A Miracle Herb for Face, Skin and Hair; Aloe Vera

Essence by Ashley November

Aloe Vera Gel and Aloe Vera Juice are extracted from the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant, a botanical that the ancient Egyptians often referred to as “The Plant of Immortality” or “The Plant of Eternity.” It was believed that the “blood” of the Aloe Vera plant would not only address symptoms of fevers, soothe burns and wounds, and enhance daily cosmetic applications, but that it would also magnify beauty and promote imperishability. Known for having anti-bacterial properties, the contents of the Aloe Vera plant were used in embalming rituals, as it was believed that the deceased could achieve everlasting life, both physically and spiritually, if their bodies could be prevented from decomposing.

Even before the Egyptians, the benefits of the Aloe Vera plant’s gel and juice were recognized by the Mesopotamians, who used it for the internal cleansing of their intestines. In this society, physical ailments were believed to…

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Curcumin and Turmeric Oil Supplement Reduces Triglycerides and Improves Markers of Chronic Inflammation in People with Type 2 Diabetes

The complications of type 2 diabetes (T2D) include cardiovascular disease (CVD) and damage to the kidneys, eyes, and nerves. Oxidative stress, inflammation, and altered blood lipids are characteristics of T2D. Curcumin is a pigment and polyphenol found in turmeric (Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae) rhizome. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Clinical trials and animal studies indicate … Continue reading Curcumin and Turmeric Oil Supplement Reduces Triglycerides and Improves Markers of Chronic Inflammation in People with Type 2 Diabetes

Top 5 Health Benefits of Mace Spice | Organic Facts

The health benefits of mace include improving digestion, helping to prevent cancer, relieving pain, stress, & anxiety, soothing the nervous system, & detoxifying the body. Source: Top 5 Health Benefits of Mace Spice | Organic Facts Mace comes from the aril of the nutmeg and you can purchase it in whole or ground form. Since mace comes from … Continue reading Top 5 Health Benefits of Mace Spice | Organic Facts

KidsGardening Program Spotlight – The Klamath Food Forest

This Gro More Good Grassroots Grant winner created a food forest to help Klamath youth learn about local food, revive traditional sustainable food, and more Source: KidsGardening Program Spotlight - The Klamath Food Forest One of the 2019 Gro More Good Grassroots Grant Winners, The Family Resource Center of the Redwoods, is partnering with the Community Food … Continue reading KidsGardening Program Spotlight – The Klamath Food Forest

Herbal MediaWatch: Cannabidiol Products Are Everywhere, but Should People Be Using Them?

Cannabidiol Products Are Everywhere, but Should People Be Using Them? Nov. 20, 2019 – JAMA Network Citation Rubin R. Cannabidiol Products Are Everywhere, but Should People Be Using Them? JAMA. Published online November 20, 2019. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2019.17361 The CBD market has exploded in recent months, with products ranging from bath salts to coffee and tea to maple bacon–flavored dog biscuits. In fact, … Continue reading Herbal MediaWatch: Cannabidiol Products Are Everywhere, but Should People Be Using Them?

Can Complementary and Alternative Medicine Contribute to Reduce the Use of Antibiotics?

Antibiotic (AB) microbial resistance (AMR), a growing international public health problem, demands global strategies for its control and mitigation. AMR's impacts include greater mortality, morbidity, and economic costs and losses. Formal policies adopted until the date of this review do not focus on the potential of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to reduce or delay … Continue reading Can Complementary and Alternative Medicine Contribute to Reduce the Use of Antibiotics?

Clinical Efficacy of Propolis for Treating Dysmenorrhea

Primary dysmenorrhea (PD) is a condition that causes abdominal cramping during menstruation. PD affects 60-93% of women in their reproductive years and typically occurs in adolescents and young women without associated pelvic pathology. Risk factors include age <20 years, family history of PD, tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum, Solanaceae) smoking, heavy or irregular menstruation, menarche at <12 years … Continue reading Clinical Efficacy of Propolis for Treating Dysmenorrhea

Every Community Needs a Seed Library

The Herb Society of America Blog

by Bevin Cohen

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Community seed sharing programs bring people together. So many times, as I’ve stood in front of a crowd at a seed library opening or other similar event, I’ve looked out among the faces and been amazed at the sheer diversity of people in the room: people of all ages, ethnicities, and gender. Seeds are truly a part of everyone’s story; without seeds we simply cannot survive. And with each passing year it seems that more and more people are realizing this and returning to the Earth, to the seeds that feed us all.

When people talk of saving seeds, inevitably they mention the importance of preserving genetic diversity. While genetic and historic preservation, adaptability, and self-reliance are all important aspects of the seed saving movement, it’s community building that is the foundation on which the entire movement stands.

As the movement toward increased food security and localized…

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Food as Medicine Update: Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbitaceae)

Pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo) are an economically important fruit native to Central America and belong to the Cucurbitaceae family. This family consists of approximately 1,000 species of which 23 are cultivated in warm and temperate climates worldwide.1,2 In addition to pumpkins, other familiar cucurbits (species in Cucurbitaceae) include squashes, melons, and gourds.3,4 Cucurbita pepo as a species includes many … Continue reading Food as Medicine Update: Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbitaceae)

Birch-based Topical Product to Treat Partial-thickness Skin Wounds Approved as a Drug in Europe

Episalvan (Amryt AG; Niefern-Öschelbronn, Germany) is a topical gel containing dry extract of bark from either of two species of birch trees (Betula pendula and B. pubescens, Betulaceae) and/or their hybrids. The birch bark extract is rich in triterpenes, containing about 80% betulin. In 2016, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved Episalvan as a prescription drug to … Continue reading Birch-based Topical Product to Treat Partial-thickness Skin Wounds Approved as a Drug in Europe