No one quite knows the origin of the zesty ginger root, called the “universal medicine” in Ayurveda, as it has never been found growing in the wild. It is presumed to have originated in tropical India, but it is also an ancient part of Chinese food and medicine. It was common to find a jar of ginger on the counter in 19th-century English pubs so the clientele could add it to their drinks. (Thus ginger ale was born.)
That Marigold on your windowsill can go in your salad, become a soup, soothe your sore throat or treat your eczema. Although a common garden plant, Marigold (Calendula officinalis) has a long history as food and medicine. The Egyptians employed Calendula as a rejuvenating herb, while the ancient Greeks utilized the golden petals to garnish and flavor food.
Join us for an excellent interview with K.P. Khalsa on HerbMentor Radio. In this interview, K.P. answers HerbMentor member questions, including advice for beginners, K.P.’s personal daily herbal routine, supplements, and how to address chronic health conditions with herbs. [Read more…] about Answers in Herbal Healing with K.P. Khalsa
Are you having one of those days? You woke up totally tired and all you want is to go back to sleep. It’s 11:00, and you’re half way through your third cup of coffee.
Maybe you can’t define energy, but you know when you have it. But if energy is the legal tender of life, many of us are overdrawn in our energy bank account. We’ve dipped into our reserve so repeatedly and stressed ourselves so much that we’re plainly energy depleted.
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Valerian root is the most popular sedative and anti-anxiety herb in European herbal medicine. Ayurveda favors it, too. This remedy is a medium strength herb, which makes it quite suitable for self-care – its potent enough that you don’t need a high dose, but not so potent that you could accidentally take more than you needed.
I get this question a lot, “How long should I take my herbal remedies to treat a specific condition?” For example, how long should I take something for the flu vs. a long-term condition like allergies?