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What is Ashwagandha?

What is Ashwagandha? Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry, is an ancient Ayurvedic herb. It belongs to a class of medicinal herbs known as adaptogens and has been used for more than 3,000 years to help reduce stress, improve stamina and increase concentration levels.  In Sanskrit, ashwagandha means “smell of the horse,” which may be applied to its unique smell and its ability to increase strength. What is Ayurveda? Ayurveda -- a Sanskrit term meaning “knowledge of life”...

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Immune-Boosting Tips for Cold & Flu Season

Immune-Boosting Tips for Cold & Flu Season Brrr! Winter has arrived! And that means cold and flu season is here as well.  Each year, Americans get more than 1 billion colds, and between 5 and 20 percent end up with the flu, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. And now that COVID-19 is here, it makes even more sense to shore up our immune defenses as a strong preventative measure. The immune system is extremely important for overall...

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7 All-Natural Aids for Better Sleep

7 All-Natural Aids for Better Sleep “The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.” ~ W.C. Fields A good night’s sleep is incredibly important for daily functioning. Unfortunately, 50 to 70 million adults in the U.S. struggle with at least one sleep disorder, according to the American Sleep Association. Insomnia is the most common specific sleep disorder; short term insomnia issues are reported by about 30% of American adults and chronic insomnia is reported by 10% of...

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Botanicals to Boost Your Health

Botanicals to Boost Your Health Whatever your ailment, there’s probably an herb for that. Whether you want to reduce inflammation, boost immunity or lower blood pressure, our list of all-natural botanicals below may be exactly what you’re looking for. Turmeric Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a flowering plant of the ginger family Zingiberaceae. This Ayurvedic spice has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  Research has shown that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, can benefit inflammation, pain, metabolic syndrome, and help in the management of...

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How Kava Helps Reduce Poverty in Fiji

The Role of Kava in Fiji’s Society and Economy Kava is one of the chief exports in Fiji next to sugar, garments, gold, fish and mineral water, and it significantly contributes to Fiji’s social and economic development. Kava provides employment, enhances livelihoods and reduces poverty. This is important because, like other Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Fiji has limited entrepreneurial opportunities. In a 2017 paper published in The Journal of Pacific Studies, author Associate Professor Manoranjan Mohanty details the role of...

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Kava Q & A

Kava Q & A What is kava? Kava (Piper methysticum) is a tall evergreen shrub in the pepper family native to the South Pacific Islands. Traditionally, kava has been used as a ceremonial drink, consumed to bring about a state of relaxation during rituals and social gatherings. Kava is typically prepared by mixing crushed kava root with water or coconut milk.  What’s the difference between mind kava and body kava? If you visit a kava bar, you may be given the option of...

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Herbal Teas for Anxiety

Herbal Teas for Anxiety “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C.S. Lewis Nearly 1 in 5 American Adults Has an Anxiety Disorder In this time of global uncertainty, more and more people are finding themselves increasingly stressed and anxious. If you’re looking for an all-natural, affordable and delicious way to lower your anxiety levels, consider herbal teas. You will be pleasantly surprised at how soothing (and tasty) they can...

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All-Natural Aphrodisiac Herbs: Blue Lotus & Damiana

All-Natural Aphrodisiac Herbs: Blue Lotus & Damiana There are several pharmaceutical drugs aimed at boosting one’s libido, but if you’re interested in a more natural alternative, you might want to consider blue lotus flower or damiana. The good news is that these two all-natural herbs go well beyond just boosting your sex drive, as many people also use them for their anxiety-relieving and health-boosting qualities. What is Blue Lotus? Blue lotus, or Nymphaea caerulea, is a water lily with strong ties to...

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Ayurveda: Ancient Indian Medicinal Herbs

What is Ayurveda? Ayurveda -- a Sanskrit term meaning “knowledge of life” -- is an ancient Indian system of natural medicine. The practice is based on the concept that disease is caused by an imbalance in a person’s overall being. Ayurvedic practitioners offer natural therapies and interventions to help patients regain balance within the body, mind, spirit and environment.  About 240,000 American adults use Ayurvedic medicine, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. According to the National Ayurvedic Medical...

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Staying Sober For the Holidays

Staying Sober For the Holidays If you’ve been struggling with a substance use disorder, the upcoming holidays may feel a little daunting rather than joyful. Not only is alcohol is in ready supply at many holiday parties, but the sheer stress of the season -- whether loneliness, grief, family dynamics or financial problems -- can drive just about anybody to reach for a drink. But if you’ve recently quit alcohol or another substance, the pull can be even stronger and...

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