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Holistic Being & Natural Health
Holistic Being & Natural Health

Natural Health

Natural health care is such a generic term. The term natural implies that it is not man-made. Health implying our physical as well as mental well-being. Holistic wellness is all inclusive for a healthy balanced life. Natural health is something that has been misinterpreted because sometimes we think that not eating takeaways and always cooking at home is naturally being healthy. Holistic Wellness implies wellness in every aspect, physical as well as mental. Meaning diet and eating habits, mental state of well being and physical exercise.

Natural

I want to focus on the word ‘Natural’. Natural means derived from nature. I used to want to date a girl that was ‘natural’. Natural hair, natural figure, because it is something that I can identify, and I know that it is what it is. However, the term ‘natural’ does not always mean ‘safe‘. Unnatural tends to denote lack of understanding of the functionality or relying on its purpose. Regardless whether it’s natural or unnatural, both are more accepted in today’s society. This can be good as well as bad.

Health

Health care is something everything longs for. After the recent pandemic, people are a lot more conscious. Preventable illnesses like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and several leading forms of cancer make up a big chunk of the spending of health care, costing billions of euros. Look at the evidence from a 2009 study of 23,153 adults who took part in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition. Volunteers who followed four areas of good health — they didn’t smoke or get fat; they exercised and ate a healthy diet — were 80% less likely to develop chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

Holistic Wellness

Holistic wellness is an approach to being healthy that looks at a person’s health in a holistic way. Nature is organic. Organic beings comprise and integrate with other organisms for self sufficiency. We need to embrace an attitude of holistic wellness, because holistic wellness is imperative to long life and human survival. Many people get themselves a holistic wellness coach to help them identify every aspect that makes up holistic wellness. So getting a professional holistic wellness coach can help with this process.

Their risk of developing type 2 diabetes was 92% lower than the risk of people who shunned the familiar health advice. Their odds of having a heart attack were 81% lower.

So what can we do to be naturally healthy?

Well there are 3 main approaches, which encompasses the concept of holistic wellness.

  • 1. What we eat and drink
  • 2. What we think
  • 3. What we do physically

1. What we eat and drink #Whatweeatanddrink

Veganism is a tend that is growing and growing as awareness of the lack of natural foods that are in our daily diet is more becoming common knowledge. The average person’s diet lacks so much and is limited to what consists on the shelves of the local Tesco or Sainsburys and the respective brands. Not realizing, or even forgetting that there is so much more out there in terms of food and ingredients and natural ingredients.

Holistic Wellness and natural health - eating

Convenience is becoming a big unique selling point that many big businesses are starting to cash in on, and it is working. Look at Uber, Deliveroo, Just Eat. Anything that provides convenince is being valued, even at the expense of our health.

Now I am not going to bang on about telling people to not order takeaways. I think the main message to learn is to take more responsibility of our own health, as these big food and takeaway brands will not. Everything starts with knowledge, then action takes place. So here is some knowledge for you to investigate further.

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Most herbs have not been completely tested to see how well they work or to see if they interact with other herbs, supplements, medicines, or foods. Products added to herbal preparations may also cause interactions. Be aware that “natural” does not mean “safe.” It’s important to tell your healthcare providers about any herb or dietary supplement you are using.

  • Chamomile. (Flower)
  • Echinacea. (Leaf, stalk, root) …
  • Feverfew. (Leaf) …
  • Garlic. (Cloves, root) …
  • Ginger. (Root) …
  • Gingko. (Leaf) …
  • Ginseng. (Root) …
  • Goldenseal. (Root, rhizome)

Chamomile (Flower)

Considered by some to be a cure-all, chamomile is commonly used in the U.S. as ananxiolytic and sedative for anxiety and relaxation. It is used in Europe for wound healing and to reduce inflammation or swelling. But Chamomile is a flower definitely that should be in your diet when it comes to natural health and holistic wellness.


Echinacea (Leaf, stalk, root)

Echinacea is commonly used to treat or prevent colds, flu, and infections, and for wound healing. More than 25 published studies looked at how well Echinacea worked to prevent or shorten the course of a cold, but none were conclusive. Other studies have also shown that long-term use can affect the body’s immune system. It should not be used with medicines that can cause liver problems. There are many articles promoting the use of Echinacea in your diet, so I believe it should be mentioned when talking about natural health and holistic wellness.


Feverfew (Leaf)

Feverfew was traditionally used to treat fevers. It is now commonly used to prevent migraines and treat arthritis. Some research has shown that certain feverfew preparations can prevent migraines. Side effects include mouth ulcers and digestive irritation. 


Garlic (Cloves, root)

Garlic is used for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. It has antimicrobial effects. Reports from small, short-term, and poorly described studies show that it may cause small reductions in total and LDL cholesterol. he FDA considers garlic safe. It should not be used with warfarin, because large amounts of garlic may affect clotting. For the same reason, large amounts should not be taken before dental procedures or surgery. Being such a common substance, I believe it should be included when talking about natural health and holistic wellness as it can easily be integrated in our diet.

Ginger (Root)

Ginger is used to ease nausea and motion sickness. Research suggests that ginger can relieve nausea caused by pregnancy or chemotherapy. Another common root that we can take more advantage of in our regular diet to promote natural health and holistic wellness.

Gingko (leaf)

Now Ginkgo leaf extract has been used to treat a variety of conditions like asthma, fatigue, bronchitis and tinnitus. Also used to improve memory and prevent dementia and other similar brain disorders. But exactly how Gingko works is not fully understood. Only extract from leaves should be used. Seeds contain ginkgo toxin. This toxin can cause seizures and, in large amounts can cause death. 


Ginseng (Root)

Ginseng is used as a tonic and aphrodisiac as well as a cure for all. Research is uncertain how well it works, partly because of the difficulty in defining “vitality” and “quality of life.” Side effects are high blood pressure and tachycardia. FDA has approved it to be safe, but shouldn’t be used with warfarin, heparin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, estrogens, corticosteroids, or digoxin.

People with diabetes should not use ginseng.


Goldenseal (Root, rhizome)

Goldenseal is commonly used to treat diarrhea as well as eye and skin irritations. Also as an antiseptic. It is also an unproven treatment for colds. Studies have shown that Goldenseal is effective for diarrhea. But it’s not recommended because it can be poisonous in high doses. It can cause skin, mouth, throat, and gastric irritation. It is also not recommended because of the plant’s endangered species status. Goldenseal contains berberine, a plant alkaloid with a long history of medicinal use in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.


Milk thistle (Fruit)

Milk thistle has been used to treat liver conditions and high cholesterol, and to reduce the growth of cancer cells. Milk thistle is a plant that originated in the Mediterranean region. It has been used for many different illnesses over the last several thousand years, especially liver issues.


Saint John’s wort (Flower, leaf)

Saint John’s wort has been used as an antidepressant. Recent studies have not confirmed that there is more than a slight effect on depression. More research is needed to determine the best dose of Saint John’s Wort. A side effect is sensitivity to light, but this is only noted in people taking large doses of the herb. St. John’s work can cause a dangerous interaction with other commonly used medicines. Always talk with your healthcare provider before using this herb.


Valerian (Root)

Valerian is used to treat sleeplessness and to reduce anxiety. Research suggests that valerian may be a helpful sleep aid, but there are no well-designed studies to confirm the results. Please consult talk with your healthcare provider before taking it.


2. What We Think #Whatwethink

This consists our Mental Well being and Emotional Well being. Our mental state is just as important as our diet, maybe even more. Good relationships are important for your mental well being. They can:

  • help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth
  • give you an opportunity to share positive experiences
  • provide emotional support and allow you to support others

Mental state of mind also include emotional well being. Being in touch with our emotions and acknowledging our emotions tend to be the first step in maintain good well being in this matter.

For more advice on Mental Wellness, click here.

Here are some herbs to help with mental wellness

Emotional wellbeing is at the heart of our daily lives. Whether we are happy, sad, fearful, excited or angry, our emotions can influence the way we approach everything in our daily activities. Every decision we make is governed by our state of mind in some small way, so having good emotional health is essential to living a full, and balanced life.

Emotional health is an extension of mental health, though the two are often confused. While mental health relates to the functioning of the mind, emotional health is more about our approach to life, and our ability to live a life of wellness.


3. What we do physically #Whatwedophysically

Physical activity or exercise can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Physical activity and exercise can have immediate and long-term health benefits. Most importantly, regular activity can improve your quality of life. This is the last major component when it comes to achieving holistic wellness.

For more information on physical wellness, click here.

Milk Thistle for Dogs

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Milk Thistle for Dogs
Milk Thistle for Dogs

Milk Thistle

“Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is a flowering plant that contains the flavonoid compound silymarin in the seeds,”

It specifically protects the liver against toxins (including some drugs and heavy metals), activates protein synthesis, and stimulates growth of new liver cells to replace those that are dead or damaged.

A study published in the Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics found that milk thistle effectively treated liver dysfunction in Beagles.

The liver is a real powerhouse within the body – responsible for breaking down and detoxifying harmful agents and activating other substances essential for metabolism. It also stores nutrients and is important in immunity.

Milk Thistle for Dogs
Milk Thistle for Dogs

Liver damage

There are several causes for liver damage. Viruses, bacteria, drugs, the aforementioned toxins, free radicals, and inflammation are all guilty of wreaking havoc on the liver. Signs of liver damage or disease include a loss of appetite, lethargy, jaundice, dark urine, pale gums or a sudden unexplained weight loss

This pure preparation of top grade milk thistle contains high levels of silymarin that supports the liver and mops up free radicals that affect cells, so can be given at times when the liver needs extra support.

  • Milk thistle may be beneficial to dogs with liver problems.
  • Silymarin is the part of the plant that has the beneficial properties.
  • Milk thistle supplements for dogs comes in capsules, liquid, or powder forms.
  • While milk thistle supplements may benefit a dog’s liver, they won’t cure diseases.
  • Pet owners should speak to a veterinarian before giving a supplement to their dogs.

Milk Thistle Additional Uses

Milk thistle not only helps treat and prevent liver disease. Below is a list of treatment claims linked to the plant:

Kidney disease

If there has been kidney damage to your pet because of an infection milk thistle has been show to greatly decrease the amount of time it takes your pet to heal.

Pancreatitis

Although rare in cats, pancreatitis is very common in dogs. Milk thistle can be given to your dog and cat to help alleviate the symptoms.

Cancer

Milk thistle has been shown to decrease the effects of cancer in a pet’s body. While there haven’t been many studies done, there have been enough that it has shown improvement and helps protect against the potential for cancer in your pet.

Diabetes

Pets suffering from diabetes that are given milk thistle at least once per week have been shown to not have to have nearly the amount of insulin that they would have had to take otherwise.


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    How to give Milk Thistle to my Dog?

    The usual recommended extract of milk thistle contains 70 to 80 percent silymarin. Each extract should be labeled with the silymarin percent. The tincture can be administered at a starting dose of 1/4 tsp. per 20lbs of animal’s body weight per day. The daily dosage should be taken in 2-4 equally divided doses. With the powder format, administer 2-5mg per 1lb of the animal’s body weight, 2 to 3 times per day. Read labels carefully, discuss dosages and, although there are no known drug interactions.

    Please consult with your veterinarian.

    Sage – part 2

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    Sage
    Sage

    (Salvia officinalis)

    Sage tea is an aromatic infusion made from the leaves of common sage (Salvia officinalis), a herb in the same family as mint.

    Commonly used as a spice, sage also has a long history of use in alternative and traditional medicine. Notably, its tea is packed with potential health benefits — although scientific research on this drink is still in its preliminary stages.

    Sage Uses

    • Excellent for sore throat
    • Cough and colds
    • Recognized in Germany as a treatment for excessive sweating
    • Studies show it can help reduce menopausal hot flashes and night sweats.
    • High in Several Nutrients. Sage packs a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals. …
    • Loaded With Antioxidants. …
    • May Support Oral Health. …
    • May Ease Menopause Symptoms. …
    • May Reduce Blood Sugar Levels. …
    • May Support Memory and Brain Health. …
    • May Lower ‘Bad’ LDL Cholesterol. …
    • May Protect Against Certain Cancers.

    May support women’s health

    In the Middle East, pregnant women commonly use sage to treat digestive symptoms like nausea, a common problem early in pregnancy (SourceSource).

    Historically, sage has also been utilized as a natural way to reduce breastmilk production in women who are weaning or have an overabundant supply (Trusted Source).

    Sage Preparation and doses

    Tea: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 tsp leaves. Steep for 10 minutes. Strain. Drink, or use as a sore throat gargle.
    Capsules: Take 500 mg dried leaf 2 times per day.

    Concerns: Do not use therapeutic doses during pregnancy; do not use sage essential oil internally.

    Sage

    Burning Sage

    Burning sage — also known as smudging — is an ancient spiritual ritual.

    Benefits of Burning Sage

    • removing bacteria from the air.
    • repelling insects.
    • improving intuition.
    • purifying specific objects.
    • improving mood and reducing stress and anxiety.

    Risks

    When done correctly and respectfully, smudging is completely safe and the effects last after the smoke clears. Be careful with sage when it’s lit. If you aren’t careful, burns and even fire is possible. Have water nearby. Never leave burning sage unattended. Make sure to put your sage bundle out completely after every use. Setting off smoke alarms is common. Consider this if smudging in a public building. People with asthma and other respiratory conditions may be more sensitive to the smoke and have adverse reactions. Always leave a window open while smudging. Inhaling smoke can be hazardous to your health.

    Conclusion

    Burning sage has many benefits as a spiritual practice. Some research supports certain health benefits of sage, such as antimicrobial properties and enhanced alertness, but more research is needed.

    There is very little research on smudging as a practice beyond the cultural practice of the ritual.

    Keep in mind: Burning sage is a sacred religious practice in some Native American cultures. Treat the ritual with respect.

    Red Elm aka Slippery Elm Bark

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    Red Elm Slippery Elm
    Red Elm Slippery Elm

    (Ulmus rubra)

    Red Elm is more commonly refereed to as Slippery Elm Bark, or Ulmus rubra. Ulmus rubra is typically called Red Elm in most woodworking applications, in reference to its reddish heartwood. Red Elm is a tree native to the central and eastern United States and Ontario, Canada. Slippery Elm bark is a medium sized native long-lived deciduous tree, with a open, somewhat flat-topped crown composed of many spreading to ascending branches, with less drooping at the ends than American Elm.

    The tree is known for its dark brown to reddish brown bark and can reach a height of 60-80 feet.

    Native Americans would peel its slimy, red inner bark from twigs and branches and use it as a remedy for many common ailments, like fevers, wounds, and sore throats.

    Slippery Elm Uses

    FDA-approved as a safe, nonprescription remedy for minor throat irritation and can be remedied with oral lozenges for soothing throat pain. Also very useful for relieving cough and occasional heartburn. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Soothing a Cough and Sore Throat. Irritation of the Urinary Tract. Heartburn and GERD.

    Slippery Elm is applied to the skin for wounds, burns, gout, rheumatism, cold sores, boils, abscesses, ulcers, toothaches, sore throat, and as a lubricant to ease labor. In manufacturing, slippery elm is used in some baby foods and adult nutritional.

    Slippery Elm Preparation and doses

    Lozenges: Take as directed. 
    Tea: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1–2 tsp powdered bark. Steep for 5 minutes. Drink 2 or 3 times per day.

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    Red Elm/Slippery Elm for pets

    Slippery elm is in common use in pets with digestive disturbances, including both diarrhea and constipation.

    It can help reduce inflammation in both the intestinal and respiratory tracts. It also lubricates the intestinal tract to help with the passage of stool in dogs with constipation. For dogs with diarrhea, the coating properties help reduce inflammation, thereby helping relieve discomfort.

    Suggestions of how to Give Your Dog Slippery Elm

    Slippery elm is available as a lozenge, capsule, powder that combines with water, or as an alcohol- or glycerin-based extract. It can also be finely shredded and applied topically to draw out toxins from burns or skin infections.

    For larger pets, tablets or capsules are often the easiest form of slippery elm to administer, while for small pets, glycerin-based [extracts] work well and are readily accepted.

    For dogs who are vomiting, the powder can be mixed with slightly warm water and given as an enema.

    One suggestion implies that it can also be added to food. Regardless of which form of slippery elm you choose to give your dog, she recommends talking to an experienced veterinarian for brand recommendations.

    Other suggestions include

    Capsule
    Dosage: Give a ¼ capsule twice daily to small dogs, a ½ capsule twice daily to medium dogs, and one capsule once or twice daily for large dogs. Mix contents of capsule into food or some yogurt.

    Powder
    Dosage: Give a ¼ tsp of powder for every 10 lbs of body weight. Mix the powder into food or some yogurt.

    Syrup
    Recipe: Mix 1 rounded teaspoon of slippery elm powder in 1 cup cold water, bring to boil while stirring, turn down heat, stir and simmer 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, add 1 tablespoon of honey and let it cool.
    Dosage: For dogs under 25 lbs, give 1 to 2 tbsp; 25-50 lbs, 2 to 4 tbsp; 50 lbs and over, give ¼ to ½ cup. Dose 4 times a day.

    Healing Mixture
    Recipe: Use equal parts slippery elm powder, FOS (fructo-oligosaccharide) powder and L-Glutamine powder.
    Dosage: Give 1 tsp twice daily for small dogs, 2 tsp twice daily for medium dogs and 3 tsp twice daily for large dogs. L-Glutamine is an amino acid that heals intestinal cells. If you wish to give your dog L-Glutamine alone, give 500 mg per 25 lbs of body weight per day.

    Please refer to a vet for advice before trying any medication on animals.

    Gordolobo

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    Gordolobo
    Gordolobo

    Gordolobo, a Mexican word, is translated as Mullein in English. Gordolobo is known as the ‘good weed’.

    Mullein aka Verbascum thapsus, is a common weed that has long been used in herbal medicine, especially in remedies that aim to soothe the respiratory tract. These remedies involve the use of mullein’s flowers and leaves. Mullein is also sometimes used as a flavoring agent in alcoholic beverages.

    Gordolobo for lungs

    Gordolobo is taking mainly to expel phlegm (mucus), to treat bronchial asthma and coughs, sore throat, sneezing, dysentery, diarrhea and diphtheria. Works well in sores and wounds on the skin as well as healing burns. Gordolobo tea is also used for gastrointestinal complaints, because of its anti-inflammatory activity.

    Mullein is a plant used to make medicine. Some people take mullein by mouth for breathing conditions such as cough or asthma, pneumonia, colds, and sore throat. But there is limited scientific research to support these and other uses. In manufacturing, mullein is used as a flavoring ingredient in alcoholic beverages.


    Mullein oil

    Mullein oil is extracted from the flower or leaves of the plant. The oil is used as a remedy for earaches, eczema, and some other skin conditions.

    Mullein

    Mullein tea

    Mullein tea is a flavorful beverage that has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments, including chronic coughs, colds, and asthma

    Uses: Leaves commonly used to relieve cough, sore throat, and chest congestion; steeped in oil.

    The flowers relieve:

    • earache
    • cough
    • congestion
    • bronchitis
    • asthma
    • constipation
    • pain
    • inflammation
    • migraine
    • sleep
    • gout

    Preparation and doses:
    Tea: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1–2 tsp leaves. Steep for 10 minutes. Strain, sweeten, and drink as desired.
    Ear oil: Use as directed.

    Concerns: None known


    Is Rooibos the Best Herbal tea?

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    Is rooibos the best herbal tea
    Is rooibos the best herbal tea

    The antioxidants and vitamins found in herbal teas are great for helping fight disease and infections, protect against oxidative stress, and lower the risk of chronic disease. Some of the best immune-boosting herbal teas are elderberry, echinacea, ginger, and liquorice root tea.

    • Tea contains antioxidants. …
    • Tea has less caffeine than coffee. …
    • Tea may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. …
    • Tea may help with weight loss. …
    • Tea may help protect your bones. …
    • Tea may keep your smile bright.

    Herbal teas are some of the healthiest things you can drink. The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in many herbs have shown to provide many short and long-term health benefits. These teas can be a great alternative to your daily sugary and caffeinated drinks, while still providing great taste and a natural boost to your day. 

    But purists consider only green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong tea, and pu-erh tea the real thing. They are all derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, a shrub native to China and India, and contain unique antioxidants called flavonoids. The most potent of these, known as ECGC, may help against free radicals that can contribute to cancer, heart disease, and clogged arteries.

    Rooibos 

    Rooibos is harvested once per year, cut, bruised and fermented to get red color. Rooibos might be the best herbal tea in the world – not only it’s caffeine free and full of antioxidants, it’s extremely versatile, fun to use in cooking and delicious. Most rooibos researchers recommend the complete rooibos extract (as a tea, and six cups staggered throughout the day) rather than taking individual, isolated compounds. Rooibos (red tea): A South African herb that is fermented. Although it has flavonoids with cancer-fighting properties, medical studies have been limited. Caffeine-free. Share on Pinterest Rooibos tea is caffeine-free and low in tannins.

    Is Rooibos tea the best herbal tea?

    Benefits of rooibos tea

    • Low in tannins. Red rooibos tea contains very low levels of tannins. …
    • Rich in antioxidants. …
    • Heart health. …
    • Diabetes management. …
    • Weight management. …
    • Fewer wrinkles.

    Green rooibos, which is not fermented, is also available. It tends to be more expensive and grassier in flavor than the traditional version of the tea, while also boasting more antioxidants.

    Green tea

    Made with steamed tea leaves, it has a high concentration of EGCG and has been widely studied. Green tea’s antioxidants may interfere with the growth of bladderbreast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.

    Is Rooibos tea the best herbal tea, or is it green tea?
    • Contains healthy bioactive compounds. …
    • May improve brain function. …
    • Increases fat burning. …
    • Antioxidants may lower the risk of some cancers. …
    • May protect the brain from aging. …
    • May reduce bad breath. …
    • May help prevent type 2 diabetes. …
    • May help prevent cardiovascular disease.

    Black tea

    Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea has the highest caffeine content and forms the basis for flavored teas like chai, along with some instant teas. Studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. It also may reduce the risk of stroke.

    Is Rooibos tea the best herbal tea, or is it black tea?
    • Has Antioxidant Properties. Share on Pinterest. …
    • May Boost Heart Health. …
    • May Lower “Bad” LDL Cholesterol. …
    • May Improve Gut Health. …
    • May Help Reduce Blood Pressure. …
    • May Help Reduce the Risk of Stroke. …
    • May Lower Blood Sugar Levels. …
    • May Help Reduce the Risk of Cancer.

    White tea

    Uncured and unfermented. One study showed that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas.

    • It’s Rich in Antioxidants. Share on Pinterest. …
    • May Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease. …
    • Could Help You Lose Weight. …
    • Help Protect Your Teeth from Bacteria. …
    • Has Compounds That May Fight Cancer. …
    • May Lower the Risk of Insulin Resistance. …
    • Compounds in White Tea May Protect Against Osteoporosis. …
    • May Help Combat Skin Aging.

    Oolong tea

    In an animal study, those given antioxidants from oolong tea were found to have lower bad cholesterol levels. One variety of oolong, Wuyi, is heavily marketed as a weight loss supplement, but science hasn’t backed the claims.

    • Boosts your metabolism, causing weight loss.
    • Lowers cholesterol
    • Increases mental alertness
    • Aids digestion
    • Promotes healthy hair
    • Betters your skin condition
    • Stabilizes blood sugar
    • Prevents tooth decay
    • Prevents osteoporosis and forms strong bones
    Is Rooibos tea the best herbal tea?

    Pu-erh tea

    Made from fermented and aged leaves. Considered a black tea, its leaves are pressed into cakes. One animal study showed that animals given pu-erh had less weight gain and reduced LDL cholesterol.

    • Weight and fat loss
    • Digestive aid
    • Diabetes maintenance and prevention
    • Cardiovascular wellness
    • Anti oxidants
    • Skin health
    • Cognitive health
    • Bone health
    • Anxiety reduction
    • Anti Inflammatory properties

    Chamomile tea

    Its antioxidants may help prevent complications from diabetes, like loss of vision and nerve and kidney damage, and stunt the growth of cancer cells.

    Is Rooibos tea the best herbal tea, or is it chamomile tea?
    • Promotes Sleep and Treats Insomnia. …
    • Boosts Immunity. …
    • Treats Cold. …
    • Reduces Muscle Spasms and Period Pain. …
    • Soothes Stomach Ache. …
    • Treats Cuts, Wound and Skin Conditions. …
    • Reduces Stress. …
    • Lightens Skin.

    Echinacea Tea

    Often touted as a way to fight the common cold, the research on echinacea has been inconclusive.

    Is Rooibos tea the best herbal tea, or is it echinacea tea?
    • It fights the flu.
    • It helps to control blood sugar.
    • Aids healthy cell growth.
    • Reduces risk of breast cancer.
    • Helps manage anxiety.
    • Lowers blood pressure.
    • Reduces inflammation.
    • Forms and dosages.

    Hibiscus Tea

    Hibiscus tea, also known as Kobo. A small study found that drinking three cups of hibiscus tea daily lowered blood pressure in people with modestly elevated levels.

    Is Rooibos tea the best herbal tea, or is it hibiscus tea?
    • Packed With Antioxidants. Share on Pinterest. …
    • May Help Lower Blood Pressure. …
    • May Help Lower Blood Fat Levels. …
    • May Boost Liver Health. …
    • Could Promote Weight Loss. …
    • Contains Compounds That May Help Prevent Cancer. …
    • Could Help Fight Bacteria. …
    • Flavorful and Easy to Make.

    Chai tea

    Chai tea is a fragrant, spicy tea that may help boost heart health, reduce blood sugar levels, aid digestion and help with weight loss. Cardamom is a key spice in chai tea that is said to benefit the lungs, kidneys and heart, while also being used as a mood elevator. It can reduce inflammation, prevent blood clots and is used as a natural laxative. It also alleviates nausea, aches and pains and even help boost the immune system.

    Chai tea helps boost heart health, reduce blood sugar levels, aid digestion and help with weight loss. Although most of these health benefits are backed by science, it’s worth noting that they are generally linked to the ingredients used in chai tea rather than chai tea itself.

    Is Rooibos tea the best herbal tea, or chai tea?

    So, Is Rooibos tea the best herbal tea?

    Well, there is no ‘best’ herbal tea. It all depends on what you wish to focus on. It’s almost like asking, which is the best fruit? When they are all from different sources and have different purposes and benefits to the human body.

    There are rumours that rooibos tea is great for giving you gorgeous skin and health thick hair…

    Is Rooibos tea the best herbal tea?

    Body Butter from African Shea Butter

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    Body Butter - African Shea Butter
    Body Butter - African Shea Butter

    Body Butter

    Body butters are often used to reduce stretch marks and scars. The components of a natural body butter are all high in nutritious vitamins and fatty acids, which help to nourish and revitalize your skin and improve healthy skin complexion

    Benefits of Body butters include:

    • Moisturizes skin  
    • Forms a protective layer around the skin
    • Reduces Wrinkles
    • Helps soothe skin rashes, sunburn and eczema
    • Contains beneficial antioxidants like vitamin C, E & A
    • Moisture eliminates any sign of dry, chapped skin and leaves skin feeling smooth and renewed.
    • Spend less and get high quality moisturizer

    Some of the best body butters for the skin are shea butter that comes from the African shea nut tree. Shea butter has a high melting point which is about skin temperature and means it absorbs almost immediately on contact with the skin. Cocoa Butter comes directly from cocoa seed and has a nice chocolaty scent to it and a luxurious texture. Mango butter comes from mango seeds and is loaded with extra vitamin C and has a little more of an oily texture. It gives a nice glow to the skin and is not as heavy as the other two butters if you need something lightweight. Body butters are used to hydrate the skin, and the best time to apply body butter is actually directly out of the shower while your skin is still somewhat moist. Body butters help seal in moisture that is already in your skin. If you apply the butters directly to dry skin they may not absorb well, and may sit on top of the skin.

    African Shea Butter

    Extracted from the nuts of the shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa) that is native to Africa, shea butter is a fatty oil that exists as a solid at room temperature.

    High concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins make shea butter an ideal cosmetic ingredient for softening skin. Shea butter also has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Using shea butter on your body, especially your face, can condition, tone, and soothe your skin.

    An oil rich in fats that is derived from the karite tree (also known as the shea tree) is your solution for many skin, health, and hair health issues. Fairly recently, this butter has gained huge popularity in the western world due to its widespread use in several beauty products, such as lotions, cosmetics, shampoos, and conditioners.

    Shea butter is often used in moisturizers, creams, lotions, and other emulsions for the skin and hair. It is rich in fats that make it an excellent emollient and skin moisturizing agent. Experiments also showed it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These can help reduce inflammatory skin diseases and the damage the skin and hair have undergone due to free radicals.

    It also contains vitamins A and E, which not only keep the skin in optimal health but also protect it from being damaged by the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation. These components give shea butter a mild sun protection factor (SPF). Vitamin E also soothes dry skin and improves the skin’s elasticity, making this butter a good anti-aging agent.

    Refined Vs Unrefined Shea Butter

    Shea butter may be refined or unrefined. Unrefined shea butter is the purest form of shea butter, which is the most natural and the least processed. Since it is extracted manually, it is able to retain its vitamins, minerals, and other natural properties. It is subjected to a basic filtration process using clays, cheesecloth, or other methods. These can slightly alter the butter’s color, scent, and texture. It is melted, set into molds, and sold in the form of bars or sticks.

    Unrefined shea butter is further categorized into grades ranging from A to F, with grade A being the best quality.

    Refined shea butter, on the other hand, is the processed form. Apart from the filtration process, it also undergoes a deodorizing process by airing or usage of chemicals. It is also bleached to make the butter whiter. Addition of additives is common to add a suitable scent and increase the shelf life (preservatives) of the butter. All of these processes make the butter white and very smooth. A major disadvantage of using the refined version of shea butter is that all the processing it goes through reduces its nutritional value.

    This refined version can be refined even further, which implies the involvement of more processes to make it even more smooth and white. This is often done when shea butter needs to incorporated into cosmetics or skin care products. Quite a few of the nutritional benefits get destroyed after so many refining processes. This type of shea butter is often referred to as ultra-refined or highly refined shea butter.

    Moisture
    What we rub or slather on our skin can be either beneficial or harmful. So, it’s good to know what is in the products we are using. A lot of traditional lotions or creams contain parabens which have been linked to certain female cancers such as breast and ovarian. What are parabens? Parabens are used as preservatives in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. Natural body butters only contain natural ingredients. Body butters are good for the skin because they contain emollients from the nut oils inside the seeds. Once applied to the skin, this makes it possible for the body butter to last longer than any lotion, and because most lotions contain water…body butters only contain the butter(s) used and carriers oils used.

    Protection
    Body butters also form a protective barrier over the skin to lock in moisture. Our skin already has a natural barrier to help protect us from the elements, but free radicals in the dry air, hot sun and cold winter weather can all have damaging effects on our skin. Again, body butters form an additional protective layer for our skin from those elements.

    Skin Nourishing Vitamins
    All body butters have essential omega 3 fats that benefit the body. Omega 3 fats are very moisturizing and help calm inflammation. Shea is one of the more common body butters and contain vitamins A, E, and F. Shea butter has been used for years to improve hair and skin. The natural vitamins and fatty acids found in shea butter, is what makes this butter so incredibly nourishing and hydrating for the skin. Shea butter has also been known for reducing inflammation as well. Shea butter helps aid in the skin’s natural collagen production because of the because of the different acids (Oleic, stearic, palmitic, and linolenic) that protect and nourish the skin to prevent from drying.

    Softer Skin
    After using body butters, many people notice how soft and supple their skin is. The cream relieves dry, cracked skin and promotes healthier skin to be beneficial for people with problematic skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. People who suffer from eczema or psoriasis do not have the proper PH balance of moisture in their skin.

    Affordability
    Not only is body butter good for your skin but also easy on your wallets. Natural body butters are far less expensive that name brand companies. You can almost always go down to your local drug store or even Wal-Mart and purchase cocoa butter for $10 or less. You are able to find all sorts of body butters in stores and online. Shea butter tends to be the most expensive because it comes from Africa. However, it can still be found at affordable prices.

    Top Medicinal Flowers & Plants in the UK

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    Top Medicinal Flowers & Plants in the UK - Herbal remedies in the UK 1

    Top medicinal flowers and plants in UK

    The top medicinal flowers and plants are ones you have probably heard before. It’s always best to speak to health professionals before delving into the world of natural remedies. However, there’s no harm in consuming healthy teas and adding a little extra flax seed or garlic to your dishes next time you need a health boost.

    Here is our guide to medicinal and healing plants found in the UK and how they might help to cure common ailments.Here is a list of the most powerful medicinal flowers and plants in the UK.

    1. Evening primrose oil

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    The oil that the vibrant yellow evening primrose flower produces is believed to alleviate the symptoms of PMS and skin conditions like eczema. Some studies found that this plant’s oil also has anti-inflammatory properties.

    2. Chamomile

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    Chamomile is a popular tea flavour. However, it also has calming powers that have been proven to relieve a variety of ailments.

    It is rich in antioxidants, showing potential anti-cancer treatments and is linked with curing anxiety according to a recent study.

    3. Gingko

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    One of the oldest tree species, gingko is also considered as one of the oldest homoeopathic plants — making it a key herb in Chinese medicine.

    Aside from being consumed as tea when dried, its leaves are used to create capsules, tablets, and extracts. Gingko extract has been used as a treatment for asthma, bronchitis, fatigue, and tinnitus. It is also believed to improve memory, though experts do not thoroughly understand how it works.

    4. Echinacea

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    People have been using echinacea as medicine in the form of teas, juice, and extracts for centuries. At present, we consume it in powder or supplement form.

    Echinacea best works to shorten symptoms of the common cold, though more studies need to verify its benefit and how it boosts immunity when a virus is present.

    5. Flax seed

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    Flax seeds have been harvested for thousands of years and is praised for its antioxidant activity and anti-inflammatory benefits at present.

    A lot of people add flax seed and flaxseed meal to oatmeal and smoothies. It is also available in the form of tablets, oil (which can be put into capsules), and flour.

    6. Dandelion

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    Rich in vitamins and minerals, dandelions are great for people who need vitamin K, vitamin C, iron, and calcium in their bodies. These vitamins help support strong bone and liver health.

    Every part of a dandelion is useful and good for the human body — wherein roots are commonly used for teas, leaves as garnishes for various dishes and its sap is great for the skin.

    7. Lavender

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    Used in a variety of ways, lavenders are proven to impact a person’s mood and cognitive performance directly. People now widely use it for the flower’s anti-anxiety capabilities.

    For some who want to get their much-needed sleep, lavender is also used for its sedative properties.

    8. Turmeric

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    Aside from potentially having anti-cancer properties, some believe turmeric can prevent DNA mutations. Originating in India, it also has anti-inflammatory content, and some have been using it to relieve discomfort among arthritis patients.

    9. Tea tree

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    Native to Australia, the tea tree produces an oil that’s widely regarded to be beneficial for various skin conditions. These include mild acne, athlete’s foot, insect bites, and other inflammatory skin conditions.

    10. Garlic

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    Great for fighting infections, garlic is also used in aiding with cholesterol management, and much more. Consuming garlic on a regular basis is good for your overall health, and it is easy to incorporate into various dishes.

    Raw garlic is the most potent, however, so try eating it uncooked to get the most health benefits.

    11. Peppermint

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    Popular as a flavour in gum, toothpaste and desserts for its fresh taste, peppermint also makes a delightful tea that helps relieve tummy aches, nausea and muscle pain. It can also be a good option for pregnant women who suffer from occasional morning sickness.

    Essential Oils for Fleas in Dogs and Cats

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    Essential Oils for Fleas in Dogs and Cats can repel fleas
    Essential Oils for Fleas in Dogs and Cats can repel fleas

    Essential oils are concentrated liquids that consist of certain constituents that are volatile and derived from plants. Essential oils are known to be volatile simply because the molecules that are present in essential oils can quickly change its form from a liquid or solid state into gas or aroma form. Essential oil is normally diluted for various uses. 


    Benefits of using essential oils to repel fleas for dogs and cats

    Many people decide to adopt the approach of using essential oils to combat fleas and other annoying pests that trouble our pets because essential oils are natural and don’t pose as any harm to our pets when utilized in the right way and quantity. Of course, the use of medications is another great way to kill fleas. Still, with long-term or incorrect use, these medications end up causing some medical issues such as skin irritation, vomiting, and respiratory problems. Also, making your dog take certain medication can be a hard task. If you continue using the same medication, the fleas may eventually develop immunity. 

    Essential Oils for Fleas in Dogs and Cats can repel fleas
    Essential Oils for Fleas in Dogs and Cats can repel fleas

    Essential oils can repel fleas, and they can also help in relieving the inflammation and scratching that comes with the pest’s bite. There are several essential oils out there that boast of antiseptic properties which can be very helpful in healing flea bites as well as sores and skin irritation that is as a result of scratching. Trimming your dog nails is also an effective way of reducing this problem.


    Essential oils for Dogs and Cats: The Dangers  

    Essential oils are great in repelling fleas and ticks, but not all essentials oils are right for your pets; some can affect the health of your pet.

    Ensure that you carry out in-depth research on whatever essential oil you plan on using on your dog or cat.

    Make sure that you don’t use undiluted essential oils on either your pet or on yourself. It can be very harmful when your pet is exposed to anything more than a minute quantity of essential oils.

    In blending your essential oils before applying them on your pet, make sure that you utilize a carrier oil. Below are a few types of carrier oils:

    • Coconut oil
    • Evening Primrose oil
    • Jojoba oil
    • Castor oil
    • Olive oil
    • Grapeseed oil
    • Avocado oil 

    Essential Oils like pennyroyal oil can be harmful when it makes direct contact on your skin or that of your pet. There are few oils out there that can cause skin conditions like sun sensitivity, while some oils tend to react in a terrible way when merged with other medications. The bottom line is: make sure you perform your research on which essential oils are good, and the ones that are harmful to the health of your pets.


    Essential Oils for Fleas in Dogs and Cats can repel fleas
    Essential Oils for Fleas in Dogs and Cats can repel fleas

    Essential oils for Dogs

    Coconut Oil

    Some essential oils make for great flea remedies for dogs. Citronella, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, and rosemary will all naturally repel fleas. If your dog doesn’t mind a spray bottle, dilute a few drops of your chosen essential oil in water and spray directly onto your dog’s coat.

    Lavender oil 

    The aroma that comes with this oil can help safeguard your dogs from fleas. This oil which can repel ticks, also makes it quite impossible for the eggs of these troublesome pests to hatch. Lavender oil calms the skin of your dog, and it also keeps it away from infection. Include about five drops of undiluted lavender essential oil to the shampoo of your dog. To keep the fleas and the ticks at bay, diffuse your lavender oil in your home. 

    Lemongrass oil

    Just like lavender oil, the lemongrass oil repels fleas as well. Generally, fleas despise the fragrance of this oil. The major ingredient of this oil (Citral and geraniol) tend to act as a natural repellent.  Include about five drops of this oil to a bowl of water so you can mix your spray, then use this spray on the coat of your pet. You can as well diffuse the oil at home. 

    Tea Tree Oil

    Peppermint oil 

    Tea Tree oil does not kill fleas, but instead they help terminate flea larvae. Peppermint oil helps to relieve the skin of certain unpleasant conditions that comes with flea bites such as skin irritation, and inflammation. On the area that is affected, apply a moderate amount of peppermint oil to help your pet recover. 

    Rosemary oil 

    This oil is known to irritate the skin more than other essential oils. A little drop of this oil on the collar of your dog and bedding makes it an effective flea repellentInclude about 5-8 drops of this oil to the shampoo of your dog, doing so can help chase the fleas and fasten the healing process.

    Neem Oil

    This oil can help in repelling ticks and fleas. It is a well-known natural remedy for several ailments. The neem oil can be diluted 1:10 with the aid of any light carrier oil you can lay your hands on.  You can also include little drops of this essential oil to the shampoo of your dog or cat to chase away ticks and fleas.  For the optimum outcome, bathe your dog 2-3 times a week.  

    Rose Geranium oil 

    Using the diluted form of this oil on your dog isn’t bad. Apply a drop behind each shoulder blade and a drop close to the base of the tail.

    Cedar oil

    This oil is known as the go-to repellent for your pets. You can use cedar oils on your dogs and pets or in your home. Cedarcide is a very effective flea and tick spray which can be used for humans and pets. Include little drops of this oil to carrier oil.

    Diffusing this essential oil will cause the release of anti-parasitic molecules that helps in terminating fleas and ticks on the body of your pets.

    Thyme essential oil

    Thyme naturally is a great bactericide, pesticide, and fungicide. This oil can help repel fleas, ticks, and other troublesome insects. 

    Citronella essential oil 

    This oil is very effective in repelling fleas, ticks, and all sorts of pests! Citronella can be used on dogs, but shouldn’t be used on cats.

    Clove essential oil 

    The clove essential oil is another effective insecticide that can be very helpful in your fight against fleas. Clove oil can be included in your laundry when your dog bedding is being washed. For the best outcome, you can also add this oil to your dog’s collar.

    Ensure you don’t use this oil for your cat; as cats and clove oil are incompatible.

    Basil insect repellent
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    Basil essential oil 

    This oil consists of some compounds that can repel obnoxious pests such as fleas including mosquitoes. The basil essential oil isn’t just a natural repellent; it is also a plant. The basil plant can beautify your landscape, and it can also help in keeping the fleas at bay.



    Essential oils for Cats

    Some safe common essential oils for your cat include lavender, copaiba, helichrysum, and frankincense. If you diffuse oils in your home, it should not cause a problem for your cat, as oil used in a diffuser is highly diluted (versus direct topical application or dietary supplementation).

    Cats can only tolerate neem oil. Neem oil is effective in repelling ticks and fleas from the body of cats. Include a small quantity of this oil into the shampoo of your cat. You can also add a small quantity of this oil to the collar of your cat; as it can help in repelling fleas. 

    Rosemary and geranium can also be used to repel fleas and ticks on your cat, provided you dilute them. Mix four drops of geranium and rosemary oil to a cup of water and spray on the fur of your cat while avoiding its face. 



    Alternatives to Essential Oils for fleas for Dogs and Cats

    The use of insect repellent spiral bands

    Here lies another effective strategy that can be used to ward off pests. Our insect repellent spiral bands are very effective in repelling stubborn pests from your pets. These bands which can be used as collars can help in defending your pets against various harmful pests. They come in several designs and colours and are very affordable. If you don’t support the use of essential oils on your pests.

    Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden

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    Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden -The best herbs in your kitchen

    Herbs for your kitchen garden

    Some of the best herbs that you should grow in your kitchen garden are in this post. Not only is it beneficial to start using more natural ingredients in our diet, but it is also cheaper when we grow it ourselves. Also, some plant have benefits to the air that you breathe, using their air purifying properties. Nothing but benefits. So, here are 25 fresh herbs and plants you can grow that are great to have handy in the kitchen.

    Parsley

    parsley | Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden
    Parsley | Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden

    Parsley is a mild bitter herb that can enhance the flavor of your foods. Many consider parsley just to be a curly green garnish for food, but it actually helps things like stews achieve a more balanced flavor. As an added benefit, parsley can aid in digestion. Parsley is often grown as an annual, but in milder climates, it will stay evergreen all winter long. Parsley plants will grow to be large and bushy. Parsley is a good source of Vitamins A and C.

    Mint

    mint | Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden

    There are several varieties of mint. You can use it in drinks like mojitos or mint juleps. Or add some mint to your summer iced tea. Mint freshens the breath and will help to calm your stomach. But if you grow mint, remember that it’s considered an invasive plant. Mint will spread and take over your garden. It’s best grown in containers.

    Dill

    dill | Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden

    Dill is a great flavoring for fish, lamb, potatoes, and peas. It also aids in digestion, helps to fight bad breath and has the added benefits of reducing swelling and cramps. Dill is easy to grow. It will also attract helpful insects to your garden such as wasps and other predatory insects. It also saves a trip to the Dentist Santa Barbara! (You can buy Dill online, click this link: buy online)

    Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden

    Basil

    basil | Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden

    Whether you choose large leaf Italian basil or large purple sweet basil, this plant is popular in many cuisines but is a feature in Italian cooking like pizzas, salads, sauces, and pesto. Some people think basil is great for planting alongside your tomatoes but there’s no real evidence that it makes your tomatoes taste sweeter. Basil has health benefits of antioxidants and is a defense against low blood sugar. (buy online)

    Sage

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    Sage is an aromatic herb that is great for seasoning meats, sauces, and vegetables. But be careful because sage will have a tendency to overpower other flavors. Sage also helps to relieve cuts, inflammation and helps with memory issues. It was once thought to be a medicinal cure-all. Sage is an easy herb to grow and is relatively easy to care for. It’s great in your garden for attracting bees. (buy online)

    Rosemary

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    Rosemary is one of the most flavorful herbs and is great for adding to things like poultry, meats, and vegetables. Around Christmastime, you’ll see tree-shaped rosemary bushes for sale. You can bring them home and keep them for planting in the spring. The fragrant plant is a delightful scent and is sometimes used in floral arrangements. Rosemary likes its soil a bit on the dry side, so be careful not to overwater. Allowed to flourish, a rosemary plant will grow into a full-sized bush. For more guidedance, be sure to check out this guide titled, ‘How I grew a rosemary plant in my garden‘! (buy online)

    Thyme

    thyme | Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden

    Thyme is a delicate looking plant. It is often used for flavoring egg, bean and vegetable dishes. Thyme is frequently used in the Mediterranean, Italian and Provençal French cuisines. Pair it with lamb, poultry, and tomatoes. Thyme is often added to soups and stews. Thyme is part of the mint family. The most common variety is garden thyme which has gray-green leaves and a minty, somewhat lemony smell. (buy online)

    Cilantro/Coriander

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    Cilantro is also known as coriander leaf or Chinese parsley. Cilantro is perfect for adding into spicy foods like chills, and Mexican, Chinese, Southeast Asian and Indian cuisines. The seeds of cilantro are known as coriander. The plant grows early in the season and doesn’t like it when the ground becomes too warm. (buy online)

    Fennel

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    Fennel is very flavorful and aromatic, and along with anise is a primary ingredient in absinthe. Fennel is native to the Mediterranean region and does best in dry soils near the ocean or on river banks. The strongly flavored leaves of fennel are similar in shape to dill. The bulb can be sautéed or grilled, or eaten raw. Fennel bulbs are used for garnishes or sometimes added to salads. (buy online)

    Chamomile

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    Mainly in United States and Europe, chamomile is often used as an ingredient for herbal tea. It is one of the world’s most widely consumed herbal teas. But it has also been used for thousands of years as a traditional medicine for settling stomachs and calming the nerves. Chamomile also helps reduce inflammation and treat fevers. You can grow either German chamomile or Roman chamomile. The two are interchangeable when it comes to making tea, but they are grown very differently. German chamomile is an annual plant that grows up to three feet tall. Roman chamomile is a perennial but only grows to about a foot high. German chamomile is more commonly known for its blossoms. (buy online).

    French Tarragon

    Fresh Tarragon | Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden

    Fresh tarragon is the traditional ingredient of ‘Fines Herbes’ and is the aristocrat of fresh herbs. A must-have for any Culinary Herb Garden! It will transform an ordinary dish into a work of art with it’s spicy anise flavor. A little tarragon in a chicken salad makes a profound difference. It is wonderful in sauces, soups and meat dishes. Try it with vegetables. It is the choice for any hearty dish. (buy online).

    Lavender

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    Grown as a condiment and for use in salads and dressings, lavender will give most dishes a slightly sweet flavor. Lavender syrup and dried lavender buds are used in the United States for making lavender scones and marshmallows. Health benefits include the soothing of insect bites and headaches when used with herbs and aromatherapy. Lavender plants will survive in many growing conditions but do best in full sun in warm, well-drained soil. (buy online)

    Catnip

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    What’s more fun than seeing the family cat go slightly berserk over the smell of catnip? But catnip is more than a feline stimulant. It can be used as a relaxing agent as well as a diuretic and laxative. If you plant catnip outside, remember that cats do love to roll in it and chew on it. But keeping catnip in your garden can also be a deterrent for rodents. If the cat’s around, the pests most likely won’t be. (buy online)

    Chives

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    Chives are a member of the garlic family and can be the perfect complement to sour cream. Chives are mostly used for flavoring and are considered one of the “fine herbs” of French cuisine. Chives are native to Asia but have been used as an additive to food for almost 5,000 years. Chives work well with eggs, fish, potatoes, salads, shellfish, and soups. Chives are an excellent source of beta carotene and Vitamin C. (buy online)

    St. John’s Wort

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    St. John’s wort is believed to alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety, but should not be considered a cure. It can also help fight muscle pain. The word “wort” is an Old English word for “plant.” The plant was named because the flowers appear around June 24th which is the birthday of John the Baptist. St. John’s wort is also known as Tipton’s weed, rosin rose, goatweed, chase-devil or Klamath weed. In gardens, it’s a popular groundcover since it is drought tolerant. While not used in cooking it is a well-known herbal treatment for depression. (buy online).

    Bay Leaves

    Bay Leaves | Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden

    The smell of bay’s noble leaves reminds you of balsam, clove, mint, and some say even honey! Well known for its use in hearty stews and other long-simmering dishes with a slightly sharp, peppery, almost bitter taste. Add the whole leaves at the beginning of the cooking process and remember to remove them before serving. Sweet bay is native to the Mediterranean. (buy online).

    Culantro

    Culantro | Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden

    Nope, I didn’t say cilantro, this is its cousin culantro. You can use this wherever ‘Cilantro’ is called for, with its spicy and pungent flavor, a wonderful addition to any dish, fresh or dried. Some call it ‘Mexican Corriander’ or ‘Chadon beni’. Culantro is a rare and unusual herb in the USA, but it’s well known in Vietnam, Latin American and all over the Caribbean. (buy online).

    Chervil

    Chrevil | Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden

    Chervil produces flat, light-green, lacy leaves with a hint of anise, and enhances the flavor of chicken, fish, vegetables, eggs, and salads. It is an heirloom herb that was most likely introduced to European herb gardening by the Romans. Closely related to Parsley, chervil has become an indispensable herb plant in the kitchen, and a classic among herb plants in French cuisine. (buy online).

    Winter Savory

    Winter Savory | Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden

    A deliciously spicy culinary herb, Winter Savory adds an aromatic flavor to many dishes. Also used medicinally for its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Winter Savory, like its Summer counterpart, is a spicy culinary herb from the Mint family that compliments fish, beans, and poultry with its intense flavor. Though it loses some of this intensity during the cooking process, Winter Savory remains aromatic and is often used to flavor liqueurs and makes a beautiful garnish to any salad. (buy online).

    Peppermint

    peppermint | Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden

    Like other mints, peppermint is known for aiding digestion and freshening the breath. But peppermint is also a good source of calcium, potassium and Vitamin B. Peppermint is a hybrid mint, being a cross between water mint and spearmint. Peppermint oil can be used for flavoring but is also useful as a natural pesticide. It has been shown to reduce the effects of irritable bowel syndrome. Peppermint prefers rich soil and partial shade. Like other mints, it spreads quickly, so consider planting it in containers. (buy online).

    Stevia

    stevia | Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden

    Stevia is an attractive looking plant and a natural sweetener. The added benefit is that there are no calories. Stevia is part of the sunflower family and is native to subtropical and tropical regions in the Western hemisphere. While it’s a perennial plant it will only survive in the milder climates in North America. Still, you can add stevia to your garden for the summer. It is also known as sweetleaf or sugarleaf and is grown for its sweet leaves. Stevia can be used as a natural sweetener and as a sugar substitute. (buy online)

    Aloe Vera

    aloe vera | Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden

    Aloe Vera is known for its soothing properties for burns or skin problems. Many people keep an Aloe Vera plant handy in the kitchen for incidental burns. But taken orally, Aloe Vera will also help with digestion, circulation and weight loss. There are over 250 species of Aloes. Most of these are native to Africa. Aloe Vera plants are very succulent and are as much as 95% water. That means they are very sensitive to frost. In warm climates, they should be in full sun or light shade. But you may have more success with this plant by keeping it indoors in a sunny window. (buy online).

    Lemongrass

    lemongrass | Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden

    Lemongrass stalks can provide antioxidants such as beta-carotene and a defense against cancer and eye inflammation. Lemongrass has a strong lemon flavor. You can brew it in tea as well as use it as an herb seasoning. To grow this outdoors, you need to live in at least Zone 9. Outside it can grow up to six feet high but will be notably smaller if you grow it indoors. (buy online)

    Bergamot (Bee Balm)

    bergamot | Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden

    Gaining renewed popularity as a culinary herb, Bee Balm makes a wonderful addition to pizzas, salads, breads and any dishes that are complimented by the herb’s unique flavor. Minty and slightly spicy, Bergamot makes a great substitute for Oregano. Bergamot has a long history of use as a medicinal plant by many Native Americans, including the Blackfeet. The Blackfeet Indians used this hardy perennial in poultices to treat minor cuts and wounds. A tea made from the plant was also used to treat mouth and throat infections caused by gingivitis, as the plant contains high levels of a naturally occurring antiseptic, Thymol, which is found in many brand name mouthwashes. (buy online)

    Oregano

    oregano | Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden

    Oregano is also part of the mint family and is native to the warm climates of Eurasia and the Mediterranean. Oregano is a perennial plant but in colder climates can be grown as an annual. It is sometimes called wild marjoram and is closely related to sweet marjoram. Oregano is used for flavoring and is a staple herb of Italian American cuisine. In the United States, it gained popularity following World War II as soldiers returned home with a desire for the “pizza herb.” (buy online)

    Trichup Oil – Hair Care with all the best herbs

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    Trichup Oil
    Trichup Oil

    Trichup oil is enriched with natural goodness of Bhringral, Amlaki, Neem, Gunja and other exotic herbs, is formulated with til and coconut oil. It revitalises hair follicles and stimulates growth, it adds volume to your hair naturally. Trichup oil is made in India since 1990. It is chemical free, and enriched with some of the most powerful herbs. Trichup Oil is a falgship brand of Vasu Healthcare. You can check here.

    It efficiently penetrates into hair roots and provides essential nutrients to hair follicles that encourage natural hair growth.

    • For Hair Loss
    • For Dandruff
    • Dry Hair
    • Dull and frizzy hair
    • Improves blood circulation to the scalp tissues and hair follicles.
    • Revitalizes hair and gives it’s natural bounce and luster.
    • Controls hair fall and induces fresh growth.

    Although not available on the high street in the UK, some independent retailers may stock it, or alternatively order from Amazon.

    Trichup Claims

    Trichup oil is enriched with natural goodness of Bhringral, Amlaki, Neem, Gunja and other exotic herbs, is formulated with til and coconut oil.
    It revitalises hair follicles and stimulates growth, it adds volume to your hair naturally. This is patented product and is recommended by doctors for over two decades, making it the preferred choice of millions.

    Some of their ingredients include:

    • Amla
    • Coconut
    • Henna
    • Basil
    • Aritha
    • Aloe Vera
    • Black Seed
    • Neem
    • Shikakai
    • Argan
    • Lemon
    • Rosemary
    • Wheatgerm
    • Soy
    • Tea Tree
    • Bhringraj
    • Mandukaparni
    • Japa
    • Guduchi
    • Almond
    • Jasmine
    • Licorice
    • Triphala
    • Olive Oil

    Trichup Oil reviews

    • It efficiently penetrates right into hair roots and provides essential nutrients to hair follicles that encourage natural hair growth.
    • It had lots of herbal herbs all together which really work.
    • The product claims that it forms a thin protective layer over the hair shaft thus preventing it from getting damaged from dust, UV rays, B rays, chemicals and pollutants.
    • It also helps in clearing dandruff thus in reducing falling of hair.
    • Researchers have found that Trichup oil helps delay graying by increasing hair melanin content. (I don’t have grey hair:P but the product claims it so.)
    • “I love the lustrous shine which it gives after wash to the hair.”
    • Lives up to its claims
    • Consists sesame and coconut oil
    • Makes hair super soft and silky
    • Easy to wash off
    • Does not weight down hair
    • Controls hair fall
    • Good quantity
    • Reasonably priced

    Bad about Trichup Hair Oil

    • Sweet fragrance may bother sensitive noses

    Click here for more info

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