We now know that the trillions of bacteria in our digestive tract – aka the gut microbiome – have a huge impact on our health. A balanced gut microbiome is crucial for immunity, energy levels, maintaining a healthy weight and even regulating mood. Read more
Best Wild Lettuce Supplements (with High Lactucin Content)
Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa) is a plant which has gotten a lot of attention recently for its many health benefits. Because of this, you can find all sorts of wild lettuce extracts for sale. A lot of these extracts aren’t actually very potent though. Here’s what you need to know to get a good brand of wild lettuce which will actually provide benefits, dosage and more. Read more
How to Eat Spruce Tips
If you look carefully at a spruce tree (or any conifer tree) in early spring, you will notice light green fan-like needles poking out of a papery case. These are the new buds of the tree. Unlike mature spruce needles, spruce tips are soft, tender and quite tasty. Spruce tips are also incredible superfoods and very easy to forage. Read more
Best Natural Remedies for Psoriasis, As Backed by Science
When my husband first got psoriasis over a decade ago, doctors still chalked it up to “stress.” Luckily, the research on psoriasis has come leaps and bounds since then. We now know that psoriasis is an inflammation disorder which is linked to gut health. Read more
Health Benefits of Shilajit, As Backed By Science
Nature gives us health supplements from a lot of different sources, like plants, fungi and even bacteria. But one of the most interesting supplements – shilajit — doesn’t come from any of these sources. Shilajit is only found on high mountaintops where it is gathered off of rocks. Read more
Best Shilajit Supplements Reviewed: Which Ones Actually Give The Benefits They Promise?
Looking for the best shilajit supplements? Here is what you need to know about how shilajit supplements are made, shilajit types, Himalayan vs. Russian shilajit, and the best brands of real shilajit for your money. Read more
Health Benefits of Elecampane, As Backed by Science
A few years back, I got sick while traveling in Croatia. My host’s grandma immediately made me a spicy-tasting tea from the root of elecampane to help with my coughing. The elecampane, along with mullein leaf, seemed to do the trick. Even though elecampane has long been studied for its medicinal benefits, the pandemic has caused it to become highly in-demand and a staple product to keep in your first aid kit.
Sacha Inchi Health Benefits: Beyond Just Omega 3
By far one of the coolest looking seeds, sacha inchi is getting a lot of attention as a superfood for weight loss, skin, hair, heart health and numerous other benefits. Here’s what you need to know about the superfood seed and which health benefits are really backed by evidence. Read more
Tinctures vs. Extracts, Powders and Dried Herbs: What Is the Best Way to Take Herbal Remedies?
When looking for herbal remedies, you will often find many different formulations of the same plant. The most common ones are tinctures, glycerin extracts, dried whole herbs, powdered extracts and standardized extracts. For health benefits, tinctures are usually best. However, each formulation has its own pros/cons which might make it a better option for you. Read more