• July 2, 2024

Wormwood: A Symbol of Bitterness

A bitter herb that can help stimulate digestion, expel parasites, and help cope with life’s bitter experiences. Wormwood gets its name for being a traditional remedy for getting rid of intestinal worms. It has an aromatic and bitter taste that helps stimulate digestion.

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  • June 21, 2024

Catnip for Cats and Kids

In addition to being a good remedy for kids and adults, catnip has an amusing and harmless effect on many cats. This member of the mint family is intoxicating to about 50%-70% of all cats. It even acts as a bit of an aphrodisiac for them. Cats don’t actually eat it, but they will bruise and tear the plant to release the essential oil and inhale its vapors. I remember observing this effect while I was living in an apartment in Spokane in the late 1970s. My wife was explaining the effects that catnip…

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  • June 19, 2024

Fire Up Your Health with Capsicum

Known by many names, cayenne pepper stimulates circulation, eases pain, and stops bleeding. Because it helps improve circulation it can help enhance healing. It can also be used in emergency situations to ease shock.

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  • June 12, 2024


Ginger is a spicy food that eases nausea, aids digestion, and helps relieve colds. It is a great stimulating, digestive remedy that is easy to take because it has a more sweet and pleasant warmth. Ginger works well in both capsules or as a tea.

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  • June 6, 2024

Dill: Beyond the Pickle

A major seasoning in pickles, salads and soups, dill is remedy for improving digestion and helping scattered people find their center. It stimulates digestive secretions and is antispasmodic. The flower essence is also one of the best remedies for balancing the solar plexus energy.

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  • May 28, 2024


A spice for balancing blood sugar, fighting infections, and boosting energy and libido, cinnamon is pungent aromatic with strong astringent properties. It can be used as a good antiviral and antibacterial remedy. It is also a good remedy for people who feel devitalized or weak.

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  • May 22, 2024

Peppermint, Spearmint, and Other Mints

The mint family (Lamiaceae) is loaded with useful medicinal herbs, most of which are aromatic, including thyme, sage, marjoram, basil, hyssop, horehound, rosemary, lavender, lemon balm, bergamot, pennyroyal, and catnip. All of these plants have a characteristic square stem with opposite leaves that alternate up the stem. Once you recognize this growth pattern, as well as their irregular blooms, it’s pretty easy to recognize a Lamiaceae plant. But the subject of this article are the members of…

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  • May 14, 2024

Pacific Yew

A hardy tree with anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and immune-enhancing properties, Pacific yew is hardy, long-lived tree that can live for hundreds of years. Yew trees produce compounds called taxanes, which include paclitaxel a compound that can help inhibit cancer cell replication.

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