The Versatility of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera or the plant’s Latin name Aloe barbadensis miller is a common medicinal plant.  Most everyone has heard or used aloe or Aloe Vera gel. Over the counter, you can find Aloe Vera in everything from cosmetics to medicines. The history of Aloe Vera dates back...

Turmeric, the old spice or the new medicine?

Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is one of the oldest known spices.   It has been grown and used in South Asia, especially in India for at least 5000 years. It reached China by 700 AD, East Africa by 800 AD and West Africa by the year 1200.  Turmeric was then introduced to...

Sunflower Power

  Recognized as the official state flower of Kansas in 1903, Sunflowers are known scientifically by the genus name Helianthus, from the Greek words Helios, meaning “sun” and Anthos meaning “flower”.  They are related to other flowers such as Daisies, Marigolds and...

What is Gluten Intolerance?

Gluten free diets, gluten sensitivities and gluten intolerances are becoming very common. In current times, if you go to the grocery store you can find rows of gluten free items, which was unheard of 10 years ago.  Having gluten intolerance is easier when you go out...

The Health Benefits of Cherries

Summer is one of my favorite times of the year and one of the reasons is due to the availability of cherries.  Most of the grocery stores contain Bing or Mount Rainer cherries.   If you are lucky enough, you may have a cherry tree that produces ripe cherries for...

Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)

Lemon balm is an herb that is common around the kitchen and found in many gardens.  It also has many medicinal properties and has been used throughout history.  Lemon balm is a member of the mint family.  Many chefs and herbalists will use lemon balm due to its...