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Archive for Natural Health Product Benefits

As Sweet As… Well, Stevia!

You might be looking for an alternative to sugar — one that doesn’t carry a warning label, or affect your health the way sugar does. You’re in the right place. Let’s talk about the “sweet little secret” from South America.

Much of the world uses a natural herb named Stevia Rebaudiana to sweeten things like soft drinks, candy, gum, cakes, pies, ice cream, pickles, seafood and vegetables. It’s a small, perennial shrub native to Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina. It’s grown in China, Japan, Malaysia, Israel, all over South America and many other places.

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Aloe Vera – A Boon to Your Home

You may be looking for relief from a skin condition. Or maybe you’re interested in the many benefits of Aloe Vera and how you might cultivate the plant in your home. In either case you’re in the right place.

Sometimes called “Lily of the Desert” and “Medicine Plant,” Aloe carries a worldwide reputation of being a plant that heals. It’s one of the oldest known therapeutic herbs. Greek history from 2,000 years ago relates that Aloe was a true and effective treatment for everything from constipation to burns to kidney ailments. And it’s believed that the Egyptians used the Aloe plant in their secret process of embalming. Not exactly a household use, but there’s much more to the wonderful Aloe plant.

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Aromatherapy – The Nose Knows (and so does the body)

Do you remember entering your grandmother’s kitchen and being greeted by the aroma of fresh bread in the oven?  How about the smell of a hot apple pie, the spicy pungency of your dad’s aftershave, or the scent of the earth right after a spring rain?  I have a friend who has, with age, lost her sense of smell and she often tells me how much real joy has been lost in her life as a result.

For several years I taught a ten-week course on herbs for the various body systems and every time we got to the digestive system I asked, “Where does the digestive process begin?”  Obvious answers are “on the tongue” or “in the mouth.”  But the real answer is “in the nose.”  That’s right.  As soon as we smell our food, in anticipation, our bodies begin to secrete digestive juices in both the mouth and the stomach.  That’s one reason it is so important to “prepare” to eat our meals.  Smell the aromas.  Savor the smells.  Take time to chew and enjoy the food.

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