chocolate as medicine
Dark chocolate may be good for more than just antioxidants—it might protect your body from a range of health conditions, including heart failure and strokes.
New research suggests that with every piece of chocolate you devour, your heart may get a little healthier.
New studies discover the health benefits of dark chocolate, which include helping people relieve stress.
Experts provide a few more reasons why snacking on this sweet is good for your health.
Every year—every day, in fact—we learn something new. During my time working for The Herb Companion I have learned a lot. Here are 10 of the most interesting things I learned about herbs in 2010.
TV personality and author Chris Kilham, founder of Medicine Hunter, says schisandra, cacao and San Pedro cactus could replace many common pharmaceuticals--without the onerous side effects.
A new study suggests chocolate can help maintain healthy arteries. Its antioxidants reduce the risk for CAC. Read more.
Learn more about two conferences that could open your mind to the world of herbal medicine.
These six great natural and organic chocolate bars will satisfy your sweet tooth while paying mind to the earth.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Nicobella Vegan Organic Dark Chocolate Truffles.
Taza Chocolate introduces a new 87% dark chocolate bar to the Stone Ground line – the Taza 87% Bolivian Stone Ground Chocolate Bar.
SunRidge Farms’ All-Natural Milk Chocolate Rainbow Drops feature natural premium quality chocolate and real vanilla in a pure cane sugar shell in seven beautiful colors, each of which is naturally derived from vegetable juice.
Bake a delicious chocolate cake next time you throw a party. The secret ingredient? Beets!
Beat the winter blues with this warming mint hot chocolate recipe.
Flavonoids in cocoa can decrease blood pressure, improve circulation and lower cholesterol.
World Day Against Child Labor is this weekend and elementary students in New York are asking Hershey to stop exploiting their peers in Africa.
This Vegan German Chocolate Cake is just as decadent and satisfying as the classic dessert.
Learn how to be health conscious when your candy cravings start this Halloween.
Create kissable cheeks with hot chocolate. Is this a crazy idea or would you try it?
Deliciously cool off this summer with these naturally-sweetened chocolate ice cream toppings made with fair trade cocoa.
July 19th is National Ice Cream Day, so celebrate with these delicious ice cream recipes.
Enjoy any holiday with special homemade herb-and-chocolate treats!
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz marries raspberries with dark chocolate to make these decadent cupcakes.
This sweet cake is the perfect addition to a cup of tea, a brunch or dessert!
Cut back on sugar at breakfast time with this chocolate cherry breakfast cookie recipe, a perfect alternative to the conventional cereal bar.
Spice up your Valentine’s Day with this chili chocolate pots de crème recipe with salted caramel sauce.
Learn how to incoporate healthy, antioxidant-rich superfoods into your daily meals.
Let them eat cake! It's hard to believe that this decadent Chocolate Ganache Cake is actually vegan.
Take a look at these exotic herbs that you can add to your garden.
Tell America's largest chocolate company that slave labor and Valentine's Day chocolate don't mix.
Higher in antioxidants and key nutrients, organic dark chocolate and wine make for heart-healthy Valentine’s Day gifts.
Think twice about ridding dandelions from your lawn; this herb has many health benefits.
A new discovery is leading the way to production of opiate painkillers in labs instead of poppy fields.
Bring Andrea Candee’s Healing Kitchen workshop to you and take charge of your wellness naturally.
Flowering herbs have a long history of medicinal use across the world: Discover seven components of Eastern alternative medicine.
Whip up this batch of chocolate and coconut granola for a grain-free granola recipe that’s packed with healthful nuts and seeds.
Maintaining good heart health doesn’t have to be a chore! Incorporate these three steps into your life to have some fun while keeping your heart healthy.
Diet affects mood. While an unhealthy diet can take its toll on our mental health, a healthy diet can make you feel happier. Try these five foods for mood!
What you eat throughout the day can affect how you sleep at night. Avoid these five foods for a better night’s sleep.
Based on a "Brownie Blind Taste Test" recently conducted, Dancing Deer's all-natural, baked-from-scratch brownies won the taste test battle by a wide margin.
These delicious, healthful cookies are made with almond meal, coconut oil, dark chocolate chips and maple syrup.
In Costa Rica, all the elements are in place for a Slow Food revolution. Check out the organic bounty--and enjoy a delicious gourmet take on a traditional native dish.
Take part in a few of the things I love the most about Valentine’s Day, whether you’re spending the day with a special sweetheart, close friends or treasured members of your family.
These three health-food bars by Barre comprise of nutritious (and delicious) superfoods. Made with the dancer in mind, these bars are perfect for anyone needing an extra boost of energy while keeping the calorie-count down.
Although there are many workshops and classes available that will teach you how to “make your own” medicines and crafts, it's sometimes just as easy as snipping herbs and heading into the kitchen. This article is a quick how-to look on making medicinal oils.
Cleaning can be calming, but nauseous-smelling products aren't as lovely as using herbs or "green" alternatives. Learn more about herbal cleaning.
Natural herbs and supplements such as blackcurrant and ginseng can give your athletic performance a boost.
Sunflower seeds have been found at several archaeological sites in the United States. Discover the many uses of this ancient plant.
As winter approaches a cup of Camellia sinensis can revive your soul. Learn more about the history and comfort of this simple beverage.
Gray skies and frigid temperatures can leave you feeling down in the dumps. Here are a few ways to brighten your day even when the sun is nowhere in sight.
Don’t hold your breath - stop hiccups the herbal way.
As tick and flea season approaches, Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence won’t be dousing her dog, Rug, in flea medicine or attaching a flea collar because she knows that these can be harmful—both for Rug and for her. Flea collars often contain tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) or propoxur, which can jeopardize Rug’s immune system and leave damaging lifelong effects.
Comfrey is an attractive, easy-to-grow herbaceous perennial that has many uses in the herb garden, landscape and first aid and personal care preparations.
A recent clinical trial has found that bilberry extract in combination with other natural supplements can be beneficial to maintaining healthy eyes.
One doctor decides to make a cross-country journey to promote natural healing and health.
Learn to craft herbal medicine at home or in the wild using the folk method. This informative and useful guide provides helpful tips and step-by-step instructions for making tinctures the traditional way.
Learn how to cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder using aromatherapy.
Need to save money on Valentine’s Day gifts this year? Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares six simple ideas for homemade gifts to give your sweetheart.
Stuck indoors? Brighten up a rainy summer day with these fun, green activities.
Modern research suggests that beer, considered medicinal in many ancient cultures, may have some health benefits after all.
Use herbs as a homemade remedy for annoying bad breath.
The Hawaiian summer sun is relentless and can leave you with achy sunburns. Fortunately aloe vera naturally soothes burns and leaves your skin feeling soft.
Many air fresheners can emit toxic chemicals; however, potted chrysanthemums are natural and safe deodorizers.
Relieve stressed feet with this easy, do-it-yourself foot treatment.
Use these beauty recipes to prevent the summer weather from getting to your skin and hair.
Here are some herbal remedies that have specific healing properties for dealing with overcoming sorrow, anger and depression.
Black cherry juice is a delicious way to help sore muscles heal naturally.
A new study shows how freshly cut garlic can help protect your heart. Learn more.
Chaste tree is not just for maidens; find out how its medicinal properties can alleviate many gynecological woes.
Learn more about herbal cures and causes of nosebleeds.
Now that it's spring, it’s time for me to do an internal spring cleansing. My favorite springtime tonic is an herb I fell in love with as a child: sassafras.
If you're having trouble falling asleep, try these herbal solutions for insomnia.
Rosemary is an aromatic perennial herb native to the Mediterranean that has many uses. This guest blogger loves to use it as a hair rinse. Learn more.
Some people are not a fan of drinking "boring" water, despite how good it is for you. Add herbal flair to water with this simple infusion recipe.
Learn more about blue cohosh's medicinal uses.
A recent study tested the effects that tart cherry juice has on fibryomyalgia patients and discovered marginal benefits in patient's muscle strength.
Coffee may be more beneficial to your health than previously thought. A new study explains the connection of coffee and decrease in stroke risk among women.
Trouble getting pregnant? Consider these fertility-boosting herbs for both men and women.
Researchers have found that including olive oil in a healthy diet may reduce your risk of stroke.
The growing incidence of obesity worldwide leaves individuals vulnerable to other chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes.
Learn to protect yourself so you don't become one of the reported swine flu cases.
Garlic has been used for centuries to treat colds and infections. Modern research shows that garlic may also be useful in preventing cancer.
Cool your inflamed muscles the healthy way with turmeric.
Use fresh herbs to treat anxiety instead of potentially harmful drugs.
Plants originally considered harmful to the environment may actually restore the Earth's ecosystems and possess powerful healing properties. Learn more.
Medication isn't your only option for allergy relief. Give these at-home remedies a try.
Valued for centuries for its fragrance and flavor, cinnamon has a wide variety of medicinal uses. Studies have shown that cinnamon can be useful in lowering blood sugar levels for people with diabetes, fighting infections and treating stomach ailments.
This recipe can warm you up on a cold night in December or nurse you back to health when your next head cold strikes.
Feeling stressed is no fun! Drinking orange juice may help you stay a step ahead of everyday anxiety.
Researchers have added "antioxidants" to the list of popcorn health benefits.
Calendula officinalis, a bright and cheery herb for any border or kitchen garden, is more than just another pretty flower. It has many uses in the kitchen, medicine cabinet and personal care arena.
Get into the holiday spirit by learning how to grow your own holly plants and discover the many uses of this seasonal treasure.
Learn about the history of mistletoe and find out how to grow this Christmas plant.
Hawthorn herb can help support your heart and prevent coronary heart disease, the number one cause of death in the United States.
Arnica cream, ointment, tincture or salve can relieve muscle and joint pain.
Spring is the perfect time to wild craft gently soothing vulnerary herbs, such as plantain and violet leaf, to make healing oils and salves. Learn more about these wonderful springtime botanicals with useful recipes for infused oils and medicinal salves.
Herbal syrups are a wonderful vehicle for immune-boosting, antiviral and antibiotic herbs for use any time of year. Use this simple method to make a powerful tool in the fight against biological baddies.
It's a constant battle: medicine versus herbs. This is how Marguerite got interested in herbs.
Aloe vera isn’t the only herbal remedy for burn relief. Many herbs can help protect skin and soothe it after a burn. Here are our four favorites.
Use herbs and essential oils for itchy bug bites.
Prevent and relieve poison ivy, poison oak, bug bites and bee stings with these herbs.
Radio host for the WTBQ's The Urban Herbalist, Marguerite Dunne discusses Michael Jackson's death and the good and bad health protocols with herbs and with drugs.
Riding the body of toxins is the key to maintaing a healthy complexion. These herbs work from the inside to rid your skin of pimples, wrinkles and rashes.
From flea rinses to natural homemade doggie treats, my dog Addi is living the herbal dog life.
If it is one thing we can all agree on, it is that having clear, glowing skin is the most important factor to your appearance. Clear skin boosts one’s self-esteem, self-confidence, and certainly makes us all feel good! Learn more about how to obtain clear skin.
Use these herbs to relieve stress, increase energy and stimulate sleep this school year.
Stop forgetting and take these herbs to improve your memory retention.
Many Americans have insomnia. Try these herbal remedies to reset your sleeping schedule.
Try using aromatherapy to reconnect with family and friends.
Learn the benefits of an infant massage and how to give one from certified infant massage instructor and practitioner Brenda Stansfield.
One guest blogger responds to a post about dry eye syndrome with some natural, herbal remedies that can help.
Herb gardening and natural health products are featured at the annual Expo East in Boston.
Try using essential for skin care. Blends include remedies for acne, shingles and cold sores.
Ginger root treats circulatory and digestive systems, coughs, colds, aches and pains. Use it in recipes like Ginger Pumpkin Pie and Indian Lemonade-Ginger Ale.
Keep your home healthy and aromatic for the holidays!
Our newest blogger discusses the role of adaptogenic herbs as they help the body deal with the effects of stress.
Guest blogger, Randy Buresh, knowns that life can be stressful. He provides a list of herbs to help you relax.
Check out this list of herbsl supplements that can interact negatively with heart medications.
Did you know that fenugreek was once used in embalming mummies? Explore the history and benefits of fenugreek around the world.
If you're tired of trying prescription migraine medications to treat your pain, try these natural remedies.
Kick-start your immune system and combat arthritis and high cholestorol with this spicy rhizome.
Want to know all the ways herbs can benefit your health? Traditional Indian medicine offers herbal healing through your clothes and sheets.
Our newest guest blogger discusses her experience as a naturopathic doctor and shares one of her favorite plants—holy basil.
Looking for a safe way to treat common pet maladies naturally? This article outlines some common herbs and their uses.
Protect yourself from illness and help your immune system stay in top form.
The most popular supplements are fish oil, multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and CoQ10. Learn more about their health advantages.
Relieve muscle aches and pains with this soothing rub for sore muscles. You can make it in your own kitchen.
Every herb has a story, and that of licorice begins with its reputation as a “sweet herb.” Plants are put on this earth to provide nourishment and healing benefits. Licorice is one of those unique and special plants that does both.
According to recent British studies, the curcumin found in turmeric may help prevent breast cancer, and can slow the growth of existing cancer conditions.
Kidney stones affect many Americans. Here are some herbal remedies to help stop them.
Learn how to make a tea for pain or menstrual cramps using white willow bark.
A recent scientific reviews finds that hawthorn may be useful in treating a variety of mild heart ailments.
Read on to learn how saw palmetto can help to relieve prostate problems.
Relieve ear infections with this at-home remedy. One young mother takes a crash course in using herbs for this common childhood complaint.
There are several herbs that will increase your energy and help you burn more calories.
Bilberries can help you maintain your eye health.
Parsley has been used in medicine, cosmetics and rituals throughout history.
Researchers have found that curcumin, the ingredient in turmeric that gives it its distinct coloring, may help alleviate arthritis pain and inflammation.
Researchers have found a diet that may prevent heart disease.
Learn how one blogger discovers the benefits of a peeving plant from her childhood.
Diabetes affects 25.8 percent of citizens in the United States. Learn how to avoid becoming just another statistic.
Big news in the world of herbs: A new experimental drug derived from milk thistle saved two men after they consumed poisonous mushrooms.
This herb's medicinal use dates back to 400 B.C., and researchers may have found another reason why our anchestors may have been onto something.
Since Oregon grape (Mahonia spp.) is the state flower of Oregon, we thought it would be nice to spend a little time telling you about the Pacific Northwest's best kept secret.
A new study suggests aromatherapy may help patients feel less stress before a procedure.
Strengthen your immune system now with herbs for improved vitality and protection from stress and winter illness.
Finding the key to a strong immune system is as easy as visiting the produce section of your local grocery store.
Sip on cherry juice; sleep soundly. Sleeping soundly through the night could be as easy as sipping on some cherry juice.
Learn how green tea can help make aging and wellness go hand-in-hand.
Researchers may be able to add "improves mental function" to the long list of rosemary health benefits.
New guidelines suggest using butterbur root extract can drastically reduce the frequency of migraines.
Say cheers to the health benefits of cilantro.
Eating purslane greens provides a rich source of essential omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation, boost heart health and lower triglycerides that cause stroke, heart attack, fatty liver and pancreatitis. Green your health with purslane!
Peppermint, one of the most widely known mints in North America, can be distilled to extract its essential oil. Use this oil to soothe indigestion, sore throats and much more.
Ginger is a natural remedy for many stomach ailments: nausea, menstrual cramps, indigestion and more. Ginger also eases tired muscles and may help lower cholestrol.
Researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center discovered that celery is high in 3-n-butylphthalides, a compound that can naturally lower blood pressure by dilating blood vessels and blocking stress hormones.
Save your throat this cold season with homemade, herbal cough drops.
Learn how to process sugar from sugar beets and make your own beet sugar body scrub.
Medicinal vinegars are potent and easy to make at home. A strong alternative for children or those with alcohol sensitivities, this is a wonderful option for making and using herbal medicines.
Our bodies have an amazing capacity to detoxify, but with increased exposure to hazards in our environment, there is more of a need to support this process. Learn how to decrease the toxins you take in and increase the toxins you put out.
Try these valuable bug repellent formulas for a weekend in the woods.
Find itching relief in nature. Narrow-leaved plantain is a common garden weed and also, ironically, a gardener’s best friend.
Jessica expounds on the concept of "Cures in Your Cupboard" from the September/October 2011 issue with a few additional natural remedies for anxiety, general wellness, headache and menstruation/menopause.
TV personality and author Chris Kilham, founder of Medicine Hunter, believes that schisandra, cacao and San Pedro cactus could replace many pharmaceuticals—without the onerous side effects.
The burdock plant has long been that pesky plant that attaches velcro-like pickers to your clothing, but it also has an abundance of health benefits.
Start your health regimen by looking at what you've been doing before. You have to take charge of your health regimen, not anyone else.
For puffy eyes there’s nothing better than some good old fashioned cucumber.
Follow these tips to pick the best carrier oils for aromatherapy blends.
If you find yourself suffering from seasonal depression as the weather gets cooler, try these herbal remedies for depression as treatment for seasonal affective disorder.
Does stress or anxiety keep you jittery during the day and awake all night? Check out the benefits of passionflower for a calming rest.
Contributer Susan Belsinger shares her experience with severe eye irritation and a low-cost home herbal cure.
If you have a stressed cat, try one of these herbal remedies to soothe the nerves of your furry friend.
It's important to have accurate information about any herbal remedy you are thinking of using. Dr. Jaclyn Chasse shares her own experience with misleading media representation and clinical studies of St. John's wort.
These superfoods may prevent degenerative diseases. Check how green tea and blueberries can help fight Alzheimer's disease.
Scientific research backs the use of two familiar herbs for the treatment of mild depression.
Take a look at these herbs to fight colds, flus and ear infections.
There are many natural ways to provide painful sunburn relief.
New research is suggesting that an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil may help prevent the common cold in infants if taken during pregnancy.
Black Cohosh, one of the early Native Americans' favorite medicinal plants, contains many benefits that can help you live a healthier life.
Corn silk, the fine, silky growth at the tops of corn cobs, is a soothing diuretic for irritation of the bladder, urethra, kidneys and prostate.
These powerhouse herbs are great for runners. They act as natural energy enhancers, improve stamina and endurance, heal aches and pains and improve circulatory health.
Researchers may have found the herb to stop tooth decay: licorice root.
The root of the blue evergreen hydrangea may aid in the treatment of autoimmune disorders.
Here we go back in time to see beliefs and folk uses surrounding Stinging Nettle, how it is most commonly utilized by herb lovers today, along with flower essence information, my own personal favorite uses for this stinging European native, and references for further information.
New research suggests lowering blood pressure may be as easy as eating foods with isoflavones.
A study has found that healthy fats and oils may make fried foods better for you.
Researchers have discovered patients can enjoy good heart health after bypass surgery with the help of turmeric.
The wild tomatillo plant may provide the compounds needed to win the fight against cancer.
An extract from the kudzu plant may help drinkers learn to indulge in moderation.
New studies show that ginger, in addition to its other health benefits, may help regulate the body's inflammatory response.
Store this natural beauty balm from Medicine Mama's Apothecary somewhere so it's easy to grab. This balm soothes an array of skin woes, so it's fit for travel.
According to new research, American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) may lower fatigue in cancer patients.
After its exploding popularity in the late 19th century, echinacea was widely researched. Since then, numerous echinacea benefits have been discovered. Try these two simple echinacea remedies to fight the common cold.
Take care of poison ivy the old-fashioned way, with herbs from nature. Jewelweed is an excellent treatment for poison ivy. Use this herbal wonder to make a natural salve.
Discover how one food group can help increase mental power as you age.
Ease the symptoms of the common cold with herbs and other natural treatments.
Making tinctures at home may sound intimidating, but it is as simple as following a simple recipe from a cookbook.
The list of health benefits of black tea seem to have no end. Check out this article to learn more.
Researchers have discovered that using a thyme tincture to treat acne may prove more effective than over-the-counter treatments.
Munching on three bananas per day, or any potassium-rich food, could slash your risk of stroke.
Researchers have discovered even more proof that drinking black tea is just plain good for you. Read on to learn more.
Bypass cold and flu season this year with natural remedies, herbal supplements, TLC and a little common sense.
When your muscles are aching and your bones aren't moving, spice up your life by adding a little more spice to your meals with these herbs for inflammation. It may just be what Mother Nature ordered.
After coming down with a cold, this Herb Companion editor kicks her sinus congestion to the curb with an herbal steam, an effective natural remedy for runny noses.
Learn how a calendula and lavender baby bar soap helped make child care a little easier for this blogger.
Hibiscus tea may lower blood pressure in patients with mild hypertension, according to some studies. Make this delicious hibiscus tea recipe to better your health.