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| January 29, 2014

Our health nemesis sugar actually produces a great health benefit.  Or, at least the sugarcane does.  Policosanol is made from sugarcane wax and is proven to lower cholesterol.  Sugarcane wax actually has had a long career as everything from candle wax to shoe polish to the food industry such as for chocolate and chewing gum.  […]

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| January 29, 2014

Papaya is a digestive enzyme, much like bromelain from pineapple.  It’s not the ripe papaya that is used but the green papaya.  We normally eat papaya as a ripened (orange colored) fruit.  In the countries where papaya grows, it is often eaten green such as in the Thai green papaya salad where shredded green papaya […]

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Ivy Leaf

| January 26, 2014

An extract of English Ivy has been used for centuries to treat asthma and in the current day, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder).  Its action is to reduce bronchial spasms and thin the phlegm so that it can be easily coughed up and removed.  Even better, long term use (10 days or more) will improve […]

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Chinese Club Moss – Huperzine A

| January 24, 2014

Huperzine A, an alkaloid of Chinese Club Moss, shows remarkable abilities to improve memory, even with those who have Alzheimer’s disease.  Its action is to prevent the breakdown of acetyl choline, and acetyl choline is a nerve transmitter.  By helping to preserve and build up acetyl choline in the brain, memory improves.  This supplement can […]

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| January 23, 2014

Esberitox is a blend of two types of echinacea extract and two homeopathic ingredients and has been popular in Europe for over 70 years.  It will reduce the severity of illness, even the common cold, and will reinforce the immune system.   Several double blind studies have confirmed these results.  It is safe for all […]

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Damiana Leaf

| January 22, 2014

Damiana has been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac and that use has been validated with recent scientific study.  It increases sexual desire in both men and women.  It may even help with impotence.  In years past, Damiana could be found in many forms, including capsules.  Not so today. It can usually be found in herbal […]

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Butcher’s Broom

| January 21, 2014

Butcher’s Broom is one of many plants used for treatment of varicose veins and hemorrhoids.  It is also good for speeding slow lymphatic movement which means it will reduce swelling around the veins.  This plant is a subspecies of lily and grows in the Mediterranean.   Continued use will strengthen your veins.  A product that […]

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Horse Chestnut

| January 21, 2014

Horse Chestnut is a top remedy for varicose veins and thus, also hemorrhoids.  It can help to reduce swelling and other uncomfortable symptoms and, of course, reduce the protuberance of the veins.  Continued use can actually strengthen and restore the veins.   Horse chestnut is a tree with spiny fruit; inside are several nuts–the horse […]

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Swedish Bitters

| January 17, 2014
swedish bitters

Swedish Bitters is an old recipe dating to the 16th. century.  There are different combinations of 11 herbs that make up Swedish Bitters but this is the one I’ve always used.  Bitters are cleansing to your body and are very helpful with digestive problems.  One local naturopathic doctor has clients put some on a cotton […]

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Oregon Grape Root

| January 15, 2014

Oregon Grape Root is not a grape at all but the name sticks because it produces grape like looking fruit.  It is a small perennial shrub native to Western North America.  It has leathery, spiny leaves much like a holly.  Now, we know what it isn’t; what is it?  Oregon Grape Root is rich in […]

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