Calendula Benefits & Uses for Skin, Insect Bites, Anti-Cancer & More

Calendula flowers are one of my favorite herbal remedies to grow because they are very effective for health and on top of that, an attractive addition to a garden. Calendula has a rich yellow and orange color (depending on variety) that is beautiful and healing. Spring is the best time to start growing calendula (more on that…

5 Reasons to Eat MORE Salt

Salt has gotten a really bad reputation in the past, and now there seems to be a lot of confusion about if salt is healthy or not. It is important to note that the type of salt makes a big difference in whether it is healthy or not. Many of the studies about sodium intake were…

7 Benefits of Matcha Green Tea

Ever resisted a fad for a long time because you didn’t like it or it seemed frivolous only to try it later and discover that you had been missing out the whole time? I have a list of things that I resisted to my own detriment (yoga pants and sushi top the list) but one…

How Zinc Deficiency Affects The Whole Body

I find it ironic that I had a zinc deficiency for years without realizing it… especially because I’d written a senior biology paper on the functions of zinc in human biology. Like magnesium, I knew the many ways that zinc functions within the body, but I assumed I was obtaining enough from food. Many processed foods are…

Frankincense Oil Uses and Benefits

Anyone familiar with essential oils and their benefits probably knows that lavender promotes relaxation, lemon boosts cleaning power, and tea tree disinfects. But do you know as much about the benefits of frankincense? Just the mention probably immediately calls to mind the biblical story of the Three Wise Men and their gifts of gold, frankincense, and…

Benefits of Kombucha Tea & How to Make it At Home

  There are many benefits attributed to Kombucha – an age-old fermented tea drink that has been around (in various forms) for centuries in many different cultures. What is Kombucha? Kombucha is a traditional fermented drink made of black tea and sugar. It contains a variety of vitamins, minerals and enzymes and has been prized by traditional cultures for its…

How to Detox Heavy Metals Safely (& Get More Energy)

  “Detox” is one of the most popular buzzwords in the health world these days. It can mean anything from eating extra greens and sipping apple cider vinegar to fasting and taking a pile of supplements. In addition, external detox methods I’ve tried and love are epsom salt baths, detox foot soaks, and dry brushing. I’ve tried plenty of ways to detox…

Reishi Mushroom Benefits for Immunity, Longevity & More

  Mushrooms are delicious of course (like in this homemade cream of mushroom soup recipe), but they can also be incredibly healing. Reishi mushrooms are particularly special as they are one of the oldest mushrooms used medicinally and were once reserved for only royalty! What Are Reishi Mushrooms? Reishi mushrooms are a group of mushrooms that…

What Is the Best Diet for Flu Season?

As we enter the season of holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas) and move on to the New Year, a main concern on people’s mind is getting healthy. This usually involves many resolutions to exercise more and eat better, and this isn’t just for weight loss. This time of year is also prime flu season, and taking proactive…