HerbalGram Special Sustainability and Conservation Issue Highlights Threat of Climate Crisis on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

AUSTIN, Texas (November 25, 2019) — Rapidly warming temperatures, fluctuating precipitation patterns, and changing landscapes are having measurable negative effects on global flora, including medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs). These impacts are described in the extensive cover article of issue 124 of HerbalGram, the quarterly, peer-reviewed scientific journal of the nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC). This latest issue … Continue reading HerbalGram Special Sustainability and Conservation Issue Highlights Threat of Climate Crisis on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

Nutmeg – The Rest of the Story

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By Maryann Readal

November2019 HOM Nutmeg

Nutmeg is that spice we use in pumpkin and apple pie and sprinkle on our lattes and eggnog during the holidays.  It is also the spice that we use in béchamel and alfredo sauces and is an ingredient in garam masala and curry.  Its medicinal uses include treatment for diarrhea and gas and a topical treatment for pain. In the mid 1300’s it was thought to combat the Black Death. Eaten in very large doses, nutmeg can cause severe hallucinations which have an unpleasant after effect compared to a two-day hangover. Not to worry, culinary doses of nutmeg are very far from the doses needed to achieve unpleasant results.

The Herb Society of America’s Herb of the Month for November is nutmeg. Nutmeg is made from the seed of the nutmeg tree, Myristica fragrans. The outer lace-like covering of the nutmeg seed is dried and ground…

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How To Make An Herbal Liniment For Pain

What is a liniment? A liniment is an herbal remedy that is used topically to help alleviate pain in sore muscles and soft tissues.  It’s usually made with either rubbing alcohol or witch hazel, so the herbs can be easily and quickly absorbed into the skin.   Oils can also be used, but they don’t have the … Continue reading How To Make An Herbal Liniment For Pain

American Ginseng Extract Used with Conventional Therapy Enhances Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Several herbal supplements are used to help manage type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Among them is American ginseng (AG, Panax quinquefolius, Araliaceae), which has been evaluated in randomized, controlled trials for its effects on glycemic control. These authors conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized, crossover, clinical trial to investigate the effects of AG on glycemic control and … Continue reading American Ginseng Extract Used with Conventional Therapy Enhances Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Herbal Pet Care

Just as we use herbs to enhance our lives, we can do the same for our four-legged family members - our pets. A growing number of veterinarians take a holistic approach to health care for animals, and that includes the use of herbs to promote wellness and increase the quality and length of our pet's … Continue reading Herbal Pet Care

Our ‘Go To’ Herb: Marjoram

Not quite oregano and not quite thyme, marjoram {Origanum majorana} is one of those herbs that sit in the spice cabinet for years - decades even -  just waiting to make an appearance in some stew or stuffing where it can finally shine. Like its cousin oregano, marjoram is a member of the mint {Lamiaceae} … Continue reading Our ‘Go To’ Herb: Marjoram

Natural Home Remedies for Sore Throat

Sore throats are one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor and they tend to affect children the most. A sore throat is usually considered a minor complaint until you have one and every swallow induces pain—pain that may seem unbearable. Unfortunately, the only option is to treat the symptoms and rest until you … Continue reading Natural Home Remedies for Sore Throat

Chrysanthemum

Chrysathemum morifolium Also Known As Chrysanthemum Ju Hua The western world knows the Chinese plant “Ju hua” as the florists' chrysanthemum, primarily valued as an ornamental plant. However, the chrysanthemum is a well known medicinal herb in China, where it is also commonly drunk as an energizing tisane as well. Vision is improved by using … Continue reading Chrysanthemum