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

Create Your Own Apothecary

Herbal Tinctures for Health and Well-Being They may be small, but these extracts pack a powerful herbal punch. Discover the multiple benefits of tinctures, and how to make and use them to stay healthy. Crafting stellar herbal remedies in your kitchen that surpass anything you can buy in stores is easy and fun. The basic … Continue reading Create Your Own Apothecary

June Flower, The Rose.

Chloris, the Greek Goddess of flowers, crowned the rose queen of all flowers, a title that the rose deserves today as much as it did in the Golden Age of Greece. Not only is the rose of unparalleled beauty, but it has also proved itself to be useful in a hundred different ways. It has … Continue reading June Flower, The Rose.

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 … Continue reading Aloe Vera Bulletin Published by Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program

Herbs for Your Windowsill

Like the idea of growing your own medicinal plants? Look no further than your windowsill or patio garden for these four standbys of ours: lemon balm, sage thyme, and peppermint. These herbs are familiar to us from grandma’s recipes and as lyrics in songs, but they may be less familiar as medicine. Lemon balm, also known … Continue reading Herbs for Your Windowsill

Benefits of Moringa: A Nutritional Powerhouse

Famously called "the miracle tree" thanks to its exceptional nutritional content and therapeutic potential, moringa more than lives up to its name. Moringa offers numerous health benefits, including protecting against free radicals and promoting a strong immune system in all stages of life. Among other things, moringa supports the heart, brain, and liver, and can … Continue reading Benefits of Moringa: A Nutritional Powerhouse

Medicinal and Culinary Uses for the Shy Violet

While violets’ delicate blossoms are a treat only for the observant, the plant has enjoyed a long history of medicinal and culinary use. Leigh Hunt, an English Romantic essayist, and poet is the first known author of the phrase “shrinking violet.” In 1820, he published a passage describing a bit of woodland in The Indicator, a … Continue reading Medicinal and Culinary Uses for the Shy Violet

Thinking About Herbalism Courses?

Perhaps you, like myself, have been on a mission to incorporate a more natural approach to your family’s wellness. You’ve revamped your homemade meals with fresh, healthy ingredients, researched holistic ways to approach common ailments, and tried using essential oils and herbs in your own health routine! No matter where you are at in your … Continue reading Thinking About Herbalism Courses?

February in the Low Desert

In February, continue to prepare for frost events and take necessary frost protection measures. Don’t let a warm week in February fool you into believing spring has arrived. The low-desert can still have periods of freezing temperatures during the month. Mesquites may ooze an amber-colored resin; this can be normal or released as a result … Continue reading February in the Low Desert

All About Your Heart; Foods That Lower Blood Pressure

There is a virtual cornucopia of foods, herbs, and other forms of nourishment that are readily available to lower high blood pressure, or hypertension, naturally. Fruits, vegetables, and nuts are just a handful of healthy things you can eat to promote healthy blood flow. Learning the benefits of these foods and determining which ones are … Continue reading All About Your Heart; Foods That Lower Blood Pressure