Tea tree oil is a powerful disinfectant and useful herbal remedy. Extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a native tree of New South Wales, it is a clear liquid, strongly aromatic with an odor similar to that of eucalyptus. 

Tea tree oil is a good treatment for fungal infections of the skin, toenails or fingernails - conditions notoriously resistant to treatment, even by strong systemic antibiotics.

Choose products that are 100% pure tea tree oil.

To Treat Athlete's Foot, Ringworm, Jock Itch, Boils:

Paint the oil on affected areas two or three times a day.

Wound Rinse:

A ten-percent solution (about one and a half tablespoons to a cup of warm water) can be used on skin to rinse and clean infected wounds.

Oral Rinse:

A ten-percent solution (about one and a half tablespoons to a cup of warm water) can be used as a mouthwash. DO NOT SWALLOW - tea tree oil is nontoxic topically, do not take it internally.

Vaginal Rinse:

A ten-percent solution (about one and a half tablespoons to a cup of...

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Whether you're a strict vegan or more meat-and-potatoes, anyone can enjoy a meat-free meal now and then; they're affordable, nutritious, low-calorie and environmentally-friendly.

Plant-based meals often raise concerns about protein; do they offer the "complete" protein our bodies need? A complete protein source has all 9 essential amino acids in roughly equal amounts. Essential amino acids are not produced by the body, and must be obtained through food.

While it's true we need all 9 essential amino acids, we don't have to get them from one place. Vegan meals contain a broad range of amino acids from a wide variety of foods, so it's not hard to gather what you need next Meatless Monday.

12 Easy Sources of Plant-Based, Complete Protein:

1. Hemp Seeds

Protein: 10 grams per 2 tablespoon serving

Creamy little hemp seeds (hearts) can be sprinkled on salads, soups, desserts...and anything else your heart desires. They contain significant amounts of all nine essential amino acids, as well as plenty ...

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What is Moringa?

9/25/2015 12:37 AM

"Moringa" has a nice ring to it...but what is it? Known by some as the "miracle tree," the leaves and pods of this tropical inhabitant, native to Africa, Asia and South America, rival the nutritional value of milk, yogurt and eggs. It has a long history of use in Ayurveda, a holistic system of healing practiced in India.

According to a recent segment on NPR, moringa may be the next superfood to sweep the U.S. Seemingly more popular every day, moringa leaf powder, with its slightly-bitter, arugula-like taste, is an amazing source of protein, vitamins A and C, calcium and iron. You can find it in capsules, healthfood powders - even energy bars.

According to some analyses, moringa leaves have, ounce for ounce, four times more calcium than milk, and seven times more vitamin C than oranges. There's also good evidence that moringa has anti-diabetic and disease-prevention properties, but research is still in the preliminary stages.

A Tree for the People

In places where moringa grows best, like As...

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1. Sweet-Tart Jewels

Soft and chewy, these golden South American goodies have a tart, citrusy flavor with a hint of sweet.

2. Vitamin Values

Incan Goldenberries are high in two important vitamins: A & C. Vitamin A is great for the eyes, while Vitamin C supports the immune system.

3. Age-Fighting Antioxidants

When dried, they’re a particularly dense source of free-radical fighters. Antioxidants help prevent cellular damage, which can lead to aging and health issues.

4. Dietary Fiber

One serving contains about 3 grams of dietary fiber, necessary for healthy digestion and cholesterol levels.

5. Culinary Pairings

Try pairing their unique flavor profile with fine wine, chocolate or cheese.


In France, goldenberries are known as amour en cage (love in a cage), in reference to the protective green calyx each berry grows in.

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5 Reasons to Love Incan Goldenberries


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As the leaves begin to fall and crisp mornings creep in, the lazy days of summer slowly start to fade. School's back in session, and fall brings with it a sense of new beginnings.

As our lives tend to shift with the seasons, so do our routines. While it was easy to hydrate poolside over the summer, dropping temps may leave us less-than-keen on H20. Let's face it - drinking the water our bodies need can feel like a chore (if we remember to do it at all).

Help has arrived, friends; and it doesn't involve forcing water down like a punishment.

Eat more water! Yes, it's possible...there's a plethora of veggies and fruits with high water content (and nutrients) that help meet those requirements without the "blah." Pack them in your lunch, snack throughout the day - and have fun mixing it up.

Another tip? When you do drink water, add fruits, veggies and/or herbs to infuse it with flavor. For fall, try cucumber & mint, pear & fresh ginger, or grapefruit & rosemary.

Hydrating Vegetables and Fruits:

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