Monthly Archives: February 2020

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

by Josef Brinckmann HerbalGram. 2019; American Botanical Council This opinion piece is based partly on direct observations from fieldwork over the decades with communities in rural and remote areas who depend on wild collection and farming of medicinal plants for some or all of their household income. Flowering, fruiting, harvesting periods, and yields of many of these plants have become erratic.1 My opinions also

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Plants in Peril: Climate Crisis Threatens Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

HerbalGram issue 81, published in 2009, featured an extensive article by then-Managing Editor Courtney Cavaliere about the effects of climate change on medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs).1 In the decade since then, the situation has intensified, and new insights have emerged. In the face of climate change, plants, including MAPs, may move, adapt, or go extinct. Indeed, large-scale changes in plant distributions,

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Investing in Forests & Communities: A Pathway to a Sustainable Supply of Forest Herbs in the Eastern United States

Forest botanicals are a subset of medicinal herbs that require special considerations in regard to sustainability, based on their unique growth patterns, supply chains, and trade history, and the complex and sensitive ecosystems in which they grow. This article introduces sustainability concepts and definitions in the context of the herbal products industry, and forest herbs in particular, and discusses the

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Consumption of Mixed Berries Containing Anthocyanins May Improve Post-prandial Insulin Response in Overweight and Pre-diabetic Adults

Diabetes mellitus has become a significant public health concern in the modern era. It is considered to be a lifestyle disease that can be moderated by dietary and lifestyle changes. Studies have shown long-term and acute consumption of berries, high in polyphenols and fiber, may have positive effects on glucose metabolism and glucose-regulation. The objective of this randomized cross-over study

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Herbal Medicine Cabinet – Urban Moonshine

MEET SOME MEDICINAL HERBS THAT CAN KEEP YOU HEALTHY ALL YEAR LONG INTRODUCING THE URBAN MOONSHINE MEDICINE CABINET POSTER 1. CHAMOMILE Chemicals: volatile oils Body Systems: digestive, nervous I am a delicate plant, but my flower’s gentleness belies its power. As a warm teabag, I soothe tired eyes; as a tea or tincture, I can untangle knots in the belly. Keep me around

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Adaptogens: an introduction – Urban Moonshine

Harmony. To a musician, the concept is familiar: notes in a chord resonate together, reinforcing each other and expanding the sound. The math behind this–“constructive interference” of waveforms leading to a pleasing synergy–seems far away from our day-to-day. But you exploit the same principle when you get on a swing: to push higher, you have to “pump”, or swing your

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Cannabidiol (CBD) May Improve Craving and Anxiety in Opioid Addiction

The opioid abuse epidemic is expanding in the United States (US), and increasingly affects other nations, spurring the search for therapeutic agents that are not themselves μ-opioid agonists. The authors found that cannabidiol (CBD; from cannabis [Cannabis sativa, Cannabaceae]) reduced craving and anxiety associated with heroin-seeking behavior triggered by drug cues in vivo. Drug cues contribute to relapse in drug-abstinent

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Organic Personal Care Market – Seeing Sustainable Growth

Every industry has had to make process and ingredient changes so that they can be considered as environmentally conscious. The use of chemicals in production is now becoming a strict no-no for many industries, and they have brought out their own range of eco-friendly products. An industry that perhaps has undergone some of the most radical changes in its processes

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Elderberry growth was huge in 2019. Here’s why. 2020 Ingredient trends to watch for foods, drinks, and dietary supplements | Nutritional Outlook

Impressively, elderberry is capturing significant mainstream attention. 1 Source: Elderberry growth was huge in 2019. Here’s why. 2020 Ingredient trends to watch for foods, drinks, and dietary supplements | Nutritional Outlook https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/dietary-supplements-market

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