Monthly Archives: May 2020

A Search for Vanishing Dark Skies | Outside Online

From cinematographers Harun Mehmedinovic and Gavin Heffernan, Ancestral Nights is a part of their ongoing Skyglow Project, which illuminates the effect light pollution has on our sky. In this installment, they traveled to several national parks and traditional indigenous sites to document the heavens above these protected lands. Polar explorer Eric Larsen found inspiration in Robert Service’s poem “The Call of the Wild” when he first read it. Hoping

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The Art of Gardening For Beginners – Urban Moonshine

Are you fantasizing about starting a garden this year but not sure where to begin? Not to worry! There are many ways to participate in the gardening resurgence even if you don’t know the first thing about soil science, pollinators, or the difference between the 50 tomatoes to choose from on the seed rack at your local gardening store. Here are

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Forest Botanicals Week – Sustainable Herbs Program

I’m thrilled to share with you the launch of Forest Botanicals Week (May 18–22, 2020). Forest Botanicals Week is a public awareness campaign supporting a sustainable, responsible, and equitable supply of Appalachian forest botanicals. Along with our partners, Katie Commender from the Appalachian Herb Hub and I have been hard at work creating an information-filled week to bring to life these forest botanicals and the

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HSA Webinar: The Brambles: Sorting through the Thicket of Rubus Terminology

Originally posted on The Herb Society of America Blog:
By Jen Munson, Education Chair Brambles…hmmm…Rubus: The International Herb Association’s (IHA) Herb of the Year™ 2020…hmmm, not necessarily a tactile herb you want to scratch and sniff, or roll between your fingers to enjoy. Regardless, it is one that definitely evokes vivid memories. Growing up we had a red raspberry patch,…

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Health Optimization and Adaptogens – An Effective Strategy Against Pathogens |

Now more than ever, we need more sunshine, fresh air, clean water, and to nourish our cells with powerful phytonutrients that strengthen our ability to adapt and thrive as we are exposed to stress, toxins, and virulent pathogens in our environment. Did you know that being outside, getting sunshine, and breathing fresh air (particularly humid air) is one of the best medicines

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The Sun; Overexposure to Sun, Sea, and Wind

Despite repeated warnings that skin cancer is caused at least in part by exposure to the sun, people still flock to the beach, where they lie prostrate, soaking in as much sunshine as they can. Hopefully, they are wearing a high factor sunscreen. But lying on the beach more than half-naked with nothing much to do does provide the perfect

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The Essence of Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil

HISTORY OF YLANG YLANG OIL Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, pronounced “Ee-lang Ee-lang,” receives its common name from the repetition of the Tagalog word “ilang,” meaning “wilderness,” which is where the tree is naturally found. The wilderness to which it is native or in which it is cultivated includes the tropical rainforests of the Philippines, Indonesia, Java, Sumatra, Comoro, and Polynesia. The

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Conservatory Controversy: Iboga Confiscation and Professor Suspensions at Ohio’s Miami University

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article was published in the December 2019 issue of ABC’s HerbalEGram newsletter. This version has been revised to reflect developments that occurred in January 2020. Plants have a history of both bringing great value and creating conflict, but the debate surrounding the decade-long presence of an iboga plant (Tabernanthe iboga, Apocynaceae) in the

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Essential Oils for Treating Cold Sores

Cold sores, which are also called fever blisters, can be itchy, painful, and embarrassing. They are typically caused by the herpes simplex virus. Cold sores can be treated with antiviral medications, which may shorten how long the symptoms last. There are various home remedies, as well, which are used to ease their discomfort. Furthermore, a lot of studies have been done

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