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Burdock reduces congestion of the liver and gallbladder and improves digestion and appetite

STURDY BURDOCK - Potent Herbal Medicine Clears Inflammation

03:40 pm October 1, 2010

Burdock root has many important medicinal uses. First and foremost, it is an excellent depurative or detoxifying herb. As a result it benefits any chronic inflammatory disease of the skin, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. These include acne,... Read more »

Dong Quai has been used for centuries by Asian healers to support the balance of female hormones

Green Medicine for Menopause ~ HERBS TO THE RESCUE

12:32 pm July 1, 2010

Whew, the summer heat is on and nobody feels it more than a menopausal woman. Trust me on that. When beads of sweat start to trickle down your neck, and that warm glow becomes a raging fire, you want nothing more than to tear off your clothes and... Read more »

In clinical studies, onions and garlic have demonstrated an ability to reduce inflammatory reactions

Nature’s Answer to Summer Allergies: The Holistic Approach

01:22 pm June 1, 2010

According to a report recently aired on CBC, “More than one in six Canadians suffer from hay fever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis. Depending on what a person is allergic to, allergy season can start in the early spring and last right through to... Read more »

Elecampane is a liver stimulant which increases the flow of bile from the liver into the intestines

Herbal Allies for Spring Liver Cleansing

01:51 pm April 1, 2010

One of the most important factors that contribute to the many health problems which we suffer from is toxicity. Our body produces its own toxins in the form of metabolic waste products. Our long term survival has required the evolution of... Read more »

Sweet clover herb (Melilotus spp.) is compatible with female reproductive formulas

Restoring Healthy Menopausal Rhythms – The Holistic Approach

01:47 pm May 1, 2010

This has been quite an unusual spring so far. It has been much sunnier and warmer than is typical for this time of year, as were February and March. In fact, this past winter was the warmest and driest on record for Ontario. On the positive side,... Read more »

One excellent herb used for treating prostate inflammation is Spotted Joe-Pye weed

Prostate Health: Herbs for Treating Inflammation

04:04 pm December 1, 2009

Probably the most common men’s health issue that I’m asked about in my practice is inflammation or enlargement of the prostate. Sadly, these and other kinds of reproductive conditions are on the increase with each successive generation, affecting... Read more »

An important virus-fighting herb is oregano (Origanum vulgare)

Natural Protection from H1N1

04:14 pm September 1, 2009

There has been a lot of hype in recent years about the potential for a global viral pandemic. SARS, avian flu and West Nile virus are examples from the recent past that could have had far worse consequences than what actually occurred. Now it’s... Read more »

Horseradish is rich in colon cancer-fighting glucosinolates

Horseradish

04:37 pm February 1, 2011

(Editor’s note: The following article was adapted from a story originally published in “Horseradish: Herb of the Year 2011” by the International Herb Association.)

As a traditional herbalist and food writer, I have long been interested in the... Read more »

Elecampane root is very powerful in its capacity to deal with a variety of disease-causing organisms

Banish Colds and Flu with a Preventive Diet and Nature’s Green Pharmacy

02:02 pm November 1, 2010

Just the other day, I had occasion to go to the auto shop to pick up my newly-winterized car. While trying to explain all of the repairs that had been undertaken, my mechanic could not complete his description without breaking into spasms of... Read more »

Black elder flower is one of the most effective herbs for treating hay fever symptoms

Suffering From Summer Allergies? Elder Flower to the Rescue

01:33 pm June 1, 2009

June is one of my favourite months. In our part of the world, it is the month when everything is the most green and lush. This is when our temperate woodlands resemble the lushness of a tropical rainforest.

Spending time in nature is important... Read more »

Incorporating the right greens into your diet will help balance your life

Cleansing with Ayurveda

04:04 pm May 1, 2009

The expression “April showers bring May flowers” is not only a testament to the rainy and damp qualities of Spring, but it also reveals a process that takes place inside of each one of us during this time of year.  

Ayurveda is an ancient... Read more »

Shepherd’s purse is one of the first members of the mustard family to flower

Spotlight on Shepherd’s Purse

12:37 pm April 1, 2009

Now that spring is here, I find it exhilarating to go for a walk each day and see all of my plant friends popping out of the ground or opening their leaves. Things happen so fast at this time of year that, if we don’t get out for a day or two, we... Read more »

Restoring Hormonal Harmony with Fertility-Friendly Herbs and Lifestyles

03:30 pm February 1, 2009

It always shocks me how many people hate winter. As a Canadian, to hate winter is to condemn ourselves to feeling miserable a good portion of the time for four to five months of the year. Personally, I love all of the seasons. Every season has... Read more »

Tea made with dried clover blossoms soothes the nerves and alleviates symptoms of bronchitis

Old World Cures for Winter Ailments

03:23 pm December 1, 2008

Grandma had a cure for almost every common ailment when I was a kid growing up in the rural woods of Muskoka. Folks would come from miles around to seek her advice for treating their health complaints. As a girl, I took as much pride in grandma’s... Read more »

Cabbage contains naturally occurring nitrogenous compounds known to lower the risk of cancer

Cabbage: The Ultimate Potherb

05:06 pm November 1, 2008

If we lived between the years 500 and 1500 A.D., we would be very familiar with colewort, a leafy green plant widely cultivated all over Europe, the Mediterranean and England. A lowly potherb (a variety of herbaceous plant whose leaves or stems... Read more »

Lemon Balm is a calming herb that helps take the edge off stress and reduce emotional ups and downs

Lemon Balm

03:33 pm September 1, 2008

September is a time of transition. In the natural world, it is the transition from summer to fall. The days are getting shorter and the sun is lower in the sky. Although the last days of summer can sometimes produce some pretty hot weather, in... Read more »

Staghorn Sumac

05:22 pm July 1, 2008

One of the great things about summer is the incredible bounty of wild foods that are available. By far the most popular are the wild fruits because they are easy to recognize and taste great. In the northern temperate regions, most indigenous... Read more »

Hawthorn is excellent for virtually any condition of the heart, blood vessels and circulation

Hawthorn Herbal Ally for the Heart and Mind

04:41 pm May 1, 2008

Now that spring is in full swing, I am blown away by the incredible diversity of plant life that grows all around us. I remember when I was a child wandering around in the fields and woods, it seemed as if I was surrounded by a sea of green.... Read more »

The role of curcumin in cancer prevention is largely due to its antioxidant actions

Turmeric

04:52 pm March 1, 2011

Curcuma longa, or turmeric as it is more commonly known, has been used for over 2,500 years in India for its powerful healing properties.  It was frequently used in folklore medicine to treat conditions such as skin diseases, digestive issues,... Read more »

HERB FEATURE: Spotlight on Yellow Dock

04:36 pm November 1, 2007

Now that the fall colours have passed their peak and most of the leaves have fallen, things are going to look a little barren until everything starts growing again in April. This is a time of rest for the plant people. But it is not yet a time of... Read more »

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