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Spice: The Variety of Life

By Deborah Lambeth Picture this: you sit down for dinner, see a sizzling steak on your plate and just cannot wait to dig in and eat it. You slice it, take one bite, and realize, “hey, there isn’t garlic in it. Isn’t that cinnamon?” Obviously it makes a difference in determining which spices to use …

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Organic Herbs

Organic herbs are those which are grown naturally, that is to say, they have been grown in a natural environment, without the use of any chemicals whatsoever. You can grow them in your garden or in your apartment. You normally do not need much space to grow these plants.

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Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy

Herbs that are classified as safe, are further divided according to the stages of pregnancy. While some are safe only during the first trimester, others are recommended for use, only after the first three months. Herbs that are categorized as unsafe should not be taken during the entire pregnancy, and preferably during the period of …

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Side Effects of Herbs

Herbal medicine has gained considerable popularity as an alternative treatment for alleviating a number of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even certain types of cancer. However, various studies and research have highlighted some possible side effects, if some of these herbs are taken in excessive, or in combination with some …

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Herbs for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Turmeric: Turmeric, with its medicinal values, may be used in the treatment of rheumatoid this condition. Curcumin, a compound derived from turmeric is especially useful for this purpose. Turmeric is also considered as an antiseptic, hence it helps in the reduction of infection in the joints.

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Safe Herbs During Pregnancy

Herbs are natural, but being natural does not mean that they are always safe. Pregnancy is one such condition, during which you have to be highly cautious about what you consume. Most of the herbs are considered safe, if used according to the instructions of a qualified herbal practitioner. However, pregnant women are not supposed …

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Mexican Herbs and Spices

Apart from these spices and herbs, there are many more which are either native to Mexico or introduced to the region by Europeans and others. They include papalo, spinach-like chaya, chepiche, chepil, hoja santa, veracruz, hierba buena (spearmint), cayenne, chamomile, coriander seeds, crushed red pepper, mint, nutmeg, sage, tamarindo (tamarind), jengibre (ginger), pimentón dulce (paprika), …

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Hyssop Plant

The blossoms are usually purple-blue, red, white, or light pink in color. The flowers can attract a large number of bees, butterflies, and hoverflies due to their strong scent. Hyssop is generally grown as a border plant in a herb garden. The plant can attract white butterflies, and thus keep them away from cabbage.

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Herbs for High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension is a condition that is often considered a lifestyle disorder. In most cases, hypertension develops gradually through the years, and do not have a specific cause. The risk factors include age, family history, obesity, pregnancy, stress, high levels of sodium intake, use of tobacco, lack of physical activity, alcohol consumption, …

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Herbs in Ayurveda

Ayurveda, is one of the oldest medical systems in the world, which originated around 3000 years ago. This ancient medicine system has a firm belief in curing the causative element of a disease, rather than suppressing its symptoms or treating it superficially. Ancient Ayurveda, bases its practices on five natural elements; they are Akasha ( Space), Agni(Fire), Vayu (Air), Jal (Water), and Prtithvi (Earth). …