Cozy Up With a Cup of Tea

cup-of-teaAlthough I love a cup (or three) of coffee in the morning, there is something about a cup of hot tea on a cold morning that I find so soothing. And I am not the only one! According to the Tea Association of the USA, Inc., tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water, and it can be found in almost 80% of all households in the United States.

And although Earl Grey is still the most popular, more robust teas are gaining popularity. Keep the chamomile and the peppermint tea in stock, but add these teas to your tea repertoire for different flavors and health benefits. Continue reading “Cozy Up With a Cup of Tea”

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Not Just a Weed: Health Benefits of Dandelion

IMGP4416My little guy has been presenting me with dandelions he picks on his way to school. To him, they aren’t unwelcome weeds on manicured lawns; to him, they are bright yellow flowers that make Mommy smile.

But they are also much more. Here are some of the health benefits of dandelion.

Digestive Aid: Dandelion roots and leaves have a bitter taste that stimulates the release of saliva and stomach acid, therefore increasing appetite. It also triggers a cascade of increased secretion of digestive juices throughout the gastrointestinal tract including bile and pancreatic secretions, both of which promote better digestion. In order to help with digestion, dandelion must be tasted, like when you take them in a tincture or tea.

Support Liver and Gallbladder Health: The dandelion plant is useful in the treatment of digestive disorders. The root of the plant stimulates the release of bile from the liver and gallbladder, which helps the body to digest fats. It also helps to flush the gallbladder and support the release of toxins by the liver. Because of this, dandelion is an excellent liver cleanser. At the same time, there is some evidence that dandelion may help to regulate cholesterol levels, which is also likely due to this bile flush response.

Urinary Tract Cleanser: Dandelion leaves act as a potassium-sparing diuretic and can be used to alleviate water retention such as retention that is due to PMS. This action also allows dandelion leaf to flush fluid through the kidneys, making it a good herb for cleansing the urinary tract.  Continue reading “Not Just a Weed: Health Benefits of Dandelion”

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5 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is only days away and if you haven’t found something special for your mom yet, Village Green Apothecary has wonderful gift ideas that are natural and that she will love.

1. Logona Free Body Lotion: FREE Body Lotion meets the unique requirements of highly sensitive, easily irritated skin. Premium botanical ingredients, such as sweet almond oil, jojoba, shea butter and burdock seed oil, nurture and protect the skin, and improve the balance of the skin’s oil and moisture levels. The neutral pH value reinforces the acid mantle and strengthens the skin resistance to negative environmental influences. FREE Body Lotion helps restore a more supple texture to your skin and produces a well cared for appearance.  Continue reading “5 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas”

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