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Herbal Remedies: Prevent Illness, Boost Energy, Fight Stress

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Herbal Remedies: Prevent Illness, Boost Energy, Fight Stress

It’s the depths of winter, and if your office is anything like mine, that means a cacophony of coughs and sniffles and many empty desks as entire departments succumb to colds and flus. It may also mean you’re low on energy as you endure these shortest days of  the year.

As a former editor for a natural health magazine, I’m a huge proponent of using natural medicine before you require a trip to the drugstore. If you give them the chance, natural remedies can heal and prevent all sorts of illnesses and ailments, and they do it without exacting a heavy toll on our bodies.

Here are some of my favorite ways to use natural medicine:

To cure ailments: Natural medicine can help relieve coughs, nausea and joint pain, as well as reduce the risk of major health issues such as cancer and heart attacks. Lucky for us, some of the strongest disease- and sickness-fighting herbal powerhouses are also delicious. Cinnamon, cloves and oregano have exceptionally high antioxidant capacity, which helps them ward off cancer. Green tea also contains a polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which may help prevent lung cancer. To help relieve arthritis, add lots of yummy turmeric to your meals. It’s a strong anti-inflammatory that goes great in soups, sauces, stir-fries or over vegetables. If you have a family history of heart problems, ramp up your intake of garlic, which many studies have shown reduces cholesterol, heart disease and risk of heart attack. Simply eat about a clove daily, raw or lightly cooked. To read about 10 ailments cured by culinary herbs, read our article here.


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Jessica Kellner

Jessica Kellner is the editor of Natural Home & Garden magazine, a national sustainable home and lifestyle magazine. She is dedicated to helping readers create more sustainable, delightful homes that are in tune with the natural world. She is also the author of Housing Reclaimed: Sustainable Homes for Next to Nothing, published by New Society Publishers in autumn of 2011. Email her at


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11:08PM PST on Jan 30, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

5:43AM PST on Jan 18, 2013

Thank you Jessica, for Sharing this!

10:45AM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

thanks :)

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4:51AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

thanks, I'm going to try adding Tumeric to my diet.

7:14AM PST on Jan 12, 2012


soul herbs help too

"Body space medicine" book by Zhi Chen Guo covers soul herbs (and physical herbs)
See the reviews on to see a bit more about it.
Dr Guo was apparently credited for helping contain SARS in china

6:37AM PST on Jan 8, 2012

All of you, deserve a green star. . for those of us that have HEARTBURN (ACID REFLUX)
to relieve occasional heartburn, try drinking the apple cider vinegar tonic (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) before each meal. We have just compiled one of the largest Holistic Libraries , and we just launched the [ Say No To Drugs, and Yes, To Mother Nature Project]
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