuppa”, it’s also the go-to tea here in the USA, especially for iced tea. Somehow green tea gets all the press in terms of health benefits. But black tea has amazing health benefits all it’s own. Here’s a quick summary of some of the most cited studies on the health benefits...