Herbal All-stars

| 4/16/2008 3:09:12 PM

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Since I first started working with The Herby in 2003, I've moved from medicinal skeptic to cautious enthusiast, thanks to my general "Why not give it a shot?" approach to most new things. I knew I loved herbs in the garden and herbs in my food, but I wasn't so sure about this "plant medicines" thing.

My perspective took a dramatic turn that first year when I attended the Natural Products ExpoWest in Anaheim. After a full day of standing around on concrete, walking slowly from booth to booth, my knees were feeling ten years older than when I had walked in that morning. In my bag of goodies was a tube of Nelsons Arnileve Cream, said to speed recovery time for bruises and sore muscles. What the heck, I thought, as I slathered the cream all over my knees and calves just before collapsing into the hotel's less-than-stellar bed.

In the morning I was halfway through my daily walk before I realized that I wasn't the slightest bit sore. I knew, the night before, that I was going to be nursing sore knees for at least a couple of days, as my personal history had taught me. But, nope. Just like magic, my knee pain was gone.

I have since discovered that the "magic" is arnica (in addition to other good ingredients -- Nelsons has become one of the companies whose quality I completely trust). Arnica is a simple, pretty little