Researchers believe certain parasitic infections help to regulate the immune system by increasing regulatory T-cells.
Disease, Disorders, and Illnesses
Don’t Let Ulcerative Colitis Get You Down. Try These Natural Methods to Ease Symptoms and Boost Your Mood.
Ulcerative colitis can be a challenging condition with flare ups caused by stress and trigger foods, affecting both body and mind.
Science has something to say about the impact of sugar on your brain and body. Here are some ways to break the sugar habit once and for all.
What is Diverticulitis? Often called "the disease of modern man", diverticulitis is a condition that gives rise to severe abdominal pain, typically on the lower left side. It is caused when the pouches along your digestive tract become infected and inflamed. While...
There are several preventative steps that can significantly slow the progression and symptoms of cataracts, including diet and supplements.
Considering a ketogenic diet for autoimmunity? Research has shown it can be beneficial, neuroprotective, and is known to calm inflammation.
The Link Between Poor Cognitive Health & Viral Illness It has long been known in the scientific community that viral infection can cause cognitive and mood changes — anyone who has felt brain fog, depression, insomnia, and general irritability during a bout with a...
Health Fact or Fiction? Although dairy has long been linked to increased inflammation in health and wellness circles, researchers are now finding that this is not the case. In fact, it may have beneficial effects that help to reduce inflammation, especially when...
Exploring different methods for preserving and strengthening bones, including vitamins and minerals, lifestyle, and herbal medicine.
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive modality that may lead to improved relaxation, fewer fibromyalgia symptoms, and more benefits.
A parasite is an organism that sources their food from humans or animals, and they’re not just limited to exotic locations.
Learn how strengthening the gut and microbiome can help to improve oral health and reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease.
We have much more control over our health than previously thought — even when we have a strong family history of disease.
If you are having issues with tooth decay or gum issues, good news! Many times you can reverse the damage through diet and lifestyle practices.
Explore natural remedies and lifestyle recommendations that help to address chronic pain so that you can feel better quickly.
Researchers Have Just Uncovered Another Piece of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Puzzle: Your Microbiome
Recent studies by the U.S. National Institutes of Health found that microbiome dysbiosis may be the root cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Inflammation, Viral Illness, and Mood Disorders Throughout the pandemic, many underlying health concerns were highlighted as they contributed to poorer outcomes for severe acute respiratory syndrome. Pre-existing chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, kidney...
Researchers are testing unique ways to address food allergies, including healing the microbiome with a compound called butyrate.
Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disorder that causes weakness in skeletal muscles when communication with nerve cells is disrupted.
The Root Cause of Neurological Conditions The basal ganglia is an area of the brain that we typically do not give much thought to unless it becomes dysfunctional and impacts our movement or emotional and mental wellbeing. It is most famously known to be involved in...
Donkey milk is a pharmafood, sought after for both for its sweet and clean taste and a wide range of health benefits.
Nicole Apelian’s journey to navigating the emotional and physical aspects of MS, and how she thrives in spite of it.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is known worldwide as a severe retroviral infection that causes the destruction of the immune system.
Guillain-Barré Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks the nervous system, leading to muscle weakness and numbness.
Leaky brain syndrome occurs when the blood brain barrier is compromised, causing inflammation, mood disorders, chronic fatigue, and more.
Lifestyle, dietary, and herbal support for SIBO, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, a gut dysfunction condition.
Intermittent fasting boasts many health benefits, but a new study sheds light on possible negative impacts of the practice for women.
A brief look at the differences between manufactured citric acid and naturally sourced, along with the possible health implications for both.
Wild and wonderful gut bacteria, how they can make (or break) your health, and new research showing that exercise can boost your microbiome.
New findings could revolutionize how Alzheimer’s is treated, possibly even preventing this devastating disease.
Tune in with interoception, the sense involving subtle signals sent from the cardiovascular system, gut, lungs, bladder, and kidneys.
Take active steps to fortify yourself against poor health and maintain your well being during the winter season.
Celiac disease is an ancient autoimmune disorder with 1 in 100 people diagnosed worldwide and an estimated 2.5 million undiagnosed in the US.
Study finds that children who regularly interact with nature have more robust microbiomes and lower risk of developing autoimmune diseases.
Ready to reap the benefits of eastern white pine? Identification tips, what and when to harvest, and its edible and medicinal uses.
Natural approaches to symptom management for calming lupus flares, including diet, lifestyle habits, helpful supplements, and herbs.
Microbiome support with a fiber-rich diet, stress reduction practices, and herbal remedies may lead to a healthier, happier life.
Could naturally occurring lithium, or the lack thereof, impact rates of autism and mood/cognitive disorders?
Learn why managing blood sugar is important not only for those with diabetes, but also to maintain heart and cognitive health.
Lifestyle habits and herbal remedies may reduce seasonal affective disorder (SAD) symptoms, including flagging energy and brain fog.
Examining a multi-pronged approach to Cushing’s Syndrome, a multiple-symptom condition which impacts 10-15 million people every year.
The practice of releasing resentment, anger, and hostility, or forgiveness, has been proven to impact health and happiness.
New science explains how meal timing plays a major role in energy expenditure, appetite, and pathways within fat tissue.
Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders (PANDAS) seriously impact learning, memory, and school performance.
Gut health is a vital factor in avoiding chronic disease. Learn how to encourage microbial diversity for ourselves and future generations.
Nicole shares tips for collecting, storing, and purifying water, so you can be prepared in any circumstance.
When you eat, the tiny bacteria that make up your microbiome respond by sending biochemicals up to the brain — for better or worse.
Improved Health in Only 3 Minutes Sometimes the most simple interventions are the most effective solution for health issues. And one of the best examples of this is a technique called Senobi Breathing Exercise (SBE). Gentle yet powerful, this method only takes three...
Did you know? A glutamate imbalance in the brain may worsen neurological issues, anxiety, insomnia, ADHD, and multiple sclerosis conditions.
Identify and harvest the tasty, nutritious Black Walnut, and learn more about its powerful medicinal uses. Tincture recipe included!
Homemade sauerkraut is a simple and budget-friendly way to boost your microbiome health, and also improve mood, immunity, and weight loss.
Looking at what science has to say about the benefits of cold therapy, and how to safely incorporate this practice into your wellness regimen.
Nicole’s favorite methods for creating balance during autumn, strengthening yourself against contagious illness, and fortifying your lungs.
Learn what science has to say about the powerful impact of spending time in nature on your physical and mental health.
How to locate, harvest, and prepare the impossible-to-miss Amanita muscaria mushroom safely during your foraging adventures!
Natural methods to decrease chronic inflammation and address underlying issues that may be contributing factors.
The fragility of our supply chain for essentials has the average person thinking preparedness isn’t just for those living off-grid anymore
Certain lifestyle habits, herbal remedies, and diet changes can significantly reduce hair loss and encourage healthy growth.
Suffering from sleep apnea? It’s important to address the underlying causes sooner rather than later to avoid chronic health issues.
The heavy impact refined sugar has on brain function, and how to remedy our addiction to this widespread additive.
A review of remedies that lessen the length and severity of migraines, and the triggers that may bring them on.
Dietary and lifestyle choices, along with medicinal herbs, can help manage the symptoms of gout, a chronic inflammatory disease.
Tried and true methods that support a smooth transition back to school, while also supporting a happy, healthy, and focused school year.
Simple suggestions to minimize the negative impacts of smartphone use, and cognitive-boosting tips to help to protect the brain.
Natural methods to address vertigo, a condition that leaves you feeling as though you are spinning, tilting, or off-balance with dizziness.
Exploring the possible causes for abnormal post menopausal bleeding, along with the benefits and risks of hormonal replacement therapy (HRT).
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an accumulation of extra fat in the liver, and it’s on the rise.
A new study found that type 2 diabetes is associated with accelerated brain aging and cognitive decline. Can herbs safeguard our brain health?
“Post Recovery Syndrome”, Autoimmunity, Cancer, and More Linked with Epstein-Barr Virus. Here’s How to Defeat it.
The common Epstein-Barr virus may be associated with cancer, autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, and “post recovery syndrome.”
For those without autoimmune disorders, Rhodiola rosea, or golden root, can help to address a wide range of health complaints.
Reviewing factors that may lead to better treatment and health outcomes for those impacted by chronic fatigue syndrome.
Bladderwrack, a common type of seaweed, is a nutritional powerhouse and can be used for a variety of medicinal and beauty purposes.
Science has found that gardening has a range of healthy benefits, from weight loss to improved physical and cognitive wellbeing.
A new study finds that global warming will significantly reduce sleep quality around the globe, but we can take steps to minimize the impact.
Experience the pleasure of the feel-good neurotransmitter, dopamine, in a health-affirming way by shifting habits and choices.
Explore the wild world of sourdough fermentation and learn how this ancient technique can yield delicious bread that is good for you!
Learn why the balance between glutamate and GABA in the brain has a profound impact on our mental health and physical well-being.
Bilberry is a powerhouse of nutrition and medicinal uses this is a berry that everyone should get to know!
Learn how to keep your summer skin healthy, hydrated, and protected, without the drawbacks of synthetic ingredients.
A researcher set out on a quest to document the secret of blue zones, regional populations of long-lived and exceedingly healthy people.
Simple lifestyle choices and natural remedies that are highly effective in addressing hair loss and slow growth.
Symptoms of GERD, an extreme form of acid reflux, may be calmed with diet and lifestyle adjustments, as well as herbal medicine.
Explore a few of Nicole’s favorite go-to condiments that will elevate your meals to a whole new level of flavor and nutrition.
Why Choosing the Correct Oil is Important With so many different types of oils to choose from, it can be difficult to know which one is best and how to use it properly. If you are struggling with autoimmunity or another health challenge, it is particularly important...
Don’t take your vision for granted! Learn about simple methods, like medicinal herbs and lifestyle, that can support healthy eyesight.
An increasing number of medical professionals have begun writing “nature prescriptions” for their patients.
Yarrow is a wonder herb for infectious illness, wounds, dental pain, fever, menstrual complaints, anxiety, swellings, and more!
Lifestyle and dietary choices, time in nature, CBD, and other medicinal herbs are Nicole’s go-tos for taming chronic inflammation.
Learn about holy basil, a perennial herb that is often grown for both religious and medicinal use, and can be enjoyed in multiple ways.
Daily constant stress can cause health issues like weight gain, anxiety, depression, headaches, insomnia, brain fog, and heart disease.
Beginner or seasoned gardener? Dig in and explore beautiful and useful plants to grow a backyard pharmacy right outside your door.
Nature inspires feelings that connect us to each other and the environment, here’s a practice to foster that connection.
Suffering from more than the occasional instance of brain fog? Explore these recommendations that can help you regain clarity and sharpness.
Seeking safe, natural support for symptoms of endometriosis, PCOS or uterine fibroids? A dietary shift and medicinal herbs may provide relief!
Butterbur is a perennial, delicious wild food that is famously known for its ability to reduce the frequency and severity of migraines.
Learn about the waste clearance system that helps to detoxify your brain and plays an important role in supporting cognitive health.
Skin ailments like eczema and psoriasis are on the rise as people struggle with leaky gut syndrome, autoimmune conditions, and other factors.
The butterfly-shaped thyroid gland may be tiny but it’s powerful, and malfunctions can cause a cascade of significant health issues.
A new study could lend hope in diagnosing ALS before the onset of the disease and offers the possibility of a novel method for treatment.
Tinnitus is a common condition affecting an estimated 50 million Americans. In some cases, anxiety and neuroinflammation may be the cause.
Winter morphs into spring, and the big maple leaf blooms are emerging here in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about these versatile flowers.
Addressing the state of your gut microbiome is an important aspect of healing if you struggle with depression, anxiety, brain fog.
Time for a spring detox? The liver is one of your hardest working organs and should be the focus of any detoxification effort.
An exciting new study shows that a past viral infection with Epstein-Barr, a type of herpes virus, may be the cause of multiple sclerosis.
Germ theory, terrain theory, or a mix of both? The science is clear: the health of the gut is essential for mental and physical health.
Living with an inflammatory gut condition? Take heart! Pain, inflammation, motility issues & gut health can be improved with medicinal herbs.
Dandelion is an herbal powerhouse for a range of conditions – pretty impressive for a common backyard ‘weed’!
Red light therapy is a unique treatment that can help to improve skin quality, reduce inflammation, and boost mental health.
Gratitude is a powerful practice for our overall health and well-being. It can transform our daily lives, even in the workplace.
Practical ways to manage belly fat and reduce the risk of chronic disease so we begin the new year on the right foot.
These three superfoods can help you get back on track after the holidays, and also improve immunity, inflammation, and brain function.
Dive into one of Nicole Apelian’s favorite superfoods for healthy living – if you’ve never tried seaweed, you are in for a treat!
Connection is a crucial part of our emotional and physical health, and the holidays are a great time to strengthen social bonds.
Explore mistletoe’s long history of use for a variety of health issues, as well as a review of safety guidelines.
Yoga is a wonderful practice for both mental and physical wellbeing, and its benefits are well backed by science.
Dig in and explore the active steps that can be taken to maintain and improve brain health, memory, and cognition.
Explore this collection of dietary tips and favorite herbs for maintaining (or re-establishing) kidney health.
Elderberry is one of the best antiviral herbs on the planet – it’s an all-around powerful remedy that should be in every medicine cabinet!
Being in a constant state of activity has a negative impact on physical and mental wellbeing – prioritize slowing down for overall health.
The holiday season is fast approaching, do you have a game plan to support yourself through this busy time?
A selection of several medicinal herbs and lifestyle tips that can help to support a healthier life with diabetes.
Learn about the powerful herbs that can help to support and fortify your immune system this holiday season and beyond.
Natural remedies and a shift in lifestyle practices can offer much-needed relief for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
The vagus nerve affects your breathing, digestion, immune system, and heart rate – its proper functioning is crucial for your well-being!
Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition that has no cure, but an anti-inflammatory diet and herbal remedies may be helpful.
After addressing environmental mold problems, the next step is to detoxify from mold exposure and subsequent mycotoxins.
Manage menopausal symptoms and support hormonal balance using select medicinal herbs and adjusting lifestyle habits.
Actively practicing empathy and compassion can help us to to get a handle on our anger, and to remember the we are all in this together.
Compelling research is showing that an intermittent fasting practice may greatly influence and enhance immune response.
Breakthroughs in the world of prion disease point to lungwort lichen, and others, as an area where further research is needed.
Medicinal herbs are a safe and effective avenue for preventing and treating herpes and shingles outbreaks.
Undiagnosed autoimmune disease, leaky gut, adrenal fatigue, and other factors can make it difficult to achieve your weight loss goals.
Gratitude is a profound habit that can transform your life. A growing body of research shows how it may also impact your physical health.
Back-to-school can be a stressful time. Medicinal herbs may help fortify against illness and soothe overstimulated nervous systems.
Lyme Disease is the top vector-borne disease in the United States – learn about the many herbal options for healing.
Medicinal herbal remedies are an excellent choice for support along the journey to regaining your energy and vibrancy.
Current research shows that diet can influence mental well-being and has uncovered some surprising correlations.
Top herbal formulations to help fortify and strengthen immune function during summer travel and seasons of illness.
The 5G telecom rollout is in full-swing, and many are questioning the safety of this electric and magnetic field producing technology.
Detailed information on several herbal remedies that are powerful allies for keeping your respiratory system healthy and strong.
All about bog/alpine blueberries – a power-packed superfood which can help protect you against cancer, aging, and cardiovascular disease.
Herbal remedies can help us lead vibrant lives by boosting energy, calming inflammation, improving vision, and clarifying the mind.
Always exhausted, gaining weight, craving sweet or salty foods, and experiencing brain fog? You may be suffering from adrenal fatigue.
For those who struggle with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, medicinal herbs are a powerful ally for addressing the maze of life-disrupting symptoms.
Ancient herbal remedies are experiencing a strong resurgence today as people seek natural solutions for their health challenges.
Keep mosquitos and other biting insects at bay so that you and your family can enjoy the great outdoors without worrying about pests.
Studies have shown Japanese Honeysuckle to exhibit immune boosting, anti-inflammatory, and anti-depressant health benefits.
Cooling herbs can help with symptoms brought on by the hot summer months, like flaring tempers, bloating, inflammation, and fatigue.
Chinese Skullcap: A Traditional Medicinal Herb That Tackles Cancer, Inflammation, Allergies, and Anxiety
Chinese skullcap is a medicinal herb that has unique health benefits and is an outstanding remedy for a host of afflictions.
Understanding the process of grief, and how self-care, aromatherapy, and medicinal herbs can support the healing journey.
When you’re ready to experience sound, rejuvenating sleep, medicinal herbs offer a safe and effective alternative to pharmaceutical drugs.
This beautiful medicinal mushroom is a phenomenal botanical – boasting benefits for issues ranging from inflammation to heart health.
Japanese Knotweed: A Mighty Medicinal Herb For Respiratory Health, Inflammation, Lyme Disease, and Much More
This botanical may be an invasive weed, but it is also known to help prevent and treat a number of health disorders.
Tips to help you cultivate a successful organic garden and put your own fresh and healthy produce on the table.
Research has shown that there is a strong link between blood sugar and both brain and cardiovascular health.
Usnea is an outstanding herbal remedy and the go-to herb for keeping healthy during cold and flu season and when traveling or in crowds.
Here are seven herbal remedies that may calm allergies and help you to stop and smell everything this glorious spring season.
A discussion of scientific and anecdotal evidence that explain how, and why, a sense of purpose is crucial for wellness.
Nicole talks emergency preparedness, and the items that are crucial to have on hand whenever you leave home.
Nicole’s Travel Pack is a potent herbal trinity made up of Usnea Lichen and Elderberry Tinctures, and All-Purpose (First Aid) Salve.
On cultivating a sense of community in our lives, and enjoying the benefits of true connection with others.
A loyal customer shares her and her family’s ongoing success with a range of herbal products from Nicole’s Apothecary.
Nicole shares highlights of her nature connection, ancestral knowledge, natural wellness, and survival skills journey.
Boost energy, calm Inflammation, and regulate blood sugar with Cordyceps, a miracle mushroom with an impressive range of benefits.
Nicole discusses how diet, exercise, herbal remedies, and more have all helped to keep her mind clear and sharp throughout her MS journey.
Leaky Gut Syndrome is associated with increased intestinal permeability. Learn more about herbal and diet support for this condition.
All about elderberry, why it’s one of the most imporant herbs you can use during the cold & flu season, and Nicole’s top 3 uses.
Diet, intermittent fasting, and herbal support are crucial elements in reducing Nicole’s MS symptoms and maintaining her active life.
Research highlights the connection between physical activity and brain function in MS patients, and the impact fitness can have on symptoms.
St. John’s Wort is a yellow-flowered botanical known for easing depression and anxiety, but it’s also an exceptional anti-inflammatory.
Lion’s Mane mushroom is an outstanding medicinal herbal remedy, providing stress and anxiety support, boosting energy, and reducing fatigue.
Approximately 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme Disease annually, Wild Teasel may help with prevention and to support treatment.
These 6 herbs help maintain lung health, boost immunity, and reduce fevers – supporting overall well-being throughout the winter and beyond.
If you suffer from an autoimmune disorder, it’s important to tread carefully when using herbs like echinacea, goldenseal, and astragalus.
Reishi mushroom helps to strengthen the body against the negative effects of stress and encourages healthy immune function.
Evidence has shown Reishi, Lion’s Mane, and Turkey Tail to be effective in regulating immune responses in folks with autoimmune conditions.
Lemon balm is a fragrant, citrusy, natural remedy to soothe mind, body, and spirit – a health promoting powerhouse!
Dr. Nicole shares 7 protective and therapeutic herbs that ease anxiety, address respiratory complaints, and help repair lung damage.
It’s not a weed, it’s plantain, Nicole’s #1 go-to plant! Plantain is edible and its medicinal uses include help for stings, bites, rashes, and splinters.
The entire dandelion plant, commonly regarded as a weed, is edible, nutritious, and can be used for myriad medicinal purposes.
Borage is an edible and medicinal plant with blue flowers. It’s a great addition to your garden as it brings in pollinators and butterflies – bees love it!
Our Earth is a reservoir of abundant edible and medicinal mushrooms possessing many health benefits. Fungi boast enormous potential when it comes to maintaining your mental and physical well-being. Mushrooms have a high medicinal and nutritional value that aids in...
Ursolic Acid is found in Aronia Berries, and new studies show it to be an exciting new area of Multiple Sclerosis research.
(Guest Blog by Jennifer Bell) Hashimoto’s, a disease in which the immune system attacks the thyroid; resulting in hormone level issues, is a hard disease to deal with. If you or a loved one are dealing with Hashimoto’s, it’s likely that you’ve tried various treatments...
Guest Post by Dr. Brent Wells, D.C. Rheumatoid Arthritis (also known as RA) begins when your immune system attacks and lines the thin layer of tissue that is located near your joints. Usually, joints are affected the worst, but in some cases, it can also spread...
Dr. Nicole discusses the daily regimen that works best for her body and lifestyle to manage Multiple Sclerosis.
The First Signs of Multiple Sclerosis I received my Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis in early 2000. I remember it very clearly. The year was 1999. I was thirty years old. I was boarding a plane to Wisconsin to visit my stepfather, who had just been given three months to...
Mind-Body Connection We all know that emotional stress can cause physiological responses in the body via the nervous and hormonal systems, illustrating the mind-body connection. These physical responses kick off a cascade of reactions in the body that often lead to...
Back-to-school season is a mixed blessing – we’ve had all summer to enjoy more time outdoors with a less scheduled, less hectic, more free-range lifestyle that the extended break from school affords, but now it’s time to put a little more structure in place and for...
When my youngest son was 10 years old, he helped me create this video about emergency preparedness for kids and what's in his own emergency preparedness kit. He's 12 now, and he still carries these items every single day. He keeps them in his backpack during the...
There are a few things I keep on me AT ALL TIMES - I used all caps to really emphasize that I carry these items every day without exception. These are the items I would want to have on hand if I was stranded due to an accident or car breakdown, inclement weather,...
Holistic Health What is holistic health? It is knowing your own body and taking charge of it as a complete entity, not as a specific disease. Yes, it’s diet, it’s supplements, it’s herbal medicine, it’s exercise, it’s lifestyle, it’s gratitude, it’s “alternative”...
Hi Nicole, I have RRMS (Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis. I was diagnosed about ten years ago and have been taking injections of Copaxone ever since. It makes travel difficult and it makes me wonder, how do you manage your own Multiple Sclerosis medications...
Dr. Nicole, I knew I should have ordered from your apothecary back in November, but I've been procrastinating, and now I'm sick with chest congestion. I had three "standard" doctor's visits last week and I'm going to blame that on catching a bug since I hardly ever...
From the Deseret News article by Caresa Alexander Randall: "Guest celebrities this year include Alan Kay and Nicole Apelian of the History Channel’s “Alone,” and Salvador Alvarenga, who survived 438 days at sea. This year continues on the success of the past two...
From the Chicago Daily Herald article authored by Tracee M. Herbaugh: Nicole Apelian first learned how to live primitively by tracking lions through the South African bush while doing academic research. More recently, she started gathering wild plants to eat to slow...