Calendula

Calendula is a flower that is related to the marigold family and has been used for centuries for a variety of reasons. The flower, also known as a pot marigold, is not only beautiful, it can be eaten in salads and dried and used for seasoning. They are also used as tea infusion, and made […]

Stellaria

Today’s medical and health fields have seen a return to simpler treatments for many ailments in an attempt to move away from the control and expense one often finds in the pharmaceutical industry. With a variety of herbs, plants and spices to choose from, there are plenty of choices available. Stellaria is one of those […]

Quercitin

Quercitin is a powerful antioxidant that is found in many plants that are used as food. This bioflavanoid is a pigment that gives certain plants their deep coloring. Known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, quercitin offers protection from free radical damage to cells and can help treat skin conditions like eczema. This flavanoid may […]

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

While the human body is able to produce most essential fats, it is unable to make omega-3 fatty acids. This means that the body has to get these fats from a food source. Omega-3 fats are especially important for the body because they play a large part in the optimal function of cell receptors, positively […]

Infant Reflux Wedge

An infant reflux wedge is a foam pillow with a gradual slope that helps keep a baby’s head elevated above the stomach to cut down on sleep time discomfort and spitting up. Many adults with acid reflux also use a sleep wedge to help cut down on the heartburn and reflux symptoms that can rob […]

Corticosteroids

A person’s adrenal glands sit in front of their kidneys. These glands naturally produce a variety of hormones, which are required in order to live. The adrenal gland’s secretions help to regulate a person’s metabolic rate, their body’s reactions to stress, and their blood pressure. Corticosteroids such as cortisone, hydrocortisone and prednisone are artificial substances, […]

Zinc

Zinc is a mineral which is essential to the body and can be found in many foods. Traces of zinc can already be found within the body, mostly in the bones and muscles. However, according to the Food and Nutrition Board, men and women still require 11 milligrams and 8 milligrams of zinc each day […]

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in keeping the immune system strong. It also has antioxidant properties that can help prevent free radicals from damaging the body’s tissues. For adults, the recommended daily intake of vitamin E is 15 mg. Getting enough vitamin E is important because it’s properties can […]

Shea Butter

Shea Butter Overview Shea butter is a fat from the nut of the African shea tree, (Vitellaria paradoxa). The triglyceride fat is made up of mainly oleic acid and stearic acid. The fat is extracted by crushing, roasting and then grinding the nut. The product is then separated, bringing the butter apart from the oil. […]