Birch-based Topical Product to Treat Partial-thickness Skin Wounds Approved as a Drug in Europe

Episalvan (Amryt AG; Niefern-Öschelbronn, Germany) is a topical gel containing dry extract of bark from either of two species of birch trees (Betula pendula and B. pubescens, Betulaceae) and/or their hybrids. The birch bark extract is rich in triterpenes, containing about 80% betulin. In 2016, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved Episalvan as a prescription drug to … Continue reading Birch-based Topical Product to Treat Partial-thickness Skin Wounds Approved as a Drug in Europe

Lavender: Health Benefits and Uses {Updated}

Lavender is an herb native to northern Africa and the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean. The herb is highly regarded for skin and beauty and is commonly used in fragrances and shampoos to help purify the skin. It can be purchased over-the-counter (OTC) from drugstores, and some versions are used to add flavor to baked … Continue reading Lavender: Health Benefits and Uses {Updated}

Papaya: Health Benefits

The papaya, a previously exotic and rare fruit, is now readily available at most times of the year. Papayas grow in tropical climates and are also known as papaws or pawpaws. Their sweet taste, vibrant color and a wide variety of health benefits are just a few reasons to add them to your diet. The … Continue reading Papaya: Health Benefits