Raspberry, Herb of the Year and Herb of the Month: History and Lore

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HOM Brambles

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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Cannabis and the Incidence of Psychotic Disorder – A Multi-cohort Study

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

Clinical Efficacy of Bitter Orange Aromatherapy for Premenstrual Syndrome

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

Herbs for Natural Detox – Traditional Medicinals – Herbal Wellness

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

Daily Adjunct Turmeric Consumption May Reduce Body Weight and Blood Lipids in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

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

The History of the Christmas Tree

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By Susan Leigh AnthonyChristmas tree

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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Amla Supplementation Improves Lipid Indices in Patients with Dyslipidemia

Dyslipidemia, which is characterized by abnormal levels of triglycerides (TGs), total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL), is a major risk factor for developing atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Amla (Phyllanthus emblica syn. Emblica officinalis, Phyllanthaceae) fruit extracts have demonstrated beneficial effects on lipid profiles in animal models … Continue reading Amla Supplementation Improves Lipid Indices in Patients with Dyslipidemia

Cannabis Decoction as an Adjuvant in the Management of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain, poorly managed by conventional medicine, afflicts one in five Europeans, with a significant impact on the quality of life (QoL). Depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders are common results of chronic pain. A survey of chronic pain sufferers revealed that one-third had tried three or more prescription treatments but more than 50% only obtained … Continue reading Cannabis Decoction as an Adjuvant in the Management of Chronic Pain