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Efficacy of a Mixture of Beeswax, Olive Oil, and Alkanet for Burn Injuries

Severe burns have high rates of morbidity and mortality and require long-term hospitalization. Such burns cause intense pain and can lead to significant changes in physical appearance. In folk medicine, Beeswax (Cera Alba), olive (Olea europaea, Oleaceae) fruit oil, and alkanet (Alkanna tinctoria, ‎Boraginaceae) root are used to treat burns. Beeswax and olive oil have reported antioxidant and antibacterial activity, while

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Ginseng Aggregate Data Analyses Show Evidence of Modest yet Significant Benefit for Improving Fasting Blood Glucose

Diabetes is a global epidemic, and ginseng (Panax spp., Araliaceae) is a popular complementary and alternative medicine that has shown promise in type 2 diabetes. However, systematic reviews of ginseng’s effects on blood glucose parameters have not been conclusive. The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to evaluate the effect of ginseng on glycemic control in people with and

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Antidiabetic Phytochemicals from Bushy Bulbine

Bushy bulbine (Bulbine abyssinica, Asphodelaceae) is a succulent perennial herb that grows in several regions of southeast Africa. It is used in traditional medicine to treat rheumatism, infections, dysentery, and other conditions. In South Africa, a whole-plant decoction is used in the management of diabetes. Bushy bulbine extracts are rich in polyphenols with demonstrated antioxidant activity and potential hypoglycemic and

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ABC Partners with Sustainable Herbs Program to Promote Business, Consumer Consciousness

AUSTIN, Texas (November 5, 2018) — The nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC) has partnered with the Sustainable Herbs Program (SHP) as part of ABC’s ongoing commitment to medicinal plant conservation and sustainability education. The SHP website is being developed as a new educational resource for the international herb and medicinal plant communities. SHP was founded in 2015 as the Sustainable Herbs Project

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Biodiversity and Phytochemistry of Lemon Balm

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis, Lamiaceae) is a plant native to the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia that has been used traditionally as a spice, tea, and medicine. Modern pharmacological studies have reported lemon balm to possess antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. The purpose of this study was to investigate how essential oil composition, especially rosmarinic acid content and antioxidant activity, changes

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Tea Tree Oil Laboratory Guidance Document Issued by ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program

The document assesses strengths and limitations of various lab methods to verify the authenticity of tea tree oil AUSTIN, Texas (October 1, 2018) — The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) has released a Laboratory Guidance Document (LGD) on tea tree oil, the essential oil obtained from tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia and M. linariifolia) leaves. Tea tree oil is a popular ingredient known for

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BACOPA MONNIERA: Brain Health and Nervous System Restorer

The Bacopa monniera herb, also known as Brahmi, has been used as a traditional Ayurvedic treatment for mental issues, epilepsy, and asthma. In fact, its documented medicinal uses can be traced back to the 6th century A.D. A classic brain and nerve tonic, Bacopa is a medicinal herb that has been used effectively for several thousand years as a brain

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