Antioxidant and Anti-diabetic Effects of Baobab from Mali

The baobab tree (Adansonia digitata, Malvaceae) grows in semi-arid regions of Africa. The tree is a source of food, water, medicine, fiber, and building materials for indigenous people. Baobab fruit dries while it is still on the tree, and the dried fruit pulp is used to prepare a variety of foods. The fruit and leaves are used in African traditional

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Medicine Chest: Herbal First Aid Kit

Topical Herbal First Aid Kit As you delve into the world of herbal medicine, at some point or another you take a look at your medicine cabinet and think, “What kinds of natural remedies should I stock in my first aid kit?” Many herbs offer topical applications for a variety of everyday woes, including aches and bruises, cuts and scrapes,

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Caring With Calendula

This vibrant orange blossom pops in the garden add a burst of color to cuisine and is a powerhouse in the medicine cabinet. Learn more about this amazing, autumn-loving species. Brilliantly striking, calendula’s gorgeous yellow and deep-orange blossoms bring a smile to both gardener and herbalist alike. In the fall, you’ll find this plant gracing many doorways, a staple among

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Get Wild! 5 Steps for Habitat Certification

Want to do your part to help the planet? Turn your backyard or business lot into a certified wildlife habitat that helps protect and promote native plants and species. According to a United Nations report, one million species may be “pushed to extinction” in the next few years due to human impact. As the Center for Biological Diversity explains, while

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Regulatory Framework for the Expanding US Cannabis Industry Proposed in HerbalGram Article

Austin, TX (July 23, 2019). The current issue of the nonprofit American Botanical Council’s (ABC’s) peer-reviewed journal HerbalGram features a proposed state-federal regulatory framework for the US cannabis (Cannabis sativa) industry.1 The proposal suggests the removal of cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), thus allowing US stakeholders entry into the global market. The US state-led regulated hemp and cannabis industry is valued at more

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Hops Provide an Abundant Source of Nutritionally and Pharmaceutically Relevant Compounds

In the search for plant products and phytochemicals that may prove useful in medicine or industry, the food and beverage processing industries are uniquely positioned to explore innovative techniques for extracting and separating valuable compounds. Hops (Humulus lupulus, Cannabaceae) plants contain many compounds with antioxidative, antimicrobial, anticarcinogenic, and other effects that are used in the pharmaceutical and food industries. Hops

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Cognitive Improvement in Older Adults from Blueberry Consumption

In vivo studies have demonstrated blueberry (Cyanococcus spp., Ericaceae) fruit has beneficial effects on brain aging. Preclinical evidence shows that anthocyanins and other polyphenols have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and potential neurodegenerative properties which may improve brain cognition and function. The purpose of this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was to evaluate the effect of blueberry consumption on mobility and cognition in healthy older

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Sage Varieties: Growing Tips and Recipes

The genus Salvia contains a staggering range of species suitable for every garden use under the sun—and in the shade. But for cooking, none can rival common garden sage (Salvia officinalis) and its cultivars. Sage has long been valued for its contributions to the cook’s palette of flavors. Its robust piney aroma and earthy flavor complement many ingredients. Sage is also an attractive garden

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