Medicinal Herbs: My Personal Experiences

I have been studying herbs and herbal medicine for several years now, with special focus on historical use of medicinal herbs. A great many of our everyday medicines are descended from simple herbal remedies that we have forgotten or laid aside in the interest of commercially prepared and synthetic drugs. For example, willow bark tea, frequently used for headache relief, contains Salicylic Acid from which we now get Aspirin (Thompson). Digitalis, for treating heart conditions, comes from the Foxglove and Quinine, for treating malaria, is from Cinchona, also known as Jesuit's Bark or Peruvian Bark (Thompson). Clove oil was, and still is, used for toothaches. Many of the spices we use in the kitchen including ginger, cloves and cinnamon are antiseptic. The heavy use of spices in food in the days before refrigeration was not so much because the meat was bad at the time of preparation, but because these …

Key to Healthy and a Happy Life

This is the key to get a life that is more healthy and happy:

1. A balanced diet
2. Sports regularly
3. Meditation
4. Enough sleep and the “great sex”
5. Positive Attitude

Why meditation is also included among the 5 main thing is this?

Meditation has been known and applied by our ancestors in the “high Civilization” from the days of yore, for example, the high civilization in Egypt, China, Aztec, December and the Celtics in Europe.

Recently, doctors in a modern hospital and in the United States and Europe such as the VA Hospitals and Kaiser Permanente Hospitals enter the program of meditation as a complementary treatment for patients, clients.

Meditation has been proven in clinical accelerate healing patients. Time meditation, the human brain is in the state of Alpha, and the body to make the program self-healing. Meditation is often considered as a reset button, where all …

Steps to Planning Your First Tea Event

If you and your friends frequent tea rooms why not go one step further and plan your own tea event? You may wait for a special occasion like a marriage, anniversary, retirement, birthday, holiday, but a “just because” gathering with friends is reason enough.

Follow the steps below for planning a memorable tea experience:

Preplan a budget

Although the friends you invite and the congenial social setting you encourage are priceless you do need to think about how much you will spend.

One way you might figure a reasonable budget is to fold a piece of notebook paper in half and list everything you need and want on one side of the paper with matching costs on the other. Then you can go back and circle the musts, cross out the unnecessary, and keep the few items that you think are worth the extra dollars. Play with the items and …

Make Tosca the ancient health drink that energised the Armies of Rome

Make Tosca the ancient health drink that energised the Armies of Rome.

It was a popular tonic drink in antiquity  and taken for its strengthening and refreshing qualities. The Babylonians brewed it 600 years BC and the Bible describes Ruth and Boaz taking a tipple together after a busy day in the harvest fields at around the same time.  100 years later Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine recommended it for many ailments.   It is, of course, apple cider vinegar, commonly known as cider vinegar.

Cider vinegar is made from fermented apple juice and its attributes are many.   Its detoxifying and purifying properties are reported to improve the working of kidneys, bladder and liver.  It thins the blood  and lowers blood pressure.  It contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and dietary fibre and these are just a few of the claims made by enthusiasts, both ancient and modern who have …

Snacks that Are Healthy in Moderation

Are you looking for a snack to hold you over until dinner that won't threaten your diet? Are baby carrots and celery sticks not quite cutting it? Below you will find 9 other snack ideas that will satisfy your taste buds, and keep you on track.

Dark chocolate 
According to WebMD, dark chocolate is full of antioxidants, helps lower your blood pressure, improves cognitive functions, helps control blood sugar levels, and is rich in important vitamins. Eating three small pieces of dark chocolate can curb a sweet tooth without harming your health.

According to the Diet Health Club, raisins contain antioxidants, are rich in iron, and help to remove toxins from the body. They also contain an amino acid named Arginine which increases libido and induces arousal. Raisins therefore may even have an influence on increased physical activity.

According to the Pistachio Health Institute, pistachios are …

Study: Taking Herbs and Medication Dangerous

Those suffering from any sort of malady may have consulted both prescription medication and pursued natural herbal treatments as well. A press release from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, announced today that taking both prescription medication and herbal supplements at the same time can have adverse consequences. This study has been published in the July 2007 version of The Annals of Pharmacotherapy.

A literature review and comprehensive survey of 132 pharmacists revealed that 47% of the pharmacists surveyed had come in contact with an individual who had experience an adverse event by taking an herbal supplement. However, only 1.5% of these pharmacists reported those negative side effects to authorities. By contrast, 19% of adverse side effects resulting from the use of prescription or non-prescription medications were reported to authorities.

The study asserts that adverse herbal consequences are either not being reported or are being drastically underreported. A doctor …

The Different Varieties of Tea

You’re probably already quite familiar with black tea. Your grandmother might have made you a glass of sweet iced tea when you were a child or your father might have taken his hot tea in the morning with a little bit of creamer.

Within the last decade, there has been a huge influx of healthy, green tea alternatives to the black tea that most Americans had long been consuming.

The Alternatives to Black Tea

There are four main types of actual teas. These are: black, green, white, and oolong. There are also a myriad of herbal tea products that aren’t actually teas at all. Actual teas are all processed from the plant Camellia sinensis, commonly known as the tea plant or tea tree.

While herbal teas may contain infusions from the tea plant, they are not considered true teas and the majority of their ingredients tend to come from …

Madison Tea Party Protest, Thousands Rally For and Against Walker

The birthplace of progressivism, Madison, Wisconsin, is the crucial battleground in a fight that has ramifications from coast to coast. Some 60,000 to 70,000 people descended upon Wisconsin's capitol Saturday in the fifth day of protest, both for and against a plan to break up the state's public workers unions, all while the war over budget cuts simmers across the United States.

Gov. Scott Walker (R) is touting a proposal that would require government workers to contribute more to their health care and pension costs and essentially do away with public worker collective bargaining powers. Walker is promoting a plan to parity a $3.6 billion budget deficit in part by demanding labor concessions and stripping certain labor privileges.

The Capitol grounds became the hot spot for feuding rallies, as buses brought in Tea Party followers to express support for these proposed union pay cuts. At the same time, throngs of …

In Kenya, Tea Time is any Time

Tea time in some parts of the world is 4 pm, while in others, tea is simply not a part of the daily schedule. In Kenya, however, any time is a great time for a cup of tea. Most Kenyans will admit to drinking no less than three cups of tea a day.

Tea in the Kenyan Tradition

According to Kenyan tradition, strong friendship ties are forged over a cup of tea. Any visitor to a Kenyan home will be offered a cup of tea, at any time and in any weather. “Any time is tea time,” is a common saying in Kenya. Be warned that refusing the offer can be viewed as an insult to the host, in the absence of an excellent excuse.

Generally the tea offered will be prepared in the traditional style, mixed with plenty of milk and a mix of spices locally known as tea …