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Wash Sickness Away with Lavender
Lavender has been one of the most popular medicinal herbs since time immemorial. Lavender's name is derived from the Latin word lavarre, which means to wash. In ancient Arab medicine, lavender was widely used as an expectorant. In the folk medicine of Europe, lavender has held a reputation as a useful wound herb. The most common types of healing lavenders are L. angustifolia and L. spica. French lavender, L. stoechas, is perhaps one of the most commonly used varieties of lavender. The...

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Goldenseal -- A Traditional Native American Herb with Many Uses

Goldenseal, Latin name Hydrastis canadensis, is one of the most popular herbs used in herbal remedies today. Goldenseal has traditionally operated as a traditional healing herb of Native Americans but it has entered the European herbal cabinet with zeal. Traditionally, the Cherokee used goldenseal as an herbal treatment for indigestion, local inflammations, and to improve appetite. The Iroquois, meanwhile, used Goldenseal to treat heart problems, liver disorders, and whooping cough and to treat fevers. Goldenseal reached European shores by 1760. During the nineteenth century, Goldenseal had become a popular favorite with practitioners of the Eclectic and Thomsonian schools of medicine. In 1926, Goldenseal was included in the list of United States medicinal ingredients in the Pharmacopoeia.

The character of Goldenseal has alternately been described as bitter, dry, astringent, and cold. The plants constituents are described as resins, volatile oils, and alkaloids. Herbalists traditionally describe the actions of Goldenseal as astringent, a digestive and bile stimulant, a tonic, and a laxative. Goldenseal has also been used to reduce phlegm, to heal gastric mucous membranes, and to raise blood pressure.

The part of the Goldenseal plant that is most commonly used is the rhizome. The rhizome is traditionally harvested in the fall, and it is the main ingredient in many herbal remedies. Many traditional herbalists recommend the rhizome of the Goldenseal plant as an excellent drying and mucus-reducing remedy that works well for the gastric, upper respiratory tract. It is also used for the vaginal mucous membranes. The rhizome of the Goldenseal plant is also used to treat conditions involving the spastic colon (mucous colitis), nasal inflammations, and ear infections. In essence, Goldenseal is very much an herbal remedy for ear, nose and throat problems. But it has many other applications as well. The Goldenseal plant is often used as an herbal remedy to treat gynecological problems. It can help reduce the severity of menopausal symptoms, and it has been known to ease the pain associated with premenstrual symptoms, especially symptoms linked to stagnation. The rhizome of the Goldenseal plant can often be found in commercial herbal remedies as a tonic.

Even though Goldenseal has proven itself to be a very effective healing herb, there are some cautions you use take when ingesting herbal remedies that feature Goldenseal as one of its main ingredients. For instance, Goldenseal is well known as a powerful uterine stimulant, so its use should be avoided women who are pregnant. Goldenseal is also well known as a hypertensive, so it should be avoided in known cases of high blood pressure. Also, you should not use herbal remedies containing Goldenseal for an ear infection if you know that there is a risk that an eardrum is perforated. Another caveat: avoid ingesting fresh Goldenseal plant. Eating fresh Golden seal plant has been known to cause ulceration of the mucous membranes. It is a very potent plant. Also, if you suffer from digestive complaints, many herbalists recommend that you take barberry for these types of complaints because Goldenseal has recently become very endangered in the wild.
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Hangover cures abound on the marketplace, but do any really work?
Boston Beer Company's Jim Koch recently claimed that, by eating brewer's yeast before drinking, you could avoid getting drunk, even after consuming several drinks. His claims have since proven unlikely to work — if we drink too much, we'll get drunk, and the result likely will be a nasty hangover.

Hangover cures abound on the marketplace, but do any really work?

07/17/2014
A collection of household cures from the 17th century goes on display
Long before the arrival of our NHS, people had to rely on their own treatments if they fell ill, which are set out in the vintage manuals on display in Cambridge, England.

A collection of household cures from the 17th century goes on display

07/17/2014
A collection of household cures from the 17th century goes on display
Long before the arrival of our NHS, people had to rely on their own treatments if they fell ill, which are set out in the vintage manuals on display in Cambridge, England.

A collection of household cures from the 17th century goes on display

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'Silver People' turns the building of the Panama Canal into poetry

07/17/2014
Hangover cures abound on the marketplace, but do any really work?
Boston Beer Company's Jim Koch recently claimed that, by eating brewer's yeast before drinking, you could avoid getting drunk, even after consuming several drinks. His claims have since proven unlikely to work — if we drink too much, we'll get drunk, and the result likely will be a nasty hangover.

Hangover cures abound on the marketplace, but do any really work?

07/17/2014
A collection of household cures from the 17th century goes on display
Long before the arrival of our NHS, people had to rely on their own treatments if they fell ill, which are set out in the vintage manuals on display in Cambridge, England.

A collection of household cures from the 17th century goes on display

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Millennials Embrace Alternative Medicine, a $32 Billion Business

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'Noah's Ark' at Heathrow Airport

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'Silver People' turns the building of the Panama Canal into poetry
This delightful historical novel-in-verse by award-winning author Margarita Engle tells the story of the creation of the Panama Canal through various character voices – some historic, some fictitious, and some taken from the animal world.

'Silver People' turns the building of the Panama Canal into poetry

07/14/2014
Millennials Embrace Alternative Medicine, a $32 Billion Business
Instead, she opted for alternative treatments. Rich’s traditional Chinese doctor prescribes herbs, and she’s also seen other alternative medicine experts, including a naturopath, a medic intuitive, and an energy healer – all at a whopping cost of $5,600. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society recommends sticking to conventional treatments when adding complementary and alternative medicine (CAM ...

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