All posts by Kathleen Hembree

Chickweed and skin care.

Here are links to some articles on the benefits of chickweed.

Chickweed profile:

Herbs for Men’s Health.

Here are studies on herbs that help with urinary tract issues and a man’s reproductive system:

Saw Palmetto Berry:    Serenoa Repens, lycopene and selenium: a triple therapeutic approach to manage benign prostatic hyperplasia.  Serenoa repens, lycopene and selenium versus tamsulosin for the treatment of LUTS/BPH. An Italian multicenter double-blinded randomized study between single or combination therapy (PROCOMB trial).   Serenoa repens for benign prostatic hyperplasia.   REVIEWER’S CONCLUSIONS:  The evidence suggests that Serenoa repens provides mild to moderate improvement in urinary symptoms and flow measures. Serenoa repens produced similar improvement in urinary symptoms and flow compared to finasteride and is associated with fewer adverse treatment events. The long term effectiveness, safety and ability to prevent BPH complications are not known. The results of this update are in agreement with our initial review.

NOTE: This is 3 of at least 64 studies on the NCBI PubMed site.

Mullein:  UHPLC-ESI-MS/MS and GC-MS Analyses on Phenolic, Fatty Acid and Essential Oil of Verbascum pinetorum with Antioxidant, Anticholinesterase, Antimicrobial and DNA Damage Protection Effects.  Verbascoside–a review of its occurrence, (bio)synthesis and pharmacological significance.

NOTE: This is 2 of at least 11 studies of Mullein.

Parsley:  Parsley: a review of ethnopharmacology, phytochemistry and biological activities.

NOTE: This is 1 of at least 17 studies of Parsley.

Decide for yourself if herbs can help a man’s health.


Snoring and Essential Oils.

Here are links tostudies I found:     Proven essential oils for snoring.   Best essential oils for snoring.   The use of essential oils to treat snoring.     Abstract: Snoring is a very common social inconvenience. This double-blind study suggests a significant reduction in snoring reported by bed partners in a group of snoring volunteers using either an essential oil spray or gargle formulation. Possible modes of action of the essential oils are discussed.


Raspberry Leaf and Women.

Here are links to some studies I have found:   Herbal medicine use in pregnancy: results of a multinational study.  In vitro inhibition of human CYP1A2, CYP2D6, and CYP3A4 by six herbs commonly used in pregnancy.   Raspberry Leaf info from Austrailia   University of Michigan Health System

This on is worth exploring:


Herbs and their benefits.

I have included here some links to studies I found on various herbs

“Rose Hip”   Antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of native Rosa sp. from British Columbia, Canada.

Rose hip inhibits chemotaxis and chemiluminescence of human peripheral blood neutrophils in vitro and reduces certain inflammatory parameters in vivo.

“Peppermint” Aqueous extracts from peppermint, sage and lemon balm leaves display potent anti-HIV-1 activity by increasing the virion density.

“Thyme”   Antioxidant and antihypertensive activity of extract from Thymus serpyllum L. in experimental hypertension.   Anti-tumorigenic activity of five culinary and medicinal herbs grown under greenhouse conditions and their combination effects.    Impact of thymol in thyme extracts on their antispasmodic action and ciliary clearance.