Health Benefits of Herbs

Learn about the many health benefits of herbs, including herbs for healing the body, herbs for skin care, herbs for medicinal use and herbs for healthy eating.

| November/December 2001

Learn about the health benefits of herbs, from healing the body to healthy eating.

Healthy Herb Recipes

Candied Ginger Recipe
Healthy Cocoa Milkshake Recipe

Hydrosols in Aromatherapy

The word hydrosol is a chemistry term meaning “water solution.” For aromatherapy purposes, hydrosols are simply the waters that are produced during the steam- or hydro-distillation process of plant material for aromatherapy. Aromatic hydrosols (also known as hydrolats) are effective as toners and for skin care in general—they contain soothing, anti-inflammatory carboxylic acids. According to aromatherapists Mindy Green and Kathi Keville, hydrosols are astringent yet nondrying, and are ideal for sensitive skin and for people suffering from psoriasis.

Hydrosols can be hard to find, but they’re available through mail order from several companies including Simplers Botanical Company,, and Nature’s Gift, German chamomile, lavender, rosemary, and yarrow are some of the most popular hydrosols.

Sources: Catty, Suzanne. Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 2001.
Keville, Kathi, and Mindy Green. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art. Freedom, California: The Crossing Press, 1995.

The Basics of Ayurveda

Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old East Indian healing system, is thought to be the world’s oldest system of medicine. It aims to create health by nurturing the body (shrira), the mind (manas), and the self (atman). The word Ayurveda means “the science of life.”

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