Three Easy Ways to Work with Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm)

This year, we planted new herbs in our garden hoping to both experience the joy of watching them grow and make medicine with them.  One of the herbs my daughter chose is Melissa officinalis commonly called lemon Balm. She loves the taste of lemon balm as tea and wanted to try fresh lemon balm in…

Epstein-Barr Virus: Condition Monograph

Last semester I researched and wrote a condition monograph on Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) for one of my classes at American College of Healthcare Sciences. This monograph provides a brief description of the condition, a summary of how allopathic medicine would treat this condition and then ideas from an integrative medicine perspective. It is estimated that…

Angina – CAM Support Protocol

Angina is a cardiac condition that typically presents as chest pain. The patient may describe the pain in many ways ranging from feeling like there is a heavy weight on their chest or squeezing, burning, or choking pain. Occasionally, referred pain may be present in the arm, neck, or jaw. There are three types of…

Alzheimer’s Disease – CAM Support Protocol

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease starting with a decrease in mental function and resulting in memory loss and eventually death. While some people have a genetic disposition to AD, environmental and lifestyle factors also contribute to the progression of the disease. In order to lessen the chance for AD, the following measures…

How to Make Your Own Lavender Glycerite

Lavender is hands-down one of my favorite herbs. I use the essential oil regularly for both the aromatic properties as well as a general first aid for minor burns, wound care, insect stings or bites, etc. Most of us are aware of lavender’s ability to calm and soothe in times of stress and as a…

Mint Tincture – Digestive Aid – Easy DIY

Mint is one of the easiest plants to grow. In fact, it is considered an invasive nuisance by many. If you don’t want to find mint all over your yard, plant it in containers. You can use mint to make teas, to flavor beverages, as an ingredient in your favorite recipes AND you can also…