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Meet Mugwort: The Womens’ Healing Plant

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MEET MUGWORT. An ancient herb regarded as a protector of WOMEN + TRAVELERS, renowned for its high value in treating feminine disorders (think menstrual cramps!) & prized as a strong warming tonic that stimulates the circulation of qi and blood. You may have heard about mugwort’s capacity to yield lucid or vivid dreams, which was highly valued in traditional cultures. …

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Soursop (Guanabana) – A Cancer Killing Fruit?

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Guanabana (aka Soursop) showed up at my local smoothie stand today! I have a #storytime for you about this fruit before we go into the facts. Exactly 2 years ago tomorrow (funny how things come back into your life), I met a man who sold manufacturing equipment to pharmaceutical companies. We were looking to buy a capsule machine for our …

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3 Cancer-Fighting, Immune-Boosting Mushrooms That Can Change the World

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The mighty mushroom is something that I believe will one day save the world. Sounds dramatic, but did you know that mushrooms can literally eat the plastic waste that’s overwhelming our oceans and landfills? The scary truth is that no one knows quite how long it takes plastic to break down in the environment. It could be anywhere from hundreds …

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10 Ways To Instantly Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve and Relieve Inflammation, Depression + More

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Did you know that your vagus nerve is the longest nerve in your body? It starts in the brain, circles your digestive system, and connects directly to every organ. Did you also know that hospitals are already tracking “vagal tone” – your vagus nerve’s ability to activate – in patients that have had a heart attack because it is a …

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Study Finds Turmeric Extract Superior to Prozac for Depression

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A study published in the journal “Phytotherapy Research” has confirmed for the first time in a randomized, controlled clinical setting that curcumin (the primary polyphenol in turmeric) is both safe and effective in treating serious states of depression (Sanmukhani et al., 2013). The research was performed at the Department of Pharmacology within the Government Medical College in India and involved …

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3 Important Lessons from Traditional Chinese Medicine

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There’s so much to learn from traditional systems of medicine. Although there were no labs or fancy testing methods thousands of years ago, somehow our ancient ancestors had a better understanding of the body and root of dis-ease than most doctors do today. Here’s a fun fact from my Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner: Did you know that acupuncture points …