A Shady Subject…

Question: I have a lot of trees in my yard, which leaves very few sunny spots. Are there any herbs I can grow? Answer: Most herbs love the sun, but some do thrive in woodlands and other shady spaces. Look for herbs that have shallow roots, which help them compete with tree roots that tend … Continue reading A Shady Subject…

Pomegranate Laboratory Guidance Document Issued by ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program

Document evaluates strengths and weaknesses of various lab methods to verify the authenticity of pomegranate juice and extracts AUSTIN, Texas (April 16, 2018) — The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) has released a Laboratory Guidance Document (LGD) on pomegranate (Punica granatum) juice and extracts. Pomegranate is a popular food and dietary supplement ingredient. As a food, … Continue reading Pomegranate Laboratory Guidance Document Issued by ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program

Honey Bees; Heros of Our Planet

Have you ever had the opportunity to observe the busy work of a tiny honey bee as it meanders from flower to flower on a clear, sunny day? There’s something truly captivating about honey bees that draw us deeper into their world. We see honey bees frequently in books, movies, and television, where they are … Continue reading Honey Bees; Heros of Our Planet

15 Sources of Plant-Based Protein

More and more people are interested in following vegetarian or vegan diets or reducing their use of animal products. A shift away from animal products is getting easier with more fortified and nutritious plant-based foods available.A person may try a vegan diet for health, animal welfare, or religious reasons. In 2016, the Academy of Nutrition and … Continue reading 15 Sources of Plant-Based Protein

IPM For The Herb Garden

Designed as an alternative to the rampant use of insecticides in agriculture, Integrated Pest Management has proven to be an effective means of promoting healthy growth in the backyard garden as well. Learn more about how you can implement this technique in your herb plot. Even under the best of care, your herb garden may … Continue reading IPM For The Herb Garden

Systematic Review/Meta-analysis of Ginkgo Use in Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

EGb 761® (Dr. Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co. KG; Karlsruhe, Germany) is a standardized ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba, Ginkgoaceae) leaf extract. It contains 22-27% flavonol glycosides, 5-7% terpene lactones, and < 5 ppm ginkgolic acids. Studies indicate that EGb 761 may be especially beneficial to patients with dementia plus neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS). Hence, the objective of this … Continue reading Systematic Review/Meta-analysis of Ginkgo Use in Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

Review of Proprietary Hawthorn Extract WS® 1442 for Treating Heart Failure

The leaves and flowers of hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata and C. monogyna, Rosaceae) have been used to treat heart ailments for over 2000 years. Based on the cumulative scientific evidence, the German Commission E issued positive monographs for Hawthorn to treat decreasing functional capacity of the heart, and in 2016, the European Medicines Agency's Committee on Herbal Medicinal … Continue reading Review of Proprietary Hawthorn Extract WS® 1442 for Treating Heart Failure

Companion Planting with Herbs

Boost your garden this season with the right pairings of plants. Companion planting is a fantastic addition to any garden. By specific plants next to certain fruits, flowers, and vegetables, you can boost their health and increase their production. Of course, knowing what pairings work best is key, especially when it comes to herbs. How … Continue reading Companion Planting with Herbs

The Power of Pungent Herbs

Energetically warming herbs and spices can help us spark a little fire in the body by improving digestion, boosting circulation, moving out congestion, and more. Not only that, they're readily available in our pantries, lending themselves to some tasty medicine. When it comes to herbal flavors and actions, many of our most potent and memorable herbs … Continue reading The Power of Pungent Herbs

So, What Are Bagged Salads?

This is not one of those "When I was growing up, we walked 20 miles barefoot through the snow to go to school" stories--although to Millennials, it may seem like it. No, this is more along the lines of, "When I was growing up, we bought salad greens by the head from a bin in … Continue reading So, What Are Bagged Salads?