Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune-inflammatory disease in which the severity of disease and pain are associated with inflammation and oxidative stress. Patients with RA have elevated serum levels of inflammatory cytokines and altered expression of immune factors, including nuclear factor-kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPAR-γ), forkhead box P3 (FoxP3), T-box … Continue reading Ginger Reduces Disease Symptoms and Modulates Gene Expression of Immune and Inflammation Markers in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Alkanet roots are rich in alkanninBefore I stood two test-tubes, one full of olive oil, the other containing pure grain alcohol. I dropped a fragment of Alkanet (Alkanna tinctoria) root into each and watched as the fragments drifted down, trailing in each case a tail of bright red pigment, like barnstorming biplanes emitting colored smoke at … Continue reading True Alkanet — The Saga – Richo’s Blog
By Maryann Readal
To quote author Judith Sumner in the preface to her new book, Plants Go to War: A Botanical History of World War II, “The war could not have been won without rubber, but the same might be said about wheat, cotton, lumber, quinine, and penicillin, all with botanical origins.” In her book, Sumner documents many of the plants that were critical to World War II efforts on all sides of the battlefield. Indeed, her research is exhaustive in that she covers not only the military uses of plants but also civilian uses as well by the major countries involved in the war.
As the war disrupted supplies of plants needed for medicine, food, and manufacturing, governments had to look for alternatives. Some were successful in growing tropical plants and food crops on their own soil; some began to look for chemical alternatives. A chemical synthesis of quinine…
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By Pat Greathead
Raspberry, Rubus spp., is the International Herb Association’s Herb of the YearTM for 2020 and The Herb Society of America’s Herb of the Month for January (Brambles). The genus Rubus includes both the red and black raspberry and the blackberry as well as almost 700 other species. Rubus is in the Rosacea family.
My Wisconsin Unit of The Herb Society each year examines the IHA Herb of the Year.TM In this blog post, I have mainly focused on red raspberry leaf and have used information from many websites in writing this article. I hope you enjoy reading it as this is the year of the raspberry!
Raspberry leaves are among the most pleasant tasting of all the herbal remedies, with a taste much like black tea, without the caffeine. Raspberries are native to Asia and arrived in North America via prehistoric people, with the first…
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While cannabis (Cannabis sativa, Cannabaceae) prohibition is being discarded by many nations, epidemiological studies and biological evidence continue to report links between its use and psychotic disorder (PD). A meta-analysis reported a dose-response link, with the highest risks of PD among people with heaviest cannabis use. It is unclear whether cannabis use affects the incidence … Continue reading Cannabis and the Incidence of Psychotic Disorder – A Multi-cohort Study
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) affects up to 40% of reproductive-age women worldwide. PMS symptoms include irritability, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and bloating in the days before menstruation begins. Bitter orange (Citrus × Aurantium, Rutaceae) has traditionally been used as a carminative, antiemetic, antidepressant, anxiolytic, analgesic, and sedative and to treat headache, inflammation, insomnia, and uterine prolapse. Previous clinical … Continue reading Clinical Efficacy of Bitter Orange Aromatherapy for Premenstrual Syndrome
As we shift from the holiday season, it is an excellent time to take a few days to simplify, clear and pave the way to receive the bounty of the new year. This can mean making space for creativity, resetting intentions, or cultivating healthy habits that support the body and mind. Symbolically, it is no … Continue reading Herbs for Natural Detox – Traditional Medicinals – Herbal Wellness
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is one of the most prevalent diseases globally. Dyslipidemia, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, is common in patients with diabetes. Characteristics of dyslipidemia include increased serum triglyceride (TG) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c) and decreased high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-c). Turmeric (Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae) rhizome has been shown to have antioxidant … Continue reading Daily Adjunct Turmeric Consumption May Reduce Body Weight and Blood Lipids in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes
Spain is one of the main producers of paprika (Capsicum annuum, Solanaceae) fruit. There are three main types of commercial paprika: sweet, bittersweet, and spicy. Phenolic compounds are ubiquitous in plants, and to date, >8000 phenolic compounds have been identified. Phenolic profiling can be used to classify products and identify adulteration. According to the authors, … Continue reading Classification of Spanish Paprika by Linear Discriminant Analysis
By Susan Leigh Anthony
For the past six years I have worked at a wonderful, high-end garden center. Among the many seasonal items we sell throughout the holidays are Christmas trees and a wonderful array of cut evergreens. Surrounded by this abundance of holiday décor, I began to wonder about where the idea of bringing the greens inside the home during the winter season originated. Although I had some sense that there was a connection to pagan solstice celebrations, I really didn’t know a whole lot more. I definitely felt compelled to learn more and ended up finding that the notion of decorating with greens reaches back much further than I had realized and there are countless facts and legends associated with the traditional use of evergreens.
The Christmas trees we put up and greens we use to festoon our homes each year evolved from very ancient traditions. The ancient…
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