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15
DEC

5 Reasons This Adaptogenic Tea Makes The Perfect Nightcap

Filed Under: Herbs,Teas at 11:16 am | By: Guest Blogger
Cup of tea with thyme herb and lemon slices

After a long and draining day, many people find comfort in relaxing with a cup of herbal tea. Though great during any season, herbal teas have a way of making one feel even cozier when the chilling grip of winter tightens. If you enjoy a hot elixir to unwind each night, you might be getting sick be tired of the same blends of chamomile that you sip on the regular. To try something new, see what tulsi tea has to offer.

Made from the tulsi plant, this adaptogenic tea boasts a handful of relaxing benefits that might be appealing to your sensibilities. Explore a new way of kicking back this season with some of these healthy perks.

1.) Get Rest

To perform as a functional human being during the daytime, a good night’s sleep is essential. Most people struggle with this, tossing and turning in bed and feeling sluggish the next day. Often, high levels of stress are to blame for interrupting your rest. A cup of tulsi tea before bed might provide you with the herbal mixture you need to relax and fall asleep.

According to a 2014 research paper on tulsi, there is enough evidence to suggest that the tulsi plant is responsible for lowering psychological stress levels in several animal species, including humans. The studies conducted with humans pointed out that the presence of tulsi in a person’s system aided in dealing with several psychological pressures including stress, anxiety, and depression. If you have trouble feeling calm before you go to bed, a cup of this tea could help to get you into the right mindset.

2.) Diabetes Treatment

The adaptogenic effects of tulsi tea are only some of the benefits this herb is said to bring. During a 1996 study on the impact of tulsi in laboratory rats, researchers discovered the plant had an impact on glucose levels in the blood. When the tests were repeated with human participants, the studies yielded similar results. The research here has led to tulsi being used as a way of preventing, and even treating, various diabetic conditions. Though the results are impressive, it is best to speak with your doctor before altering your levels of prescribed insulin.

3.) Coughing and Sneezing

Most people tend to get sick during the winter. Fluctuating temperatures lead people to hide away indoors, allowing bacteria and viruses to be easily spread between hosts. When you come down with a cold, common symptoms include coughing, sneezing, and other respiratory problems. Treating a cold can be tough, and professionals at the Mayo Clinic suggest attacking the symptoms themselves.

If you’re looking to fight against the irritation of a scratchy throat or constant cough, a warm mug of tulsi tea should be considered. Active ingredients in tulsi leaves, like eugenol, contain anti-asthmatic properties that make it easier for the lungs to take in oxygen while fighting an infection. Since the common cold cannot be cured the way other diseases can, a bit of tea might help to get you back on your feet after some rest.

4.) Rich in Antioxidants

In recent years, there has been a lot of talk in the media about the importance of antioxidants. Though dietary crazes come and go, keeping foods rich in antioxidants in your daily rotation can produce several key benefits. For one, antioxidants are shown to have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system. According to recent CDC statistics, over 610,000 people die in America each year from heart disease. With numbers that high, taking precautionary measures with your heart is a must.

Tulsi leaves contain many antioxidants and several studies have pointed out that this can be useful when it comes to improving the health of your heart. In addition to helping your cardiovascular system, the antioxidant levels in tulsi tea have been shown to improve several skin conditions. Those suffering from varying levels of acne have noticed a change in their complexions after using tulsi tea for a short time.

5.) Complete Your Resolutions

With the end of the year right around the corner, many people are thinking about their resolutions. Sticking with your goals for the new year can be tough, especially if you are attempting to take on a challenge like quitting smoking. The highly-addictive nature of nicotine can make cutting cigarettes out of your routine a painful experience. To make life easier, some people suggest drinking tulsi tea. Replacing the act of smoking with a cup of relaxing herbal tea can help to calm your mind and decrease your urges.

Sitting down with a nice mug of your favorite herbal tea is a lovely way to unwind after a stressful day. To get a bit more from your time, try out some tulsi tea and see what calming benefits you experience.

 

Article written by Joe Palinsky.

Joe Palinsky is a full-time writer and theater professional in Philadelphia. He predominantly works with ensemble-based Found Theater Company, where his writing has been featured in numerous productions. Though primarily a ghostwriter, his work has been published in the now-defunct Spirit News and as a guest on Found Theater’s blog.




1
DEC

5 Science-Backed Essential Oils for Better Sleep

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Herbs at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you are trying to achieve better sleep but want to avoid sleeping pills, essential oils can be a great option for you. Essential oils are known to provide multiple health benefits and some of them have been studied for their sleep-aiding properties. Let’s check out 5 science-backed essential oils for better sleep.

1. Lavender

Lavender essential oil has been studied extensively for its effects on the nervous system. Research has concluded that inhaling lavender oil helps the body enter a relaxed state, which is essential for better sleep and to prevent insomnia. Additionally, a recent study found that lavender inhalation together with sleep hygiene improved sleep quality in college students with self-reported sleep issues. Lavender has anti-microbial, fungal and viral activity. For relaxation before bedtime, just mix a few drops of lavender in a spray bottle of distilled water and spray it in the room.

2. Chamomile

A well-known calming tea, chamomile can be useful for treating digestive and stomach issues. Studies have shown that chamomile contains mild sedative properties and its essential oils can be helpful to promote relaxation before bedtime.

3. Bergamot

Bergamot essential oil has been used to induce relaxation. One study concluded that bergamot oil mixed with lavender and ylang-ylang can help reduce stress and elevate mood.

4. Cedarwood

Cedarwood essential oil has a woody, outdoorsy, and sweet aroma. This oil has been used since ancient times for several purposes including promoting improvements in sleep quality as well as memory, mood and emotions.

5. Ylang-ylang

Ylang-ylang essential oil appeared to help relieve anxiety. Since ancient times, ylang-ylang has been used to calm, relieve stress, and relax the body and modern research continues to support the benefits of this essential oil.




28
NOV

5 Reasons To Add Ashwagandha To Your Medicine Cabinet

Filed Under: Herbs,Mindfulness,Supplements at 3:11 pm | By: Guest Blogger
Sshwagandha powder and root on wooden table. Superfood, alternative medicine, natural remedy.

Article written by Joe Palinsky

For most people, the medicine cabinet is a storage space that acts as a window to the past. Expired pill bottles and loose adhesive strips mingle on the shelves, reminding you of all the maladies you’ve encountered in your years. With 2017 winding down, now is an excellent time to begin cleaning out all the old junk in your life. The medicine cabinet is a fantastic place to begin your endeavor!

While tossing out old vitamins and creams can be cathartic, you might also want to focus on what you will replace once everything has been tossed. Finding the right items for your medicine cabinet can help you to feel prepared for whatever health-related situations await. Ashwagandha, for example, is an herb with a number of uses that might have a future home in your medicine cabinet. To see if it works for your life, let’s examine some of the benefits.

1.) Ancient And Relevant 

Whenever a new herb or plant appears on the shelves, consumers and advertisers alike tend to get out of control. Reports on the benefits of these products can be conflicting and overwhelming, making it impossible to know whether or not the supplement or remedy even works. Ashwagandha is different because it has been used for thousands of years in a number of places around the world with impressive results.

In North Africa, the herb has long been used as a way of dealing with inflammation and increasing energy levels. Often referred to as ubab or “winter cherry,” ashwagandha can also be found across parts of Asia. In India, the herb is mashed into a paste and used as a salve for treating burns and other wounds.

2.) Calming Effects

Stress and anxiety are very real problems for a large number of people. The world is more connected than it has ever been before. While this fact yields some wonderful results, it also can make one feel tense to constantly be bombarded with news and information about the world. Ashwagandha might also prove useful when dealing with these high levels of stress.

According to a number of studies conducted at several academic institutions, ashwagandha helped patients feel less stressed within a short amount of time. Anxiety can put a lot of strain on the brain and make memory recall somewhat impossible. When ashwagandha was present in the system, researchers noticed an improvement in how subjects suffering from anxiety could recall vital information.

3.) Better Spirits

Feeling grumpy or frustrated can often seem like a part of life. While it is true that you can’t do much to change a foul mood when you’re stuck in one, it also doesn’t hurt to try new tactics. With an herb like ashwagandha, you could be looking at a solid way to get yourself into better spirits. While conducting studies on the anti-anxiety effects of ashwagandha, researchers observed patients exhibited signs of improved emotional states.

Though studies are still being done to uncover exactly how ashwagandha improves an individual’s mood, many scientists believe it has to do with how the herb impacts the adrenal gland. Responsible for producing and regulating a large number of hormones, this endocrine gland is stimulated and rejuvenated by the constant presence of ashwagandha. This renewal helps to better regulate hormones like adrenaline, which tends to help with stress levels as well as overall mood.

4.) Memories That Last

Having a strong memory can work to your advantage on a daily basis. Keeping yourself sharp helps you to stay on top of tasks at work, keep important dates in the forefront of your mind, and allow you the ability to remember where you put down your keys before walking out the door. Though a number of factors work against a person’s ability to remember information, studies suggest that ashwagandha might be a good fit for those looking to improve areas of the brain related to memory.

It is important to note that these studies primarily focused on memory problems that resulted from head injuries. According to the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, ashwagandha might be helpful for patients suffering from dementia but it is too soon to tell. As of this point, no official studies have been conducted on ashwagandha and how it works in patients living with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

5.) Simple Warnings

Discussing the benefits of an herb like ashwagandha can be useful for your future. Still, it is good to note that there are a few individuals who should not be using the plant. For the most part, you can feel confident in stocking your medicine cabinet with ashwagandha. However, it is important to keep in mind that women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid the herb. Some studies suggest it might be fine for pregnant women but it is best to speak with a healthcare professional before making any decisions.

 

Joe Palinsky is a full-time writer and theater professional in Philadelphia. He predominantly works with ensemble-based Found Theater Company, where his writing has been featured in numerous productions. Though primarily a ghostwriter, his work has been published in the now-defunct Spirit News and as a guest on Found Theater’s blog.




31
MAY

All About CBD Oil And How You Can Benefit

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Homeopathy,Personal Care,Supplements at 10:33 am | By: Madeline Reiss
Image of health food, hemp oil

If you’re keeping tabs on wellness trends, chances are you’ve come across cannabidiol (CBD) oil. It’s all over wellness blogs and even landing on the shelves of health stores—but what exactly does it do?

CBD oil is derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant and contains the potent health benefits of the plant minus the THC (the psychoactive part that makes you high). Researchers find CBD oil extremely useful as an anti-inflammatory and has even replaced over the counter pain relief drugs like NSAIDs for some users. It’s being used both clinically and by health conscious consumers as it proves extremely effective at promoting an overall healthy balance in our bodies.

Not sure if CBD is right for you? Here are a few of the many benefits of taking a cannabidiol supplement:

1. Relieves pain
CBD oil often substitutes traditional over-the-counter pain relievers and has been said to reduce pain and discomfort from a number of health conditions. Scientists believe that when CBD interacts with receptors in your brain and immune system, it creates an anti-inflammatory effect. It has even been useful in alleviating pain from chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis and arthritis.

2. Helps ease nausea
The cannabis plant has actually been used for centureis to manage nausea and vomiting. In large doses, nausea can be a side effect of CBD, but when taken in small, therapeutic amounts it can actually help curb nausea. Researchers found that CBD indirectly activates what’s called 5-hydroxytryptamiine-1A (5-HT1A)—a very complex name for a compound that plays a major role in reducing nausea sensations. Because of this, CBD is often used to reduce queasiness and vomiting from chemotherapy treatments.

3. Can help manage seizures
While more research is needed to fully understand how it works, CBD oil has been said to have anti-seizure properties. One study found that CBD may have similar effects to current drug treatments for seizures and it may even be a safe and effective treatment for patients with schizophrenia.

4. Balances and supports mental health
While CBD does lack the psychoactive component (THC) of cannabis, it does have several effects on the brain that can possibly help ease anxiety. Research has shown that CBD can boost signaling through serotonin receptors, which is often the goal of mental health treatments. Evidence found in animal studies are paving the way for more CBD testing on humans to provide more effective solutions for mental health disorders.

5. Excellent for hair, skin and nails
In addition to its clinical uses, CBD is an excellent beautifying oil! it contains a number of essential nutrients that are helpful in maintaining youthful skin, hair and nails, such as vitamins E and C. It’s also been said that CBD oil is helpful in treating acne by controlling inflammation, and is also great at calming irritated scalps for soft, shiny, dandruff-free hair.

6. Can improve your sleep cycle
You may already associate sleepiness with THC, but CBD can help you catch some needed Zs in a different, non-psychoactive way. While it won’t make you drowsy, a therapeutic dose can help those with sleep disorders maintain a regular REM cycle by staying asleep once they’re dozing. Considering CBD oil can help you maintain a more balanced state of mind, falling asleep may prove easier while taking it as well.

How Can You Take CBD Oil?

Tinctures
If you’re concerned about taste and not a fan of taking capsules, CBD oil tinctures are an enjoyable way to take the supplement. Tinctures are dropper bottles of sweetened and flavored CBD oil designed to yield all of the health benefits and make you actually want to take it!

Capsules
For a more convenient way to get your dose of cannabidiol, you can purchase the supplement in capsule form. These are great for taking with you on-the-go or for adding into your daily vitamin and supplement capsule regiment.

Liquids
If pills are not your style, CBD also comes in liquid form. This is a great option if you were looking to add cannabidiol into your daily smoothie or if you wanted to use it topically. Many CBD liquids come blended with other fatty acids such as MCT oil for additional benefits.

Body Care
Cannabidiol is also finding its way into personal care products! There are more and more products infusing CBD into their formulas to leverage its amazing topical benefits.

No matter how you decide to take CBD (internally or topically) always be sure to test a patch of skin for allergic reactions or start with small internal doses and consult with your doctor to ensure it is a right choice for you.

Has anyone had success while using CBD Oil? Share below!

 




22
MAY

How To Choose A Black Seed Oil

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Health Foods,Herbs,Recipes,Supplements at 10:11 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
Nigella sativa (Black cumin) on wooden spoon.

Introduction:

You may already be familiar with castor oil, hemp seed oil, coconut oil, red palm oil and many other oils currently on the market. However, one of the most widely used oils today with great medicinal properties is Nigella Sativa or more commonly known as black cumin. This plant is native to southern Europe, northern Africa and southwest Asia and its use can be traced all the way back to King Tut. In old Latin, it is called “panacea” which translates to “cure all.” The shrub of this plant produces fruits that have tiny black seeds that can be pressed to extract the oil. Its medicinal properties stem from the presence of thymoquinone—one of the major active chemical components of the essential oil. Thymoquinone is believed to have a wide range of medical applications and benefits we’ll discuss below. This plant has become one of the top-ranked, evidence-based herbal medicines to date, and there have been over 600 scientific, peer-reviewed articles published about black seed oil benefits.

 

Benefits of black seed oil to consider:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Supports liver health and helps protect the liver
  • May have anti-cancer properties
  • Contains protein, carbohydrates, fiber, minerals like copper, phosphorus, zinc and iron as well as both fixed oils (fatty acids) and volatile oils
  • May help treat a variety of common health conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, bronchitis and asthma
  • May be helpful in treating against Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
  • It may help increase milk production in nursing mothers
  • May act as an appetite stimulant
  • May help to boost the immune system
  • Rich Source of Essential Fatty Acids

 

What to look for when choosing a black seed oil

  • Extraction: the method by which the oil is expressed or extracted from the seeds matters! Slow, cold-pressed means that no heat is used during the extraction process. High temperatures may cause rancidity or cause some of the more volatile oils to evaporate. Avoid any oils that use chemical extraction.
  • Purity: the product should be 100% pure Nigella Sativa oil and not filled with additives.
  • Storage: look for oil that is stored in a dark, glass bottle that will protect it from both air and light.
  • Quality: Look for unrefined vs. refined oil and make sure it’s organic!

Other important tips about black seed oil

  • Make sure to store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
  • It can be used as a spice or preservative! In fact, the seeds have been added to many Persian foods including bread, pickles, sauces and salads.
  • Do not confuse it with black cohosh, cumin, curcumin or nutmeg.
  • Supplements made from black seeds are usually made up of the basic seed extract in either a crushed powder or oil form.

 

Homemade black cumin seed salad dressing:

  • ½ cup black seed oil
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 fresh chopped garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp. Ginger root
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Instructions: Combine all the ingredients in a mason jar with a lid and mix/shake until blended together.




4
APR

Trending in Wellness: Why Turmeric Is Everywhere

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Superfoods,Supplements at 8:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Trends come and go but when something that is getting trendy is able to provide health benefits and taste delicious in so many different ways, you got a potential long-term hot item in the making.

That’s the case of turmeric (curcumin). Nicknamed the “Spice of Life”, the health benefits turmeric offers can be attributed to curcumin, a well-studied bioactive compound. It seems like this bright yellow Indian spice is getting more popular every day. Known to help reduce pain, turmeric contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling and inflammation. Turmeric supplements have been used to treat osteoarthritis as well as joint pain and can be a natural replacement to drugs such as ibuprofen.

Additionally, the compound curcumin in turmeric can efficiently help to reduce digestive issues such as bloating, IBS, and colitis. Plus, these same anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and digestive properties may enable turmeric to support the liver, the body’s natural detox system.

Since turmeric provide all these health benefits, people are getting creative to add this amazing spicy into their diets. Often used in culinary as ground spice, turmeric has been a very popular tea too. Now, turmeric is getting fancy and is being used in juices, smoothies, golden lattes, and many other creative ways. For example, adding a little bit of turmeric to scramble eggs has become a staple of a healthy breakfast. Turmeric soup is another great way to add it to your diet, particularly if you enjoy spicy soups. Lastly, turmeric is one of the best all-natural food colorings and can be used in a variety of ways.




17
MAR

Surprising Health Benefits from Licorice

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements,Teas at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Sometimes we find out that some foods offer benefits when you had not idea they were even considered healthy. It seems to be the case for licorice. Native to the Mediterranean but now grown throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, this herb is commonly used to flavor foods and beverages but what some people may not know is that it can provide a variety of health benefits.

Licorice is known to support various issues in the digestive system including stomach ulcers, heartburn, colic, and chronic gastritis. A formulation containing licorice root along with slippery elm bark, lactulose, and oat bran has been used for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Licorice contains chemicals that are thought to decrease swelling, thin mucus secretions, decrease cough, and increase the chemicals in our body that heal ulcers.

Additionally, licorice can also be taken to help sore throat, bronchitis, cough, and infections caused by bacteria or viruses. Along with the herbs Panax ginseng and Bupleurum falcatum, licorice can help improve the function of the adrenal glands, especially in people who have taken steroid drugs long-term. Steroids tend to suppress the activity of the adrenal glands, which produce important hormones that regulate the body’s response to stress. Licorice is used intravenously to treat hepatitis B and C, as well as mouth sores (lichen planus) in people with hepatitis C.

A good number of licorice products manufactured in the U.S. actually don’t contain any licorice. Instead, they contain anise oil, which has the characteristic smell and taste of “black licorice” and is often used as a substitute. Licorice tea is another popular product that can provide the health benefits mentioned above.




17
FEB

History, Mission & Product Overview of Organic India Brand

Filed Under: Health Aids,Herbs,Supplements at 3:39 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor

At the heart of Organic India is their commitment to be a living embodiment of consciousness in action. They work with thousands of family farmers in India who cultivate thousands of acres of organic farmland. Organic India actively promotes sustainable agriculture and pays a premium market rate to their farmers. All of their products promote wellness and are certified organic. Each product you hold in your hands is one link in a chain of love, respect and connectedness between their farmers and you. By choosing Organic India you are completing this chain, which gives training and a living wage to the Indian farmers, creates a sustainable environment and brings happiness and well being to you.

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27
DEC

Powerful Berberine

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Every once in a while you may come across a supplement you’ve never even hear about. It could be a new one, just discovered, or another product which used to be popular and might be coming back to the market. However, there are a few supplements that some people may have never heard or noticed them before, and this could very well be the case of the powerful Berberine.

Berberine is a chemical found in several plants including European barberry, goldenseal, goldthread, and tree turmeric. It has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine, where it was used to treat various ailments. Today, Berberine products are making headlines for its ability to provide multiple health benefits.

Most commonly used to treat gastrointestinal issues, including traveler’s diarrhea and food poisoning, new studies are discovering that Berberine can help reduce the risk of heart disease and prevent heart failure. Some properties of this amazing supplement can help lower cholesterol and, when taken regularly, may help promote a major reduction in blood sugar levels. Additionally, Berberine supplements may help you lose weight as well as fight harmful microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.

Berberine, technically, belongs to a class of compounds called alkaloids. After you ingest Berberine, it gets taken in by the body and transported into the bloodstream, travelling into the body’s cells where it binds to several different molecular targets and changes their function. One of the main actions of Berberine is to activate an enzyme inside cells called AMP- activated protein kinase (AMPK). This enzyme is sometimes referred to as a “metabolic master switch” and is found in the cells of various organs, including the brain, muscle, kidney, heart, and liver. This enzyme plays a major role in regulating metabolism, which is always beneficial for weight loss.




23
DEC

Why We’re Putting Butter (and other Superfoods) in Our Coffee

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Nutrition at 12:01 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
coffee

 

Sugar and creamer is so passé. Health connoisseurs are adding everything from collagen to butter and beyond – hey, the more the merrier. The great part is that you can run wild with tons of mix-ins and or experiment until you hit on a combination that works for you . Either way, the health benefits can be amazing. Either way it’s time to add mo’ to ‘yo cup o’ joe.

TIP – We suggest blending all the ingredients below for a smoother, more homogenous drink.

Collagen – Collagen peptides are short chain amino acids naturally derived from pasture-raised collagen protein. Unlike gelatin, this brand of peptides easily dissolve in both hot and cold liquids. It’s a natural anti-aging supplement which makes your hair and nails grow as well as lubes up your joints and cartilage. It goes down easy in coffee but it also makes a great addition to smoothies, oatmeal and baked goods, too.

Ghee – Heal you gut naturally with ghee. Its high levels of butyric acid and vitamin k2 make it good for oral and digestive health. Those with dairy intolerances can handle ghee since it only contains small amounts of casein and lactose. Use one to two tablespoons in place of milk for a super creamy texture.

Mushrooms – Pump up your coffee with shrooms! Chaga mushroom is known as the “black gold” that grows on birch trees and is fantastic source of antioxidants and other immunity boosters. Try this blend of chaga, Siberian ginseng, and rose hips. The anise undertones make it a delicious addition to your next coffee break.

Coconut oil – This fatty brain food adds just a hint of exotic coconut flavor to your coffee. Unlike other oils, coconut oil is medium-chained instead of long-chained, which are absorbed faster and not stored as fat. All you need is 1-2 teaspoons per cup and you’re on your way to better nutrition absorption, pain relief, increased energy and a lot more.

Raw cacao powder – chocolate and coffee…heck yeah! Raw cacao has minerals — like magnesium and iron — flavonoids and antioxidants said to help prevent cancer and increase cardiovascular health. A little cacao powder goes a long way, though, so try not to overindulge, as hard as that may be (we’re talking raw chocolate here).




19
DEC

The Best Teas For Stress Relief

Filed Under: Herbs,Mental Wellbeing,Teas at 12:01 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

If you’re feeling restless and wound up after another hectic day of juggling your daily stresses, think about steeping back and relaxing with a warm cup of tea! Feel your stress and anxiety melt away with every sip of one of our favorite types of tea listed below.

Chamomile
Chamomile
 has been shown in multiple studies to reduce stress and anxiety in patients. How does it do it? One of its potent flavonoids, chrysin, gives it it’s sleep-inducing properties. While another compound, apigenin, helps induce a feeling of gentle, pleasant sedation. Bonus — chamomile is safe for kids too, and could help calm an anxious or overactive child. It has also been shown to help with other ailments such as colds and stomach aches. This tea combines chamomile with lavender for an extra dose of chill.

Valerian
Valerian’s relaxing nature is why it has enjoyed a long history as a mild sedative. Known as “nature’s valium”, valerian has been shown to really take the edge off. A 2005 study reported in the journal Sleep, showed clinically proven results for sleeplessness. We suggest a trifecta of relaxation with this tea that blends valerian with passion flower and lemon balm. Speaking of…

Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm
 has been used medicinally going way back to when the ancient  Greeks prescribed it for those suffering from insomnia and anxiety. This culinary herb appears to reduce cortisol – also known as the “stress hormone” — concentrations and helps blunt the effect of enzymes that inhibit GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid) production, a neurotransmitter that helps the brain to self-soothe.

Tulsi (Holy Basil)
Holy Basil, also known as tulsi, is a well-known Ayurvedic herb that grows all over the eastern tropics. Ayerveda medicine says that tulsi can promote overall general health and well-being due to its adaptogenic effects, and a recent study showed extracts of this herb reduced general anxiety disorder along with stress and depression. We really love this brand that uses completely recycled packaging and bleaches their tea bags with oxygen rather than chlorine, which causes less damage to the environment. That’s something you can relax about.

Do you have a favorite tea you use to relax at night? Let us know in the comments!




1
NOV

A Tea for Every Ailment

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Teas at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Teas have been used medicinally for hundreds of years and it is quite easy to understand the reasons people continue to drink tea around the world. Just look into some of the popular tea ingredients and you will find out how many can be used for treatment and prevention of various health issues. Plus, teas are a great source of vitamin and minerals. So, let’s look at 4 teas and which ailment it can be helpful to.

Ginger Tea

Known as a wonderful digestive aid, ginger tea can also help to curb nausea, vomiting and minimize motion sickness. A good number of teas labeled to support digestion contain ginger as a main ingredient. You can also make fresh ginger tea by simmering ginger root on the stove for about 15 minutes.

Elderberry Tea

Elderberry contains antioxidant-rich flavonoids and it’s known to provide relief for cold and flu. It can also be helpful to soothe sore throat and coughing as well as help treat bacterial sinusitis, an infection more commonly known as a sinus infection. Elderberry and other herbs combined with a decongestant and antibiotic may help clear up sinus infections more quickly than decongestant and antibiotic treatments alone.

Dandelion Tea

Known to gently stimulate the liver and supports healthy digestion, dandelion tea supports the body’s natural detoxification process. Dandelion root tea has shown choleretic effects as it can stimulate the liver to increase bile flow which, once released by the liver, can carry away waste and break down fats during digestion.

Chamomile Tea

The relaxing and calming chamomile is known to improve sleep and can be helpful for insomnia. It can also improve digestion as well as help treating cold and fever, minimize cough and bronchitis, and be used as a gargle for inflammation of the mouth.




29
SEP

New Brand Showcase: Aiya

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements,Teas at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is presenting a new brand specialized in a very unique product: premium Matcha by Aiya.

Aiya is a family owned company specializing in Matcha green tea since 1888. This natural product is known to provide energy and support the body and its health benefits surpass anything that is available on the market.

Matcha is a shade-grown, all-natural, powdered Japanese green tea. Unlike other teas, Matcha undergoes a number of additional steps in the production cycle, such as shade growing, hand picking, and granite milling into a fine powder, before it makes its way into your cup. Created over 800 years ago by Buddhist monks as a meditational tool, Matcha is known today as the healthiest, rarest, and most premium of all tea varieties from Japan.

A historic tea cultivating region dating back to the 1200s, Nishio’s stable climate, fresh pristine river waters, fertile soil, and remoteness from urban development foster tea leaves that are more resiliently green and full of nutrients. Currently, Aiya holds over 80% of the exclusive harvesting rights to the Nishio tea plantations.

A lot of different factors can affect the quality of Matcha: region, geographical conditions, skill of the tea farmers, and the variety of the tea bush. A good quality Matcha should be smooth and sweet with just a hint of astringency. The sweetness comes from the L-theanine amino acids in the tea. Matcha is a vibrant jade green due to the increased chlorophyll content that occurs during the shading process and a top-quality product should be ground using slow-turning granite grinders, which minimizes friction, allowing the tea to be ground without “burning,” retaining the chlorophyll.

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Icelandic Astaxanthin by Algalife

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Superfoods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to present a top-quality brand of supplements specialized in astaxanthin: Algalife.

Algalife believes that is possible to solve the nutritional needs of current and future generations through microalgae, which has the power to improve people’s health, support those with chronic diseases, address malnutrition and it’s 100% sustainable. Icelandic astaxanthin is the first step in this journey.

A powerful antioxidant naturally found in algae, shrimp, salmon, crab and lobster, astaxanthin has been the subject of numerous scientific studies affirming its antioxidant power and support for good health. Astaxanthin protects the entire cell, working in both the water and fat soluble part of the cell, and is known to support brain, eye, cardiovascular joint and skin health.

Each ingredient in Icelandic astaxanthin has been researched and clinically validated for safety. Iceland is the perfect location for cultivating the best quality Astaxanthin. Algae is very sensitive to the environment and is easily contaminated by air-borne pollutants and bacteria. Iceland offers clean air, pristine glacial waters and Algalife’s proprietary cultivation process is closed removing the risk of contamination from open ponds.

Algalife’s products do not contain GMOs and Icelandic astaxanthin uses non-GMO fish gelatin, never any porcine or bovine. The company’s facility in Iceland is 100% powered with local and sustainable geothermal water and processing systems are certified under GMP. Each pill is individually blister packed to reduce risk of contamination once the products have left the facility.

You can save even more when you shop Algalife products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo-code SEPT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. Offer expires 9/30/2016.




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Holy Benefits!

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Holy Basil has been helping people for hundreds of years but some people may not know the multiple health benefits from this amazing plant.

Native to Southeast Asia, Holy Basil is considered a sacred plant by the Hindus who have been making medicine from the plant’s leaves, stems, and seeds. The Hindu name for Holy Basil is Tulsi which means “the incomparable one” and the plant has been used to treat mercury poisoning, promote longevity, as a mosquito repellent, and to counteract snake and scorpion bites.

Holy Basil supplements are known to provide several health benefits from cleansing the body to treating common cold, influenza, and flu. Additionally, research has shown that supplementation from Holy Basil can help to treat diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, and upset stomach.

Other studies have shown that Holy Basil can help relieve anxiety and stress, both physical and emotional, naturally. Extracts made from the root of Holy Basil have been shown to have mentally stimulating and destressing capabilities as well as promoting relaxation. The exact mechanism of action is yet to be determined although research has shown that this herb decreases the amount of cortisol released during stress without the adverse side-effects of prescription medications. Holy Basil has been traditionally used for stress relief working as adaptogen, a substance that balances and protects the body by improving resistance to any type of physiological or mental stress.