Author Archives: Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Summer Herbals: Estafiate

Artemisia ludoviciana – Estafiate Other names: Western Mugwort, Western Wormwood, Louisiana Sagewort, Prairie Sagewort, Mountain Sage, Simonillo, Itzauhyatl (Nahuatl) Origin: Native throughout the entire western US Energetics: Warm & Dry. Bitter, Pungent, slightly Astringent. Vital stimulant, Tonic Relaxant Properties: Digestive, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Aromatic Bitter, Anti-inflammatory, Analgesic, Decongestant, Sedative, Nervine, Hepatic, Cholagogue, Choleretic, Diuretic, Expectorant, Emmenagogue, Anodyne, Anthelmintic, Antioxidant, Antispasmodic, Anti-fungal, Hemostatic, Styptic Organ Affinities: Liver, gall

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Aloe Vera Bulletin Published by Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program

New publication documents adulteration of aloe vera leaf gel and juice with undeclared maltodextrin and ingredients from other Aloe species AUSTIN, Texas (June 19, 2019) — The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) announces the publication of a new Botanical Adulterants Prevention Bulletin (BAPB) on aloe vera (Aloe vera) leaf gel- and juice-derived ingredients. Liquids and gels (often dried into powders) obtained from

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Celebrate Calendula Flowers

Calendula flowers have a sunny disposition in the garden. Use its golden petals in the kitchen and be sure to keep it well-stocked in the medicine cabinet for an array of medicinal uses, including soothing ointments and astringent tinctures. Since antiquity, calendula flowers, or pot marigold, have been used in infusions for many maladies. Since antiquity, calendula (also known as

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Cinnamon Supplementation Lessens the Severity of Menstrual Pain

Primary dysmenorrhea, or menstrual pain, can disrupt a woman’s daily activities. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are used to control the symptoms of dysmenorrhea; however, they can produce adverse effects when used over a long period of time. Several medicinal plants have been shown to benefit dysmenorrhea. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Lauraceae) bark, which has antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, is used to treat

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ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Receives NutraIngredients-USA Editors Award for Industry Initiative of the Year

AUSTIN, Texas (June 4, 2019) — NutraIngredients-USA has presented its 2019 Editors Award for Industry Initiative of the Year to the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP), an international consortium dedicated to research and education to prevent industry use of adulterated and fraudulent botanical raw materials, botanical extracts, and essential oils. The NutraIngredients-USA Awards are organized by, an online news

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Clinical Cognitive and Cerebral Blood Flow Effects of Greek Mountain Tea

Greek mountain tea (GMT; ironwort; Sideritis scardica, Lamiaceae) aerial parts are a traditional medicine used for respiratory and digestive conditions. Traditional uses of the plant are supported by in vitro studies demonstrating antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and gastroprotective effects. GMT contains polyphenols (ferulic acid, chlorogenic acid, and apigenin) shown to affect blood flow, neurotransmitter reuptake, and cognition in animal and human studies. Several

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Let Us Stroll the Primrose Path of Dalliance

Originally posted on The Herb Society of America Blog:
By Kathleen M Hale, Western Reserve Herb Society The botanical family name of the common or English primrose, Primula, comes from the diminutive of the Latin word for “first.” And the common name “primrose,” derived from prima rosa (“first rose”), is also a reference to the primrose being one of the…

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Chamomile Reduces Testosterone Levels in Women with PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder found in women of childbearing age. The main underlying disordered metabolism issues in PCOS are insulin resistance and hyperandrogenism. Characteristic manifestations can include irregular or infrequent or no menses, infertility, hirsutism, hair loss, and weight gain. Underlying mechanisms can be addressed that can then dramatically alter the current issues as well as reduce the

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