Richard's Health Topics & Recipes

Bergamot

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Bergamot has a green, light citrus/floral note, fruity and warm. Encouraging and balancing to the spirit, bergamot combats fatigue due to stress, tension and anxiety. Bergamot is reputed to strengthen the immune system. It’s the flavoring in Earl Grey tea. Some authorities recommend bergamot as a treatment for herpes, shingles, eczema and psoriasis, although much…

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Allergies

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An allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to a normally innocuous substance that enters the body. Sneezing, a runny nose, and itchy eyes are symptoms characteristic of allergic rhinitis. The specific irritants, or allergens, that trigger rhinitis vary from person to person. Seasonal allergies are generally caused by airborne pollens and outdoor mold…

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Teas

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The tea bush known as Camellia sinensis grows in loose, deep, acid soil, at high altitude, with summer and autumn rain, in a little heat and little wind. In these harsh climatic conditions most plants die but the tea bush flourishes fantastically. The finest tea comes from elevations of 900 to 2100 meters. Tea is…

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PABA

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Health Benefits An abbreviation for para-aminobenzoic acid, PABA, appears to be a component of folic acid, a member of the B family of vitamins. It plays a role in breaking down and using proteins, and in forming red blood cells. PABA is important for healthy hair and skin. PABA is synthesized naturally in the intestines…

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Homeopathic Remedies

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Homeopathy Homeopathic remedies are a system of medicine based on three simple principles: Like cures Like: For example, if the symptoms of your cold are similar to poisoning by mercury, then mercury would be your homeopathic remedy. Minimal Dose: The remedy is taken in an extremely dilute form; normally one part of the remedy to…

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Peppermint

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Botanical  Information Peppermint, a cross between two types of mint (water mint and spearmint), is used as both a flavoring agent and a medicine. The leaves and stems contain the volatile oil menthol. It is available as a tea, prepared from dried leaves, a tincture, enteric-coated capsules and topical preparations. Features & Benefits A number…

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Pau D’Arco (Taheebo)

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Botanical  Information Pau d’arco is an evergreen tree native to South America. The inner bark of the tree is used medicinally. In recent years, there has been an increasing demand for pau d’arco, causing the tree to be endangered. Pau d’arco is sold as tablets, dried bark tea and tincture. The chemical that pau d’arco…

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Hawthorn

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Botanical  Information Hawthorn is a common thorny shrub in the rose family. The berries, leaves, and flowers have all been used since as far back as the 1st century for medicinal purposes. Hawthorn contains many beneficial substances, particularly flavonoids, including OPCs (also found in grapes) and quercetin. Most modern preparations use the leaves and flowers,…

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Aloe Vera

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Botanical Information Aloe Vera is a species of succulent plant that is common to parts of Africa and other arid climates. Has been used for centuries for wound healing and digestive distress. Clear gel found in leaves is used as a topical ointment. Whole leaf can also be used internally. Features & Benefits Speeds healing…

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Rosehip

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Rose Hip Seed Oil pampers “experienced skin.” It has extraordinary scar healing ability. Use the traditionally fixed oil for healing scars.

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