• Should You Be Paraben Free?

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    What are Parabens? Parabens are a group of popular preservatives that are found in a wide variety of products. You may see them written towards the end of the ingredient list sometimes as Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Isopropylparaben or others ending in "paraben". Used in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries for a number of years, they have a lengthy and somewhat controversial history. So, what is really...
  • How to Make Immune Boosting Elderberry Syrup

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    Elderberries are prized for their high antioxidant concentration and are widely used to help combat cold and flu symptoms. Make this simple and flavorful syrup and boost immunity, fight cold and flu symptoms while enjoying the antioxidant rich, herbal sweetness!    Make Your Own Flu Fighting Syrup From Home So why syrup? There are a couple reasons that these berries, which can be prepared...
  • Herbs for Weight Loss

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      Although there is no magic pill that will melt excess weight away, here are some herbs that can help you in your quest to reach a healthy weight. Some are mild diuretics and work by reducing water weight, while others have a thermogenic effect (increase heat through metabolic stimulation) and increase metabolism. A few can even reduce your feelings of hunger. Like anything...
  • What is Belladonna? A History of Deadly Nightshade

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    Atropa Belladonna has a long history of use as a medicine, cosmetic, and even as a poison. Deadly Nightshade or Belladonna is one herb not for the novice witch or backyard herbalist. It has a well earned, hauntingly beautiful past and produces poisonous alkaloids that if not carefully cultivated can be deadly.    The History and Folklore of the Deadly Nightshade Plant  Deadly Nightshade, has...
  • Editorial - San Diego Local Beauty Businesses by Jen Bergren

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    San Diego Local Beauty Businesses POSTED ON MAY 4, 2017 BY JEN BERGREN  Supporting local businesses is always a good idea! Here are several local San Diego beauty brands you can feel good about purchasing and adding to your daily routine:KopariKopari Beauty products have a 100% organic coconut oil base and include a coconut melt, coconut balm, cleansing oil, body glow, lip gloss, and more....
  • A Research Herbalist in Little Italy

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