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Ancient Medicine for Modern Women: A Q&A with Herbal Physicians

by Aviva Romm, MD, Tieraona Low Dog, MD Women’s history is woven together with plants and the healing arts, particularly botanical medicine and midwifery. In virtually every culture, women maintained knowledge of herbal healing for the prevention and treatment of common maladies that afflicted their communities, including, notably, treatments for women’s concerns. Because transmission of herbal knowledge historically was suppressed and marginalized, information on the

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2019 Herb of the Month; August, Galanga

Galangal, Alpinia spp. ● Galangal is a member of the Zingiberaceae or ginger family and is native to Southeast Asia. Alpinia galanga is referred to as greater galangal while Alpinia officinarum is referred to as lesser galangal. ● Historically, galangal has both culinary and medicinal uses. ● Galangal is a staple in Thai cooking and is sometimes called Thai or

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Caring With Calendula

This vibrant orange blossom pops in the garden add a burst of color to cuisine and is a powerhouse in the medicine cabinet. Learn more about this amazing, autumn-loving species. Brilliantly striking, calendula’s gorgeous yellow and deep-orange blossoms bring a smile to both gardener and herbalist alike. In the fall, you’ll find this plant gracing many doorways, a staple among

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Get Wild! 5 Steps for Habitat Certification

Want to do your part to help the planet? Turn your backyard or business lot into a certified wildlife habitat that helps protect and promote native plants and species. According to a United Nations report, one million species may be “pushed to extinction” in the next few years due to human impact. As the Center for Biological Diversity explains, while

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Sage Varieties: Growing Tips and Recipes

The genus Salvia contains a staggering range of species suitable for every garden use under the sun—and in the shade. But for cooking, none can rival common garden sage (Salvia officinalis) and its cultivars. Sage has long been valued for its contributions to the cook’s palette of flavors. Its robust piney aroma and earthy flavor complement many ingredients. Sage is also an attractive garden

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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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