Entries by karen

Mango Chicken & Black Bean Salad

In this flavorful, guilt-free entree salad, sweet, tangy mango is paired with black beans and chicken (or vegetarian protein of your choice– e.g., mahi-mahi, shrimp, tofu, tempeh or other beans). Serving a larger party? Present the main ingredients on a platter with large lettuce or cabbage leaves for each guest to fill and roll to […]

Improving Lives with Cognitive Stimulation Therapy for Dementia Patients

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) is a small group program designed to improve the mental abilities, learning, thinking and memory skills of people living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular dementia, the two main types of dementia. An evidence-based treatment backed by extensive clinical research, CST has been shown effective for individuals with mild to moderate dementia. […]

What Can You Expect from Ayurvedic Medicine?

Ayurveda, “the science of life,” is an Indian medical system dating back more than 5,000 years. It is the oldest continuously practiced health-care system in the world. The principle of Ayurveda is to prevent and treat illness by maintaining balance in the body, mind, and consciousness through proper drinking, diet, yoga, meditation and herbal remedies. […]

What is Homeopathy  ?

Homeopathic medicines consist of very small doses of natural substances that can stimulate the body’s inherent self-healing response without side effects. Homeopathic remedies restore balance to a person’s vital life force so that the body can correct imbalances causing symptoms and begin to function as it should, free of the symptoms of illness. A variety […]

Health Benefits of Nature’s Sweet Herb: Cinnamon

Naturally sweet cinnamon revives our senses with its wonderful aroma and can enhance health with its medicinal properties. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) was first used in China (2700 B.C.) to treat fever, digestive, and menstrual problems. Indian healers used cinnamon to treat gastrointestinal complaints, as well as sore throat and cough. Today, modern herbalists continue to […]

Tarragon Offers Many Health Benefits

An aromatic herb with roots in traditional French cooking, tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) also boasts excellent health and therapeutic benefits. Health Benefits Tarragon is high in vitamins, including the vitamin A precursor beta-carotene, as well as potassium and other nutrients. Its antioxidant properties help neutralize the effect of free radicals in the body. Tarragon supports cardiovascular […]

Health Benefits of Stinging Nettle 

A European culinary favorite, Stinging Nettle’s spinach-like greens are remarkably nutritious. One cup of Nettle is abundant in calcium, iron and zinc, and contains ample amounts of magnesium, copper, selenium and potassium plus vitamins A and C.  A well-established remedy in Western herbal medicine, Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) provides relief for a wide range of […]

Peppermint Uses for Home and Health

Aromatic peppermint (Mentha piperita) has been used for centuries to add flavor or fragrance to foods, cosmetics, toothpaste and mouthwash, soaps, candles, and scented products for the home. Several different cultures also use peppermint leaves, oil, and fresh or dried powder in holistic health preparations. As a traditional remedy, peppermint is used to awaken the […]

Sage for Clearing the Mind and Much More

If you’re only familiar with Sage (Salvia officinalis) for seasoning savory dishes, you’re missing out on a fascinating botanical remedy used in ancient, indegenous, and modern cultures for everything from congestion to spiritual enlightenment.  Sage’s grayish leaves and purplish-blue flowers contain chemicals with antibacterial, astringent, and antiseptic properties. At your local holistic market, you can […]

Neem: Nature’s Potent Healer

The neem tree is a tropical evergreen native to India and Asia. For thousands of years, neem (Azadirachta indica) has been used in Ayurvedic medicine. Owing to its wide range of medicinal properties, it has attracted worldwide attention from allopathic, homeopathic, and integrative physicians and health researchers. More than 140 compounds have been isolated from […]