Harvesting & Storing Herbs

In early America, almost every Colonial home featured an herb garden, but somewhere along the line we lost sight of the value of herbs in cooking. Some things you need to know, about caring for herbs, center on how to harvest them...

Herb And Plant Dyes

The leaves, flowers and roots of many herbs may impart dye colors such as red, blue, green, yellow, brown and gray. The herbs can be either fresh or dried however the or dried however the fresher the herb... the brighter the color.

Herb Gardening

An herb garden can be as simple as a few pots of chives, mints, and basils at the edge of a sunny patio or balcony.

Depression or Love and a Heroin Fix

by Peter Ralston. We see depression being accompanied by various sub-qualities such as anger, hurt, helplessness, fear, grief, or sadness, but the root of the depression is the same. It appears that depression occurs when we are drawn to...

Herbal Medicine Guide

Herbal medicine and the medicinal benefits of herbs have been known for centuries. Records of Native American, Roman, Egyptian, Persian, and Hebrew medical practices show that herbs were used extensively to cure practically every known illness.

Controlling Asthma Requires Constant Vigilance

Modern medicine can control most cases of asthma, but so many children don't take their prescriptions as directed that health-care professionals and parents must constantly be alert for failure to follow doctor's orders, a University of Florida physician warns.

Remedies for Alzheimers

Herbal Remedies for Alzheimer's - Kelp, Butcher's Broom, Ginkgo Biloba. Three herbs that can have beneficial effects on this disease.

Saw Palmetto Berries: A Reproductive Tonic for Men

Saw Palmetto Berries: A Reproductive Tonic for Men

Saw Palmetto Berries is an herb which is needed in the U.S. today. The average male over age 50 may suffer from a variety of reproductive ailments, such as prostate problems, low back pain, and diminishing sexual vitality — this herb can help in alleviating some, if not all, of these symptoms. Likewise, women who may experience...

Herbs And Cooking

Herbs And Cooking When cooking herbs there are certain things you need to remember. The food will taste as good as the mood you are in and whatever herbs you use to spice up the meal is according to one's own personal taste. Experimenting with herbs is fun and adds a bit of pizazz to one's daily meals.

Herbal Guide

An A to Z guide for herbs with content, uses and sources.

Herbs For Relieving Cancer

This herb gets its name from bur, for its tenacious burrs, and dock old English for plant. Many scientists are skeptical about Burdock and its uses. However, as a healing herb it has a potential for treating cancer. Early Chinese physicians, as well as Ayurvedic healers, used Burdock as...

Natural Approach To Prostate Health

It appears that common diseases among men over 50 involve the prostate sex organ (and the colon and cardiovascular system). The modern lifestyle of stress; long hours of sitting, driving or TV watching; stuffing food and emotions; eating fast food, flesh and milk products; regular intake of sugar, caffeine, and alcohol; and...

Taking Herbal Baths

Herb baths were popular around the 3rd century B.C. Bathhouses, both private and public, were used in ancient Greece. and Rome. Baths were enjoyed both for their healing and beautifying properties. There are different types of baths such as mineral, oil, steam, massage, or friction baths...

What Is Aromatherapy & Essential Oils

Does the aroma of baking bread or hot apple pie make you hungry? Perhaps on a subconscious level it takes you back to a time when your mother was baking for a holiday and at the same time a warm, secure feeling creeps its way into your being...

Tofu Recipes

Tofu recipes from InnerSelf.com

Dulse Garlic Bread

Recipe for Garlic Bread using Dulse - Healthy recipes for the beginner or the gourmet cook. Great for vegetarians, health conscious individuals, or those simply wanting to live longer and healthier.

Breads

Healthy bread recipes from the pages of Innerself Magaine.

Barley Bread

Barley bread recipe from The Complete Guide to Wheat-Free Cooking by Phillis Potts.

Old Fashioned Indian Rye Bread

Wheat-Free Cooking by Phillis Potts. An 1800' hard crust rye bread recipe, from The Complete Guide to Wheat-Free Cooking.

Millet Croquettes

Millet Croquettes - Healthy recipes for the beginner or the gourmet cook. Great for vegetarians, health conscious individuals, or those simply wanting to live longer and healthier.

Millet-Squash Croquettes

Millet-Squash Croquettes - Healthy recipes for the beginner or the gourmet cook. Great for vegetarians, health conscious individuals, or those simply wanting to live longer and healthier.

Hot Dulse Lemonade

This may sound bizarre, but Judith Cooper Madlener in the "Sea Vegetable Book" claims it's an old New England treatment for coughs and colds. That could well be, as many early Irish and Scottish settlers had eaten dulse "back home" and still enjoyed it in the New World.

It's In Our Genes

Most of the time, many of us succumb to the thought that something "in our genes" is going to catch up with us. The next conclusion then, is that nothing can be done to prevent it. However, we have been given the conscious ability to choose from life's menu...

Healthy Beverage Recipes

Indes: Healthy beverage recipes to help you live healthier and longer!

Ruby Sipper Cooler

Recipe for a delightful way to enjoy fresh berries. A cool refreshing drink or smoothie for hot summer days.

Spiced Tea (Chai) Recipe

The Indian chai masala has become very popular amongst Tibetans in the refugee communities, and is healthier in the Indian climate than the traditional buttered tea.

Island Banana Bread Recipe

Banana bread seems to be popular wherever bananas are found, and bananas are plentiful in the Caribbean. The addition of lemon peel and hint of allspice make this sweet, moist Caribbean version unique.

Sweet Potato Chipotle Chili recipe

Chipotle chilies are dried smoked jalape?o chilies. They are often canned in adobo sauce, which is made with ground chilies and spices. They add a distinctive smoky flavor to this robust chili.

Berry Shiny Glaze Recipe

Berry Shiny Glaze - Healthy recipes for the beginner or the gourmet cook. Great for vegetarians, health conscious individuals, or those simply wanting to live longer and healthier.

Carrot Cake Recipe

Recipe for Carrot Cake which includes no dairy (does have one egg) and uses tofu.

Chocolate Silk Road Pie Recipe

Recipe for Chocolate Silk Road Pie. This variation of chocolate silk pie is made with silken tofu. It has all the flavor of the original, with no cholesterol, plus the nutritional benefits of soy protein.

Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe

Fresh Strawberry Pie - Healthy recipe for the beginner or the gourmet cook. Great for vegetarians, health conscious individuals, or those simply wanting to live longer and healthier.

12 Steps to Recovery

In America, our only "down" time seems to be the daily drive to and from work, which, if it happens to be on Florida's I-95, tends to exacerbate stress and anxiety rather than temper it. By the time most of us are home from a typical day's work...

Ginger Spice Cake Recipe

This is a recipe for an old-fashioned gingerbread-style cake. Easy, nutritious recipe for the quality conscious family on the go from Pinch of Time: Meals in Less Than 30 Minutes by Sandra Rudloff

Are You Eating Frankenfood?

Genetically altered food is being quietly slipped into our markets and supermarkets without proper labels, and without having passed adequate safety tests. Furthermore, genetically engineered food confers no advantage to consumers: it doesn't look better, taste better, cost less, or provide better nutrition. In Europe they call it "GMO food." Here, we use a new term: "genfood."

Nearsighted Personality

From interviews of tens of thousands of nearsighted patients, I've been able to catalog patterns of personalities and their potential behaviors that can present clues to direct you into a deeper self-understanding, helping you to know who you are behind the illusionary perceptions and beliefs of your present way of seeing.

Doc Says I'm Fine

Have you ever had the experience of visiting your doctor because you didn't feel well only to be told there was nothing wrong with you or that you were "perfectly healthy"? You left the office still wondering why you didn't feel well. Was it all in your head? "If I am so fine," you asked yourself, "why do I feel so bad?"

Diet - A Four-Letter Word (2)

The word diet simply defines the food we ingest each day. But it has become a four-letter word or a badge of honor, sometimes even a badge of martyrdom. Dieting has become a national pastime, with everyone waiting in line for the next diet of the month, guaranteed to make us all fit and trim.

Diet - A Four-Letter Word

The word diet simply defines the food we ingest each day. But it has become a four-letter word or a badge of honor, sometimes even a badge of martyrdom. Dieting has become a national pastime, with everyone waiting in line for the next diet of the month, guaranteed to make us all fit and trim.

Diet Nutrition Cancer

by W. John Diamond, M.D. and W. Lee Cowden, M.D.

The leading nutritional problem in the United States today is the eating of too many empty-calorie foods, says Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., a biochemist and nutrition expert. This contributes to nutrient deficiencies that can rob the body of its natural resistance to disease while weakening overall physiological performance.

Self-Discovery Through Obesity

If we are so gracious with flu symptoms in ourselves, or pneumonia symptoms in our friends, why then are we so cruel with symptoms of another disorder that affects nearly 70% of the American population? Obesity. Do we really think that someone would choose to be overweight? Do we really think that children say, "When I grow up I want to be fat?"

Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a distinctive and complete system of health care which promotes healthy functioning in a person by correcting mechanical imbalances within and between the structures of the body. By structures we mean the muscles, bones, ligaments, organs, and fascia. Its goal is...

Beauty and Eternal Youth

The West is preoccupied with looking younger; signs of aging are reminders of death. In Asia, age brings greater beauty and wisdom; it is what we all look forward to. However, if you still want to fight the aging process, you can look younger by following the fifty points outlined below.

Healing thru Osteopathy

A holistic approach to health means that every part of the body is seen within the context of the whole. As all the organs and systems of the body are interconnected, we cannot treat one part without influencing and changing the whole. The cause of a problem may be far from where the symptoms are found.

Reflexology

The whole body is represented on the feet and hands through points that can be individually stimulated to produce a reaction in the corresponding body part. Someone who has a stiff and painful left shoulder following a sports injury, may feel immediate relief in their shoulder as I work the corresponding part on the foot.

Shiatsu

The Japanese word shiatsu means finger pressure: shi finger,  atsu pressure. In shiatsu, the fingers, thumbs, elbows, knees, and hands are all used to stimulate or sedate the energy flowing through the body to promote health and healing. Like acupuncture and other Asian medical practices, shiatsu works with the body's energy system.

Researchers Test Drug from 'Transgenic Sheep'

University of Florida researchers have begun the first pilot study to determine whether the milk of genetically modified sheep can help people prone to life- threatening lung problems caused by a specific protein deficiency. Six patients whose bodies manufacture inadequate amounts of AAT, leaving them vulnerable to emphysema, have begun receiving inhaled doses of it at Shands at UF teaching hospital...

Eat Great, Lose Weight

I've tried every diet in the world. The shakes, the calorie counting, the packaged foods, the fasting, the grapefruit, the cottage cheese, the celery... What I really wanted was to find a way to eat healthy, nutritious, yet flavorful foods in substantial portions and still lose weight. And I'm happy to tell you I have found it.

Emotional Eating vs. Physical Hunger

Self-awareness is a key ingredient to recovering from the Yo-Yo Diet Syndrome. There are 16 feelings that Emotion Eaters most often confuse with physical hunger. These listings merely describe the fattening feelings and explain why they lead to overeating.

Essential Oils

by Nicola Naylor. The history of healing with essential oils has often been confused with the history of perfumery or of herbalism. Perfumery is the non-medicinal use of aromatic substances while herbalism is the medicinal use of the whole plant.

Healing Cancer on My Own

In February of 1975, when I was 29 years old, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. As I thought about what my doctor said, I became convinced that the line of treatment he outlined was all wrong for me. It seemed painful, complicated, and disharmonious with nature.

Eye Body Connection

Vision problems are very frequently accompanied by specific patterns of muscle tension and weakness. As with other types of physical problems, it is very difficult to say with accuracy, This tension created that problem or That problem may have caused this tension...

FDA Supplement Guide

Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, which set up a new framework for FDA regulation of dietary supplements, requires consumers, as well as manufacturers, to be responsible for checking the safety of these products and determining the truthfulness of their label claims.

Fertility & Subfertility

Subfertility is a relatively common problem but, because it is one that strikes deep into the psyche of couples who experience it, it is often concealed, so that it is far more common than is generally realized. It is estimated that as many as one in six couples have difficulty in conceiving the number of children they want when they want them.

Fibromyalgia Pain

Americans who suffer from fibromyalgia live with a two-edged sword: excruciating pain, accompanied by the doubts of many who dismiss it as a made-up illness invented by a troubled mind. But researchers at the University of Florida and elsewhere are beginning to piece together clues that reveal the physical...

Fingertips Calm The Mind

You may be familiar with the term Relaxation Response. This was coined by Dr. Herbert Benson, who wrote a book by the same title. All stress reduction techniques generate this response, marked by physical and mental features which contribute to good health.

Folk High School

A spiritual base is an absolute essential, not only in the role of healing, but in daily living. Any physical disease can affect a patient's emotional or spiritual state, and any emotional or spiritual upset can bring about physiological change.

Food Combining

Our digestive system has to break down into their useful component parts a variety of different 'feedstocks' each requiring a different process. The foregoing consideration leads to the concept of eating food in batches, which require the same chemical and mechanical treatment in the digestive tract. It is known as the principle of proper food combining.

Foods That Fight Pain

by Neal Barnard, M.D. Foods have medicinal value -- this has long been accepted in the medical traditions of China, India, Native America, and other cultures around the world, and is now being confirmed by the latest Western medical research. Foods can also fight pain. This idea is drawn from a wealth of new research from prestigious medical centers around the world.

Why Is Garlic A Most Versatile Natural Remedy?

Why Is Garlic A Most Versatile Natural Remedy?

Garlic is among the oldest and most versatile of the documented natural remedies. When Hippocrates, the father of diagnostic medicine, was busy noting which treatments worked for the Greek people he treated, he listed garlic. A total of twenty-two ancient Egyptian remedies were found to use garlic, as noted in the Ebers Papyrus dating from the sixteenth century B.C.E.

Gene Therapy to Treat Obesity

University of Florida scientists have successfully used gene therapy to control appetite and weight in obese animal models. "This would be the couch potato's dream: You can eat what you want but stay lean," said Sergei Zolotukhin, a research associate professor of molecular genetics and microbiology in...

Healing Quadriplegia A Miraculous True Story

Over the next 2 months I remained hospitalized. I began talking to God (praying) and listening to God (meditating). This became my full-time occupation. I was given this earthly analogy: it is easier for God to heal quadriplegia than it is for a person to scatter the dust of a puff-ball mushroom with a single gentle breath.

A Personal Experience: Do It Yourself Childbirth (Part II)

by Laura Kaplan Shanley. The word alone makes most people cringe. Instantly, one imagines a frightened, tearful woman lying in a hospital bed surrounded by masked men and women and perhaps a family member.

Diabetes screening for genetic susceptibility to diabetes

Most cases of insulin-dependent diabetes are discovered only when symptoms of diabetes appear. But through a sophisticated diabetes screening program at the University of Florida, a Gainesville family knows their 20-month-old daughter is all but certain to develop diabetes.

Inner Health

When I calmed my mind enough to listen to God's Voice within me, I realized I hadn't done anything wrong. The cancer was part of the unfoldment of the part I had to play... Through prayer and meditation, it came to me that breast cancer was an opportunity for growth, just like any other challenge I'd confronted in my life.

Dictionary Of Holistic Terms

Dictionary of terms of wholistic and alternative medicine as well as spirituality and counseling .

Is Suicide the Answer?

I'm 32 years old, and I spent years of my life wanting to die. I'm not here to tell you what the textbooks and the professionals tell those of us who have been suicidal. Nor am I here to talk you out of anything you might be thinking of doing. That's really up to you...

Grains & Sea Vegetables

Whole grains are unrefined, exceedingly nutritious, and contain more vitamins, minerals, and fiber than their lighter, whiter, and fluffier counterparts found in commercially packaged goods.

Healing in the Aquarian Age

With Uranus in Aquarius, we began to see several new healing modalities spring up. While many of these have been around for awhile, the demands of this time are causing them to become more visible and accessible.

Tension and Headaches

Approximately 90 percent of headaches are tension headaches. Tension headaches can be caused by almost any type of stress: too much or too little exertion, too much or too little excitement, too hot or too cold temperatures, too much or too little sleep, too erect or too limp posture, too much or too little food, and so on.

Acid and Alkaline Balance

For optimal energy and to maintain health, a balance between the acids and the alkalis of the body is essential. The acid-alkaline balance varies with the individual and his or her stress level. Generally it ranges between 75 percent and 85 percent alkaline-producing foods to between 15 percent and 25 percent acid-producing foods in the diet.

Last Day at the Radiation Clinic

As I stood in the bathroom one morning, my mother's voice told me rather rudely to "check my breast." I always did what my mother told me, even if she had gone to God over ten years before. I wasn't about to argue with anyone that had the power to reach down to me from so far away. She was right. I listened and I am alive.

I Am A Sensei's Wife: Putting Karate First

I Am A Sensei's Wife: Putting Karate First

Karate, for my husband, is not just an exercise nor a way to stay physically fit. It is a passion like few people experience at all. Some of us spend our entire lives searching and never finding, striving but never accomplishing, yearning yet never satisfied.

But Why Do I Have ADD?

Many people with ADD or ADHD are very intelligent, always thinking of new possibilities and ways to make things better. Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and Winston Churchill are classic examples. The inability to get along in school is not necessarily the sign of a failure for life.

High Blood Pressure

by Maureen Keane.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a very difficult health disorder condition for a number of reasons. It is very common, affecting an estimated 24 percent of all American adults, about 43 million people. Among older adults the percentage is even higher. It is a leading cause of strokes, kidney disease, and congestive heart failure.

High Blood Pressure (2)

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a very difficult health disorder condition for a number of reasons. It is very common, affecting an estimated 24 percent of all American adults, about 43 million people. Among older adults the percentage is even higher. It is a leading cause of strokes, kidney disease, and congestive heart failure.

Magnet Therapy: Its History Around the World

Magnet Therapy: Its History Around the World

by William H. Philpott, M.D. and Dwight K. Kalita, Ph.D. with Burton Goldberg. While magnet therapy may just now be gaining more widespread use and popularity in the United States and elsewhere, the use of magnetic energy for healing dates back thousands of years. The earliest written medical text, published in China around 2,000 B.C., mentions the application of magnetic stones to correct health imbalances.

Homeopathy: Treating Cause

by Herbert Rothouse, R.Ph., M.S. The word "homeopathy" comes from the Greek words homeo and pathos, meaning "similar" and "suffering", respectively. Homeopathy does not actually concern itself with a germ or a bacterium or the names of diseases because homeopathy does not treat a disease. What homeopathy does is to treat the individual according to his or her discomfort.

How to Beat the Heat

With temperatures rising in the East and Midwest, the number of deaths attributed to excessive heat exposure is climbing also. But most tragedies can be avoided by taking a few precautions

Eating Raw Foods for A New You

There are dozens and hundreds and thousands of diets, diet books and diet experts in the world today. For one reason or another, many people have decided to adopt some restrictions. The greatest value of the raw food diet is its transformative value.

Insomnia: To Sleep or To Lie Awake?

Falling asleep can be so easy, and yet at times it can be so difficult. When insomniacs meet with narcoleptics (people who have an uncontrollable tendency to fall asleep throughout the day), each is inevitably jealous of the other's condition.

Irregular Heartbeats

by Christine Penko

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, had stabilized his potentially fatal irregular heartbeat for the first time.

Juices & Sprouts

Minerals are essential to keep our chemistry in balance and to supply our bones, blood, and tissues with the elements necessary for normal function and growth. Minerals are needed in the tissues for tone and as conductors of electromagnetic light waves, which link the chromosomes of the cells to the finer energies of Nature.

Mediterranean Diet

by Marissa Cloutier, MS, RD. and Eve Adamson. Is it really possible to eat well, savoring and relishing delicious food, and at the same time increase our wellness? In fact, it is possible, and also surprisingly easy to accomplish. We need only look to the Mediterranean lands...by Marissa Cloutier, MS, RD. and Eve Adamson. Is it really possible to eat well, savoring and relishing delicious food, and at the same time increase our wellness? In fact, it is possible, and also surprisingly easy to accomplish. We need only look to the Mediterranean lands...

From Eating... to Obesity

Everything we know about our prehistoric ancestors is that they were lean. If they finished lunch hungry, they had a choice. Go off for an hour or two and find more food or have a siesta during the heat of the day. You had to really want the food to go to the effort of getting it. Today of course, in the affluent countries, we are surrounded by food.

How The Brain Can Stop Pain

Being in pain, hour after hour, day after day, rips away your strength, your hope, your personality, and even your love. Your pain can probably be cured. Your own body has a healing force that will enable you to rise above your pain, and feel whole and happy once again.

How Pain Works

Being in pain, hour after hour, day after day, rips away your strength, your hope, your personality, and even your love. Your pain can probably be cured. Your own body has a healing force that will enable you to rise above your pain, and feel whole and happy once again.

Schizophrenia

Scientists have tried through the years to attribute schizophrenia to one brain abnormality or another, but solid proof has been lacking. Now University of Florida researchers have found that subtle differences in 10 brain structures can provide a strong indicator of whether someone has the disorder.

Prostate Health: What Not To Let Your Doctor Do

When your doctor gives you a diagnosis of prostate cancer, he or she is also likely to tell you that you must have treatment immediately or you will die. Each specialist urges you to opt for their approach (surgery, or radiation, or hormone therapy), insisting that it's absolutely the best thing to do, and that you should do it right now.

Strategies to Help Alleviate and Heal Your Sinusitis

Inflammation in the sinuses, called sinusitis, creates head pain, facial tenderness, eyeball aching, and even a sensation that feels like the teeth are long. These symptoms make sinusitis sound like a type of torture, as any sufferer will confirm.

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