Health Notes

May's Health Genie: Green Tea

Green Tea

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

Dear Health Genie,

I have heard that green tea is a healthy alternative to coffee. How is green tea different from black or white tea, and with so many types of tea available, how does one go about choosing which tea to buy?

Signed,
Jasmine T.

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Wild Greens

Wild Nettles and Miner's Lettuce

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

By Robert Luby, MD

Mother Nature has a way of taking care of our nutritional needs year-round. After the winter root cellar is bare and before the summer vegetables abound, where can we turn to find fresh local foods brimming with vitamins, minerals, and fiber? After the citrus season has waned and before the summer fruits and berries burst onto the scene, where can we find fresh local sources of polyphenols, flavonoids, and antioxidants? The answer is greens: spring greens, bitter greens, and wild greens.

Warding Off the Cold and Flu

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Purple Coneflower

Dear Health Genie,

I am back in school and the weather is quickly turning.  Most of my friends are sick with the cold or flu and I want to avoid catching what they have, especially before my first round of exams.  What can I do to decrease my likelihood of getting sick?

Thank you,

Allison T.

September Health Genie: Energy Support

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

Licorice Root
Licorice Root

Dear Health Genie,

The summer has gotten the best of me.  After my vacations, long summer days, and outdoor activities, my energy is zapped.  I have a hard time waking up in the morning and am easily fatigued, both mentally and physically.  I want to refrain from multiple cups of coffee and energy drinks.  What are some natural remedies to increase my energy?

In need,
N.R.G. Boost

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Kombucha

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Kombucha

By Cristi Nunziata, Herbal Education Coordinator

You may think that kombucha is not your cup of tea, but if you haven’t already, there are many reasons that you may consider giving it a try. As a healthier alternative to soda, kombucha is fizzy and comes in a variety of flavors. Two brands are made locally, KIS and Aqua Vitea. You may also learn to make this healing beverage at home.

It is believed that kombucha dates back to the Chinese empire of the Tsim-Dynasty in 221 B.C. It was then passed on to Japan and finally India, Russia, and other Eastern countries. It was a popular beverage in World War II when black tea and sugar were sparse. Kombucha has been passed on from person to person for thousands of years and continues to be a popular beverage to this day.

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