Entries by Katya

Inflammation & Herbal Anti-inflammatories

Inflammation is a word that we are all familiar with, and most of us have some associations in our own experience that we picture when this word is uttered. For example, if you have acne, you know that this red pustule is inflamed because it is red and may even cause pain. Or, you might […]

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Hawthorn berry, leaf, & flower

The beautiful hawthorn tree, with its leaves that look like mini oak leaves and its spiny branches, produces abundant flowers (white or pink) that later create red berries.  Crataegus oxycantha and C. monogyna are the two species used most often medicinally, and these produce dense clusters of white flowers and red edible berries that resemble […]

Healthy Skin from the Inside Out

Everyone wants healthy skin.  Everyone wants to look and feel good.  The skin is our body’s largest organ and it is intimately and inextricably linked to every other organ and system in the body, which makes sense when we view the body in a holistic sense.  Because it is the most visible organ, skin issues […]

Butterbur

The root of this European-sourced herb is primarily used in medicine, although the leaf is also used.  Its Latin name is Petasites hybridus and is a shrubby plant in the Asteraceae family found throughout Europe, parts of Asia, and North America, and grows in damp, marshy areas.  It is closely related to the Tussilago genus, commonly […]

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Passionflower herb

The vine of passionflower is used for its sedative, antispasmodic, and muscle-relaxing properties.  Passionflower is often used in tea blends, tinctures, or capsules for anxiety, nervous tension, insomnia, heart palpitations and high blood pressure (especially when related to stress and anxiety), and painful menstruation.  For promoting deep sleep, this herb is often combined with Valerian […]

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Mental Clarity Tea

When I say the name of this tea, I have had most people respond “I could use some of that!”  Apparently, most of us could use a bit of mental focus and clarity of thought, and why not an improved memory to boot?  Well, I can’t promise or guarantee that this particular blend of herbs […]

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Head Ease Tea

A general pain-relieving and antispasmodic blend of herbs, this tea is designed to help relieve mild inflammation and cramping or spasm of muscles and/or nerves.  Headaches have complex origins and can be a symptom of a larger problem, but occasional headaches from being tired, sick, stressed, tense, etc. can be helped with remedies other than […]

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Ginger root

A classic and familiar herb in many culinary and medicinal traditions, ginger is a good example of the confluence of medicine and food.  The benefits of ginger have long been known in Indian and Chinese systems of medicine.  In India, it was even known as a “universal medicine”.  A digestive aid that calms nausea, warms, […]

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Balanced Energy Tea

This tea is the original Herban Wellness store blend, combining the healing properties of gunpowder green tea with two stand-out herbs from Ayurveda (an ancient Indian system of medicine) – holy basil and gotu kola.  The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of green tea are combined with the stress-relieving, anti-inflammatory, and nervine properties of holy basil […]