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Astragalus 101: The Science Behind The Herb, Top 12 Astragalus Benefits, and More

Feb 28

Astragalus Root

Astragalus is one of the most popular herbal ingredients in many Eastern medicines. Astragalus has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of conditions. Today, many people turn to astragalus to boost their immune system, fight the common cold, to promote blood flow, and to provide relief for sore muscles and joints. Astragalus is used for many other purposes as well. We’re going to detail other applications for this important Eastern herb shortly. Owing to its potentially potent properties, astragalus has been the subject of intense study as well. As we go over potential applications for astragalus, we are also going to outline the scientific research […]

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What Science Tells Us About Astragalus For Herbal Skin Care

Sep 25

Astragalus Root

Astragalus root has been well-known in Chinese medicine for centuries for its ability to invigorate vital energy (qi). It enjoys exalted status as one of the 50 fundamental herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine. More recently it has attracted the attention of scientists who are interested in the chemistry and properties of the root extracts for herbal skin care. Medicinal Chemistry The medicinal herb, known as Radix Astragali (‘root of Astragalus’) in western herbal medicine, produces several classes of plant constituents. The main active ingredients are its antioxidant flavonoids and a number of sterol derivatives called astragalosides. Currently one of the most exciting areas of research on Radix Astragali involves the […]

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Astragalus: Powerful Healing Properties for The Body

Mar 21

Asgragalus Root

With the resurgence of ancient Eastern forms of healthcare as alternatives to modern Western medicine, people seek plant-based solutions for holistic healing. Several herbs like astragalus have emerged as effective treatments for immune health. Astragalus is an herb commonly used in Chinese medicine for a variety of ailments. Over 3,000 species compose the Astragalus genus that grows mainly in the Northern Hemisphere, but only two types of astragalus are known to be used for health purposes. In fact, a few of the species are toxic to humans. The benefits of astragalus are widely purported in the East, but Western medical research scientists have put the herb to the test to […]

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Using a Natural Purifying Toner to Improve Troubled Skin

Mar 28

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With the weather warming, more people are spending time outside. Many people are working up a sweat or catching a lot of rays under the sun. Unfortunately, being outside will also expose your skin to the elements. By using a natural purifying toner, however, you can protect and rejuvenate your skin. Purifying toners may be able to remove anything that’s jamming your pores, such as dirt and oils. Purifying toners may also help keep your skin moist and otherwise healthy. So How Does a Natural Purifying Toner Work? Purifying toners serve a different purpose than many general use moisturizers and toners. As the name implies, a purifying toner helps you […]

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Fighting the Pain: The Best and Easiest Ways to Get Antioxidants

Jun 07

Wine is a great source of antioxidants

Antioxidants are believed to offer numerous health benefits. It’s beleived that antioxidants can improve heart health, reduce the risk of contracting cancer, and even reduce the risk of infections. Among other things, antioxidants are beleived to counteract free radicals. Free radicals can steal electrons, which can cause damage within the body. Fortunately, antioxidants are relatively easy to acquire. It’s important, however, to understand that all not antioxidants are equal and that balance is important. You don’t want to consume too many antioxidants. Wine They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. The same could be said of wine. A glass of fine wine not only tastes great, but […]

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Make You’re Ready To Enjoy the Most of Spring and Summer With These Natural Health Treatments

Mar 31

protecting your skin during the summer

Spring is here! April showers and soon May flowers! Many Americans are digging themselves out after the long winter. As the air warms and the world greens, many are going to want to enjoy the great outdoors. However, leading a full and healthy life requires some maintenance on your part. As we age, our bodies will start to wear themselves out. Fortunately, there are a variety of methods you can use to get your body in shape for the summer. From regular and appropriate exercise to herbal supplements, all natural skin creams, and muscle & joint therapies, there are a lot of measures you can take to ensure that you […]

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Five Fantastic All Natural Skin Care Treatments

Mar 15

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Jadience Harmonizing Facial MaskThink about your skin for a moment. Perhaps more so than any other organ or part of your body, your skin is expected to weather all of the storms thrown at it. From the constant barrage of the sun and unpleasant weather to all of those long walks and jogs, and the ever piling up process of aging, your skin goes through a lot. Sadly, many synthetic makeups and even some skin care treatments carry harsh chemicals that can damage your skin. This is especially true if said products are used for a long period of time. As the days and years go by, the damage can […]

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3 Easy Ways To Green Your Beauty Routine

Dec 20

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Contributed by Jennifer Dawson Have you ever thought about how your beauty routine impacts your health and the planet? Though makeup has been around since olden times, recent technology has made it possible to have high quality and sustainable cosmetics that not only make you look good but are also kinder to Mother Nature. Organic cosmetics have surged in popularity over the recent years and it’s expected that the organic personal care market will generate revenues of up to $15.98 billion by 2020. If you’re thinking about incorporating organic cosmetics into your beauty arsenal, here are a few easy ways to transition to a natural beauty routine without spending a fortune. […]

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The Top 5 Steps to Detox Your Body

Oct 16

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Outdoor fun is especially challenging for your natural detox systems. BBQs, great food and drinks, lots of time poolside or at the beach. All of the enjoyable activities that you love so much take a toll on your body, especially your skin. Chlorine and salt water strip skin of its natural oils. Overdoing exposure to sunlight leads to spots, uneven pigmentation, and even freckles. Heat incubates bacteria in pores and on skin surfaces. It doesn’t mean that you have to fear the sun, restrict yourself to a vegan organic diet, drink only the purest glacial water imported from the Arctic, and stay out of the pool, lake, or ocean. Instead […]

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Microbes Cover Your Skin

Jul 15

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Your skin is an ecosystem. Like any ecosystem, it depends on a balance of components for maintaining good health. Emerging research is beginning to show that key components of this ecosystem include microbes – bacteria, fungi, and even mites. Having microbes cover your skin may sound yucky at first. In general, though, these tiny organisms get an unnecessarily bad rap. Only a few are truly bad. By way of comparison, we have known for more than a century about the crucial importance of microbes in our digestive system. This is our internal microbiome – i.e., the set of microbes that live inside our bodies. Over the past several decades scientists […]

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What to Do About Cellulite

Jan 23

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If you have cellulite, you have plenty of company. At least 80-90% of women have such unwanted dimpling on their thighs, hips, or tummies. This condition is not so affectionately referred to as cottage cheese or orange peel skin. Modern medicine offers little help against cellulite. In fact medically it is thought of as a normal cosmetic condition for women and not a real health problem. Attempts by doctors to explain the causes of cellulite are often complicated and unhelpful. Reasons could include anything from genetics to hormonal imbalance, dieting, female-specific skin structure, changes in metabolism, weak circulation, and even a high-stress lifestyle. Confusion about what cellulite really is has […]

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Soothe Joints with Achyranthes

Jan 05

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Achyranthes bidentata (Huai Niu Xi) has been an important herb in the pharmacopeia of Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries. It is frequently used in Yang tonic formulations for a variety of health benefits. Such benefits include strengthening tendons and bones, alleviating lower back and knee soreness, and reducing pain in joints and muscles. In modern terms, Achyranthes is helpful against the pain and stiffness that we now call arthritis. The diversity of uses for Achyranthes against joint and muscle pain has attracted interest from scientists seeking to explain how well this herb works and by what mechanisms it does so. Studies in the mid-twentieth century began with determining its chemical […]

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What Really Gets Into Your Skin?

Dec 09

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Skin is a made up of a fascinating matrix of substances that include mostly proteins, fats, and water. Skin cells of several kinds have the task of managing this matrix to keep your skin healthy and vibrant. Fortunately, your skin also does a great job of controlling what gets into it and what doesn’t. One of the main external substances that does not penetrate your skin is water itself. Imagine if it did. Every time you took a swim or stood in a shower you would bloat up like a balloon with all the water coming through your skin. In fact, generally anything that is dissolved in water is also […]

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Pet Care Depends On You

Aug 07

Pet Care Depends On You

Pets are truly a joy, aren’t they? Part of the satisfaction of having pets rests on keeping them as healthy and vibrant as possible. Healthful food is important, of course. Furthermore, a good approach to nutrition is as important for pet health as it is for your own health. This means more than just good food. It also means that healthy pets depend on, the same as human nutrition does. Benefits of Pet Supplements The muscles, joints, nerves, and skin of pets are similar enough to our own that pets can suffer the same problems as we do. Inflammation is the driving force behind pain, degenerating joints, itching, and allergies. […]

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Pomegranate – Fantastic for Younger-Looking Skin

Jul 12

Pomegranate – A Fantastic Herb for Younger-Looking Skin

Pomegranate (Punica granatum) has been in the news lately for good reason. It is no longer merely a delicious fruit to delight your palate. It is one of the top super-foods of our time. On top of that, in less than a decade it has been the subject of more than 600 research studies related to its health benefits. Many of these relate to skin health. The fruit can help you attain youthful skin in several ways. After all, it is loaded with a variety of antioxidants, especially of a type classified as polyphenolics. These are the kinds of molecules that act in several different ways for boost your skin […]

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Benefits of Jojoba Oil for Herbal Skin Care

Apr 30

Jojoba Oil

Oil from jojoba seeds (Simmondsia chinensis) is a popular ingredient in many herbal skin care products, including lotions, moisturizers, shampoos, hair conditioners, cleansers, and even lip balms and shaving creams. The unusual composition of this oil also provides a wound-healing activity by stimulating and stabilizing collagen production. Uniqueness of Jojoba Oil About half the weight of a jojoba seed comprises the mixture that we call jojoba oil. Technically, it is not similar to other plant oils. If anything, biochemically it more closely resembles sperm whale oil. In fact, jojoba oil turned out to be a superior replacement for sperm whale oil when the latter was banned from import into the […]

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