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Osha, or Ligusticum porteri, (also called bear root) is an important perennial herb that inhabits the dry, upland meadows and ravines of the Rocky Mountain. The beneficial part of the osha plant is the root, which has long been used for cold, cough, and respiratory ailments. The root contains oils, including camphor, saponins, ferulic acid, terpenes, and phytosterols. Because of the range of mechanisms it has, osha root is, arguably, the best American herb for lung and throat concerns. (more…)

Carvacrol may not be a widely recognized household name, but its source – oregano, probably is. As it turns out, oregano offers more than a pleasant taste; research has shown that carvacrol, its active ingredient, offers a wide range of health benefits; including protective effects for the liver, antioxidant, activity against harmful organisms, and more. [1] The next 8 facts about carvacrol are sure to make it a known name in your household. (more…)

You may have heard a lot of buzz surrounding the healthiness of vegetables, especially leafy green vegetables with deep, rich color tones. In many ways, they're perfect foods and part of the credit is owed to the chlorophyll they contain. Chlorophyll is a green pigment that's instrumental in photosynthesis. It's what gives plants their green color. Research also suggests it's extremely beneficial for promoting good health. Benefits of Chlorophyll The following 10 benefits demonstrate its amazing versatility and power. 1. Helps Control Hunger and Cravings Compounds containing chlorophyll might help […]

There’s good news for sufferers of upper respiratory ailments. Chaparral (Larrea tridentata) is a flowering plant found in the deserts of southwest North America. This species may provide relief via its natural, organic compounds. Native Americans historically appreciated chaparral for lung detox and helping respiratory concerns such as symptoms of bronchitis, cold, and congestion. (more…)

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi is small, woody, evergreen shrub native to Europe and parts of Asia. Also known as bearberry, the leaves of this small shrub have a history of therapeutic use dating back to the 2nd century. It has been widely used as an astringent and for urinary tract health. Uva-ursi has many benefits and, in particular, positive effects for those looking to lose weight. (more…)