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August 16, 2014

Poison Ivy by Beatrice Murch on Flickr - Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

The season for taking walks in the woods to view the Autumn colors is fast approaching. That means many unwary people are going to be subjected to poison ivy.

One of our viewers sent us an email, “My husband is Highly allergic to poison ivy. He recently contacted a bad case on his arms and even the doctors’ pills won’t help. What can we do to help clear it up?”

So here is the viewer question for this month:

Is there a natural remedy for poison ivy?

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July 15, 2014

Advertiser Review – Everyday Roots

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June 15, 2014

Logo for Your Home Remedies

I recently decided to renovate the Your Home Remedies blog, which hasn’t had a new post in over five years. On checking over the previous posts, I found to my surprise that they were still both interesting and up-to-date.

Blog posts come in one of four main categories: articles, questions, reviews, and videos. For more information on this and other topics, see the Your Home Remedies home page.

Throw Away Your Toxic Drugs!
You Do Not Need Them,
If You Have Aloe – Nature’s Miracle.

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October 26, 2008

Ian White, a third-generation herbalist, searches Australia’s bush country for delicate flowers. Their blossoms are then distilled into essences that have powerful medicinal benefits.

Duration : 00:03:28

Star of Bethlehem, a Bach Original Flower Remedy
(paid link)

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October 4, 2008

Featured On Ezine Articles

Aloe Vera – A Case Study

By David Broadhead, Ph.D.


This article will take a look at aloe vera as an example of an herbal remedy that is rapidly coming into the mainstream of modern medicine. The herb has been used by representatives of all four points of view regarding herbal remedies.

History of Aloe Vera

The aloe plant most likely originated in the semi-arid regions of Africa. It was used by the ancient Sumerians, Egyptians, and Greeks in the healing of wounds. Alexander the Great purportedly conquered the Mediterranean island of Socotra so that his troops would have a reliable source of aloe to use in treating their wounds.

Aloe has been used throughout history in all cultures; in Ayrvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and Native American medicine, to name a few. It was brought to the Americas by Spanish missionaries centuries ago, and its use eventually spread across both continents.

Aloe Vera plant, courtesy of the USGS

The first modern scientific paper on aloe in the United States was published in 1934. It describes the use of whole aloe leaf to successfully heal radiation injuries, burns, and dermatitis in 50 documented cases.

A chemical analysis undertaken in 1978 discovered a wide variety of amino acids, saccharides, sterols ( similar to cortisone ), salicylic acid ( aspirin-related ), and lupeol ( a painkiller and anti-microbial agent ).

A 1987 study concluded that aloe might be used to control or kill many viruses, including the common cold, measles, mumps, chicken pox, and flu. This led to the approval by the FDA in 1994 of the use of aloe for human testing in the treatment of HIV.

Uses of Aloe Vera

The first use of aloe was likely as an external agent in the treatment of wounds and burns. Sap from the leaves or the leaf as a whole can also be used to cure a wide variety of skin ailments: dermatitis, acne, skin allergies, fungus infections, ringworm, herpes, and shingles.

Since ancient times, aloe gel has also been used internally as a laxative. It was at one time regulated by the FDA as an ingredient in over-the-counter laxative preparations. Their approval was discontinued in 2002, due to the lack of safety data provided by the manufacturers.

Boiled juice from aloe sap and skin has been used to treat ulcers and indigestion, and to cut excess stomach acid. It has also been used orally to treat diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, and osteoarthritis. However, this use has not been supported by traditional medicine, or approved by governmental agencies.

Cosmetically, aloe vera gel is the most popular ingredient in skin lotions and sunblocks. It has been shown to balance pH levels in the skin. However it is doubtful that it has anything but a psychological effect, as it has been shown that a relatively high concentration of aloe is necessary for it to provide any benefit.

In Conclusion:

It has been found that in order for the ingredients in aloe to work properly, they must be used as found in the plant. The isolated chemicals do not have the same effect. This synergistic relationship between aloe’s various antiseptic and pain-killing ingredients tends to support the position of traditional herbalists. So far, at least, Mother Nature seems to be better at mixing chemicals than scientists.

Throw Away Your Toxic Drugs!
You Do Not Need Them,
If You Have Aloe – Nature’s Miracle.

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September 2, 2008

Depression is a serious condition, affecting millions of people, that is largely going untreated. Most of its sufferers can be helped, with the proper treatment. However, since it is a serious illness, a doctor should be consulted first, as there are other problems which may cause it. With that being said, here is a question from a viewer.

Can you suggest natural herbs for depression?

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