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      by Published on 08-27-2010 03:21 PM

      Yarrow: The Herbal Band-Aid

      Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) has been used for thousands of years to speed the healing of wounds and ease various skin disorders. In fact, the herb was known to Trojan soldiers as herbal militaris because they used it on the battlefield to stop the flow of blood from their wounds. Perhaps this is why yarrow is also known as nosebleed plant, as well as staunchweed, knight’s milfoil and soldier’s wound wort.
      by Published on 08-27-2010 03:27 PM

      Creative Cooking with Herbal Butters

      Herbal butters are a wonderful way to add texture and flavor to all sorts of foods, including vegetables, pasta dishes, sauces and grilled or roasted meats. And let’s not forget about bread! In fact, nothing says “good morning” like a hot biscuit or scone fresh from the oven and bathed with a bit of butter flavored with sweet honey and savory herbs.
      by Published on 08-30-2010 03:39 PM

      Javanese Lulur: The Royal Beauty Treatment

      The ladies of the royal family of Java, Indonesia have enjoyed this extraordinary spa treatment since the 17th century. “Lulur,” which translates to mean, “to coat the skin,” is a body scrub traditionally made from a variety of Javanese native herbs, flowers and spices, including ground turmeric and rice powder. Today, it is still customary for brides-to-be to undergo a full body massage with fragrant oils, followed by a body mask of Lular and a long soak in a warm bath—each day for 40 days before the wedding!
      by Published on 08-30-2010 03:35 PM

      Hawthorn Protects the Heart

      For centuries, hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) has traditionally been used to treat angina, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disorders. By the turn of the 19th century, European and American physicians frequently prescribed hawthorn for heart-related conditions. For the last several decades, studies have repeatedly shown that certain compounds in this herb are cardioprotective due to their antioxidant effects and may be useful in treating mild-to-moderate heart failure.
      by Published on 08-30-2010 03:32 PM

      Ginger Eases Arthritis Pain

      Ginger has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda to treat a variety of ailments ranging from nausea to inflammatory disorders, such as arthritis. More recently, Western researchers from the University of Miami have found clinical evidence that demonstrates the anti-inflammatory effects of ginger. In fact, the study team reported in the Nov. 2001 issue of Arthritis and Rheumatism that, “A highly purified and standardized ginger extract had a statistically significant effect on reducing symptoms of OA of the knee.”
      by Published on 08-30-2010 03:28 PM

      Ease Stress with Passionflower

      Passionflower (Passiflora incarnate) has a long history of use as a mild sedative to treat anxiety and insomnia, and in Europe this herb is currently approved by the Commission E to treat such disorders. The fresh or dried herb and aerial parts contain a variety of flavonoids and glycosides. According to the National Institutes of Health, these compounds exert anxiolytic, or calming effects, that are comparable to benzodiazepine drugs. However, a clear advantage that passionflower offers over these medications is the absence of side effects, namely grogginess and addiction.