In the Middle Ages, on Midsummer’s night, people hung fennel over doorways to protect the household from evil spirits. Although it is no longer used as a protective decoration, fennel is still one of the more widely used medicinal plants, being suggested for everything from colic to conjunctivitis. The benefits of fennel tea are both culinary and curative. […]
I never really knew what I would choose if it came down to a superpower. As a kid, that seemed to be a popular game. But now, I know what I would pick. Hands down, ability to speak any language. If I could walk down the street and eavesdrop on what people were saying, I […]
Yoga challenge: Ten minutes a day for eight weeks. When I started this post it was supposed to be about a 10 minute workout challenge I was going to do before work every day. I wanted to start doing some strength training and over the years I have struggled to make myself stick to a […]
The female inflorescence of hops (Humulus lupulus, Cannabaceae) is used traditionally to treat insomnia, excitability, and restlessness. The German Commission E approved the use of hops for sleep disturbances and mood disorders such as anxiety and restlessness; however, according to the authors, there is a lack of high-quality, placebo-controlled studies evaluating the efficacy of hops […]
Diabetes mellitus remains one of the most common diseases. One of its signs, hyperglycemia, is a major predisposing factor for oxidative stress, as it disrupts the natural equilibrium that protects the body from tissue-damaging effects of free radicals. In patients with diabetes mellitus, oxidative stress can lead to microvascular and macrovascular complications precipitated by the […]
Essential oils have become a big business, with some distributors selling their products with unfounded claims.
Austrian Adaptation Surviving Autumn as someone born in the Southern Hemisphere (where autumn really isn’t a thing) is a mental game many Expats play every single year. An emotional rollercoaster if you will. Your thoughts tend to go something like this: ‘The LEAVES are so PRETTY and oh my, look at that crisp blue sky…