Prove It!

I understand a lot of herbalism is still seen as hewie and hokey and well, for hippies. My hope is that by creating this site you, the reader, will see that it isn’t just mumbo-jumbo, but a different way to look at treating ailments, illnesses, and life without reaching for over-the-counter meds.

Please know that I firmly believe that there is a time when over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, and yes, antibiotics are needed. I am in no way saying that natural remedies are superior and the only way, but I am hoping that by posting the studies and research behind some of my posts, you will come to see that there may be another way to start out.

The research has been listed under the title of the posts (i.e. Teething Pain, Elderberry, etc.). Please feel free to search to find what you are looking for, if you can’t find something, please let me know and I will send the links directly to you.

Teething Pain:

Clove Oil: Alqareer, A., Alyahya, A., & Andersson, L., 2006. The effect of clove and benzocaine versus placebo as 2 topical anesthetics. Journal of Dentistry. 34:747-750.


St. Louise Children’s Hospital. Fever.

T. A. Mace, L. Zhong, C. Kilpatrick, E. Zynda, C.-T. Lee, M. Capitano, H. Minderman, E. A. Repasky. Differentiation of CD8+ T cells into effector cells is enhanced by physiological range hyperthermia. Journal of Leukocyte Biology, 2011; 90 (5): 951 DOI: 10.1189/jlb.0511229

Dr. Sears. Child Fevers.

Sullivan, Jance E. Fever and Antipyretic Use in Children. American Academy of Pediatrics, March 2011;  Revised: 108(4): 1020.

Wild Cherry Astragalus Lollipops:

Cohen, H., Rozen, J., Kristal, H., Laks, Y., Berkovirch, M., Uziel, Y., Kozer, E., Pomeranz, A., & Efrat, H. (2012). Effect of Honey on Nocturnal Cough and Sleep Quality: A Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study. Pediatrics.

Huang ZQ, Qin NP, Ye W (1995). Effect of Astragalus membranaceus on T-lymphocyte subsets in patients with viral myocarditis. Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi 15:328-330.

Paul IM., Beiler, J., McMoneagle, ML., Duda, L., & Berlin, CM. (2007). Effect of honey, dextromethorphan, and no treatment on nocturnal cough and sleep quality for coughing children and their parents. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 161:1140.

Stacia Clement-Kruzel, Shen-An Hwang, Mark C Kruzel, Amitava Dasgupta, & Jeffrey K Actor (2008). Immune modulation of macrophage pro-inflammatory response by goldenseal and Astragalus extracts. Journal of Medicinal Food. 11(3):493

Yang YZ, Jin PY, Guo Q, et al (1990). Effect of Astragalus membranaceus on natural killer cell activity and induction of alpha- and gamma-interferon in patients with Coxsackie B viral myocarditis. Chinese Medical Journal. 103:304-7.

Vitamin C Passion Tea:

Engels, Gayle (2007). Herb Profile: Hibiscus. HerbalGram.  American Botanical Council. 74:1-6

University of Michigan. Health System. Bitter Orange.

Dr. Mercola (2016). Eat Your Organic Orange Peels. 

The Commission E Monographs (1990). Cinnamon Bark. HerbalGram. American Botanical Council.

Gladstar, Rosemary (2012). Medicinal Herbs: Beginners Guide. Storey Publishing.

Elderberry Syrup:

Barak, V., Birkenfeld, S., Halperin, T., & Kalickman, I. (2002) The effect of herbal remedies on the production of human inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines. Israel Medical Journal. 4(11):919-922.

Barak, V., Halperin, T., & Kalickman, I. (2001) The effect of Sambucol, a black elderberry-based, natural product, on the production of human cytokines: I. Inflammatory cytokines. European Cytokine Network. 12(2):290-296.

Kinoshita, E., Hayashi, K., Katayama, H., Hayashi, T., & Obata, A. (2012) Anti-influenza virus effects of elderberry juice and its fractions. Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry. 76(9):1633-1638.

Roschek, B., Fink, R.C., McMichael, M.D., Li, D., & Alberte, R.S. (2009) Elderberry flavonoids bind to and prevent H1N1 infection in vitro. Phytochemistry. 70(10): 1255-1261.

Zakay-Rones, Z., Varsano, N., Ziotnik, M., Manor, O., Regev, L., Schlesinger, M., & Mumcuoglu, M. (1995) Inhibition of several strains of influenza virus in vitro and reduction of symptoms by an elderberry extract (Sambucus nigra L.) during an outbreak of influenza B Panama. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 1(4): 361-369.

 Vitamin C:

National Institute of Health(2016). Health Information: Vitamin C. National Institute of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements.

Mayo Clinic (2013). Vitamin C (absorbic acid) Dosing.

Mental Stress During Holidays:

Hawkins, Jessie (2013). Understanding Holistic Health. Vintage Remedies. Franklin, TN. Pg 73.

Dr David G Ward (2006). Stress.

Hawkins, Jessie (2010). The Vintage Remedies Guide to Real Food. Thistle Publications. Pg 142-143.

University of Michigan Medical Center (1997). Astragalus. A.D.A.M. Inc..

Darbinyan, V. (2000). Rhodiola rosea in stress induced fatigue — a double blind cross-over study of a standardized extract SHR-5 with a repeated low-dose regimen on the mental performance of healthy physicians during duty. Phytomedicine. 7(5):365-71.


Amagase, Harunobu (2006). Clarifying the Real Bioactive Constituents of Garlic. The Journal of Nutrition.

Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center. Garlic. Oregon State University.


Vitamin D:

Aranow, C (2011). Vitamin D and the Immune System. Journal of Investigative Medicine. 59(6):881-6. doi: 10.2310/JIM.0b013e31821b8755.


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