Being a woman comes with challenges unique to her sex. One of those challenges centers around her health, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. For a woman to unlock her own amazing strength and capacity within to be a blessing to others, she must ... Read More
When it comes to men's health, covering the basics is one of the most important things to remember. Rather than just targeting specific issues, it can be beneficial to promote overall health such as circulation, immune system health, and heart health. ... Read More
Spring is in full swing, and it won't be long until summer approaches. Every new year, countless people make resolutions to lose weight, but things start to get very real once spring arrives. Suddenly, everyone realizes that the pool parties and beach ... Read More
Though the holiday season is often deemed "the most wonderful time of the year," most people can't wait to be done with winter by February, maybe even sooner. Spring is typically welcomed with open arms, as everyone feels the rejuvenation of new life s... Read More
We all experience some forms of stress and anxiety: important work meetings, school work, financial worries, family trouble...these are just some of the common stressors that anyone can experience in a lifetime. The harsh reality is there are countless... Read More
The bright yellow face of the dandelion flower is commonly overlooked; it is smashed beneath the feet of soccer players, mowed over by the lawn caretaker, and plucked to pieces in a game of "he loves me, he loves me not." This plant, typically spoken o... Read More
The sun begins to peek out from behind the clouds and make a presence every couple of days; it is the wonderful time of year when its rays decide to remind us all how much we miss our daily dose of vitamin D and how excited we are for the spring to com... Read More
According to a recent article on AARP's website, 93% of Americans feel that brain health is important but are unaware of natural ways to address it. Because the brain develops constantly, it is important to keep it healthy in order to maintain long-ter... Read More
Over time, the colon can attain a buildup of waste and toxins that have been accumulated from the foods we eat, the beverages we drink, and the air we breathe. This is especially true over the holiday season with all of the excess treats, snacks, and j... Read More
The liver is often an organ that gets overlooked when worrying about your health. We are frequently obsessed with the latest fads, exercises, and diets that will help us lose weight, or we focus on lowering our cholesterol levels and strengthening our ... Read More
There was a time when you had to go to a health food store if you wished to shop organically. Now, organic foods have found their way into the majority of supermarkets across the country. Shoppers are frequently faced with the question of whether or no... Read More
We often associate filters with keeping important things from getting dirty or becoming contaminated. The air filters in our homes help keep the airflow coming from our furnace and central air system as clean as possible. Filters on our faucets ensure ... Read More
The earth has given us so much. The natural beauty of mountains, beaches, lakes, forests, jungles, islands, canyons, rivers, oceans, and deserts are enough to make us stop and behold their magnificence. In addition, we have been provided with fruits, v... Read More
Do you often find that you have a difficult time breathing, or are you annoyed with the congestion and other effects that come with a cold? Luckily for you, we can help. Because your respiratory system is working all day, every day, it allows dust, pol... Read More
Want to get the most out of your five senses? Western Botanicals has come up with this list of herbs that can help to benefit each of your five senses. Try them each out or just skip down to your favorite sense for a delightful, healthy treat!
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Poor circulation is a common problem, but fortunately there are ways you can improve it. If you often feel weary, your hands and feet get cold, numb, or tingly even when it's warm, or you can't think clearly, then you may be suffering from poor circula... Read More
Do you have a hard time focusing when you need to complete important tasks? Or does your mind constantly seem overwhelmed when you just want to relax? Chances are, you know exactly what we're talking about. Fortunately, we can help. Western Botanicals ... Read More
Many schools and businesses have evacuation routes and plans in the event of an emergency. Do you have a similar plan for your home and family? Before you make a plan, consider everything that you need to know about your area and the potential disaster... Read More
Have you been feeling sluggish, depressed, or tired? Most people are quick to blame the weather, lack of sunshine, and the season, but that may not always be the cause. In fact, if weight loss or weight gain is also a recent experience for you, then pe... Read More
The New Year is always the perfect time to reevaluate where you are at and make future plans to change for the better. While many headlines tell us that in order to be happy, we need to lose 30 pounds, save all of our money, and stop watching TV, resol... Read More
If you find yourself suffering from rapid weight gain or weight loss, irritability, low tolerance for stress, poor memory or ability to focus, or mood swings, there's a likelihood you could be experiencing sleep deprivation.
Tens of millions... Read More
More than 20 million people in the United States suffer from what we sometimes call the "winter blues." Many more of us experience some of the moods associated with it to some degree or another. Signs may include lack of energy, moodiness, sadness, and... Read More
In the midst of a winter cold enough to freeze car engines and nose hairs, your health is of utmost importance. Cold temperatures have the ability to use your body's defense against infection and can leave you feeling sluggish, foggy, and rundown. Your... Read More
Have you heard the news? The Farmers' Almanac has recently described the upcoming winter as "piercing cold," "bitterly cold," and "biting cold." What do we learn from this? It's going to be a very cold winter! Make sure you and your family are prepared... Read More
As we outlined in our last article, going back to school can be extremely overwhelming. There are new names to remember, new information to consume, and new deadlines to meet. On top of all this, school can be a breeding ground for illness.
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A few weeks ago, I was wandering through a mountain area not too far from our home. I was captivated by the beauty and expanse before me and wondered at the grandeur of creation I beheld. I was completely alone and caught up in the moment of appreciati... Read More
We have all heard stories about inflamed colons and how important it is to keep them clean. But, do we know why the colon is so important and what role it plays in the human body?
The colon is nearly the last stop in the gastrointestinal (GI... Read More
During the long, warm, sunny days of summer, you may be feeling a little of the "school's out!" zeal. This is often a good time to improve your health in small ways that can be a part of an overall health boost. Here are a few tips to energize your hea... Read More
Do you ever get tired half way through the day and wonder why your body seems to be betraying you? Do you tire easily after a simple act like running to the grocery store? Or are you tired the moment you roll out of bed?
Feeling fatigued or ... Read More
When Western Botanicals, Inc. was first organized nearly 17 years ago, our vision and motto was "An Herbalist in Every Home." We were small and started with our friends, neighbors, and associates. We held classes to teach others wha... Read More
You never know when a disaster will strike. Whether it is environmental, such as a storm or cataclysmic event, or the product of man, such as a massive power outage, it is always good to be prepared.
Being prepared means a lot of things. It ... Read More
At the risk of being sexist, may we say, It's great to be a woman! We believe that every woman should understand and embrace her own beauty and strength. Women are beautiful and strong, yet have a nurturing nature rarely found in men. Most of us can th... Read More
Disasters are happening around us all the time. Earthquakes, blizzards, hurricanes, and more seem to plague the earth. What's worse is that we have no control over these elements. The most we can do is be prepared.
While we shouldn't live in fe... Read More
Spring is almost here. Soon, the snow will melt off the mountains, leaves will
appear on the trees, and flowers will start to bloom. There's never a better time
of year than when life returns, unless you have allergies, that is.
Allergie... Read More
One of the greatest of human concerns is that of maintaining good health. Experiencing failing health or sickness is not only uncomfortable, but it is inconvenient as it takes you away from your job, family, and other activities that you enjoy or tasks... Read More
Food and eating is one of life's daily pleasures that we often anticipate and for which we spend much time planning and preparing. It can promote healthy living or it can work against us. Much depends on the nutrients we provide to our bodies. Since i... Read More
When you are feeling poorly, nothing sounds good. You may just want to sit in bed and do nothing. You may lose your appetite.
This loss of appetite cuts you off from vital nutrients that your body needs
in order to function and heal properly.... Read More
You've just finished a large delicious meal and sat down on the couch to relax when it hits you. That painful burning in your stomach and chest is back again. Most of us have had similar experiences to this at one point or another, or at least have fel... Read More
People are like baseball players. As baseball players, we're all built to play to game. Each of us is just waiting to play the game, eager to get on the field and show what we're made of to our teammates, competition, audience and ourselves.
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During the holiday season we tend to overeat, including too many treats and stress ourselves about holiday shopping, holiday parties and keeping up with work on top of all the extra holiday expectations.
At the end of the year, many of us re... Read More
These Recipes are not just for the Gluten Intolerance but are healthy ways
to prepare food that should be used by everyone.
Recipes are not as important here as understanding the philosophy and techniques behind what you are trying to accomp... Read More
There are 3 essential keys for healing any type of injury. These are circulation, nutrition and
elimination. When the body is injured, whether the result of an accident (acute trauma), or through
repeated stress (cumulative trauma), the body reacts... Read More
The foods we eat and our diets are woven deeply into our emotional makeup. Because of this, lasting change
can be difficult. Most of us are aware that we don't eat as well as we could or should. Before you decide to
improve your diet, first decide ... Read More
The kidneys are another important elimination channel. Many nitrogen containing wastes products,
such as ammonia and urea are excreted in the urine. The liver transforms any fat-soluble toxins
into water soluble compounds that can then be eliminate... Read More
The liver is responsible for handling most of our energy needs. It takes raw building blocks from food and
breaks it down into basic nutritional components. The liver creates and stores sugars for both immediate
and long-term energy use. If the liv... Read More
Weight loss is probably the most challenging health goal for most Americans. The essential key to
maintaining optimal weight is to maintain optimal health. In order to
lose weight permanently and effectively, the body must be healthy. There are fi... Read More
The immune system is perhaps one of the most complex and fascinating systems of the body. The
immune systems prime function is protecting the body against infection and the development of cancers.
Conditions such as colds, influenza, allergies, ast... Read More
The skin is the largest eliminative organ of the body. Elimination through sweating requires less energy
than elimination through the kidneys, liver, or bowel. Working up a good flowing sweat through physical
exercise is very h... Read More
One of the fundamental keys to keeping our bodies fit is Strength and Flexibility. If we are
strong and flexible our bodies do a pretty good job of correcting themselves without the constant help of
chiropractors, massage therapist... Read More
As Follows are some lists on what we should eat and what we should not eat. Make a copy and decide how committed you would like to be. The benefits of eating healthy go beyond good taste and nutrition. There is even a spiritual component to eating heal... Read More
In the year 2000, the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine was awarded to Arvid Carlsson, Paul Greengard, and Eric R. Kandel for their work on memory and brain physiology. What they would describe as Neuorplasticity and Neurogenesis.
L... Read More
Consistent with our core principles, Western Botanicals, Inc. strives to provide high quality, safe products for all of our customers. We are dedicated to working with our customers and suppliers to meet consumer product safety requirements applicable ... Read More
Many have been diagnosed with high cholesterol. We are taught that high cholesterol is a condition that must be addressed because it is one of the leading indicators of heart disease. The number One killer in the United States. The medical comm... Read More
It is no secret that most of us (all of us?) are not doing everything that we should be doing for our health and happiness. We know we should be eating better. We know we should be exercising more. We know we should be getting more sleep at night. W... Read More
It is vital that we approach the future with optimism. The world is not going to end in 2012 (I promise). But the shiny standard of living that many are accustomed to is likely to end. I hope that we have all learned that it is not "things" and mater... Read More
Food and eating is one of life's daily pleasures that is discussed, planned, anticipated and savored. Unfortunately, those suffering with digestive distress too often view mealtime with anxiety, frustration and trepidation.
In order for you... Read More
My intent here is not to boast and wave in your face everything that we are doing in contrast to everything that you are not. But rather share with you how our lifestyle has evolved into something that is more sustainable both in terms of health and p... Read More
I think that few of us realize how polluted this world has really become. I'm not just talking about the smoggy skys. Truth be told, the smog levels may be better today than it was 40 years ago. What I am talking about is all of the unnatural chemic... Read More
Being prepared will reduce stress and anxiety as well as losses that may accompany disasters. Part of your prepared includes planning for various disasters or challenges. If you've taken inventory, gathered and organized what you've got, it will take ... Read More
Our bodies are designed so that when things are not right we have early warning signs. Warning signs may consist of aches and pains to fatigue and malaise. Far too many of us just don't feel well. When you don't feel well, when you are tired, when... Read More
What a wonderful blessing good health is. I am amazed at the resilience of the human body. The abuse it can withstand and keep on going. Likewise, I am astounded at the body's ability to restore, heal and rejuvenate itself. I remember talking with... Read More
It is important that each of us has access to a good first aid kit and that we know how to use it. Use a book such as Herbal First Aid and Health Care (by Kyle Christensen, DC, MH) or another good reference book as part of your first aid kit. ... Read More
It doesn't matter how you try, man-made vitamin supplements cannot match the combinations of compounds, which are found naturally in whole foods. Nutrients that are taken together as whole foods (minimally processed), contain substances (nutrients) th... Read More
I encourage people to eat better. To buy and eat fresh whole foods. Most are not opposed to this concept, however they are put off by what I call the convenience factor. Spending time in the kitchen preparing food takes too long and is not as conven... Read More
Walking to our car after my son's high school graduation, I noticed a couple of people complaining about the difficult walk and how their hearts were pounding. Mind you, the quarter mile walk from the football stadium to the parking lot would not give... Read More
We get up in the morning with uncertainty as to where the events of each day will take us. Economists tell us that our American economy has been falsely buoyed up for years and could easily collapse. Epidemiologists announce that a major outbreak of t... Read More
CTR: And Our bodies miraculous ability to heal
Injury is a fact of life. We get cut, burned, bruised and broken. Fortunately, our bodies are equipped to deal with trauma and can heal remarkably fast. Herbs can support that process.
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Make them a thing of the past! It's that time of year. You either love the bloom of Spring or you hate the allergies it brings. Let me help you understand some of the mystery that baffles and befuddles so many in regard to allergies. Allergies, in a... Read More
More than any other topic, I have read and written about food and diets. My wife and I have experimented with just about every reasonable diet that we have come across. From the very strict and restrictive (we followed macrobiotics strictly for over ... Read More
One of the nice things about preparedness is that in the broad sense it doesn't have to be disaster specific. When we get into the fine details there are some specific things to have on hand but by preparing the basics, you will be prepared for mo... Read More
When given a choice between taking an herb in a capsule or a liquid extract, most choose the capsule. After all capsules are convenient - just swallow with a sip or two of water. Capsules hide the taste of the herb - this is probably the primary reas... Read More
We stand at a crossroad and are faced with the choices of the well-trod path or the road less traveled. The path that the masses seem to be herded down is one of greater dependency on government with its attendant coverage plans, entitlement programs a... Read More
Life truly is about balance. Balance can be gauged physically, mentally, emotionally as well as spiritually. In terms of health, most of us focus on the physical. In the physical body, balance is sometimes discussed in terms of homeostasis. The chemis... Read More
In our over saturated age of information, it can be difficult discerning what is truth and what is marketing. Most of us would agree that too many big-businesses-for-profit are not opposed to distorting the truth in order to increase sales, profits or... Read More
It's just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past 10 years or so.
It all began because my husband Mike h... Read More
Several weeks ago a customer ordered from us over 200 different herbs. Thank you, we really do appreciate the business. However, as I reviewed this order, it became apparent to me what this customer was trying to accomplish. The order was for our b... Read More
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