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Black Cohosh

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Botanical Name: Actaea racemosa  Common Name: Black Cohosh Overview:  Black Cohosh is an herb in the buttercup family. It is best used long term, as a tonic. It is used generally, in woman’s health care, though does have other lesser known indications. *It doesn’t contain plant estrogens*, though many people think it does. It stimulates functions in […]

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Vitex

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Botanical Name: Vitex agnus-castus Common Name: Chastetree Overview:  A member of the mint family of plants, Vitex is an effective regulator of hypothalamic function and gonadotropin releasing hormone (gnrh). Gnrh stimulates release of follicle stimulating hormone (fsh) and leutenizing hormone (lh) from the pituitary gland in the brain. The release of these hormones regulates levels of estrogen […]

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Schisandra

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Botanical Name: Schisandra chinensis Common Name: Five flavor herb, Five flavor berry, 五味子 in Chinese Overview:  A very important adaptogenic herb, native to China, and used widely in Chinese Medicine. It is often referred to as “Five flavor herb,” or “Five Flavor berry,” as it has all five flavors comprised in it’s taste – sweet, sour, salty, pungent […]

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Chamomile

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Botanical Name: Matricaria chamomilla, aka German chamomile  Other types: Anthemus nobilis – aka Roman chamomile. This is often used in gardens as a lawn replacement. Matricaria discoidea – aka Pineapple weed. This grows on driveways, trails, etc. It can be used as a medicine, but is generally hard to find. Common Name: Chamomile Overview:  The flowers are most commonly used to […]

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Ashwagandha

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Botanical Name: Withania somniferia Common Name: Ashwagandha, Indian ginseng Overview: Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb in the night shade family, the same family that tomatoes come from. The resemblance to tomatoes can also been seen by how similar the berries look to tomatoes. It is the most calming adaptogenic herb, and though not a true herbal nervine itself, it acts like an […]

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Korean Ginseng

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Botanical Name: Panax Ginseng Common Name: Red Ginseng, Curing Ginseng Overview:  Korean Ginseng is a prized plant, used widely in Chinese Medicine. It is a member of the araliaceae family, also known as the ivy family. There are many different types of ginseng. Korean ginseng is unique in that the dry root is first cured by a secret […]

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The Pursuit of Happiness

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What makes us truly happy?   People throughout history have lived and debated this question, however, modern psychological research is gathering evidence that suggests some interesting conclusions. For example, although money does contribute to happiness particularly when one is in poverty, more money beyond a stable income has no relationship to increased happiness. Research suggests […]

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Cream of Cauliflower Soup

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Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. butter or Coconut Oil 1 onion, roughly chopped 1/2 tsp. salt, plus more to taste 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 head cauliflower, chopped 4 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth 1/2 tsp. freshly ground white pepper 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg 1 cup heavy cream or coconut milk, unsweetened 2 Tbsp. finely chopped parsley […]

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Rhodiola

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Botanical Name: Rhodiola rosea Common Name: Rhodiola, golden root, rose root, arctic root, hóng jǐng tiān (红景天). Overview:  Originally native to Russia, now grown all over the world. Rhodiola is an adaptogen, and a very useful one at that. The fresh root is made into a tincture using 95% grain alcohol at a ratio of 1:2. The dry root is made into […]

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Echinacea

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Botanical Name: Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea purpurea Common Name: Echinacea, coneflower, purple coneflower, purple echinacea, Kansas snake root, narrow-leaved echinacea Overview:  Echinacea is a member of the Asteraceae family, which is the same family that includes the sunflower. The word Asteraceae is Latin, meaning ‘star.’ Echinacea is a native plant to North America. It is also one of the most popular […]

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