Health Notes

Herb of the Month: Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

A very popular beverage and medicinal tea herb, chamomile has recently moved from the Bulk loose tea section to the Bulk medicinal herbs section at City Market. While chamomile makes a tasty tea, it also has a great many medicinal benefits.

Herb of the Month: Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis)

Native to China, dong quai is a tonic herb with an interesting sweet and spicy flavor. It is mostly known for its effects on the female reproductive system, but it also serves as a circulatory and liver tonic. Rarely used on its own, dong quai is often used with other herbs. It may be used over a long period of time to build and nourish the body.

Aloe Barbadensis: Not Just for Your Skin!

If you have heartburn and digestive upset, try using aloe as a supplement. Ttraditionally, aloe is used to relieve pain from burns and sunburns; however, aloe’s usefulness doesn’t end there. Some studies have shown that its anti-inflammatory properties may extend to uses within the body as well.

Herb of the Month: Kava (Piper Methysticum)

In our fast-paced society, we all are affected by stress and anxiety from time to time. Hopping on an airplane or speaking in front of a large crowd are a couple of examples of activities that might have your heart beating a little faster. Beyond a racing heart, stress may lead to muscle tension, insomnia, or even a panic attack. Kava is a great remedy for reducing the many uncomfortable symptoms of stress and allowing you to cope with these difficult situations.

Herb of the Month: Yarrow (Achillea millifolium)

By Cristi Nunziata, Herbal Education Coordinator
Now is the time to experience all of the great medicinal herbs that we carry in our bulk medicinal herb section out in their natural habitats. While our bulk medicinal section is great for making teas and other preparations that allow you to experience the medicinal properties of these plants year-round, it is not quite the same as coming face to face with these great healers.