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  • Spices and Herbs–What’s the Difference?
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    Spices and Herbs–What’s the Difference?

    Spices and herbs are common in most foods around the world today. Both are used to flavor foods and some for medicinal purposes. Herbs and spices have both been prominent throughout human history. In earlier times, herbs and spices were considered luxuries and only available for the use of the wealthy. Herbs and spices were also traded frequently between nations in medieval times. Many people do not know the difference between an herb and a spice. There are many similarities between the two, and some of the differences are very subtle, but they are still valid. The essential difference between an herb and a spice is where it is obtained from on a plant. Herbs usually come from the leafy…

  • “True” Aromatherapy
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    “True” Aromatherapy

    In order to discuss aromatherapy, you first need to understand what basic aromatherapy is. Many people will walk into a store, smell a candle or bag of potpourri, and assume they’ve just had an aroma therapeutic experience. Not so. True aromatherapy has several qualifications: No chemical fragrances allowed. All aromas must be natural, as in essential oils. Fragrances must be selected specifically for what ails you. Smelling any ole’ thing that smells good just isn’t going to do the trick. The aroma must effect you at a cellular level to have any effect. The limbic system of the brain plays a huge part in aromatherapy. The truth is, that real aromatherapy, just like medicine,…

  • 10 Herbs for the Holidays
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    10 Herbs for the Holidays

    Cinnamon From cinnamon sticks to grated cinnamon spice, this herb is found everywhere during the holidays. Add a stick to a warm mug of hot chocolate or sprinkle some ground cinnamon on sugar cookies for a special treat. Cinnamon can be taken in the form of capsules, extracts, essential oil, and herbal tea. Cinnamon aids in digestion and can help with nausea and heartburn. Rosemary A favorite among many for culinary uses, this fragrant herb can be found in the stores in November and December as a miniature Christmas tree. Bring one home and plant it outside to reap the culinary benefits later. Rosemary can grow to be very large. However, it can also be susceptible to freezing in very cold…

  • To Go or Not to Go Herbal?
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    To Go or Not to Go Herbal?

    To Go or Not to Go Herbal, that is the Question Many people nowadays are turning to organics and naturals otherwise known as herbals. The rising popularity of herbal supplements has created a new fad if not a new health lifestyle. But before you join the bandwagon, here are some things you need to know about this mean, green dietary supplementing machine. What is the difference between a drug and a dietary supplement? According to the definition set by food and drug administrations in different countries, drugs are chemicals that can prevent, prolong the life, treat other effects of a health condition, improve the quality of life, and/or cure ailments and diseases, or alter the function of…

  • Herbal Remedies that are Good for Allergies
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    Herbal Remedies that are Good for Allergies

    Have you ever wondered why allergies occurs? Allergies are caused when the body over reacts to certain substances like pollen, ragweed, animal dander, certain foods, like nuts, eggs, milk, chocolate. Substances which cause allergies are called allergens. When the body’s immune system identifies these foreign invaders, it sends out antibodies to get rid of them. Usually, the amount of antibodies sent out is proportional to the amount of allergen. Allergies occur when the body over reacts and sends too many antibodies, which attack the allergen and the body’s own tissue. This causes the symptoms of allergies, hay fever, itchy skin, they can be light and very annoying , runny nose itchy…

  • Herbal Teas for a Heartburn
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    Herbal Teas for a Heartburn

    Try Herbal Teas! Tea has been used for thousands of years to soothe and ease a variety of health problems. In fact, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world, aside from water. Herbal teas have also proven to be a good choice for those searching for a natural heartburn herbal remedy. Black, green and red teas contain polyphenols which is an antioxidant that helps to protect our body from free radical damage. The polyphenols found in tea have been shown to provide anti-cancer properties through numerous studies. Additionally, these same studies have suggested that drinking several cups of tea each day may also reduce the risk of gastric and esophageal cancers. But not all teas are…

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