Health Benefits of Turkey Tail Mushroom (Not Just for Cancer)

Health Benefits of Turkey Tail Mushroom (Not Just for Cancer)

Recently, turkey tail mushroom has gotten a lot of attention, especially as a treatment for cancer.  There is tons of research to back up its anti-cancer benefits and even a Ted Talk about it.  But the compounds in turkey tail mushroom also have many other benefits. Here is what the research has to say about turkey tail health benefits and whether it is worth taking. Read more

Best Organic Horsetail Supplements

Best Organic Horsetail Supplements

Horsetail is one of my favorite supplements.  As one of the world’s best sources of silica, it makes my hair and skin look great. Because it builds collagen, horsetail supplements can help prevent wrinkles and signs of aging.  And, even though I can’t see this benefit, horsetail also helps my bones get stronger and reduces the likelihood that I’ll get osteoporosis later in life. Read more

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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