Monthly Archives: February 2019

Both Lavender and Bitter Orange Reduce Anxiety in Postmenopausal Women

Postmenopausal women frequently report feelings of anxiety. Uncontrolled anxiety can harm physical health, reduce the quality of life, and increase the intensity of menopause symptoms. While several conventional drugs are available to treat anxiety, many women avoid using them because of side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, memory impairment, and difficulty concentrating. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia, Lamiaceae) flowers contain several compounds

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Thinking About Herbalism Courses?

Perhaps you, like myself, have been on a mission to incorporate a more natural approach to your family’s wellness. You’ve revamped your homemade meals with fresh, healthy ingredients, researched holistic ways to approach common ailments, and tried using essential oils and herbs in your own health routine! No matter where you are at in your herbal studies, the Herbal Academy

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Starting Your Seeds Indoors This Winter

Expert answers to your herb-growing questions. Q.  This year I want to grow some of my herb plants from seeds. What are the steps to starting seeds over the winter? A.  Seed starting is like baking bread- you need the right mix of ingredients, the right temperature, and viable yeast. In the case of seed starting, the ingredient list includes a lightweight

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Starting Plants: Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden Transplants

Some plants can be started indoors early in the season, before soil and air temperatures are warm enough to plant outdoors. From a seed-starting perspective, most of our common vegetable plants fall into one of three categories. Don’t do well direct-seeded outdoors – these plants seem to do better if they are started in a controlled environment. The reasons may

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Garlic Relieves Joint Stiffness in Knee Osteoarthritis in 12-week Study

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disease worldwide. It causes considerable pain and debility. There is a need for low-cost, safe, effective therapies. The commonly prescribed medications do not provide adequate relief. The chronic nature of OA makes the costs and adverse effects of these medications particularly problematic. The mechanisms of pain and dysfunction in OA are multifactorial. Natural

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Food as Medicine: Pear (Pyrus communis and P. pyrifolia, Rosaceae)

The genus Pyrus consists of 30 deciduous species and is closely related to the genus Malus, which includes apples (Malus spp.). Both genera are part of the economically important Rosaceae family.1,2 Similar to apples, Pyrus fruits are classified as pomes, where the seeds are contained in a central, compartmentalized core.3 The Pyrus genus is native to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.1 Capable of living for more than 250 years,

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cardamom

f you have ever tasted Biryani (Indian flavored savory rice) or kheer (Indian rice pudding) or the famous Finnish pulla, you would probably identify the aroma of cardamom. The sweet and mystical spice was used by the Greeks and Romans in their perfumes and the ancient Egyptians as mouth fresheners. Even today, Cardamom (green) is one of the most expensive

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ABC Publishes Updated Monograph on Scientific and Clinical Research on Pycnogenol

46-page monograph describes scientific data supporting various uses of the French maritime pine bark extract AUSTIN, Texas (February 7, 2019) — The nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC) has published an updated ingredient-specific monograph that summarizes selected scientific and clinical studies of Pycnogenol®, a patented dietary ingredient derived from French maritime pine bark (Pinus pinastersubsp. atlantica, Pinaceae). ABC’s first monograph on Pycnogenol was published in

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Herb of the Month; Cardamom – The Queen of Spices

Cardamom is the Queen of Spices and has grown lavishly under the tropical canopy on hillsides in the Ghat Mountains on the Malabar Coast of southern India to be harvested by hand and shipped around the world.  The cardamom familiar to India and the western world is called green cardamom and it, along with several other types such as giant cardamom,

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Clinical Efficacy of Fig Extract for Atopic Dermatitis Treatment in Children

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease characterized by severe pruritus or itchiness, and dryness of the skin. Because its development involves a complex interaction of genetic, environmental, and immunological factors, prescribing an effective treatment is difficult. Earlier studies have demonstrated that fig (Ficus carica, Moraceae) leaves and fruits are rich in polyphenols and may possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral,

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