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Effective, alternative antidepressant

Hypericum is one of nature’s best herbs for the entire nervous system. This herb (also known as St John’s wort) has received much medical attention and recognition, particularly for its use in mild to moderate depression and anxiety. Clinical trials have now shown...

Prostate enlargement—a proven herbal remedy

I have a love of researching and discovering. My library is crammed with books on herbs as I buy virtually every publication on the subject. Whenever I return to Germany I search for herbal books and manuscripts which have been locked away in libraries and that is...

A valuable remedy for throat/mouth complaints

Sage or salvia officinalis, as it is scientifically called, has been used in traditional medicine for centuries and is a valuable remedy for throat/mouth problems, intestinal/digestion complaints and menopausal hot flushes, to name just a few. It is a native to...

Is laughter really the best medicine?

Good-natured laughter does more than brighten a person’s day. When we laugh heartily, we also exercise our muscles. Psychology today says: Laughter reduces pain, increases job performance, connects people emotionally, and improves the flow of oxygen to the heart and...

Do you drink enough water for good health?

Most of us can improve our health by drinking more water. Water is one of our body's most important nutrients, yet the simple advice to drink more water is often neglected by even health-minded people. Did you know that about 70 percent of our total body weight is...

The Breuss Cancer Cure—not just a cure for cancer

I first heard of Rudolf Breuss on a trip to Germany. I was absolutely astonished at the claims made in his book. Patients with brain tumours, lung cancer, breast cancer and cervical cancer told of their success in ridding themselves of these and many other seemingly...

A herb for thyroid, lymphatic & kidney complaints

Bedstraw (Galium verum) is a very valuable plant to the average herbalist because it can be used for a wide range of problems. With its diuretic and alterative actions, it is most beneficial as a lymphatic tonic, especially in the case of adenoid disorders and...

Uncover the secrets of ancient herbal knowledge

Our knowledge on the past use of herbal medicine is mainly derived from cultures which had a written language, recorded on clay tablets, carved or painted on stone, papyrus, later as manuscripts, and in more recent times, as books. Hunter-gatherers had an intimate...

Which tiny berry can relieve cystitis & other UTIs?

Cranberry’s fame as a natural remedy for urinary tract infections (UTIs) came from German chemists in the 19th century, who discovered that, after eating cranberries, people pass urine that contains a bacteria-fighting chemical known as hippuric acid. About sixty...

Treat osteoporosis & inflammatory disease easily

Parsley is readily available and widely used in cookery but it is often under-appreciated. It can be found throughout the year at the market, it's cheap so just about anyone can buy it. Parsley is a highly nutritious plant and has ample vitamins and antioxidants which...

Discover medicinal properties of a humble vegetable

For thousands of years the humble onion has had a respected and often revered place in the diet of man. Sacred to the Egyptians, it often appears in the art of ancient India, China and Greece, but it probably originated in Central Asia. The onion’s unique properties...

Do you suffer from anaemia? This herb can help

Horsetail is a very popular herbal remedy as it is a storehouse of minerals. Due to its high content of silica, horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is recommended when it is necessary for the body to repair bony tissues. Silica helps to fix calcium, so that the body can...

How does echinacea shield against infections?

The immune system in our body is one of the most important functions. Without its proper functioning, without a good defence mechanism, we couldn’t survive as we are constantly subjected to the attacks of millions of germs. These can multiply and cause damage in the...

Find out how to detoxify and energise your body

An overload of toxins in your body will lead to chronic illness, premature ageing and death. You and I are exposed to thousands of toxic chemicals, they are everywhere — all the time. They are in the air we breathe, in the water we drink, in the food we eat and the...

Regulate menstrual/menopausal problems

Yarrow has an important place in the history of herbs. It has two agents which promote blood coagulation, several which have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving action, and others which are antiseptic. As well as healing internal and external wounds, yarrow counters...

Take ginkgo to delay the ageing process

There seems to be no other plant in herbal medicine that is beneficial to the brain, central nervous system and vascular system at the same time. Anyone over 50 is encouraged to take ginkgo extract for a few months at a time for the general toning up of various bodily...

Relieve colds, flu, sinus infections, respiratory issues

Elder flower (Sambucus nigra) has been used in traditional medicine all over the world in many different cultures due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The most common uses are for colds and flu, sinus infections, and other respiratory disturbances....

Herbs for kidney, bladder & cholesterol problems

Our kidneys suffer badly from our modern habits as many don't drink enough water while consuming large quantities of coffee and fizzy drinks. Golden rod (Solidago virgaurea) is not only useful as a counter to kidney and bladder complaints particularly kidney stones...

Sebastian Kneipp—the ‘Helper of Mankind’

Sebastian Kneipp (1821 - 1897) was an extraordinary man who took an absolutely free product - water - and showed the world how to use it as a curative force for a wide variety of illnesses. The story of his famous water treatments began when Kneipp was struck down...

Which herbs are beneficial for “women’s problems”?

The following herbs are beneficial for women if they experience excessive & difficult menstruation (dysmenorrhoea), menopausal problems such as hot flushes, uterine fibroids and during pregnancy. Lady's mantle tea (Alchemilla vulgaris) helps stop bleeding and is...

Pain-relieving herb for rheumatism & arthritis

Willow bark (Salix alba) has often been regarded as one of nature’s greatest gifts to humanity because the salicin it contains is such an effective pain killer. The chemical factory that is the human body converts salicin into salicylic acid which is rich in...

How to keep your hair on herbally!

Hair: Very few people are satisfied with what hair they've got. It's either too little or too much or it grows in all the wrong places! Dealing with unwanted body hair is a nightmare for some women, but not enough hair on their heads is a condition almost all men have...

Home remedy for arthritic & inflamed joints

Cabbage (Brassica oleracea): I don't think I have to tell anyone what a cabbage looks like because it is one of the most widely grown vegetables and is a European native. The heads of cabbage varieties range in shape from pointed, through to globular, to flat and from...

Anti-inflammatory herb for sprains, swellings, bruises

Comfrey (Symphytum officinalis): Comfrey’s name derives from the Latin ‘confervere’ which means ‘to bring together’. This leafy perennial herb has been used for centuries for its swelling-reducing capacity when bones were to be set and the healing process accelerated,...

Help to save traditional herbal medicine!

Herbal medicine is the oldest and most widespread medicine developed by humanity. Although herbalism is regarded in Australia as an alternative medical practice, did you know that 85 per cent of the world's population regard it as mainstream? That's hardly surprising...

Tumour-inhibiting capabilities of beetroot juice

Beetroot (Beta vulgaris): For 2000 years the beetroot has remained as the most valuable vegetable in the medicine chest. After carrot juice, the juice from the beetroot must be the most used of all the root vegetables. It is also one of our most valuable, containing...

How does potato juice cure indigestion?

The potato is probably the most widely used and best-known vegetable of them all. The organic potato has the most beneficial effects that are unfortunately all but lost when cultivated by commercial methods. Potatoes grown by commercial methods are subjected to...

Avoid a heart attack & protect your heart today!

Hawthorn is an excellent herb for the heart. The main medicinal use of hawthorn is as a cardiotonic, a tonic for the heart. It looks after the heart by gradually reducing elevated blood pressure and by stimulating or depressing its activity depending on its need. Not...

Why is grape seed the best antioxidant?

Grapes (Vitis vinifera) have been heralded for their medicinal and nutritional value for thousands of years. Egyptians ate grapes, and several ancient Greek philosophers praised the healing power of grapes, usually in the form of wine. European folk healers made an...

Eliminate stress and anxiety in your life

Cowslip (Primula veris) herbal tea is an excellent sedative ideal for stress-related problems. Unlike sleeping pills which are habit-forming and have the potential to damage long-term users, cowslip has a gentle, relaxing effect on the nervous system that allows the...

Various herbal applications

Inhalations with herbs: Steam inhalations combine the benefit of steam and antiseptic herbs to effectively clear nasal congestion and relieve the symptoms of colds, flu, hayfever and sinusitis. To prepare a steam inhalation, place 50 g of dried herbs in a bowl or...

Valerian is a powerful, natural sedative

Do you suffer from insomnia, tossing from side to side at night and finally, because you know of no other way in your predicament, reach for a sleeping pill? If your answer is “yes” and you continue using such help, you will find that in the long run you won’t be able...

Different forms of herbal preparations

Commercial herbal preparations: You can buy many different forms of herbal medicines from health food stores and pharmacies. Different methods of taking herbal medicines are more suitable for specific herbs and for certain health conditions. Herbal capsules: Capsules...

Ideal herb for the urinary passages, acidosis, renal colic

The long shiny fibres at the top of the corn are known as Indian corn or Corn silk (Zea mays). Indian corn can be employed to combat chronic or acute cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys), gout and rheumatism. It also has been...

Banish poor digestion, heartburn & nausea for good!

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) tea is a wonderful remedy for poor digestion, heartburn, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting during pregnancy, sudden pains and cramps in the stomach, tension headaches, flatulence and colic. It can be taken as a tea to relieve blocked nasal...

Why put up with menstrual/menopausal problems?

Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris) helps to stop bleeding. It has a strengthening effect on the endometrium (the uterine lining), making it an effective treatment for many problems associated with menstruation and menopause. A hot infusion made of this herb is used...

Protect your liver from serious disease

St Mary’s thistle (Silybum marianum) is undoubtedly the best-documented pharmaceutical agent for the treatment of serious liver disease. The herb is now widely used by the medical profession to treat alcoholic hepatitis, alcoholic fatty liver, liver cirrhosis, liver...

Best blood tonic and cleanser—ideal for skin disorders

Red clover tea (Trifolium pratense) has a strong metallic flavour as a result of its high concentration of iron and copper salts, which make it a vital blood tonic as well as an important blood cleanser. If taken over a prolonged period, red clover will improve the...

Can a herb for stomach disorders calm a colicky baby?

Every household with a baby should have a packet of camomile tea or teabags in the herbal pantry as it is a gentle, calming herb that can be safely given to infants. It is an excellent herb for babies at teething time or when they have ear infections, cramps or...

Control high blood pressure & support circulation

Today, mistletoe (Viscum album) is still a very important ingredient in herbal medicine. It is used to strengthen the heart, to reduce high blood pressure and it is considered one of the best remedies for heart and circulatory complaints. It is also recommended for...

Diuretic herbs are essential for fluid retention

Oedema is the medical term for fluid retention which is due to poor drainage and can be treated with diuretic herbs which promote urine secretion in a safe and effective manner. Bedstraw (Galium verum) is a powerful diuretic which can be used to combat inflamed...

Highly recommended by herbalists everywhere

The stinging nettle is the best blood cleansing herb known to herbalists and recommended strongly in the treatment of acne and eczema. Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is high in iron and is also the best blood building herb and very beneficial in cases of anaemia and...

No home should be without this wonderful elixir!

I sincerely believe no home should be without a bottle of Swedish Bitters. Taken internally it is not only for the entire gastric tract, but also for arthritis, gout, hay fever, emphysema, constipation, fatigue and many more disorders. Externally Swedish Bitters...

Calendula for internal & external healing

Many readers of my newspaper columns have reported excellent results for Crohn’s disease, colitis and inflammatory bowel disease after using the following recipe from an old German herbal book: 100g Calendula (Calendula officinalis) 50g Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)...

In case of a heart attack—steps to help the victim

Each year millions of men and women worldwide have heart attacks. Many survive with few after-effects. Others do not survive. The heart is a muscle that pumps blood throughout the body. To stay healthy, the heart needs oxygen and other nutrients that are carried by...

Is your body a toxic cocktail? Read more …

Much has changed since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Today, we are faced with a raft of serious diseases that barely existed 100 years ago, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. This is hardly surprising when you consider that we are exposed to...

Effective remedies for leg cramps, swollen ankles

Alternate hot and cold Foot Baths:   These are excellent water therapies for complaints such as swollen ankles, foot infections, chilblains, neuralgia, headache, catarrh, colds, cold feet, congestion of abdomen, poor circulation, burning sensation in the feet and...

Treat varicose veins, haemorrhoids, vaginal thrush

Water Treading: This is a simple treatment and has many therapeutic applications. Use it every day of the year for the following conditions: Varicose veins, weak ankles, insomnia, general weakness, poor circulation, aching feet, chilblains, exhaustion, nervousness and...

Quit smoking—heal the wounds of nicotine with herbs

If you are desperately trying to quit smoking and want to heal the wounds of nicotine, you are probably busy cursing the name of Jean Nicot, the French diplomat who first introduced tobacco in 1560 in the form of a snuff, to cure migraine headaches. Within a few years...

Improve your liver function, acne, rashes, eczema

Dandelion is one of the best sources of potassium, vital to proper kidney function and muscle tone. It makes an ideally balanced diuretic that may be safely used with great frequency whenever such an action is needed.

Do you get enough sleep?

Lack of sleep affects the immune system. During sleep, changes occur in the body that affect our immune system; body parts relax and get rest, counteracting the wear and tear of the day’s activity. The general clean-up work carried on through the bloodstream operates...

Explore the most ancient form of herbal medicine

Herbal medicinal teas are the most ancient form of herbal medicine.   There are many simple ways of preparing medicinal herbs at home. Different preparations are best suited to different types of herbs and to certain types of health conditions. For example, hot...