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    Herbal Remedies Offer Hope As The New Antibiotics

    Herbal remedies offer hope as the new antibiotics (May 21, 2011) --

    Cancer treatments often have the side effect of impairing the patient's immune system. This can result in life-threatening secondary infections from bacteria and fungi, especially since bacteria, like Staphylococcus aureus, are becoming multi-drug resistant. New research investigates the potency of Indian wild plants against bacterial and fungal infections in the mouths of oral cancer patients. ... > full story
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    ALL THINGS HERBAL--Good for health, And Many Other Things Too!

    See what a little 'dew of the sea' can do for you - rosemary herb

    Saturday, May 19, 2012 by: Kelly Pepper, D.C.

    (NaturalNews) One sprig of rosemary, the "dew of the sea", can grow into a burly, woody, shrubby plant. Its petite green leaves prove that great things come in small packages. Through the centuries, rosemary has adorned brides, laid beneath pillows as a sleep enhancer, been eaten as a tonic for the digestive tract, and smelled for its promise of memory boost. As such, recent scientific studies are investigating the marvels crammed in its leaves, its extracts, and its oils.

    Memory and mood
    Rosemary is shown to enhance memory through the herb's culinary use; its extract by means of reducing acetylcholinesterase; and by inhalation of its oil vapors. One interesting study verified that olfactory stimulation of rosemary increased saliva free radical scavenging activity and decreased saliva cortisol levels. A waft of rosemary may even elevate your mood.

    Curb cancer
    When it comes to cancer, rosemary extract proves promising for colon, stomach, breast, liver, ovary, melanoma, and leukemia. Carnosic acid, derived from rosemary, stimulates cancer cell apoptosis (cell death), and down regulates cancer cell COX-2 expression. It is also is found to be anti-angiogenic, slowing tumor growth and metastasis.

    Bug off!
    Looking for an alternative to DEET? This insect repellent is known to induce brain damage with associated symptoms of muscle weakness, muscle pain, memory loss, fatigue, tremors, and shortness of breath. These symptoms may not manifest for months or years after exposure. DEET should never be used on infants. Rosemary oil or rosemary extract may be natural repellent solutions, with borneol and camphor as the active components. One study that demonstrates rosemary's effectiveness uses approximately 2 tablespoons of freshly minced rosemary leaves to about 1 cup of water. Let the mixture sit for 24 hours and filter out the leaves. Pour the water into a spray bottle and use on the skin as necessary. This cheap, natural alternative was found to provide better protection time and repellency than that of two other natural based brands.

    What else does it do?
    Rosemary extract may optimize cholesterol levels, modulate blood sugar levels, and help to promote weight loss. The ethanol extract can be used topically for pain. The oil is shown to be antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and supportive of wound healing. Rosemary oil and extract may also be useful in balding, maintaining youthful looking skin, and reducing heterocyclic amines when cooking food at high temperatures.

    High doses of rosemary are contraindicated during pregnancy. Rosemary oil may cause skin allergic reaction. In toxic doses, rosemary has been found to cause kidney dysfunction, and might exacerbate existing neurological conditions like epilepsy, neuroses etc.

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    Good find Judee

    Anyone use or used rosemary extract here? I don't think I have seen any, anywhere.

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    Sweet Basil: Growing Your Own Medicine
    Elizabeth Renter

    A favorite herb and spice found in Italian dishes, Thai dishes, and some middle eastern dishes, sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) is one of several varieties of basil known not only for its ability to add flavor, but medicinal aspects as well. In these regions, the basil plant has not only been used in cooking, but also in healing for centuries.

    The plant is lush green with smooth rounded-edges and pointed-tip leaves. The leaves resemble peppermint leaves, as the two plants are closely related. Sweet basil is the most common form of garden basil and can be found dried in the spice aisle, fresh in the produce aisle, or still in the dirt of many gardeners fortunate enough to cultivate it.
    A Sweet Basil History

    Sweet basil is originally from India and is also native to tropical regions of Asia, where it has been grown for more than 5,000 years. The name is derived from the Greek word basilikohn which means “royal” – a fitting considering how prized this herb was in many cultures.

    In Egypt, Greece, and India it was placed with the deceased to ensure a speedy travel to the afterlife. In India it is seen as a symbol of hospitality and is used prominently in Ayurvedic medicine. On the flip side, some cultures considered the fragrant herb an evil plant, with one historic French physician believing that smelling too much of the herb would cause scorpions to breed in the brain.

    (Don’t worry, that won’t happen).
    Health Benefits of Sweet Basil

    Sweet basil, like most herbs, is loaded with health benefits. In addition to being a rich source of vitamin K, beta carotene, and iron, the plant is known to harness anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. The majority of the great benefits of basil can be attributed to its volatile oils and flavonoids – powerful, plant-based antioxidants that reduce inflammation, help fight aging, and promote healthy arteries

    In basil essential oil, the volatile oils within the plant have been shown to have incredible antibacterial properties. Studies have confirmed the ability of these oils to restrict the growth of bacterial like Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, and Escherichia coli (E-coli), among others. A study published in a 2004 issue of Food Microbiology demonstrated that basil oils can even stop the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

    Scientists searching for natural, toxin-free food preservatives discovered that washing produce in a solution of as little as 1% basil essential oil decreased Shigella contamination below levels at which it could be detected. They’ve suggested that including basil in your salad could provide similar safeguards.

    Two flavonoids within sweet basil have shown particular promise in fighting cell damage from radiation and free radicals. Orientin and vicenin are antioxidants that work to protect the cells.

    But the benefits of sweet basil don’t stop there. Basil also:

    Improves circulation
    Increases immune function
    Reduces inflammation
    Reduces the oxidation of cholesterol
    Protects the heart
    Detoxifies the blood
    May help control blood sugar levels

    In herbal medicine, basil can be taken for:

    Stomach cramps
    Uterine cramping
    A wide variety of digestive problems

    Growing Sweet Basil

    Basil is a little more finicky than other plants in your herb garden, like thyme and mint. It prefers warm weather, so you won’t want to plant it until after the last frost of the season. The plan also does well both in the ground or in pots.

    There are several varieties. While some can grow to be as tall as 6 feet, most gardeners find their sweet basil to rest under 3 feet - if that. If you want to ensure a smaller basil plant, simply keep it in a pot, which will restrict root growth.

    Sweet basil can be started from seed (you don’t need to buy a small plant from the garden center). Place your seeds about ¼ inch deep in the ground and about 10-12 inches apart from each separate planting. Make sure the spot you have chosen will get full sun as basil wants it bright and warm. Also, keep it well hydrated with adequate amounts of water.

    In order to encourage a healthy plant with a lot of foliage, develop a habit to pinch off the tops of the growing stalks; this will encourage new growth and will also prevent flowering (known as “going to seed” in the gardening world). If your basil develops flowers, the flavor will lose some potency, so preventing flowers is a good idea. However, if you do get flowers those are edible too!
    Using Sweet Basil

    The easiest way to use basil is to eat it. It’s delicious and has a sort of spicy-sweet licorice flavor. It tastes amazing in salads and especially with a sun-ripened tomato. While sweet basil is most often included in cooked meals, you’ll get the most benefits when you eat it raw, though combining it with other foods won’t lessen its impact.

    You can also add basil to a salad vinaigrette. Simply combine it with extra virgin olive oil, a bit of garlic, and some apple cider vinegar for a healing combination that can be splashed on salads or used on bread.

    Finally, a basil infusion is a great elixir when you need the medicinal qualities to soothe a cough or treat cramping. Simply pour boiled water over a handful of fresh basil leaves and allow to steep for at least five minutes before straining and drinking.

    To extend your fresh basil as long as possible without having to dry it (and lose some of the flavor) try freezing it. For cooking or use on salads, puree the basil in a food processor and add just enough extra virgin olive oil to make a paste. Press it flat and wrap in freezer paper or a plastic freezer bag if you must. Then, when you need it you can simply break off a chunk to use anytime of year.

    Growing your own basil for medicine is a way to take your health and gardening skills in your own hands and to the next level. Both as a preventative measure and a natural remedy for illness, sweet basil is an excellent addition to any budding herbalist’s collection.
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    Interesting point of view.

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