Eyebright: Healing benefits for eyes and more

Eyebright, as its name suggests, is a plant that is beneficial for eyes as well as sinus conditions and skin ailments. The plant, which is native to Britain and Europe, contains carbohydrates, tannins, alkaloids, sterols, phenolic acids, flavonoids, amino acids, essential oils, and vitamins A and C. Also known as Euphrasia Officinalis, eyebright has been used used as a herbal remedy for various eye diseases since … Continue reading Eyebright: Healing benefits for eyes and more

Castile Soap: What is it and what are its uses

Castile soap has become a popular choice for eco conscious consumers seeking a soap that is non-toxic and safe for use for both washing the body and household cleaning. Castile soap, which comes in both liquid and traditional bar form, is made from vegetable oils – primarily coconut, olive, hemp and jojoba oils. Castile soap is named after an area in Spain which is renowned for … Continue reading Castile Soap: What is it and what are its uses

Hackney Herbal: Showing people how how to incorporate herbs into their lifestyles

Herbs are an effective and easy way of managing and maintaining one’s health, and now social enterprise, Hackney Herbal, is making knowledge of herbs and its uses accessible to all. Committed to providing opportunities for local people to interact with herbs and each other in a social way, Hackney Herbal organise free community workshops and events, as well as a variety of herb-related activities promoting … Continue reading Hackney Herbal: Showing people how how to incorporate herbs into their lifestyles

Dandelion: A “weed” with mighty healing abilities

Dandelion may be considered a “weed”, but the “invasive and pervasive” weed also happens to be incredibly beneficial to health and wellbeing, having been used as a medicinal herb for centuries. Dandelion roots and leaves are dried and used to make dandelion tea and roasted to make dandelion coffee, each of which contain vitamins A, C and D, and significant amounts of zinc, iron, magnesium … Continue reading Dandelion: A “weed” with mighty healing abilities

Rooibos Tea: Health benefits of the red bush tea

Rooibos tea, also known as red bush tea, comes from a shrub native to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, and has become a tea of choice among those seeking its health benefits. Known to have 50% more antioxidants than those found in green tea, rooibos tea is a wonderful daily addition to one’s diet for boosting immunity and supporting overall good health. Antioxidants … Continue reading Rooibos Tea: Health benefits of the red bush tea

Make your own herbal tincture

Making your own herbal tinctures are a great way to get the support of healing herbs to maintain good health. Given that tinctures contain alcohol, which is a natural preserving agent, tinctures can retain the medicinal constituents of herbs with a shelf life of several years. Tinctures are also a very convenient and effective way of getting herbs into the body’s systems. Check out this … Continue reading Make your own herbal tincture

Probiotics health benefits and 5 foods to support a healthy gut

Having a healthy gut is important to the wellbeing of the entire body. In traditional Chinese medicine much importance is placed on the stomach and gut area, for digestion plays a vital part in the body’s overall functioning. Processed foods, prescription drugs, antibiotics and the degradation of food, including use of pesticides and injecting animals with artificial hormones, has led to a decline in the … Continue reading Probiotics health benefits and 5 foods to support a healthy gut

Turmeric: Health benefits of the “Queen of Spices”

Turmeric, often referred to and rather aptly as the “Queen of Spices”, is a most wonderful healing spice. This glorious root, which comes from the ginger family, is orange-coloured and comes with much of the same energy, radiance and optimism of the very colour orange. Turmeric comes from the plant known as Curcuma, which is widely cultivated in Asia, India and China. It contains a … Continue reading Turmeric: Health benefits of the “Queen of Spices”

Aloe vera: The “plant of immortality” and its healing benefits

Aloe Vera is a beautiful plant that adds much character to any household, but it also applauded for its healing properties and health benefits too. Known as the “plant of immortality”, the aloe vera plant, which is native to North Africa, Southern Europe, and the Canary Islands, is grown in tropical climates worldwide. The leaves are juicy stems, with an inner jelly-like substance that is … Continue reading Aloe vera: The “plant of immortality” and its healing benefits

Chia seeds: Make a natural energy drink, Chia Fresca, with the nutritious seeds

Chia seeds are an integral ingredient in the Mexican drink chia fresca, in which the seeds are mixed into lime or lemon juice with a sweetener – sugar, honey, agave or maple syrup. Chia seeds, native to Mexico and South America, are a member of the mint family and was used by Mayan and Aztec cultures for supernatural powers. Chia seeds, which are used in their whole … Continue reading Chia seeds: Make a natural energy drink, Chia Fresca, with the nutritious seeds