Best Mullein Extract (Plus Tips for Getting the Most Out of It)

Best Mullein Extract (Plus Tips for Getting the Most Out of It)

A common weed, mullein has been used for centuries as a natural remedy.  Today, mullein is one of the most well-researched medicinal plants with proven health benefits.  It contains numerous saponins, flavonoids, glycosides and other compounds.  These compounds are what make mullein so powerful in treating earaches, coughs, ulcers, and inflammatory conditions. Read more

The Many Benefits of Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon)

The Many Benefits of Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon)

I recently gave myself a challenge: to walk around my neighborhood looking at people’s gardens and see which plants have health benefits.  This is what initially led me to Ophiopogon (aka mondo grass). Even though it is native to Asia, mondo grass is grown throughout the world.  The humble plant has many surprising health uses, including suppressing cough, reducing inflammation and boosting immunity. Read more

8 Reasons to Start Drinking Guayusa Tea

8 Reasons to Start Drinking Guayusa Tea

Like a lot of travelers, I spent my time in Quito drinking yerba mate from a gourd.  But then I headed to the highlands in Ecuador to stay with a local Kichwa (Quechua) family.  I was in a for a pleasant surprise when they started brewing tea that I later found out was guayusa.  Since then, I’ve become an avid guayusa tea convert – for the health benefits as well as these other reasons.

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Asclepias Tuberosa (Pleurisy Root): Why This Plant Should Be in Your First Aid Kit

Asclepias Tuberosa (Pleurisy Root): Why This Plant Should Be in Your First Aid Kit

Long before Asclepias tuberosa became a popular garden plant, it was used as a medicinal plant.  It is especially known for treating lung issues like coughs, flu, pneumonia and asthma. Considering how important lung health is today, Asclepias tuberosa is a potent natural remedy you should consider adding to your first aid kit. Read more

Health Benefits of Fish Mint (Houttuynia Cordata)

Health Benefits of Fish Mint (Houttuynia Cordata)

In Western cultures, “leafy greens” are usually bitter or slightly citrusy-tasting greens like spinach, kale or arugula.  By contrast, Asian cultures eat many more types of greens, including ones like Houttuynia Cordata – aka fish mint — which has a very distinct flavor (to say the least!).  While the taste of fish mint might not be for everyone, it is loaded with health benefits that make it worth consuming. Read more