Louise

Louise is an aspiring herbalist with a special interest in healing through natural & alternative means. After discovering Qi Gong and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Louise decided to become self-educated and informed about the natural medicines the earth provides us with.

Antispasmodic

11 Best OTC Natural Antispasmodic Herbs for IBS, Bladder, Gut & Stomach

What is an Antispasmodic? Simply put, an antispasmodic is a drug, herb, or other supplement that reduces or eliminates muscle spasms. Antispasmodics can be targeted for different parts of the body and different muscle types (smooth or skeletal), but they are most commonly used to treat spasms of the stomach, intestines, bladder, or the skeletal […]

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Natural Beta Blockers

A List of the Best OTC Natural Beta Blockers for Anxiety & Depression

What Are Beta Blockers and How Do They Work? Beta blockers, otherwise known as beta-adrenergic blocking agents, are a class of drugs (either natural beta blockers or synthetic beta blockers) or herbs that prevent the hormone epinephrine from binding to beta-receptors on nerves. An excess of this hormone is responsible for elevated heart rate and

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Vaginal Health

Best Probiotics for Yeast Infections, Candida, PH, BV and Vaginal Health

How do Probiotics Help with Vaginal Health? Probiotics are strains of live bacteria cultures that can be used promote healthy functions of many organs, including the female reproductive system. In the vagina, probiotics work to maintain a good balance of the healthy bacteria and microorganisms that normally live in your body, typically by restoring a

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15 Demulcents: Natural Herbs that Thin and Relieve, Mucus and Phlegm

Common colds, although “common”, still take getting used to—even if most of us have at least a few colds a year. Viruses contribute to most of the colds you get every year, but in some cases, bacteria are the culprits; either way, colds are still an inconvenience due to the buildup of mucus and phlegm

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Ganoderma Coffee

Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi) Mushroom Coffee: Does it Really Work?

What is Ganoderma Coffee? Ganoderma lucidum is the binomial scientific classification referring to a species of mushroom, colloquially known as the reishi mushroom, or its Chinese title lingzhī. It is a saprotrophic fungus, meaning that it decomposes organic matter via extracellular digestion. It can be found on stumps, logs, or decayed trees, and it particularly

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Oregon Grape Root (Mahonia Aquifolium): 17 Benefits of this Edible Plant

What is Oregon Grape? Oregon grape also known as Mahonia Aquifolium is a flowering plant which derives from the family of berberidaceae (barberry). Oregon grape is most notably found in western North America. It’s primarily found in the Rocky Mountains from British Columbia to California. In terms of appearance it’s a shrub like plant which

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Yerba Santa

Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon californicum): 8 Benefits of this Spiritual Tea

What is Yerba Santa? Yerba Santa, also known by its scientific name Eriodictyon californicum, is a flowering shrub measuring up to eight feet off the ground with white or lavender flowers. It natively grows in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Northern Mexico. The plant is said to emit an unpleasant odor and has a bitter

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Proteolytic Enzymes

List of Proteolytic Enzymes and the Benefits of Protease Supplements

What are Proteolytic Enzymes? Proteolytic enzymes work to clean the bloodstream and soft tissues and promote healthy digestion by breaking down harmful proteins. Enzymes are proteins themselves, but their function is speed up chemical reactions within the body. Normally there are tens of thousands of enzymatic reactions occurring in the body at once, all working to

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Reishi Mushroom

Reishi (Lingzhi, Ganoderma): 21 Benefits of this Cancer Killing Mushroom

What is Reishi? The reishi mushroom, otherwise known by its Chinese nomenclature língzhī or its binomial classification Ganoderma lucidum, refers to a species of fungus that falls under the fungal genus Ganoderma. The mushroom is particularly notable for its shiny, almost varnished-looking surface, which belies an inner texture that is often described as tough or

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