Nature's Best Remedies: Top Medicinal Herbs, Spices, and Foods for Health and Well-Being

Nature's Best Remedies: Top Medicinal Herbs, Spices, and Foods for Health and Well-Being

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A guide to the world's most therapeutic foods, herbs, spices, and essential oils will allow the healing power of nature to energize your body and enrich your life, providing a surefire path to good health and well-being.

This authoritative guide to the foods, herbs, spices, essential oils, and other natural substances that alleviate common ailments will enhance your life--from treating illness to sharpening the mind, losing weight, cleaning the home, enhancing pregnancy, and reducing the effects of aging. Divided into two sections--Nature's Cures and Nature's Pharmacopoeia--this beautifully illustrated guide provides up-to-date information on such timely topics as the perils of packaged foods and the benefits of phytochemicals, how to achieve major results with minor alterations in your food choices, the soothing benefits of essential oils, and the most effective methods for maximizing such natural home helpers as salts, vinegars, oils, and more. Innovative recipes offer easy, effective dishes that utilize multiple herbs, spices, and fresh foods for powerhouse results.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426218927
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 655,728
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

DR. TIERAONA LOW DOG is an internationally recognized expert in integrative medicine, dietary supplements, and women's health. For many years she worked with Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona's Center for Integrative Medicine. A leader in national health policy and regulatory issues, she has been elected chair for numerous supplements and botanicals panels for the U.S. Pharmacopeia. Among her many honors, she received the Clinician of the Year Award from the Natural Products Association in 2015. She is a frequent guest on The Dr. Oz Show and The People's Pharmacy NPR radio show.

Table of Contents

Foreword Tieraona Low Dog, M.D 6

Introduction: Be at Your Best 8

Part I Nature's Cures

Chapter 1 Remedies for Common Physical Ailments 14

Introduction: Treat Illness Nature's Way 16

Respiratory Remedies 18

The Circulatory System 20

Relief for Joint Pain 22

Long-Term Joint Health 24

Headache Relief 26

The Upper GI Tract 28

Up Close: The Power of Probiotics 30

The Lower GI Tract 32

Urinary Tract Health 34

The Endocrine System 36

Female Reproductive Health 38

Male Reproductive Health 40

Oral and Dental Care 42

First Aid for Minor Wounds 44

Natural Skincare Solutions 46

Up Close: Why Shun the Sun? 48

Facial Skincare 50

Healthy Hair and Nails 52

Natural Foot Care 54

Chapter 2 Soothe Emotional Stress 56

Introduction: Keep Your Cool 58

Maintain Mental Health 60

Insomnia Relief 62

Up Close: Soothing Strategies 64

Healthy Weight Solutions 66

Kick the Habit 68

Chapter 3 Pregnancy and Infant Health 70

Introduction: Natural Choices 72

The Three Trimesters 74

The Birthing Journey 76

Up Close: Natural Baby Food 78

The Healthy Baby 80

Chapter 4 Aging and Wellness 82

Introduction: Getting Better, Not Older 84

Eat for Longevity 86

Forever Young 88

Fit at Any Age 90

Up Close: It's All About Attitude 92

Maintain Memory 94

Part II Nature's Pharmacopoeia

Chapter 5 Medicinal Herbs 98

Introduction: Discover Nature's Gifts 100

Alfalfa 102

Aloe Vera 103

Angelica 104

Astragalus 105

Bacopa 106

Basil 107

Up Close: Indoor Gardens 108

Burdock 110

Calendula 111

Chamomile 112

Chervil 113

Clary Sage 114

Comfrey 115

Dandelion 116

Echinacea 117

Elder 118

Eucalyptus 119

Fennel 120

Ginkgo 121

Ginseng 122

Goji Berry 123

Goldenseal 124

Heartsease 125

Hibiscus 126

Hops 127

Lavender 128

Lemon Balm 129

Milk Thistle 130

Mint 131

Up Close: Gifts from the Sea 132

Mullein 134

Oregano 135

Passionflower 136

Patchouli 137

Psyllium 138

Rose Hips 139

Rosemary 140

Sage 141

Salad Burnet 142

Sorrel 143

Stevia 144

Stinging Nettle 145

Up Close: Dark Herbs 146

St. John's Wort 148

Summer Savory 149

Tarragon 150

Tea 151

Tea Tree 152

Thyme 153

Valerian 154

Water Chestnut 155

Watercress 156

Wintergreen 157

Winter Savory 158

Yerba Mate 159

Chapter 6 Beneficial Spices 160

Introduction: The Spice Saga 162

Black Pepper 164

Cardamom 165

Cayenne 166

Cinnamon 167

Up Close: Overcome Your Cravings 168

Cloves 170

Coriander 171

Cumin 172

Ginger 173

Juniper Berry 174

Mustard 175

Nutmeg 176

Saffron 177

Star Anise 178

Turmeric 179

Up Close: Sweet Surprises 180

Vanilla 182

Willow Bark 183

Chapter 7 Essential Oils 184

Introduction: Therapeutic and Sensual 186

Botanical Sources 188

Up Close: Mix Your Own Essential Oils 190

Aromatherapy 192

Skin and Body Benefits 194

Chapter 8 Nature's Power Pantry 196

Introduction: Power Foods 198

Ban the Box 200

Where to Shop? 202

Mighty Micronutrients 204

Berries 206

Grapes 208

Apple and Pear 210

Stone Fruit 212

Dried Fruit 216

Up Close: Systemic Warriors 218

Melons 220

Citrus Fruit 224

Banana and Plantain 226

Coconut and Pomegranate 228

Tropical Fruit 230

Legumes 234

Up Close: The Tofu Question 238

Crucifers 240

Umbellifers 244

Up Close: Juicing and Smoothies 246

Composite Vegetables 248

Spinach and Beets 250

Nightshades 252

Squash and Pumpkin 256

Up Close: Vegetarian Lifestyles 260

Alliums 262

Miscellaneous Vegetables 264

Mushrooms 266

Grains 268

Up Close: Small Wonders 272

Pseudocereals 274

Nuts 276

Seafood 278

Lean Meats 280

Dairy Dilemmas 282

Cooking Oils 286

Honey 288

Chapter 9 Nature's Home Helpers 290

Introduction: Home Safe 292

Clean and Green 294

Versatile Salts 296

Pest Patrol 298

Lifestyle Reboot Checklist 302

Glossary 304

About the Authors 307

Photo Credits 308

Index 310

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