Pau d’arco, also known as Lapacho, is an evergreen tree, native to the rain forests and mountains of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.
This impressive tree can grow to 25 feet and is the proud bearer of beautiful trumpet like flowers, but it is the inner bark which is used therapeutically.
Like the better known guarana, pau d’arco is a great find by our South American herbal cousins.
Garlic’s health benefits have been known for centuries. In particular, it’s use as an antiseptic is very well known. In the early 20th Century the British government paid its countryfolk to grow garlic to be used on the battlefields of the First World War as an antiseptic.
Garlic is a member of the Lily family, one of its closest relatives being the onion.
Echinacea is in every herbalists “favourites” drawer. It is often chosen when the herbalist wants a mix to have an effect on the immune system.
In health shops it is one of the most popular herbs in the UK. There is one reason for that – because it works!
Echinacea’s secret is that it has two major properties including “persuading” the body to change from disease back to health.”
Coconut oil has many health benefits including fighting infections. These bold claims appear to be backed up by modern research.
Once wrongly accused of increasing cholesterol levels, coconut oil is now actually being used by doctors in the treatment of a variety of disorders. Clinical studies have shown that coconut oil has anti-microbial and anti-viral properties, and is now even being used in treating AIDS patients. Studies conducted in the Philippines last year showed that coconut oil does indeed reduce the viral load in AIDS patients.
I had always thought that to obtain vitamin C, the manufacturers got loads of oranges, squashed them down, and took out the vitamin C from them.
No – there are only a few manufacturers of vitamin C in the world; people like La Roche, the drug giant. Vitamin C is made in huge vats and is completely devoid of any life.
When you start out on a journey of “health and weight loss” you can become overwhelmed by all the rules and guidelines.
“Eat more fruits and vegetables, cut out the fat, and choose only whole grains. Wait a minute. I don’t see the chocolate listed anywhere!”
You need to remember that this is a whole new healthy lifestyle – Something no one can change overnight, and in fact, should not be attempted overnight. This is bound to set the stage for feelings of incompetence followed by giving up on the whole thing.
David Rietz, US Navy, had dreadful side-effects from Aspartame sweetener. His doctors had no clue it might be due to the Aspartame: that was up to him to find out.
Once he stopped taking it in his coffee every day, most of the symptoms receded. In the end they nearly all went. Sadly, not all: but at least he could live his life.
The UK herbal industry has been hijacked by the EU Herbal Directive which will become law in 2011. Five centuries of freedom for UK consumers to obtain herbal remedies will be swept away by a restrictive, rule-bound organization which is the EU.