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December 24, 2007 | By Elizabeth Aquino, Special to The Times
The herbs, tightly enclosed in a plastic bag then folded inside a brown paper bag, still manage to permeate the house with their earthy, overwhelming aroma. I store them in the laundry room off the kitchen, and when I open the pantry door, the odor always makes my nose twitch, however much I anticipate it. The herbs themselves are an interesting assortment of twigs; flat, brown things; a rind of something. One time I thought I saw the dried carapace of a bug. They are mushroom-like in color, uniformly brown and beige.
Before Tom Murdock founded a business that would grow into the nation's largest maker of herbal medicines, he found inspiration in Arizona's high desert. It was in the late 1960s and Murdock's wife, Lavoli, was gravely ill with cancer that hadn't responded to conventional treatments. Murdock had heard about a Navajo medicine man who touted a desert chaparral shrub as a remedy for ailments from colds to cancer.
August 12, 1986 | Herbert J. Vida
Ah, the splendor of herbs is just the right medicine for today's fast-food cooking crowd, says herbalist Joyce Smith of Fullerton, whose herb garden no doubt is the envy of her neighbors. It takes the place of her front lawn. "I spend about the same time on it as I would taking care of grass," she said while tending a garlic chives plant, one of the tasty specimens she grows in her tiered garden that includes roses for fragrance. "Instead of grass, I get something productive out of the land."
June 24, 2000 | EDGAR SANDOVAL
It all seemed too good to be true. A candle to bring me the love of my life? A prayer to bring me success? Tarot cards that would tell my future? The promises of the curandera struck me as absurd. But in Sylmar, in a Latino neighborhood where immigrants bring with them old customs, you don't want to dismiss them too lightly. Curanderos, or healers, practice a mix of Spanish, Native American, Greek and Arabic traditions; some dateback to the Maya and Inca civilizations.
August 11, 2005
THANKS so much for the article on seed catalogs, "Our Kind of Summer Reading," [Aug. 4]. The only one I was familiar with was Seeds of Change, so I am eager to explore the others. I want to share with you my current favorite seed catalog, Turtle Tree Seed company, offer biodynamic and organic seed, and list where the seed is cultivated in addition to offering good suggestions and descriptions. They offer vegetables, insect-attracting flowers, healing and culinary herbs, etc. I love these guys and hope you enjoy them too. ANNA BISSON Glendale
November 25, 2010 | Patrick Comiskey
We've all been there. It's the classic postprandial Thanksgiving moment, practically hallowed by time and tradition: You have pushed away your plate. You're just past the point of contentment, and your stomach, stretched to its limit, has just begun to talk back, maxed out on turkey, mincemeat, stuffings, pies, puddings, yams, mashed potatoes and a host of other starchy packing materials. You've downed several ounces of wine, which seems to have had no effect. That marvelous word of Greek origin, "dyspepsia," conveys your fluttery digestive state.
October 14, 2002 | Timothy Gower, Special to The Times
Herbs for prostate cancer? Doctors in this country have gone from ridiculing to recommending to once again rejecting the idea, all in a few years. But the debate over using natural therapy to treat this difficult disease is not over. Earlier this year, thousands of American men battling prostate cancer were stunned when the dietary supplement PC Spes was taken off the market.
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