Dherbs - Herbal Supplements, Herbal Remedies, Natural Healing Remedies, Full Body Detox » Articles https://www.dherbs.com Buy herbal supplements, natural remedies, and herbal remedies from Dherbs, the #1 alternative medicine product store. Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:50:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Weather The Colder Months With These Warming Herbs https://www.dherbs.com/articles/weather-the-colder-months-with-these-warming-herbs/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/weather-the-colder-months-with-these-warming-herbs/#comments Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:15:37 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=77238 Wouldn't it be great if you could stay warm on a raw foods diet by just eating certain herbs? You can! And we have the top 5 right here.

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While it may not be cold in every state, many areas of the country are experiencing some brisk temperatures. The cold temperatures, and the fact that cold & flu viruses are making the rounds, are not conducive to remaining healthy. Sometimes we tense up in the colder temperatures, but this is not good for your muscles and joints. It’s best to take a natural approach and warm up internally.

 

In case you haven’t noticed, the colder months are often associated with fragrant and comforting herbs/scents. These herbs work to bring the blood to the surface of your skin, which helps to warm the body by acting as a radiator (to some degree). Warming herbs also work to improve digestion and regulate blood sugar levels. Try to incorporate the following herbs into your life and let us know if you warm up!

 

Ginger:

Ginger is a natural antioxidant and antiseptic that works to improve circulation throughout the body. Regularly consuming ginger can help to reduce inflammation, fighting off stiff or achy joints. Pouring boiling water over freshly sliced ginger root to make a tea is one of the best (and warming) ways to consume ginger. You can also add ginger slices to a hot bath and absorb the benefits through your skin.

 

Cinnamon:

If you are someone who is always cold, you need cinnamon in your life. Cinnamon works to dry excess moisture in the body, while stimulating circulation in the process. It is also beneficial for healthy digestion, boosting the immune system, and regulating blood sugar levels, which helps to reduce cravings.

 

Garlic:

Although you may not want your breath to smell like garlic, it is certainly a powerful, immune-boosting herb with antibacterial and antiviral properties. Garlic is a natural vasoldilator, which means that it helps to widen blood vessels and prevents blood cells from clumping. In case you were wondering what else garlic does, it works to improve the health of your heart and lowers glucose metabolism in those with diabetes.

 

Cardamom:

Cardamom is actually a member of the ginger family and it helps to keep you mentally alert. The warming effect of cardamom actually promotes sweating. It also helps to clear mucus from your airways, improve your ability to digest starches, and may be beneficial for relieving headaches.

 

Cayenne:

Abundant in vitamin C (it actually has more than oranges), cayenne pepper helps to relieve chills, congestion, or coughs. Capsaicin is the active ingredient in this pepper and it works to slightly raise the body’s core temperature. It also helps to boost the metabolism!

 

Sources:

https://www.honeycolony.com/article/warming-herbs-winter/

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-6791/5-Warming-Herbs-to-Weather-the-Winter.html

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This Vegetable Stock Can Actually Heal Your Gut https://www.dherbs.com/articles/this-vegetable-stock-can-actually-heal-your-gut/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/this-vegetable-stock-can-actually-heal-your-gut/#comments Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:00:57 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=62148 How's your intestinal health? Rather than buying medications that can have negative side effects, drink this healthy broth for healing.

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When it comes to your gut, you have to care for it like you would a little puppy, i.e. treat it with every ounce of love you have in your soul. This starts with the foods you put in your body, but we know eating like a saint all the time isn’t on everyone’s agenda. Rather than running to the pharmacy after a highly acidic or deep fried meal to grab products that’ll only work temporarily, try making this healing stock to soothe your gut.

 

Making your own herbal remedies means that you know how they’ll taste, and you know exactly what the ingredients are. Preparing a healing stock is the best way to get amino acids and gut-healing gelatin in your diet. Additionally, you’ll be getting a boatload of healing properties from the various ingredients.

 

This vegetable stock goes above and beyond a mirepoix, which is a French technique that uses carrots, celery, and onion to flavor soups or stews. The primary healing properties come from the mushrooms, garlic, onion, and leeks. Because onions, leeks, and garlic are naturally antibiotic, they work to remedy a sore stomach or a leaky gut.

 

Onions are probably the most important ingredient in this gut-healing stock because they have antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergenic properties. They basically have a sealing effect on the gut that inhibits intestinal permeability. Plus, onions, garlic, and leeks promote healthy bacteria in the large intestine.

 

When it comes to selecting mushrooms for this broth, it is best to go for shiitake mushrooms because they help boost the immune system. If you can’t get your hands on these, cremini mushrooms are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Let the broth cook longer to get a rich, earthy mushroom flavor.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 medium leeks, white parts only, rinsed and sliced thinly
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled
  • 1 cup mushrooms (shiitake preferred), sliced
  • 2 celery stalks with leaves, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • Herbs: 1 sprig (each) of thyme and rosemary
  • 3 quarts water

 

Directions:

  • Warm the coconut oil in a big stockpot over medium-high heat and add the onions, leeks, garlic, carrots, mushrooms and celery. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Once the broth is boiling, reduce to a simmer and cook for 40-50 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and strain the broth through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer after removing the big items with a slotted spoon. Portion the stock into pint-size glass jars and store in the freezer. They will keep for up to 3 months. If you put the stock in the fridge it will keep for 1 week.
  • When you need to, sip on this broth like you would a soup.

 

Source:

http://omnomally.com/2014/10/19/gut-healing-vegetable-stock/

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Start Your Day With Ginger For These Benefits https://www.dherbs.com/articles/start-your-day-with-ginger-for-these-benefits/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/start-your-day-with-ginger-for-these-benefits/#comments Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:21:07 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=88808 Don’t let breakfast get repetitive or boring. Use ginger to spice up your mornings and start the day with some amazing health benefits.

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Mornings are like Brussels sprouts: some people love them, others despise them, and the rest know that they should like them but they do nothing about it. Each morning is an opportunity to invest in your health, which is why breakfast is hailed as the most important meal of the day. Rather than loading up a plate full of dairy, bread, eggs, and meat, you can creatively spice up the morning meal with ginger.

 

Used for centuries to help remedy a variety of ailments, ginger has become one of the most popular spices in the world. Ginger is a versatile spice with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. The enzymes in ginger work to eliminate toxins from the body, and regularly consuming it may reduce muscle stiffness. We have more tips and benefits of how and why you should add ginger to your morning routine below.

 

Vitamin C Boost:

Forget that cup of processed OJ from concentrate and load up on vitamin C by brewing a cup of ginger tea in the morning. The temperature of the tea and ginger itself work to warm the body (great during winter), relax the stomach, and get rid of tiredness. Not to mention, getting a healthy dose of vitamin C in the morning is a great way to boost the immune system.

 

Digestive Helper:

Ginger can help relieve nausea or upset stomachs, but it can also be a great digestive helper. If you need a little digestive boost to start your day, ginger has been proven to improve saliva flow and move food through the digestive tract. Get creative and add ginger to your cup of coffee. We know that sounds odd, but both have amazing antioxidants!

 

A Possible Cancer Fighter:

6-gingerol is an active compound in ginger root, and it has been known to combat a variety of cancers, including pancreatic, breast, and ovarian cancers. Ginger’s cancer-fighting properties work especially well when combined with the capsaicin in any peppers. Is a vegetable juice containing ginger and bell peppers in your future? Perhaps you can brew some ginger tea with a dash of cayenne!

 

Beneficial For Muscle Soreness:

Sore from that hard workout you did yesterday? A recent study demonstrated that consuming 2 grams of ginger every day significantly reduced muscle pain. The key is to consume it regularly because it doesn’t have an instantaneous effect. These pain-reducing properties are attributed to the anti-inflammatory properties in ginger. Those who have osteoarthritis are also encouraged to consume ginger to alleviate muscle and joint pain.

 

If you are going to add ginger to your morning routine, let us know how you plan on doing so. If you need some ginger recipes to inspire you, ask us in the comments below and we’ll offer some of our favorites!

 

Sources:

https://www.simplemost.com/5-reasons-add-ginger-morning-juice/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-ginger#section3

https://www.lifealth.com/wellness/healthy-living/start-day-ginger-sd/68702/

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7 Tips To Stay Healthy While You Travel https://www.dherbs.com/articles/7-tips-to-stay-healthy-while-you-travel/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/7-tips-to-stay-healthy-while-you-travel/#comments Wed, 12 Dec 2018 11:20:21 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=73604 Traveling can take a toll on the body and it can lead to weight gain. Keep your body healthy by following these simple steps on your trip.

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While many people are going to travel to visit family during the upcoming holidays, there are others who will take a vacation or go on an explorative adventure. Whether you are going to be walking the streets of a South American town or bundling up in the cold at a family celebration, there are ways that you can stay healthy while you travel.

 

What does it mean to be healthy while you travel? A lot of people will make the argument that going on vacation is about letting go and falling off the wagon. While vacation is a time to let go of things, it isn’t a time to let yourself go. This mentality leads to weight gain or unhealthy habits that you can bring back to your regularly lifestyle. We agree that is important to indulge on occasion during a vacation, but we also believe it’s imperative to stay healthy while traveling. Check out the following tips to keep you healthy on your upcoming travels.

 

Hydrate, Hydrate, And Hydrate:

Water is the foundation of your livelihood, so make sure that you have a water bottle with you at all times while traveling. There are many great reusable water bottles to carry around, and having it on you helps you stay sufficiently hydrated. If you are going to be in colder climates, use these reusable canteens to keep hot herbal tea in throughout the day.

 

Cut The Meat & Order Veggies:

You will most likely be dining out while you are traveling, so try to pick healthier options when you eat out. Order a vegetarian dish or add a vegetable side to balance out your meal. You can also buy your own veggies to snack on throughout the day. When you dine out, explore the local cuisine for the freshest food instead of eating at familiar places. This brings us to our next point.

 

Look For Veggies:

Whether you’re visiting family in the States or exploring an exotic country in the Southeast Asia, there are seasonal and local produce items that you can try. Look for farmers markets or produce stands and try different seasonal produce, rather than eating unhealthy snacks. It can be fun to visit small markets where the locals shop, so seek them out and eat healthy snacks throughout the day.

 

Stay Active:

There are different types of travelers. Some like to lounge about, while others like to be mobile and see everything that there is to see. We encourage you to explore your travel destination by foot as much as possible. You’ll get exercise and stumble on unique finds that you may have missed otherwise. If you are traveling home for Thanksgiving, for instance, do family activities or keep up your exercise ritual. You can always do easy at-home workouts!

 

Eat Until You’re 80% Full:

Americans typically overeat because portion sizes exceed the recommend portion to keep you healthy. How do you know when you are 80% full, though? This can be hard, but try to avoid overeating. You can split your meals or eat smaller portions more frequently throughout the day. This is great advice for holiday parties or family holiday gatherings. Try to avoid busting out the “fat pants” and just eat until you are content, as opposed to stuffing food in your mouth until you hate yourself.

 

Sleep:

We can’t tell you how important sleep is. It’s important whether or not you are traveling. When you are crossing time zones, you need to allow your body time to rest. If you are spending the day seeing different sights, take time to sit during the day and enjoy some resting time. Try to get at least seven or eight hours of sleep every night. You need that much sleep and more when visiting family because family can stress you out. Get some rest or practice easy breathing exercises; or do both!

 

Cut Down On Liquid Calories:

This applies to both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Keep your liquid calorie and sugar intake low because it can disrupt your sleep and contribute to weight gain. We want you to enjoy yourself on vacation, but just remember to consume in moderation. Take into account what you have eaten that day and base it on that. You are allowed to reward yourself, but do so responsibly and healthily.

 

Sources:

http://candacekennedy.com/how-to-stay-healthy-while-you-travel/

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/16-tips-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling_us_57f083a9e4b07f20daa10cc8

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The Best Immune-Boosting Souper Soup https://www.dherbs.com/articles/the-best-immune-boosting-souper-soup/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/the-best-immune-boosting-souper-soup/#comments Tue, 11 Dec 2018 17:40:16 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=63632 This homemade, immune-boosting soup can help you fight viruses better than cold medicine can. Start sipping this broth to stay healthy.

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There are some people who never seem to get sick. It doesn’t seem fair when you are sniffling and coughing under a blanket drinking soothing tea. With viruses constantly circulating public spaces, it is important to take care of your body in every way possible. This doesn’t mean, however, that you should constantly be on medication because there are natural ways to protect the body.

 

We at Dherbs believe that you can keep your body healthy using the healing powers of food. Western medicine has its place in the world, but most people are too quick to reach for the medicine cabinet when they are feeling off, so to speak. Look to your kitchen to help boost your body into a healthier state.

 

In some cases, depending on what is in your kitchen, your food may be damaging your health. A diet rich in processed foods, meat, dairy products, added sugars, fast foods, and genetically modified organisms can actually weaken the immune system. This is why it is best to have plant-based foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and nuts & seeds in your kitchen.

 

Sometimes you need some superfoods to boost your immune system, especially during these colder months. If you feel like you are coming down with a cold, you can use this soup to help fight the virus. If you are already sick, try using this soup to get on the mend quicker.

 

This soup contains some heavy hitters in the world of nutrition. The mushroom broth increases your vitamin D levels and the antioxidants help fight free radicals in the body. The coconut oil helps fight of bacteria with its anti-viral compounds, while the garlic is rich in antibacterial compounds that boost virus-fighting cells. Bok choy is loaded with vitamin A, which helps your immune system function optimally, and kale is an absolute nutrient powerhouse.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. organic coconut oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1lb shiitake mushrooms, sliced and stems removed
  • 5 tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 12 cups water
  • 4 heads baby bok choy, bottoms removed
  • ½ head kale, rinsed and chopped (without stems)

 

Directions:

  • Warm the coconut oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes, or until translucent. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Toss the sliced celery and mushrooms into the pot and cook for another 10 minutes, or until the mushrooms have wilted. Add the spices and water and let the broth simmer over a low flame for 1 hour.
  • Add the bok choy and kale in the last 10 minutes of the cooking time, so they can wilt. Serve this soup warm and you can store it for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.

 

Source:

http://www.thehealthymaven.com/2016/01/the-ultimate-immune-boosting-soup.html

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Here’s Why Everyone Needs To Eat More Celery https://www.dherbs.com/articles/heres-why-everyone-needs-to-eat-more-celery/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/heres-why-everyone-needs-to-eat-more-celery/#comments Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:25:50 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=88804 You can’t go wrong with 10 calories per stalk! Crunch on more celery stalks in order to reap the amazing benefits of celery.

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Celery is often neglected because of its low-calorie nature, but this crisp, crunchy vegetable has more to offer than people realize. Whether it is enjoyed in smoothies, soups, stocks, juices, salads, or as a snack with almond butter on top, celery is a trusted source of beneficial antioxidants and enzymes. You should always enjoy food for the taste, but you should also enjoy celery for its numerous health properties.

 

For centuries, traditional folk medicine has used celery as an anti-hypertensive agent, primarily due to celery’s positive impact on the cardiovascular system. Present day scientific studies have even found that celery’s antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties work to improve heart health by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure levels. You’ll find more reasons why you should consume celery below.

 

Lowers Inflammation:

The polysaccharides in celery have been known to act as anti-inflammatory agents, especially the inherent flavonoids and polyphenols. While these fight free radicals, which can contribute to chronic inflammation, they also help to create a more alkaline environment.

 

Reduces Stress:

Stress is something that we can all live without, yet most people have excess stress hormones in their bodies. If you are stressed, eat one cup of celery to obtain a fair amount of magnesium, which works to decrease the amount of stress hormones in the body.

 

Supports Digestion:

Celery contains a compound known as apiuman, which has been proven (in animal studies) to decrease stomach ulcers and improve the lining of the stomach. Additionally, celery seeds contain an oily compound (NBP) that has a natural detoxifying and diuretic effect on the body. Eating celery can help reduce bloating and boost the natural digestive process.

 

Helps With Weight Loss:

The great thing about celery is that it contains a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and electrolytes. This means that you can obtain a lot of nutrients without consuming a lot of calories. Essentially, you won’t overeat to get the nutrients you need. Eating celery is also beneficial because it works to regulate lipid (fat) metabolism, which is important for losing weight.

 

Helps Prevent Urinary Tract Infections:

Celery works to reduce uric acid build up in the body, which is beneficial for those with arthritis or gout. It also encourages healthy urine production and can help fight off bacterial infections in the digestive tract and reproductive organs. While cranberries have been a classic food to consume to fight UTIs, celery should be consumed to help with UTIs or bladder disorders.

 

Helps Reduce Blood Pressure:

Roughly 46 percent of American adults have high blood pressure, which accounts for the second-largest number of preventable heart disease-related deaths. Celery seeds contain anti-hypertensive properties that help to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Additionally, celery seeds contribute to regulating healthy blood pressure levels.

 

Sources:

https://weightloss.hadvices.com/10-unbelievable-reasons-you-should-eat-celery-in-the-evening/

https://draxe.com/benefits-of-celery/

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/health-benefits-of-celery#2

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5 Butternut Squash Recipes You Need This Winter https://www.dherbs.com/articles/5-butternut-squash-recipes-you-need-this-winter/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/5-butternut-squash-recipes-you-need-this-winter/#comments Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:15:45 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=73884 If you like butternut squash, now is the time to make some of your favorite recipes. Maybe some of these recipes will inspire you!

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Ladies and gentlemen, we are surrounded by squash this time of year. We hope that you aren’t squashing your opportunity to use these magnificent fall and winter varieties. There are tons of squash and you can use them in various ways. You can make soups, stews, noodles, curries, roasted vegetable medleys, and much more. The best thing about squash, especially butternut squash, is that it easily absorbs flavors.

 

Butternut squash has some pretty amazing health benefits. It is rich in vitamins A & C, potassium, folate, iron, and zinc, among a few others. You can roast it, bake it, sauté it, blend it, boil it, stir-fry it, shred it, or treat it how you please. No matter which way you eat it, you’re guaranteed to reap its awesome health benefits. Try the following recipes and let us know how they turned out.

 

Butternut Squash & Turmeric Soup:

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In the colder months of the year, it’s nice to be able to comforted by a warm, tasty bowl of soup at the dinner table. You know what’s better than that? Slurping a soup that can help nourish the body.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Butternut Squash And Cranberry Quinoa Salad:

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Quinoa always needs some extra flavor, which is exactly what the butternut squash and cranberries do. Drizzle the sweet yet tangy balsamic vinaigrette over the salad and you’ve got yourself one delicious meal.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Kale, Butternut Squash, And White Bean Stew:

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As the temperatures get a little cooler, we want dishes that fill us up and keep us warm at the same time. Let this kale, butternut squash, and white bean stew comfort your soul and delight your taste buds.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Roasted Butternut Squash And Carrot Soup:

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There are so many fresh herbs in this soup! Every slurp bursts with tons of flavor and you’ll be craving this long after it is gone. If you want to add some leeks, they would also make a nice addition to this soup.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Vegan Spiralized Butternut Squash Noodles:

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Normally you cube butternut squash and roast or saute it with some olive oil and spices. Well this creative way to make butternut squash will have you craving this meal all the time.

Click here to make the recipe.

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The Best Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas To Get People This Year https://www.dherbs.com/articles/the-best-healthy-holiday-gift-ideas-to-get-people-this-year/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/the-best-healthy-holiday-gift-ideas-to-get-people-this-year/#comments Sat, 08 Dec 2018 11:15:43 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=61210 Don't know what to gifts to get people for the holidays this year? We have some great, healthy recommendations that'll be surefire holiday hits.

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Are you trying to figure out what to get a friend or family member this holiday season? It can be hard to pick out gifts for certain people. You don’t want to get them something unoriginal, and you want to get them something they’ll really use. We’ve stepped outside the box of a pair of jeans or a new shirt and have some great, healthy holiday gift ideas for everyone.

 

When it comes to healthy gifts, you have to think which gifts are going to best suit the people you are buying them for. Are they trying to be more active, or are they taking yoga classes? Maybe they are into food and would benefit from cookbooks or kitchenware. We hope the following gifts give you some inspiration. Happy shopping!

 

#1: Vegetable Spiralizer

This is an easy-to-use kitchen tool that can help you get creative and healthy with your meals. You can make zucchini or cucumber noodles, or thin potato shavings that you can make into homemade chips. Most spiralizers come with a little book that gives you ideas too!

 

#2: Spa Package

While the holidays are great for spending time with family, the end of the year can often create a lot of stress. What better way to unwind than at the spa? You can even gift someone a massage so that they can lower stress and feel more relaxed. Pssst…this is a great gift for moms.

 

#3: Indoor Herb/Vegetable Garden

Having fresh vegetables or herbs in your kitchen can inspire someone to cook healthier, more natural meals. Green onions, parsley, cilantro, basil, celery, or a variety of sprouts are great indoor veggies & herbs you can grow in pots in your windowsill.

 

#4: Dog Light or Light-up Leash

Some of your friends might be dog lovers, almost to the point where they treat them like their own children. Since it gets dark quite early in the winter months, a dog light or light-up leash is great because it won’t stop them from taking their canine friends out for an evening walk.

 

#5: Fruit/Vegetable of the Month Club

Sometimes, people are daunted by the produce section in a grocery store, or they may just skip over it altogether. Getting a subscription to a fruit/vegetable of the month club is a great gift because the company delivers healthy, fresh produce straight to the person’s door. These services are readily available in many cities and provide delicious seasonal produce!

 

#6: Athletic/Yoga Attire

It is quite common for people to have a New Year’s resolution to get fit or live a healthier lifestyle. Athletic wear or yoga attire may give them that extra push to really take control of their physical health.

 

#7: The Dherbs 180 Challenge

This may not be the new, sleek laptop someone has been eyeing, but it is a way to completely turn a person’s life around. If you do end up purchasing the 180 Challenge, it can be great to buy one for yourself to do it with the person. This way he or she will have a partner to tackle health and weight loss goals. There are a lot of special perks that accompany the challenge so check it out for more info.

 

Sources:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/sns-health-holiday-gifts-pg-photogallery.html

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/slideshows/11-healthy-holiday-gifts

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How To Avoid Dry Skin This Winter https://www.dherbs.com/articles/how-to-avoid-dry-skin-this-winter/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/how-to-avoid-dry-skin-this-winter/#comments Thu, 06 Dec 2018 23:55:11 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=88735 The colder months have arrived, which means it’s time to increase your skincare routine. Use these tips to avoid dry skin this winter.

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Winter is a time to don your favorite sweaters, and it brings an array of holiday treats and overpriced seasonal lattes. One unfortunate thing about winter is that a high percentage of people experience dry skin. The combination of colder temperatures, lower humidity levels, and heated interiors makes the skin extremely prone to dryness. While there are commercial products with synthetic ingredients that promise to keep the skin hydrated, they rarely do the trick and you end up lathering your body with chemicals in excess.

 

The colder months do not discriminate against skin type or complexion. In the colder temperatures, the skin restricts blood vessels to retain heat. This ultimately dries out the exterior layers of the skin, causing people to experience red, rough, or itchy skin. Fortunately for you, we have tips to help you naturally combat dry skin this winter, no matter where you live in the northern hemisphere.

 

Shorten Your Showers:

After a long day out in the cold, few things compare to relaxing under the hot running water. Dermatologists say that long showers harm the skin’s lipid layer. The combination of hot water and chemical soaps dry out the skin, which is why it is optimal to use natural, moisturizing soaps in a shower that only lasts 5-10 minutes, once a day.

 

Moisturize After A Shower:

When you exit the shower, pat (don’t rub) yourself dry. Immediately after you do this, apply a natural moisturizer because the skin can easily lock in the moisture when it is somewhat damp. If you need a DIY, chemical-free moisturizer, click here (https://www.dherbs.com/articles/chemical-free-moisturizer-for-healthier-skin/).

 

Consider A Humidifier:

Because lower humidity levels can dry out the skin, it can be beneficial to invest in a humidifier. You don’t have to leave it on all day; rather, it is best to leave it on at night because the skin does restorative work while you sleep. Set the humidifier at about 60%, which should work to replenish the skin’s outer layers.

 

Take An Oatmeal Bath:

People have used oatmeal baths to moisturize the skin for thousands of years. Soaking in an oatmeal bath allows the skin to absorb the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, and cleansing properties of oatmeal. Blend about one cup of old-fashioned oats in a food processor or blender until you get a fine powder. Stir this into a tub of hot water and then soak in it for 15-20 minutes. We know we said to limit your shower time, but your skin needs time to absorb the hydrating properties of the oatmeal.

 

Eat Prebiotics And Probiotics:

To prevent dry skin, it is important to stock up on ceramides, which help the skin retain moisture. Start eating prebiotic and probiotic foods, both of which work to increase the body’s natural production ceramides. Not to mention, prebiotics and probiotics help balance the skin’s pH level and they naturally improve gut flora.

 

Sources:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/9-ways-to-banish-dry-skin

https://www.treehugger.com/organic-beauty/9-natural-remedies-dry-skin.html

http://time.com/5064254/dry-winter-skin-care/

https://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/a23495578/dry-skin-in-winter-remedies/

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Our Favorite Raw Soups For National Gazpacho Day https://www.dherbs.com/articles/our-favorite-raw-soups-for-national-gazpacho-day/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/our-favorite-raw-soups-for-national-gazpacho-day/#comments Thu, 06 Dec 2018 09:15:13 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=88757 Annually observed on December 6th, National Gazpacho Day celebrates the widely consumed, utterly tasty, classic Spanish dish of gazpacho.

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Despite what you may have heard, gazpacho is not a juice, smoothie, or anything else. It is simply gazpacho, which belongs to classic Spanish cuisine. Although it is typically consumed in the warmer months of summer, gazpacho can be enjoyed throughout the year. Even though gazpacho recipes have similar ingredients, there is always room for creativity and experimentation in the kitchen.

 

You may be wondering why on earth you would whip up a batch of gazpacho during these colder months. Consuming gazpacho somewhat regularly can be quite beneficial to your health. No matter what ingredients you choose to include, gazpacho contains beneficial nutrients like carotenoids, antioxidants, vitamins A, C, & E, fiber, and a variety of other minerals. The antioxidants and carotenoids from the brightly colored vegetables, which are typically added to gazpacho, tend to delver a lot of anti-inflammatory agents to the body.

 

A Quick Note: For those who have arthritis, it may be beneficial to make gazpacho recipes that are not always tomato-based. While classic gazpachos are tomato-based, too much acidity from the tomatoes can activate arthritis symptoms. Additionally, if you have allergies to nightshades (bell peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, or paprika), make sure to make your own nightshade-free take on some of the following recipes.

 

An Easy Breezy Gazpacho:

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This is a classic cold soup that is bursting with flavor. You’ll be surprised how much you actually like this. If you feel like getting spicy, add some more red pepper flakes, which actually helps to warm you up.

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Garden Fresh Gazpacho:

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This is truly a garden fresh raw soup! Gazpacho is a great way to change up your raw food game. Leave it blending for a little while longer to warm up. That’s a secret trick for added warmth to have in your back pocket.

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Spicy Mango Ginger Gazpacho:

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Even though this soup is cold, the flavors help you feel warm. It is definitely different from what you are used to eating, but you should give it a shot because it is vibrant and will give your taste buds some intense flavors.

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Sources:

http://slapslop.com/slap-slop-recipes/ingredients/slap-slop-vegetarian-and-vegan-recipes/the-benefits-of-gazpacho/

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-gazpacho-day-december-6/

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