Herbal Remedies and Their Uses

Herbal remedies and supplements provide natural ways of healing and staying healthy. Discover more about their uses.

  • Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme health benefits
    Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme each were revered for their healing and magical powers, and those healing powers are as present and valuable today as they were during the reign of King Charles II. Find out more!
  • When Medications & Supplements Expire | Health Blog
    Do those expiration dates stamped on your meds really mean anything? Does it matter if your pill is a few months or a few years past its prime? And if it turns out that all your old medications should be tossed, exactly how should you dispose of them?
  • How To Start An Indoor Herb Garden | Natural Health Blog
    If you love the idea of having fresh, low-cost herbs at your disposal all the time, it’s worth it to grow your own indoor herb garden. Find out how!
  • 1/23/2017
    Having ruled out trying to pack a shake with problem plagued protein supplements, I chose to build my shake around long-chain, low-glycemic carbohydrates.
  • 8 Ways To Avoid Colds & Flu | Natural Health Blog
    We have 8 tried-and-true methods of avoiding colds! Read on for some natural ways to prevent a cold or flu virus from getting the best of you.
  • Herbal Remedies Under Attack | Natural Health Newsletter
    There is a continuing attack against proven alternative health remedies through the use of highly publicized, but deeply flawed studies.
  • Eat Ginger-Chili Pepper To Fight Cancer | Cancer Alternatives Blog
    Chili peppers pack a spicy punch and ginger offers an earthy, slightly sweet flavor to foods. New research suggests that when used together, the compounds that give ginger and chili peppers their unique tastes may help ward off cancer.
  • 9/26/2016
    Over the years, we have collected numerous cleansing and detoxification testimonials from Jon Barron's natural detox program. Below you are welcome to review both general and specific detoxification testimonials and an unbiased daily blog from health editor Steve Myers! Do you have detox testimonial you want to share? Let us know!
  • Modern Medicine & Malaria chart
    If you want to optimize your chances for good health, you have to choose the best option available--regardless of which camp (alternative or mainstream) it comes from.
  • Health Benefits of Eating Spicy Foods | Natural Health Blog
    Frequently eating spicy meals may be linked to a lower risk of death.
  • Horseradish Benefits
    The benefits of horseradish have been extolled throughout history: it was mentioned in Greek mythology, there are murals of this plant in Pompeii, and George Washington and Thomas Jeffersion both mention it in garden accounts.
  • 7/6/2015
    What happens when testosterone and the adrenal hormones go awry--which begins happening as men and women enter their early 30's?
  • 10/25/2014
    There's a lot more potential for aromatherapy than most of us realize, and that potential has barely been tapped according to a recent article in The New York Times.
  • green Nettle herb
    Nettle herb, or Urtica dioica, is found in every single state in the US except Hawaii. While most consider it a pesky weed, others understand its true herbal value.
  • gentian tree root
    Gentian, one of the “bitter” herbs, has been used by herbalists for over 2,000 years as an anti-toxic to stimulate liver function. It was named as a tribute to Gentius, an Illyrian king who was believed to have discovered that the herb had tonic properties. Traditional folk healers believed that gentian root could improve the digestive process by stimulating the flow of saliva, bile, and stomach acids if you took the herb before your meal. During the Middle Ages, it was used as an antidote to certain poisons.
  • 4/1/2014
    New research has found that head lice in North America have become resistant to the standard over-the-counter products that used to exterminate them quickly.
  • purple echinacea flower
    If ever there was a miracle herb, echincea would fit the bill. The history of this highly debated herb has its roots steeped in Native American culture. The interesting discovery of this herb, however, is a little less glamorous than its uses.
  • Muira Puama Tree
    Often referred to as the "Viagra of the Amazon," muira puama has long been considered an effective natural therapeutic approach for loss of libido in both sexes. A flowering plant native to the Amazon rainforest, its name, muira puama, means "potency wood." Muira puama is one of the most active botanicals with a long history of traditional use as an energy tonic, general health improver, and remedy for impotence and sexual insufficiency.
  • St Johns Wort For Depression
    If you look closely enough, nature seems to have an answer for everything. Even more surprising is just how much our ancestors knew this to be true. Case in point: one of the most common herbs used for depression in the United States today is St. John's wort.
  • gravel root plant
    While you may not have heard of the herb gravel root, there are in fact over forty species of the genus, many of them used medicinally. You can find the flowering plant growing in North America from Canada to Florida in mostly wet, wooded areas. There are a number of interesting legends associated with this herb too.
  • cascara sagrada tree
    If you have ever suffered from constipation, you are not alone. 63 million people in North America suffer from constipation and if not treated, it can lead to a host of other health issues. For some people, adding fiber to the diet is not enough. Are there other natural remedies? Turns out, there are!
  • sweet honey
    In natural healing circles, honey long has been used for its multiple benefits. Its flavonoids and antioxidants have been shown to be cancer and heart disease preventive; it helps reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal problems; it's antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal; it works as a cough suppressant; it heals wounds, it contains probiotics, it is a component of many skin crèmes, and it's an anti-allergenic agent and one of many natural allergy remedies, based on the theory that because honey contains tiny traces of pollen, repeated exposure should help build up immunity to those pollens. But if you've been taking your daily dose of honey without receiving any of these benefits, the reason may not be that honey is useless. It may be that your honey isn't actually honey.
  • cordyceps mushrooms in a plate
    Each week we like to take a moment to give special attention to a natural ingredient used to promote health. This week we're going to take a look at a Chinese fungi known to do everything from increasing endurance in athletes to helping rebuild the body after long-term illness.
  • Ginseng Seed and Roots
    Ginseng has received much attention as an herbal remedy over the years. Maybe previous cultures knew what we are starting to discover since ginseng has been used for over 2,000 years.
  • goldenrod in a white bowl with plant
    There are between 60 and 130 different varieties of our featured herb, goldenrod. According to old folk lore, finding some near your house meant the people who resided there would have good fortune.
  • bamboo
    While bamboo may still be on the newer side of things here in Western herbal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine has long known of the many health benefits of bamboo. Its usage as a medical remedy can be traced back to ancient Chinese times. In fact, the Chinese have uses for every part of the bamboo plant.
  • chicory root liver detox blood cleansing
    Chicory root was widely used during the Great Depression and World War II when coffee was in short supply or too expensive. Today, it is used around the world and in the US, particularly in New Orleans, as a natural caffeine-free substitute to coffee. However, it's much more than a rich drink.
  • 9/16/2013
    Oat grass joins other powerhouse grasses such as wheatgrass and alfalfa. They have been called one of nature's finest medicines.
  • Benefits of Red Clover | Herbal Library
    Red clover has a long history of not just medicinal use, but, on a whole different note, also as common cattle fodder. And it has some religious background as well, as the three leaves on the clover were associated with the Christian Trinity. During the Middle Ages, the red clover was considered a charm of protection against witches. Just as a regular four-leaf clover is considered lucky, the same is true of the red four-leaf clover. In fact, there is some debate as to whether the red leaf clover is the actual true shamrock planted by St. Patrick in Ireland.
  • 8/6/2013
    For many years, people have used Fennel for digestion and reducing colic, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, indigestion, intestinal disorders, nausea, and cholera.
  • 8/6/2013
    Uva ursi uses have ranged through the medicinal for nearly 2,000 years mostly for the use in bladder and urinary tract infections.
  • 7/26/2013
    Calendula is a native Mediterranean plant that belongs to the daisy plant family Asteraceae. Natural healers have found calendula ointment uses for many of years.
  • 7/25/2013
    Boswellia Serrata, or frankincense, has been a staple of Ayurvedic medicine from time immemorial for its ability to manage inflammatory disorders.
  • 9/28/2012
    Probably no other area in alternative health is more subject to over-promising and under-delivering than anti-aging. We're talking about every magic bullet under the sun from face cremes to human growth hormone supplements. Ah, if only it were that simple! The simple fact is that aging is not the result of any one single factor, but is the cumulative result of a number of factors. However, there are several steps one can take to slow down or even reverse the aging process:
  • 9/13/2012
    New research has shown that Demodex Mite infestation is the leading cause of rosacea, and that rosacea treatments should target these infestations in order to be most effective.
  • 7/31/2012
    Over 20% of the population currently suffers from chronic pain. Because current pain medications can create nausea, constipation, depression, stomach bleeding, kidney problems, and dependence, many are looking for more natural ways to reduce chronic pain. Learn what works!
  • 7/31/2012
    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common autoimmune disease in which killer T-cells of the body's own immune system (most likely triggered by invading bacteria) reprogram themselves to attack joint cartilage, resulting in inflammation and joint destruction. The current treatment strategies of suppressing immunity and inflammation offer only limited success since they do not deal with the underlying causes. Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, is more likely the result of wear and tear or low pH, but again, standard treatments involving pain killers and anti-inflammatories address only the symptoms, not the underlying causes. In both cases, the key to success is to address the underlying causes, which automatically improves the symptoms.
  • 7/31/2012
    Whether you are looking to fight off a cold or would like to understand how your immune system constantly fights cancer cells, our series on the immune system will explain how to boost your immunity and destroy invaders.
  • 5/31/2012
    More individuals today are looking for ways to not only lose weight, but to sustain the weight loss after a diet. To lose weight naturally and without starving yourself, there are some things to consider before you start on any weight loss program. Learn more...
  • marijuana and respiratory function
    A recent study shows that smoking marijuana does not harm your lungs after all.In fact, the study actually found that pot smokers performed slightly better on lung function tests compared to nonsmokers.
  • 6/14/2011
    A new study, just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, has found that even people who have no symptoms and no clue that they're carrying herpes can, nevertheless, spread the disease. People who have herpes but no symptoms shed the virus in genital secretions 10 percent of the days they are tested, meaning they can infect sexual partners on those days. In contrast, those who manifest active herpes symptoms “shed" the virus about 20 percent of the time.  Explore what immune system boosters help if you have herpes (HSV-2).
  • 5/30/2011
    The May 19th issue of The Economist ran TWO stories debunking alternative medicine. The first story carried a subheading that read, "Virtually all alternative medicine is bunk." And then later on in the issue, it expounded on the same theme as the main science story of the week, with the subheading, "Alternative medical treatments rarely work. Personally, I love The Economist, but these stories are way off base and filled with innuendo, not to mention a good bit of distortion.  Learn the other side of the story...
  • 5/3/2011
    A few years ago about a study demonstrated that yelling swear words when experiencing pain can actually help the sensation of pain diminish.  Now, in a new study, the same research team reports on how well the pain relief conferred by cursing works for seasoned profanity users versus those who rarely curse.
  • 12/23/2010
    Researchers have learned that there are taste receptors not only in our mouths, but in our lungs as well.
  • 6/12/2010
    Apparently, one out of every 200 people or so who get infected with HIV never comes down with AIDS. Learn more about T-cells and natural immune system boosters with this health blog.
  • 6/8/2010
    While it’s clear that chocolate triggers the brain to release feel-good chemicals, the study found that chocolate may not really provide the relief that depressed people seek. Learn more about how chocolate impacts mood in this health blog.
  • 6/5/2010
    Elephants have a well-developed type of verbal communication. This health blog takes a deeper look at elephant sounds, language and the emotional life of elephants to better understand their intelligence and behavior patterns.
  • 6/3/2010
    TV exposure among toddlers corresponded to a future decrease in classroom engagement and success at math, increased victimization by classmates, a more sedentary lifestyle, and higher BMI. Learn more about the full significance of tv time and child development in this health blog.
  • 5/20/2010
    In the seven years between 1999 and 2006, the use of prescription opioids increased nearly fourfold nationwide. Overdose from painkiller prescriptions has also increased dramatically. If you have chronic pain this health blog will certainly help educate you on the dangers of painkiller prescriptions.
  • 5/15/2010
    People who view slides of sick people show an incredible immune boost of 23 percent. Learn more about the immune response in fighting infection and how the mind affects health with this health blog.
  • 5/11/2010
    The annual bill for PSA screening in the U.S. is $3 billion, even though the test “is hardly more effective than a coin toss.” Learn more about healthy PSA levels, prostate tumors, prostate cancers and whether PSA testing will become mandatory for cancer prevention.
  • 5/4/2010
    If current projections are correct, children dying before their parents is about to become the norm. Learn more about increasing rates of obesity in children and the implications of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other illnesses that create a shortened life expectancy in young adults today.
  • 4/29/2010
    The FDA recently admitted that it “should” reevaluate the safety of triclosan, an antibacterial chemical commonly found in a dizzying array of household items, like antibacterial soaps, hand sanitizers, toothpaste, cleaning products and a long list of others.
  • 4/6/2010
    According to research, the average American’s risk of melanoma in his or her life time increased from one in 1,500 in 1930, to one in 250 in 1980, to one in 74 in 2000, and now sits at one in 58. Whether you are interested in prevention, removal or simply educating yourself about skin cancer this health blog will bring all the pieces together!
  • 3/25/2010
    According to research at the University of California, San Diego and Harvard University, lack of sleep is contagious among teens. Why the sleep deprivation among teenagers? Read more!
  • 3/11/2010
    An evolved strain of rabies has been found in skunks and foxes in suburban areas of Arizona.
  • 2/13/2010
    In a new report aimed to once again scare all users of herbal supplements, the medical community has issued a warning indicating that taking certain herbs when on heart medication poses big-time risks.
  • 2/9/2010
    A new study shows that Metformin helps obese teens lose weight when combined with exercise and a healthy diet, but are the side effects of Metformin causing more harm than good and is the study really looking at the correct issue.
  • 2/6/2010
    A recent study out of Tufts University, just published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, found a significant discrepancy between calorie counts listed on menus and the actual calories contained in the meal.
  • 1/14/2010
    A study, just published in Cancer Prevention Research, found 10 phytochemicals in pomegranates that seem to inhibit the growth of estrogen-responsive breast tumors.
  • 1/12/2010
      According to a report just published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, extended exposure to cell phones starting at a young age may prevent and even reverse Alzheimer’s.
  • 11/24/2009
    For the first time, scientists observed that the placebo effect actually causes changes in the pain-signaling mechanism in the body.
  • 11/12/2009
    At least 26 million Americans now are diabetic and 37 million will be by 2015. This represents a more than 90 percent increase in the past decade.
  • 11/10/2009
    A study out of the University of New South Wales found that subjects who felt miserable paid more attention to their surroundings, had better discrimination, were less gullible and showed better recollection than their more cheerful cohorts.
  • 11/5/2009
    Researchers have found that people who live closest to green areas have a lower incidence of 15 different diseases. The closer to the green, the more powerful the healing effect experienced.
  • 10/22/2009
    Several studies show that food preferences may be set even before you’re born, as early as 13 weeks after gestation. And those preferences derive from what your Mom ate while you were in the womb.
  • 10/10/2009
    A new study shows that the most distressed and tired physicians made the most mistakes (39 percent of doctors in the study reported making a significant error during the study period).
  • 10/8/2009
    A new study shows that children have strokes far more frequently than previously thought, with the youngest children the most frequent victims.
  • 10/3/2009
    According to a study by researchers at the University of New Mexico, intelligence correlates to healthy sperm.
  • 9/8/2009
    According to a study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine, tests such as CT scans and nuclear imaging may be provoking cancers without providing any real benefits.
  • 9/1/2009
    A new study has found that a startling number of kids are deficient in vitamin D.
  • 8/25/2009
    A new study just published in Pediatrics found that the short children were just as well-adjusted, happy, and popular as kids of normal height.
  • 8/22/2009
    A new study has shown that TV viewing, but not computer use, is associated with high blood pressure.
  • 8/18/2009
    An article in Time magazine says that exercise excites the appetite, which in turn leads to eating, which in turn makes you fat.
  • 8/13/2009
    Here's some depressing news: Antidepressant use in the US has nearly doubled since 1996, according to a study out of Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. The study found that over 10 percent of the US population aged six and up now takes an antidepressant.
  • 8/11/2009
    When Michele Obama planted her organic garden, some considered it an act of subterfuge as unpatriotic as supporting Honda instead of Ford. In spite of the compost slinging, the First Lady ignored the naysayers and cultivated her garden so that it yielded more than 80 pounds of produce by the beginning of June. A true Victory Garden for the organic movement!
  • 8/1/2009
    Studies have found that conventionally grown foods contain 300 percent higher concentrations of pesticide residues than organic foods.
  • 7/21/2009
    Ajinomoto Sweeteners, sued the English supermarket chain Asda, on the grounds that their calling aspartame "nasty" might contribute to the impression that the sweetener actually is unhealthy.
  • 7/9/2009
    A new study has found a dramatic rise in the likelihood of getting pancreatic cancer among those who indulge in high-fat foods.
  • 7/4/2009
    Swine flu parties are the newest craze sweeping the world, because mom's are hoping that exposing their children will build immunity against future exposures, when more virulent strains might possibly appear.
  • 6/30/2009
    A new study shows that young people under the age of 50 have experienced rising rates of colon cancer in every age category; it's only the older folks who are getting it less.
  • 6/27/2009
    While researchers found a strong link between the number of stressful life events subjects endured and risk of depression, they found no significant link between depression and that HTTLPR gene.
  • 6/22/2009
    We've all heard the expression, You can't see the forest for the trees. Its meaning is simple: if you look too closely at small details, you miss the big picture. And so it is when it comes to studies that explore the relationship between gum disease and various illnesses. When each study is viewed as a single tree, no one sees the forest. What specifically am I talking about? What is the trigger for today's newsletter?
  • 6/19/2009
    Antibiotics are hitting the wall as the magic healing modality for gonorrhea, as increasing numbers of cases turn up drug resistant.
  • 6/13/2009
    Despite the popularity of alternative medicine, the press persists in trying to persuade readers to avoid health alternatives at all costs.
  • 6/9/2009
    Researchers have found that an antioxidant (EGCG, Epigallocatechin Gallate) in green tea neutralizes a protein in sperm that can carry the HIV and thus may serve as protection against the transmission of AIDS.
  • 6/4/2009
    A recent study in Great Britain found that a huge segment of the population simply ignores cancer-prevention advice, finding it too fickle.
  • 6/2/2009
    The growing list of benefits conferred by increasing your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids as epitomized by the Mediterranean diet -- shows a dramatically lowered risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
  • 5/28/2009
    With regards to near death experiences, Is consciousness a function of the seemingly inert brain, or does it reside somewhere outside of the "vital functions of the organism"?
  • 5/19/2009
    A new study of 644 subjects has "discovered" that ginger eases nausea--specifically, the nausea associated with chemotherapy.
  • 5/12/2009
    Since 1996, adult prescriptions for mental illness have risen by 73 percent, and prescriptions for children went up by 50 percent. Among seniors over the age of 65, psychiatric drug prescriptions have doubled.
  • 5/7/2009
    A new study out of the Boston University School of Medicine has confirmed that cockroaches are the leading cause of asthma among inner city kids.
  • 5/5/2009
    The American Psychiatric Association has been exploring the idea of including a category for Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Health Disorders (DSM-IV), which is the diagnostic bible for mental health practitioners.
  • 4/30/2009
    A study out of the University of Minnesota Medical School administered the drug Naltrexone to 25 kleptomaniacs between the ages of 17 and 75.
  • 4/25/2009
    A huge, international study has determined that babies who take acetaminophen have a greatly increased risk of developing childhood asthma, eczema, and eye and nose problems down the road.
  • 4/23/2009
    A number of studies over the years have examined the relationship of weather to mood, usually finding that sunshine imparts a sunny outlook.
  • 4/21/2009
    Now that DDT no longer is legal and with the increase in international travel, bedbugs have enjoyed a resurgence, thriving and multiplying.
  • 4/18/2009
    Researchers found that animals already infected with the diseases recovered as effectively and quickly on probiotics as they would have on the most advanced antibiotic treatment.
  • 4/17/2009
    Bed Bugs are making a come back now that DDT has been banned. What can you do as preventative measures to keep your family from being infested? Jon educates us about why this is happening, how to tell if your home is being invaded, and what you can do about it without using pesticides, which have long term health consequences.
  • 4/14/2009
    Caffeine in almost any amount puts pregnant mothers at risk for giving birth to low-weight babies, however, for athletes it can be beneficial for workouts.
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