Are you looking to recover from an ailment? Or perhaps you would like to prevent some illnesses from happening in the first place. Natural remedies can be such a great way to do just that.

In fact, one simple ingredient is sometimes all it takes to make a HUGE impact on your health.

To find some of the best ingredients out there, I asked herbalists, dietitians, doctors, and other holistic experts…What is your single favorite ingredient for natural remedies?

And I was not disappointed in the answers.

Some of these ingredients are common in every household, and some are a little more unique.

I hope you enjoy reading about all of these amazing ingredients as much as I did!

1. Turmeric

Turmeric

Turmeric Benefits

  • Has antioxidant properties and reduces inflammation

  • Studies have explored its potential to fight cancer

  • Provides salt-free flavor for food

  • May ease stomach troubles, such as Irritable Bowel Disease

Easy Turmeric Uses

  • Apply to a damp toothbrush to help whiten teeth

  • Use turmeric diluted in water to soothe itchy skin

  • Sprinkle over soups and salads for a boost of flavor

  • Mix into dishes to give them a vibrant yellow hue

​Turmeric is my favorite natural remedy. It is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory compounds and it supports the liver while providing antimicrobial and antiviral function supporting a healthy immune system. These influences are likely why it has become a superstar in the field of oncology and cancer care.

The best way to consume turmeric is mixed with fat and black pepper. Adding fat such as coconut milk or ghee as seen in traditional preparations aids in absorption of the fat soluble antioxidants while the pepper increases bioavailability (absorption).


Ali Miller

Ali Miller is an integrative functional medicine practitioner with a background in naturopathic medicine. She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, certified weight management specialist, recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in her field. Ali’s message has influenced millions through media with weekly television segments, corporate outreach and within the medical community, and named one of Houston’s 50 most influential women of 2015. Ali’s expertise can be accessed through her website: https://www.alimillerrd.com/ offering a blog, podcasts, online learning, and access to her practice in Montrose, Naturally Nourished.

 My favorite natural remedy ingredient for fibromyalgia is turmeric.

Turmeric is a spicy orange powder that has been used as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever for hundreds of years in India, and is often called the “herbal ibuprofen.”

It is delicious to cook with, or can be made into a tasty healing concoction called turmeric milk: 1/2 teaspoon of Vietnamese cinnamon, one half teaspoon of turmeric, and a dash of black pepper in a cup of coconut milk. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Finally, one can find many different supplements that contain turmeric. Learn more about using turmeric, and other natural remedies for fibromyalgia in Dr. Liptan’s book, TheFibroManual.


Dr. Genevra Liptan

Ginevra Liptan, MD is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, board-certified in internal medicine who developed Fibromyalgia during medical school. She is now the medical director of The Frida Center for Fibromyalgia and the author of The FibroManual: A Complete Fibromyalgia Treatment Guide for You and Your Doctor.

My favourite natural remedy is turmeric. As science catches on, it seems there’s almost nothing turmeric can’t do.

As a hormone expert, I like it for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric has the potential to lower low-grade, chronic inflammation- a major contributor to hormone imbalances like PCOS and Endometriosis. Turmeric is also a phytoestrogen, meaning it can help to bring balance to estrogen and progesterone in a women’s body.

Lastly, for those ladies dealing with irregular periods, turmeric can act as an emmenagogue to stimulate your flow! Whether used as a spice on food, taken as a capsule or tincture, the benefits of turmeric are too good to pass up!


Robyn Srigley

Robyn Srigley is The Hormone Diva, Holistic Nutritionist and Women’s Health and Nutrition Coach. Robyn’s own journey with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) jumpstarted her passion for helping women replace their anxieties with joy to open possibility in their lives and break free of hormonal imbalance. Robyn runs a successful 1-1 coaching and online program practice where she uses diet, movement, botanicals and a self-love lifestyle to transform the lives of women with PCOS, Endometriosis, PMS, Painful Periods and much more. You can find out more about her work at www.thehormonediva.com.

I would say that my single favourite natural ingredient would be Tumeric. In Ayurveda it’s known as a super herb bringing energy and prosperity from the Divine mother.

Often when people suffer from insomnia and stress, it upsets their digestive system. Tumeric is an excellent herb for strengthening the digestion and improving intestinal flora. It also helps balance the metabolism and helps digest protein.

It works on the body as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory so excellent for joint pain from arthritis.

I noticed that Pret have introduced their Hot Shot with fresh turmeric and a tea called Tumeric Tonic which I also grab when I’m on the run in London.

Tumeric is good for so many things, it’s a must for everyone to get in their diet. You can also make facemask out of it for super glowing skin!

Who needs drugs when we’ve got this miracle of nature!


Anandi

Anandi is known as The Sleep Guru.  She’s an Ayurvedic Sleep Coach and author or Breathe Better, Sleep Better. She works with women entrepreneurs and executives to help them overcome their insomnia, sleep deprivation and stress without drugs.  She runs retreats, workshops and private coaching. Her message to the world is ‘you need balance, not drugs’.

Easy Turmeric Recipes

  • Turmeric Tea: Add turmeric to boiling water. Simmer for several minutes. Strain, sweeten with honey and dilute with milk before drinking.

  • Bug Bite Soother: Stir turmeric into aloe vera gel to make a spot treatment for itchy insect bites.

  • Turmeric Smoothie: Blend a banana, a handful of frozen mango, a pinch of turmeric and 3/4 cup of liquid until smooth.

  • Face Mask: Watch this video to learn more: 

2. Chamomile Flower (Matricaria recutita)

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile Benefits

  • Eases anxiety and encourages sleep

  • Studies have explored its ability to fight cancer cells

  • Helps reduce respiratory distress during a cold or other illness

  • Supports the immune system

Easy Chamomile Uses

  • Diffuse in steam when you have a cold

  • Brew chamomile tea – Make it from fresh or dried herbs, or buy pre-packaged chamomile tea bags

  • Keep a small bag of dried chamomilenear your pillow to promote bedtime relaxation

My single favorite natural remedy is chamomile flower (Matricaria recutita). I mostly recommend chamomile in the form of tea because it is enjoyable to drink and is even well liked by children.

Most often known as a calming herb, chamomile is best used during times of irritability. Think of times when a person is red in the face, complaining, and whiny, this could be during a cold or respiratory issue or because of a digestive upset. Chamomile is useful during fever to reduce the discomfort yet support the natural immune response. This is beneficial during times when fever makes you very red and flushed in the cheeks.

The flower is a mild bitter that aids in digestion and colic in both babies and adults. The carminative action of chamomile helps to expel gas that can get trapped in the intestines causing cramping and pain. The bitter action also stimulates normal digestive processes and keeps things moving along as they should.

Chamomile is an effective topical remedy for inflamed rashes, bites, or stings. A compress or poultice of chamomile is very soothing. For eye irritations, pink eye, or stye’s on the eyelids, a well strained tea of chamomile is a soothing eye wash.


Kris Vaughan

Kris Vaughan, CH is a certified clinical herbalist and owner and Program Director of Herbal Wisdom Institute in Arizona. Kris teaches herbalism and works in clinical practice specializing in chronic illness and digestive issues. For more information about Kris visit http://www.herbalwisdominstitute.com/.

It is a challenge for an herbalist to choose just 1 favorite remedy – there are so many valuable plants; however for the multitude of medicinal actions, history of safe and variety of applications (both internal, for topical first aid and cosmetic application); I will choose Chamomile Flowers (Matricaria chamomilla).

Chamomile flowers contain anti inflammatory, antimicrobial, wound healer and gentle relaxant properties. Simply preparing a strong herbal tea using 1-2 tablespoons of herb to 1 cup of water (steep 15 minutes) can provide an array of first aid options:

  • Drank as a tea, Chamomile can calm an upset stomach, ease cramping, colic and indigestion. It is a traditional children (and adult) remedy for anxiousness, sleeplessness and hyperactivity.

  • Use the brewed tea as a skin wash and wound healer for skin ulcers, dry skin, eczema and diaper rash.

  • To minimize teething discomfort: place organic chamomile flowers inside a 100 % organic cotton bag and let a child chew on the closed warm-water- soaked bag when teething.

  • For symptoms of a cold or congestion: prepare an herbal steam by preparing 3-4 cups of hot tea in a bowl, placing ones head under a towel (taking care not to burn oneself) and inhaling the antiseptic volatile oils released during the brewing process to decongest the sinus passages.

The Latin name, Matricaria, comes from the word meaning “mother” or “womb”—and this is a female tonic herb. One chemical constituent, azulene, is responsible for Chamomiles antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects; regular ingestion of the tea is ideal support for addressing menstrual cramping, pain, and spasms related to tension, stress as well as a general hormone imbalance.


Katolen Yardley

Katolen is a Medical Herbalist and herbal medicine maker in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where she specializes in women’s health and teaches herbal medicine classes. Facebook: Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist.

For more information, recipes and references on herbal medicine – check out “The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies” (2016, Skyhorse Publishing) written by Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) –Medical Herbalist. Available at www.katolenyardley.com and Amazon.com

Chamomile is a versatile herb. It has many healing properties that are useful for treating and aiding our body and mind.

Its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities make Chamomile helpful in healing the skin after burns and in the case of infected wounds. Chamomile infusion is soft on the skin and can be used to treat areas of our body where the skin is especially sensitive.

A Chamomile infusion also helps to soften respiratory troubles like coughs and sore throat in a natural way. Regular use is a natural method to support the respiratory health.

The antispasmodic properties of Chamomile help it aid digestion and reduce inflammation. Drink a Chamomile infusion after a meal to support and nurture the stomach.

Chamomile also has sedative properties that help to calm the mind and relax the body.

These qualities make Chamomile an essential herb to have in your house. It is a rescue for both body and mind.


Dasha Moskalenko

Dasha Moskalenko is an herbal enthusiast. She has used herbal teas and superfoods for over ten years now for their antiseptic, nurturing, calming and stimulating properties. She created Amicus Herbs to support her herbal hobby and to encourage others to use herbs for their active properties. Amicus Herbs offers a selection of herbs that Dasha finds useful and tasty to drink on a daily basis to nurture her body and mind.

“For me to be me the mind needs to be nourished and worry free!”

Easy Chamomile Recipes

  • Sore Throat Soother: Brew chamomile tea, and mix in honey, lemon juice and sliced ginger. Freeze the mixture in popsicle molds to suck on during a sore throat.

  • Eye Relief: Soak a washcloth in warm chamomile tea. Place the compress over irritated eyes.

  • Bedtime Snack: In this video, learn to make a chamomile cake that is egg-free and dairy-free and is suitable for babies and toddlers:

3. Bone Broth

Bone Broth

Bone Broth Benefits

  • May support the immune system and lower inflammation

  • Is good for drinking after a workout to help with recover and restore electrolyte levels

  • Contains chondroitin sulfate, which has been linked to helping ease osteoarthritis

Easy Bone Broth Uses

  • Drink a cup of warm broth, either first thing in the morning or before a meal

  • Braise meat or vegetable dishes with broth

  • In soup recipes, replace canned broth with bone broth

  • Purchase bone broth protein powder for convenient use

How to Make Traditional Bone Broth:

With so many nutrition products and supplements on the market, it can be difficult to determine which ones you really need, especially when you’re on a budget. So I recommend bone broth protein powder as the ultimate natural remedy.

From this one product, you’ll be able to heal your gut, improve brain function, get clearer skin, boost energy, and more. Regular bone broth boasts these same health benefits, of course, but not everyone has time to simmer a pot of beef or chicken bones for hours and hours on the stove.

Bone broth protein provides these benefits in a convenient powder that makes it easy to take on the go. Simply add some to your morning smoothie, mix some in next time you bake muffins or quick bread, or add a scoop to hot water for a savory warm drink.


Dr. Axe

Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, is a doctor of natural medicine, clinical nutritionist and author with a passion to help people get well using food as medicine. He recently authored Eat Dirt and Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine, and he operates one of the world’s largest natural health websites at www.DrAxe.com. Before launching DrAxe.com, a site visited by more than 10 million people every month looking for healthy recipes, herbal remedies, nutrition and fitness advice, and information on essential oils and natural supplements, Dr. Axe founded one of the largest functional medicine clinics in the world, in Nashville, TN, and served as a physician for many professional athletes.

Easy Bone Both Recipes

  • Bone Broth Smoothie: Mix up your favorite chocolate-banana smoothie recipe, and add a generous scoop of bone broth powder.

  • Gelatin Mask: Mix equal parts bone broth and raw honey. Apply to face. Rinse off after 10 or 20 minutes.

  • Baby Food: Check out this video, where you’ll learn to make a baby food dinner that features beef bone broth:

4. Honey

Raw Honey

Honey Benefits

  • May soothe a cough and is safe for most children over one year to use

  • Has antibacterial effects

  • Helps speed up the healing of wounds, including those related to gingivitis, burns, diabetes and trauma

Easy Honey Uses

  • Use honey in place of your regular face wash

  • Replace white sugar in recipes with honey; use 3/4 cup of honey for every 1 cup of sugar, and take the liquid in the recipe down by 1/4 cup

  • Take a spoonful of honey to help stop a cough

While it’s difficult to choose only one, as an herbalist and natural-minded parent, I’d have to say that one of my favorite ingredients is raw honey.

Raw honey can be enjoyed by anyone 12 months and older with stable blood sugar levels. It can be used in a variety of ways and has many different properties that make it a great choice for good health.

When it comes to food, raw honey is an excellent natural sweetener! It contains vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants that can help nourish the body when used in moderation, and because it’s a simple carbohydrate, it can be a quick source of energy when a boost is needed.

Raw honey has hygroscopic properties, making it an excellent ingredient to use in skin and hair care products as it helps to draw moisture from the air to itself. Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, it’s commonly used on wounds and burns to minimize the chance of infection as well as reduce the appearance of scarring by encouraging tissue regeneration.

When used for wellness, raw honey has a plethora of uses! It’s a well-known cough suppressant that has been shown in scientific studies to ease nighttime coughing as well as common cough medications. It can benefit digestive and immune health by soothing inflammation in the intestinal lining, feeding healthy gut bacteria, and minimizing the overgrowth of harmful microbes.

It’s frequently used to ward off symptoms of seasonal allergies thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s a great addition to herbs, particularly for children, as it helps mask undesirable flavors that may hinder them from taking these kinds of preparations.

As you can see, raw honey is a great natural ingredient to keep in the home, and it will certainly come in handy!


Meagan Visser

Meagan Visser is a registered nurse turned herbalist. She blogs at Growing Up Herbal, a natural lifestyle blog, where she shares what living life naturally looks like in her family, and she’s the creator of Herb Folk, a monthly membership program for those looking to grow their herbal knowledge in a real way by studying and using one herb at a time. You can further connect with her through her Letters To Natural Mamas emails, on Instagram, or on Growing Up Herbal.

Easy Honey Recipes

  • Honey Butter: Mix one stick of butter with a few tablespoons of honey. Whip until a creamy spread for bread and rolls forms.

  • Broiled Grapefruit: Drizzle honey over grapefruit halves. Sprinkle with cinnamon before placing under the broiler. If desired, add other sliced fruits on top.

  • Exfoliating Treatment: Mix two parts honey with one part baking soda. Rub into damp skin in a circular motion. Rinse clean.

  • Candy: To learn how to make tasty candies with honey as the only ingredient, watch this video:

5. Ginger Root

Ginger Root

Ginger Root Benefits

  • May be helpful for reducing upset stomach symptoms associated with motion sickness, pregnancy, chemotherapy or surgery

  • Contains properties that may be effective at preventing cancer

  • May help reduce inflammation and pain

Easy Ginger Root Uses

  • Suck on raw ginger or take ginger capsules to reduce feelings of nausea

  • Steep fresh ginger in boiling water to make a tea

  • Promote digestion by rubbing ginger oil over the stomach area

  • Grate ginger over a bowl of soup

While it’s fortunate that we don’t have to limit our herbalist toolkit to one ingredient, one of our favorite herbs is ginger root. A common culinary ingredient, ginger can also assist with our wellness in multiple ways.

Ginger is a potent antimicrobial that is helpful at the first sign of colds and flu, and as a circulatory stimulant, is warming to the body. This is especially helpful for cold, damp, congested conditions. By dilating blood vessels and enhancing circulation, ginger moves blood to swollen joints, reducing pain and inflammation. Its ability to stimulate the movement of the blood also contributes synergy to herbal formulas, increasing their action and efficacy.

Ginger can be used in topical preparations as a way to soothe sore muscles, ease tension, or stimulate blood flow to the surface of the skin. Ginger’s warming, carminative nature supports digestion and dispels gas, and it is well-known for its antispasmodic action that wards off nausea and soothes gastrointestinal spasms.

Ginger can be enjoyed as a tea, syrup, pastilles, ginger chews, juiced, in food, or in topical salves.

Ginger can be safe in culinary amounts, however, those who are on blood thinners or medications for diabetes or high blood pressure, as well as pregnant women, should consult their doctor before using large amounts of ginger on a regular basis as ginger can increase the risk of bleeding and interact with medications.

Learn more about ginger on the Herbal Academy Blog and in The Herbarium database of plant monographs!


The Herbal Academy

The mission of the Herbal Academy is to teach the art and science of herbalism through high quality, affordable herbal studies programs that empower students and celebrates the community-centered spirit of herbalism. We are dedicated to teaching and promoting a lifestyle of wellness and vitality through the use of herbs, sound nutrition, and optimal health practices, as well as supporting our students all along their way.

Easy Ginger Root Recipes

  • Ginger Rice: Saute thin strips of ginger in oil. Stir into cooked rice.

  • Stir Fry: Ginger is a great ingredient to add to a healthy stir fry. Click here for a yummy stir fry recipe to try! 

  • Ginger Chews: Learn how to make ginger chews to help with nausea and upset stomach in this video:

6. Dang Gui a.k.a. Dong Quai

dang gui

Dang Gui Benefits

  • May be able to improve symptoms of heart conditions

  • Can work as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant

  • May help with female hormonal issues, such as hot flashes 

Easy Dang Gui Uses

  • Soak dried dang gui in wine before taking it internally

  • Purchase prepared capsules or tinctures of dang gui for easy consumption

  • Dilute dang gui essential oil in a carrier oil to form a massage oil

Dang Gui aka Dong Quai is my one of my many favorite natural remedy ingredients. (Sorry I have many) But Dang Gui for my female patients is definitely at the top of my list.

What can dang gui do?

Well, to start with if you’re a woman dealing with PMS and menstrual cramps this should be your first go to herb. However, in Chinese herbal medicine dang gui is always paired together with other herbs and is more effective when used with other herbs. Mood swings, fatigue, anemia, depression, irritability, bloating, breast tenderness, and insomnia, can all improve by using dang gui. Dang gui is prescribed in Asia for almost every gynecological complaint, from regulating the menstrual cycle to treating menopausal symptoms caused by hormonal changes.

It is customary to use dang gui in a recipe with other herbs, also known as a formula. Many of the oldest Chinese herb formulas written down 2000 years ago contain the herbal root dang gui.​

The root has traditionally been boiled and the water drank as a tea. It is the only non-animal source of Vitamin B12, who knew? Research on this root has proven it has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antispasmodic, and sedative properties, and is also used as an aphrodisiac. It is high in iron content and helps to prevent iron deficiency and anemia.

It is truly the ultimate all-purpose tonic herb for women.


Cathy Margolin

Cathy Margolin L.Ac. is a primary care physician in​ ​Beverly Hills, CA, and a Licensed Acupuncturist and herbalist. She is a published author, speaker, and founder of Pacific Herbs, a herbal wellness company​ bringing traditional Chinese herbal medicine to the West.

Easy Dang Gui Recipes

  • Dang Gui Soup: Simmer dang gui, huang qi and red dates in water to make a soup. Serve it with eggs.

  • Dang Gui Chicken: Marinate chicken and mushrooms in a seasoning blend of your choice. Form foil packets with the marinated ingredients, plus strips of dang gui, slices of ginger and cloves of garlic. Add other seasonings as desired. Steam the packets until the chicken is cooked through.

  • Blood-restoring Broth: In this video, learn to make a batch of chicken bone broth with dang gui to consume after menstruation or other blood loss:

7. Garlic

Garlic Bulbs

Garlic Benefits

  • May protect against heart disease by acting as an anticoagulant

  • Adds salt-free flavor to dishes

  • May protect against developing a coldand help colds resolve more quickly

Easy Garlic Uses

  • Eat a clove of crushed garlic daily, or swallow a clove of peeled garlic whole

  • Apply garlic topically to keep away mosquitos

My single favorite natural remedy ingredient has to be garlic. Due to its antimicrobial benefits from the allicin it contains, garlic is a great remedy to reach for for with acute illnesses like colds and flus. It is also a powerful anti fungal, too.

It’s also extremely accessible and affordable.

I like to use it raw. I simply peel a few cloves and use an electric chopper to quickly pulverize the cloves, rather than manually mincing them. Timer saver! I then just swallow a small spoonful of the chopped garlic with a glass of water.

This is also my go-to remedy while traveling because I can find it at any grocery store if I feel like I’m coming down with something. Many grocery stores also sell garlic minced or chopped so you don’t even have to go through to trouble of peeling and mincing it while you’re traveling. Cheap, accessible and powerfully effective!


Laura Ehlers

Laura Ehlers is the creator of LaurasNaturalLife.com and is an all-around holistic health warrior. She has a Master’s Degree in Health and Nutrition Education and is passionate about non-toxic living. You can find her at LaurasNaturalLife.com and on Instagram and Pinterest @laurasnaturallife.

Easy Garlic Recipes

  • Acne Treatment: Stir smashed garlic into apple cider vinegar. Massage into skin for a few minutes to treat acne breakouts.

  • Pickled Garlic: Soak garlic cloves in salt water for about one month to pickle them. Some people find pickled garlic cloves easier to eat than raw ones.

  • Roasted Garlic: Bring out the flavor of garlic by roasting it until soft, as seen in this video:

8. Reishi Mushroom

Reishi Mushroom

Reishi Mushroom Benefits

  • May help the immune system work effectively

  • May provide relief from inflammation

  • Is said to be beneficial for people with diabetes

  • Lowers hypertension

Easy Reishi Mushroom Uses

  • Prepare a store-bought tea made of reishi mushrooms

  • Take reishi mushroom drops or capsules by mouth

As an herbalist, I don’t find that herbs are a one-size-fits-all solution, so it’s very hard to pick just one natural remedy ingredient to recommend for everyone.

But to improve people’s health the most, I would say… Drink enough water and reduce stress.

And one of my favorite ways to address stress is with herbs.

If I had to choose one natural remedy ingredient that is the most beneficial for the most people… I would say Reishi Mushroom.

Reishi is probably the most revered herb in Asia. For over 2000 years it has had the reputation of promoting radiant health, longevity, and spiritual attainment and is known to have adaptogenic, balancing, anti-stress, and protective functions.

The polysaccharides in Reishi support the body’s overall immune function. But Reishi does not stimulate the immune system – it regulates it, which is what makes it so precious. The Ganoderic acids in Reishi seem to support liver function and also work as antioxidant, free-radical scavengers.

Reishi has traditionally been used as an anti-aging herb and to help with spiritual attainment. Reishi has been used to aid in meditation practice, to bring balance into the lives of people who need it, and it seems to improve how most people handle stress.

Plus, because Reishi is so famous and widely used, it has been the focus of lots of modern scientific research, which has shown that it is extremely safe and non-toxic.*

Of course – as with any herb – the most important thing is to get the best quality… Inferior quality Reishi just won’t have the same phytochemicals or the same benefits. The best quality Reishi has over 800 natural bioactive constituents and is simply not the same as most hothouse grown Reishi or Reishi mycelium (the most common sources of Reishi on the American market.)

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and herbs are always best used under the guidance of an experienced herbalist.


Dana

Dana is an Acupuncturist, Herbalist, & founder of Menopause Basics. She’s passionate about teaching other women how to find natural relief from seemingly uncontrollable weight gain, boiling hot flashes, soaking night sweats, mood swings and signs of aging on her site danalavoielac.com. She teaches & consults from her home base in Eugene, OR where she hangs out with her Parker guitar, her dogs, and her husband, Barry. Join her FREE Private Facebook group and watch her video blog for a steady stream of women’s health tips and lively discussion.

Easy Reishi Mushroom Recipes

  • Homemade Reishi Tea: Steep slices of reishi mushroom in boiling water for at least 15 minutes. Add other seasonings as desired.

  • Reishi Breakfast: Add dried reishi to prepared oatmeal or porridge.

  • Coffee Substitute: Watch this video to learn how to make a coffee-free cappuccino using reishi powder.

9. Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit

Grapefruit Seed Extract Benefits

  • Antibacterial and antifungal

  • Provides relief for gastrointenstinal symptoms

  • Fights candida (yeast) infections

Easy Grapefruit Seed Extract Uses

  • Take daily drops or capsules to relieve IBS symptoms

  • Gargle with grapefruit seed extract when you have a respiratory or throat illness

  • Rinse produce with grapefruit seed extract diluted with water

I really like grapefruit seed extract. I use it for an immune system boost, anytime I feel a scratch in my throat, or even a little lethargic.

Grapefruit seed extract also offers antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties and can also be used for yeast conditions.

Grapefruit seed extract can be used to naturally rinse fruits and vegetables to cleaning cutting boards and even cleaning mildew from the shower.

This is my go to. This product is also environmentally safe.


Christina Morris

Christina Morris is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Herbalist, Certified Reflexologist, Maya Abdominal Therapy Practitioner, and a founder and co-owner of Element Natural Healing Arts, a holistic wellness center in Brooklyn, NY dedicated to providing natural approaches to medicine and preventative healthcare. She also studied in China, completing clinical internships in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, and Tui Na.

Easy Grapefruit Seed Extract Recipes

  • Nail Soak: Mix 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol with 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract. Soak nails in the solution, or apply it to the cuticles.

  • Scalp Cleanser: After pouring your normal amount of shampoo in your hand, add five drops of grapefruit seed extract. Rub into hair and scalp. Let stand two minutes before rinsing.​​​​

  • Veggie Wash: Watch this video to learn how to make a homemade veggie wash using grapefruit seed extract and ingredients from your kitchen:

10. Dandelion

Dandelion Plants

Dandelion Benefits

  • Contains many vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, iron and zinc.

  • Acts as a diuretic

  • Can be used to stimulate appetite

  • Flowers contain antioxidants

Easy Dandelion Uses

  • Put dandelion leaves or flowers in a salad – Avoid the bitter stems

  • Purchase tinctures, capsules or tablets to take orally

I absolutely love Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale). The whole plant is health-enhancing and edible- leaves, flowers, and roots.  One of the things I love most about Dandelion is that it really epitomizes the ancient tenet “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” and is a great example of a tonic herb, which is an herb that can be taken daily to build and maintain vibrant health.

All too often we only reach for natural remedies once we’re already sick or not feeling well. Incorporating Dandelion into the diet can be an excellent, food-based, natural remedy that can help you from getting sick in the first place.

Both the leaves and roots are mineral and vitamin-rich, but today I’m going to focus on the leaves.  They are especially high in calcium, vitamin c, vitamin a, vitamin k, potassium, and especially iron. In-fact, just 100 g of dandelion greens contains 39% of your recommended daily allowance of iron and 58% of the RDA of vitamin c.  And, since vitamin c is an especially important co-factor for absorbing iron, the high vitamin c content along with the iron can make this a wonderful herb and food for building the blood.  The vitamin c also of course supports immune function and aids in the development, growth and repair of tissues in the body.

The leaves are also extremely supportive to the kidneys and have a strong diuretic action, however they are high enough in potassium that there is no net potassium loss in the body- a common issue with many diuretics.

Enjoy the leaves sautéed in garlic and olive oil, as a tea, or added to salads.  These can be harvested anytime throughout the growing season, as long as you know the soil is free of heavy metals and contaminants and has not been sprayed with any chemicals. They can also be found at many grocery stores. My favorite way to eat them this time of year is in a salad with plenty of tomato and basil, and a few cloves of minced fresh garlic, which I then top generously with extra virgin olive oil and just a pinch of sea salt.  Add some dandelion greens into your diet today as a simple, nourishing, and delicious preventative health measure.


Jade Mace

Jade Alicandro Mace is a clinical herbalist at Milk & Honey Herbs in Shutesbury, MA.  She offers herbal wellness consultations and teaches herbalism throughout the U.S.  Learn more at www.milkandhoneyherbs.com or follow her on Facebook or Instagram.

Easy Dandelion Recipes

  • Sauteed Greens: Cook washed dandelion greens in oil with garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  • Dandelion Soup: Saute greens with chopped carrots and leeks. Simmer in water until soft. Puree the mixture, and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with dandelion flowers.

  • Dandelion Coffee: Discover how to turn dandelion roots into coffee in this video: 

11. Arnica Montana

Arnica Montana Flower

Arnica Montana Benefits

  • Can help reduce pain and swelling

  • Is useful for healing burns, wounds, muscle injuries and bug bites

Easy Arnica Montana Uses

  • Take a prepared homeopathic tincture by mouth – Don’t make your own oral arnica preparations

  • Apply topical arnica to bruises, sore muscles and pained joints

  • Mix dried arnica and water in a spray bottle to spritz on aches and pains

My favorite natural remedy for pain relief is Arnicare. It works naturally with the body to heal muscle pain, swelling and stiffness without side effects!

Pain is a puzzle to be solved. Pain is not merely a symptom to be suppressed; it is a signal arising form a complex system of integrated networks known as the human body.

The body doesn’t lie! It will guide us if we listen.

My goal as a physician is to identify the root cause and risk factors for pain and recommend a treatment plan to help my patients feel and function optimally. Fitness, food, stress and sleep are powerful regulators of the pain puzzle. Lifestyle choices have a dramatic impact on the frequency and intensity of illness and injury.

The practice of excellent patient-centered, hands-on medical care is more potent than a pill or procedure and can unravel the pain puzzle to effect sensible and long-lasting change in how we feel and function.​


Dr. Lillie Rosenthal

An expert in lifestyle management with a focus on injury prevention, pain management and biomechanics, Lillie Rosenthal, DO, is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician in New York City. Dr. Rosenthal sees a variety of patients in her Manhattan practice, including world-renowned musicians, dancers, choreographers, and writers, as well as marathon runners and other athletes, and treats such conditions as back pain, tendonitis and repetitive stress disorders. Dr. Rosenthal’s media experience includes national television appearances on The Dr. Oz Show and she has been featured as an author and expert source in a number of publications, including U.S. News World Report, the New York Times, The Huffington Post and Consumer Reports.

Easy Arnica Montana Recipes

  • Body Scrub: Mix dried arnica flowers, salt, arnica oil and essential oils until a paste-like consistency forms. Use this mixture as an exfoliating skin scrub.

  • Arnica Salve: Melt together 8 ounces of arnica oil and 1 ounce of beeswax. Add essential oils. Pour the mixture into tins or small jars. Allow to cool and solidify before applying to sore spots.

  • Arnica Cream: Make your own arnica cream with the following video tutorial. Full recipe is here.

12. Modified Citrus Pectin

Oranges, Lemons, and Limes

Modified Citrus Pectin Benefits

  • Supports the immune system

  • Shows potential as a treatment for fighting cancer

  • May help lower cholesterol

Easy Modified Citrus Pectin Uses

  • Protect a sore in your mouth by putting modified citrus pectin on it

  • ​Take oral modified citrus pectin as a cancer preventative

One natural remedy that is attracting interest in the scientific and medical communities is a specialized form of pectin, called modified citrus pectin (MCP). MCP is made from citrus fruit pectin, which is a naturally occurring soluble fiber found in the inner citrus fruit peel.

Many people confuse MCP with regular pectin, a familiar kitchen item often used to thicken jams and other foods, but MCP is very different. The modification process reduces the size of pectin molecules by changing their structure, making them available for absorption into the body’s circulation.

There is a growing body of published clinical data supporting the therapeutic role of MCP in a broad range of applications and conditions, including some of the worst, degenerative illnesses like heart disease, cancer and kidney failure. It has also been shown to prevent abnormal cellular growth in cells such as cancer cells, and it has been shown to stimulate immune function, remove heavy metals from the body, and block the creation of fibrotic tissue.

Research has discovered its most important mechanism of action –it binds to a protein, Galectin-3.; At normal levels, galectin-3 performs important functions within cells. When it is found in tissues and in the circulation at elevated levels it drives inflammation and cellular damage contributing to chronic diseases. MCP helps to block these effects to provide broad cellular health benefits.

MCP is quite remarkable as a natural remedy.

As a daily part of general health and preventive regimens, MCP offers multiple important benefits. It has a special role to play as a natural systemic galectin-3 binder and it is completely non-toxic.

With so many choices and unsubstantiated claims in the supplement market, MCP’s broad benefits and research-backed safety and effectiveness make it a great choice.


Dr. Isaac Eliaz

Dr. Isaac Eliaz is an integrative medical doctor, licensed acupuncturist, researcher, product formulator, and frequent guest lecturer. He has been a pioneer in holistic medicine since the early 1980s, and has published numerous peer-reviewed research papers on several of his key integrative health formulas. He is the founder and medical director of Amitabha Medical Clinic in Santa Rosa, California, an integrative health center specializing in cancer and chronic conditions. His website, dreliaz.org, is based on his principles of patient-driven integrative medicine.

Easy Modified Citrus Pectin Recipes

  • Pectin Juice: Mix a spoonful of modified citrus pectin into a glass of juice. This concoction makes taking your daily dose of pectin easy.​​​​

13. Peppermint Oil

Peppermint

Peppermint Oil Benefits

  • Supports the digestive system – Studies have even explored its effectson Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Stimulates circulation

  • Relieves headaches

  • Encourages hair growth

  • Antibacterial

Easy Peppermint Oil Uses

  • Inhale when riding in the car to ease motion sickness

  • Massage diluted oil on stomach areato improve digestion

  • Diffuse to help with colds or allergies

  • Treat a headache by rubbing diluted oil on temples

  • Sprinkle peppermint oil on cotton balls – Set these around your house to repel ants

When people begin adopting a more “natural” lifestyle, their toothpaste and mouthwash are often the last to be converted. People think they really need those chemicals to keep their teeth white and gums healthy! However, just as all-natural deodorant can keep you perfectly odor-free, all-natural oral care practices can keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape without subjecting your body to a whole bunch of nasty substances.

Essential oils are an integral part of this.​

As we know, the benefits of essential oils are far more than aromatic. They have amazing therapeutic, healing qualities.

The best essential oil for the teeth and gums is Peppermint oil which is effective at killing anaerobic bacteria.

These are the most problematic kind of bacteria that can cause gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis).

Another great natural ingredient in toothpaste is hydrated silica which naturally whitens the teeth by gently removing the stains.

Both can be found in my Dr Richard Marques all-natural teeth whitening toothpaste. This is a revolution in effective natural teeth whitening, gun health and fresh breath. Available exclusively online here: https://richardjmarques.com/.


Dr. Marques

Dr Richard Marques is known by the industry as the ‘King Of Smiles’ – he is one of the UK’s leading celebrity dentists specializing in general dentistry, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry / tooth whitening, teeth cleaning and gum health. Over the years Dr Richard Marques has attracted an ever growing and loyal customer base from the public, press and celebrities alike. His superior and unrivaled dental service in the heart of London has allowed Dr Marques to be regarded as one of the most popular and sought after dentists in the UK.

Easy Natural Peppermint Oil Recipes

  • Hair Growth Formula: Mix peppermint oil into your regular shampoo so you apply it to your hair with each shower. The oil can help improve the health and strengthof your hair.

  • Homemade Mint Tea: Add one or two drops to a cup of freshly brewed tea. It makes a tasty mint tea that can relieve stomach complaints.

  • Pest Repellent: See details in this video: 

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