When it comes to Acute Otitis Media (AOM) or the common ear infection there is still much confusion as to whether or not to administer antibiotics. Generally, antibiotics have been prescribed as a safe guard to bacterial illnesses which may be present. However, it is reported that at least 60% of cases of AOM will resolve within 24 hours and 80% of cases within 3 days without the use of antibiotics. (1)
“Acute otitis media (AOM) is responsible for a large proportion of antibiotics prescribed for US children. Use and overuse of antibiotics is associated with the development and spread of resistant bacteria.” (Coco et al)
If you’re a parent or have raised and cared for children you probably know Continue Reading »
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One of my favorite herbs to grow in the garden is Thyme. Thyme is a beautiful perennial herb that adds a lot of beauty to the garden, is very aromatic and extremely versatile.
Botanical Name: Thymus vulgaris
Parts Used: Aerial parts
Energetics: Warming, Drying, Pungent(Spicy), Aromatic, VK-P+
Common name: Garden Thyme; Common Thyme
The common Garden Thyme is not an herb to underestimate; it is a powerful healing plant. Thyme is a very Aromatic herb which is Pungent/Spicy in taste. By just brushing your hand across the top of the herb you get a whiff of the distinct aroma right away.
Aromatic herbs like Thyme are stimulating which allow them to get things moving or increase function. Increased function in the digestive system helps Continue Reading »
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One of my passions has always been cooking. As an herbalist I love looking for creative ways to get herbs into each and every meal. Herbs not only convey their wonderful aroma and flavor, but also allow us the opportunity to incorporate their medicinal virtues into our daily lives.
Although, the quantity of the herbs we use in cooking are usually not enough to be considered for over coming chronic illnesses, their daily use is certainly beneficial for maintaining or improving overall health and preventing more chronic illnesses from arising.
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Courtesy: Centers for Disease Control
The amount of sleep we get and the quality of that sleep is crucial to overall health. While we sleep our bodies are repairing and rebuilding. If we are not getting adequate amounts of sleep we may feel sluggish upon rising and fatigued during the day.
Sleep deprivation is associated with a host of health conditions to include diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease Continue Reading »
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Bitter herbs and foods stimulate digestion by triggering the release of enzymes, hormones and digestive secretions such as saliva, acids and bile. Because of this fact various organs such as the liver, gallbladder and pancreas benefit from their use. This increase in digestive function helps to break down starches, fats and proteins and therefore increases metabolism.
Because bitters improve digestion they also help to increase nutrient absorption. Bitters help to tone and tighten tissue which increases the integrity of the tissue as well as creating a protective barrier Continue Reading »
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When most people think of the Florida landscape, besides the beaches and oceans, they think of Palm trees and Palmettos. However, we here in Florida also have an abundance of Pine (Pinus spp.) which is very pervasive (seven native species and three other species that are planted commercially). Because of the fact that pine is so prolific it only makes sense that natives would have discovered practical applications for using the wood as well as medicinal applications to tend to their ill.
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When I was pregnant with my son I craved peaches and nectarines. I never thought much about those cravings until a few years later when I was reading a book by herbalist Darryl Patton called Mountain Medicine”, which chronicles the experiences of Appalachian herbalist Tommy Bass. Bass stated that, “For expectant mothers, they can make the tea (of peach leaves) and drink a cup at night and one of a morning. They won’t have to take it more than two or three days and they’ll never have no morning sickness.” Continue Reading »
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