Thyroid Awareness

January is Thyroid Awareness Month, and we invited guest blogger Mary Shomon – a patient advocate and New York Times bestselling author of 15 books on hormonal health – to share her thoughts about the health benefits of Maca for thyroid patients.

Cold and Flu have nothing on you with Royal Camu!

Strengthening your immune system is essential in weathering the winter and is an even bigger priority now, as we’re facing the triple threat of colds, flu, and other viruses. As if this year needed any more drama, contracting one illness could potentially leave us vulnerable to catching others.

We’re in the middle of an invisible battle and it’s critical to level-up a defensive strategy. By being proactive and following a consistent plan we can ensure our front-line soldiers (our immune cells) are well-nourished and can go the distance.

While hot soups, citrus fruits, or synthetic Vitamin C are some of the most common go-to’s, there is a holistic, formidable ally you may not be aware of Camu Camu.

7 Ways to Help Your Daughter Avoid Breast Cancer

Here are seven ways you can help your daughter of any age (and yourself) avoid being part of those statistics.

Desmodium Adscendens: The Plant That Helps Us Breathe Better

Many of you are understandably searching for natural and holistic ways to support your lung health and complement the current COVID therapeutics offered by conventional medicine. This is leading more people to discover a therapeutic botanical, Desmodium adscendens. I wanted to share my almost two decades of experience with this extraordinary medicinal plant.

How Can Chanca Piedra Help You?

This month we are featuring for you our Royal Chanca Piedra™ product. Traditionally, this botanical has been used for toxic liver, hepatitis, excess uric acid, gall bladder stones and kidney stones.* Read below to discover the many health benefits this botanical has to offer you and those you love.

Making Maca Work for You

One of the most popular supplements and natural food products in recent years is the root vegetable known as Maca. For centuries, Maca has been grown at high altitudes in the Peruvian Andes, where it’s still harvested, heated, and dried according to time-tested methods. Peruvians have long used Maca as a traditional remedy for a variety of health issues, including low libido, fertility, premenstrual syndrome, menopause, fatigue symptoms, and mood issues, among others.

Camu-Aid to the Rescue!

Botanicals like Camu Camu (Myrciaria dubia) and Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa) are widely used in naturopathic (natural medicine) circles for their antiviral and immune system-supporting properties. Camu Camu is the most potent source of natural Vitamin C on the planet, making it a powerhouse for immune system support. Desmodium (Desmodium adscendens) is another wonderful botanical that, while not known for its antiviral properties, promotes healthy lung function, relieves congestion, and promotes easy breathing – a major issue in both bacterial and viral pneumonia and a host of other upper and lower respiratory illnesses, including bronchitis and the common cold.

Forests are essential for a green recovery from COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an unprecedented toll on lives and economies around the world. As countries continue to work to turn the tide of the pandemic, plans and measures are being put in place to set us on the path to a green recovery. Forests have a key role to play in these efforts.

COVID-19: 5 Things You Can Do to Take Care of Yourself and Others

Oxfam is one of my favorite international charities. They have a very low administrative overhead and do very effective work around the world, much of it famine relief. Their suggestions for how we can all help during this novel coronavirus pandemic are simple, yet impactful. I pass it on to you, as I think you will also be moved by it.

Of course, it is important to take the social distancing, hand washing, and immune system strengthening seriously, but to help maintain our sanity, it can be helpful – and even uplifting – to take a larger perspective on COVID-19. Oxfam’s “5 Things You Can do to Help” illustrates how we can support one another and focus on the amazing people who are coming together as a global community to fight this disease.

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COVID-19: 5 things you can do to help

As COVID-19 continues to spread in communities near and far, it can feel overwhelming and scary. But there are ways we can cope with this health crisis together. No one individual, community, or country can deal with this challenge alone. We must work together, in our communities and across borders, with dignity and compassion.

Here are five ways you can help:

  1. Take care of yourself: Stay healthy, stay active, stay calm, and wash your hands.
  2. Take care of others: Stay home to help flatten the curve and give our healthcare workers the best chance to handle this. Check in on neighbors, friends, and family. Make video calls. Ask how you can help.
  3. Support small businesses, responsibly: Get takeout or delivery directly from your favorite local restaurants. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that, you can buy gift cards from them or other local shops.
  4. Donate to organizations helping people most affected by COVID-19: Support your local food bank, check Charity Navigator for a list of highly-rated charities supporting communities around the world, or support Oxfam’s relief efforts, including our work to deliver clean water, soap, and sanitation services to refugees and people living in high-risk environments.
  5. Push for policies that will help all of us succeed together: We are calling on federal and state legislators to urgently provide for paid sick leave, free coronavirus testing, and food assistance for low-income families and children. As the economy takes a staggering blow, we need to make immediate, large-scale investments that benefit working families and provide sensible, sustainable economic stimulus.

In these challenging times, we at Oxfam hope that you and your loved ones are staying healthy, active, and safe. We are thankful for the strong reaction shown by the Oxfam community in support of our efforts to respond to this public health crisis – we couldn’t do any of our work without you.

Images courtesy of PikRepo, Oxfam