Natural D-Hist by Ortho Molecular Products: An Outstanding Remedy for Seasonal Allergies

I discovered Natural D-Hist by Ortho Molecular Products at Pharmaca, a natural health food store and pharmacy, when I was looking for a supplement to help me with a persistent night-time cough. The cough had followed a bout of the flu and continued to linger for long after. As soon [...]

Kasturi Turmeric (Curcuma aromatica): The Retin A of the Ancients

If there is a plant that is medicine and magic in equal measure, it is turmeric. By now, you have probably heard about turmeric’s astonishing therapeutic properties. Thousands of research studies validate its healing prowess in calming inflammation, warding off infections, fighting cancer, lifting depression, reducing cholesterol, healing the liver, [...]

Satya, Chitta, and Ananda

All of my favorite health and wellness bloggers were making delightfully wholesome round sweets such as truffles and macaroons for the holidays and I decided that it was time for me to make a handcrafted contribution to the spherically sweet corner of the culinary universe. It was a given that [...]

Perfumed Kehva, a Fragrant Winter Tea

I had tried and loved kehva as a teenager when our family visited Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir. The steaming cup of the mildly spicy perfumed beverage unexpectedly re-entered my memory today, after more than 25 years, and I wanted to make and drink it right away. Having a sensitive [...]

The Healing Gentleness of Palo Santo

My first encounter with Palo Santo was in the Bastyr University’s annual health fair, a couple of years back. Instantly drawn to the booth, where small bundles of the wood were displayed for sale, catching a whiff of the burning Palo Santo stick was like catching a whiff of something [...]

How to Cure Mouth Ulcers Naturally

It is said that mouth ulcers frequently occur and recur in children and young adults in the age group of 10-20 years. It is also said that some children are especially prone to them. My 10 year old daughter is one of them and is going through a painful and [...]

A Big Bowl of Kindness

What could be more comforting than a big bowl of warming, energizing and immune-boosting soup full of antioxidants? I make this soup whenever I feel like my kids could use an extra dose of smiles and kindness. A typical peasant soup made with the most elemental vegetables, onions, carrots, potatoes [...]

The Therapeutic Potential of Massage

“Soothing touch, whether it be applied to a ruffled cat, a crying infant, or a frightened child, has a universally recognized power to ameliorate the signs of distress. How can it be that we overlook its usefulness on the jangled adult as well? What is it that leads us to [...]

Review of Solaray IbuActin, an All Natural Inflammation and Pain Reliever

I recently discovered IbuActin at WholeFoods when I was looking for a natural alternative to pharmaceutical pain relievers such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen. IbuActin is touted as an all-natural alternative to Ibuprofen and promises all day, all body comfort. While I rarely pop pills (supplements included) to numb pain, I [...]

Friday Five: April 24th, 2015

How about some random (as he calls them) observations on life by a teen for today's Friday Five? Today's Friday Five guest writer is Satvik. In his own words, "My name is Satvik Mojnidar and I am a freshman in Basis Independent Silicon Valley. One of my favorite subjects in [...]