Let Us Stroll the Primrose Path of Dalliance

Originally posted on The Herb Society of America Blog:
By Kathleen M Hale, Western Reserve Herb Society The botanical family name of the common or English primrose, Primula, comes from the diminutive of the Latin word for “first.” And the common name “primrose,” derived from prima rosa (“first rose”), is also a reference to the primrose being one of the…

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Chamomile Reduces Testosterone Levels in Women with PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder found in women of childbearing age. The main underlying disordered metabolism issues in PCOS are insulin resistance and hyperandrogenism. Characteristic manifestations can include irregular or infrequent or no menses, infertility, hirsutism, hair loss, and weight gain. Underlying mechanisms can be addressed that can then dramatically alter the current issues as well as reduce the

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Cannabis Alleviates Anxiety, Depression and Pain in Patients Newly Diagnosed with Head and Neck Cancer

In October 2018, Canada became the third nation, and the world’s largest to date, to legalize adult (“recreational”) use of cannabis (marijuana; Cannabis sativa, Cannabaceae). While hinting at this development, the authors write that cannabis is “one of the most widely used illicit substance in Canada, [with] a unique ability to facilitate relaxation and relieve anxiety while reducing pain.”* Cancer diagnosis

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Elderberry Compounds Could Help Minimize Flu Symptoms, Study Suggests

Science Daily. April 23, 2019. A recent study has established that phytochemicals from elderberry (Sambucus nigra) fruit fight against influenza not only by interfering with the virus’ ability to infect cells but also by impeding viral replication. Folk medicines and herbal products have been used for millennia to combat a whole range of ailments, at times to the chagrin of

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A Review of the Medicinal Uses and Phytochemistry of Hibiscus Calyces

Traditionally, all parts of the hibiscus (Roselle; Hibiscus sabdariffa, Malvaceae) plant are used for medicine and food. The young leaves and stems are eaten raw. The seeds are boiled and eaten in soup. The calyces are frozen or sun-dried and eaten. The calyces/flowers are used worldwide in drinks, jams, jelly, sauces, and as a natural food colorant. In traditional medicine, hibiscus

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HerbDay 2019

HerbDay is always on the first Saturday in May! The 14th annual HerbDay will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019. HerbDay is an international celebration of herbs and herbal products that are packed with events aimed at educating and sharing ideas about the many ways herbs bring joy and well-being into our daily lives. We celebrate herbs’ use in food,

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Dog Rose for the Prevention of Postpartum Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs), inflammatory responses of squamous urinary tract tissue to bacteria, are divided into asymptomatic bacteriuria and symptomatic UTIs including cystitis and pyelonephritis. Higher risks of UTIs exist for pregnant and post-partum women, elders, children, and patients with spinal cord injury, catheterization, AIDs or HIV, or underlying urological disorders. Among post-partum women, the prevalence of UTIs for 40

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Ayahuasca Increases Salivary Cortisol Levels in Patients with Treatment-Resistant Major Depression and Healthy Controls

Researchers are investigating the antidepressant effect of several psychedelic substances, including ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is a psychedelic beverage that has medicinal, religious, and ceremonial uses among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin. It is a decoction of two plants, caapi (Banisteriopsis caapi, Malpighiaceae) stem, and chacruna (Psychotria Viridis, Rubiaceae) leaf. Ayahuasca contains the hallucinogenic constituent N, N-dimethyltryptamine (N, N-DMT), which

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Emerging Evidence that Epicatechin Improves Cognitive Function

Bioactive flavonoids include several subclasses, among them flavanols, a group of monomeric flavan-3-ols and their oligomeric or polymeric counterparts, procyanidins. Epicatechin and catechin are flavan-3-ols found abundantly in tea (Camellia sinensis, Theaceae), apples (Malus pumila syn. M. domestica, Rosaceae), berries (many genera and species), grapes (Vitis vinifera, Vitaceae), and most notably cocoa (Theobroma cacao, Malvaceae), whose main bioactive compound is epicatechin. Epidemiological studies

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