American Wintergreen – Gaultheria Procumbens

American Wintergreen, or Gaultheria procumbens, is a perennial, evergreen shrub native to North America from Alabama to Manitoba. It is also known as teaberry, boxberry, mountain tea, and wintergreen. It is used both in an essential oil and tea form, made from fresh leaves. American Wintergreen contains high quantities of methyl salicylate, a naturally occurring chemical similar to aspirin. Oil of Wintergreen, or wintergreen essential oil, contains up to 98% methyl salicylate. Learn more about Wintergreen oil and tea!

Green Tea, and Its Role in Autoimmune Disease

Often we hear that green tea is a wonder drug: it prevent cancer, it prevents dementia, it prevents degenerative diseases, it clears your skin, it wins you the lottery… almost. Green tea, and its popular component EGCG, have been shown to actively treat some autoimmune disorders in humans. In others, though, it can worsen the READ MORE

Eczema Friendly Foaming Hand Soap

Like many people with autoimmune disease, other little autoimmune-related syndromes just happen. There is always some add-on, some new extra annoyance to deal with. Syndromes and symptoms change over time, and we have to adapt to keep up. Eczema is one of my little annoyances that I have to deal with every winter. I find READ MORE

Homeopathy, Herbalism, Naturopathy, and Medicinal Botany: Part 1

What is which and which one works? What about Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine? How do we know what to trust, and how do you know you can trust this site to tell you? What are the limitations to modern science? To start to answer these questions, first we need to define what these practices READ MORE

Essential Oils and Cats

While I was planning on writing about my Anti-Spider Spray, I realized that the heart of the article was really about protecting my cats from certain essential oils. Most homemade bug sprays calls for peppermint oil, lemon oil, or both – which, as we’ll see, isn’t good for our feline family members. But that doesn’t READ MORE

DIY Pain Relief Oil – “Mountain Lion Balm”

Everyone had aches and pains, whether they struggle with chronic illness or not, and every drug company out there has a goop to fix it. These products work great, inside their narrow scope. The product manufacturers would much rather you spend $5 – $10 or more each time something hurts. Instead, you can create a READ MORE