Committed to Higher Standards: Natural Product Companies Turn to B Corp Certification
By Karen Raterman
D. Gary Young
Remembering Donald Gary Young: 1949-2018
By Hannah Bauman
©2018 Missouri Botanical Garden
Food as Medicine Update: Butternut Squash (Cucurbita moschata, Cucurbitaceae)
By Hannah Bauman and Sarah Edwards
Herbalist and wild plant expert Briana Wiles guides beginning foragers with reliable advice on the harvest and use of botanicals native to the mountainous region of western North America. The majority of the text consists of 100 herb profiles that contain close-up color photography to aid in identification, traditional medicinal uses, peak seasons for harvest, and tips on how to harvest sustainably. In addition, Wiles provides basic recipes for herbal preparations including infusions, tinctures, oils, vinegars, and liniments for each plant based on the most bioavailable method. This guide is ideal for readers in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, the eastern parts of Washington and Oregon, northern Nevada, and the southernmost parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Mountain States Medicinal Plants can be purchased from the publisher’s website. Excerpt taken from Mountain States Medicinal Plants ©2018 by Briana Wiles. Published by Timber Press, Portland, OR. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.
Ecuador: Waorani People Map Their Rainforest to Save It. Mongabay. June 6, 2018. One of Ecuador’s indigenous tribes has undertaken a three-year mission to identify and map the medicinal plants in their territory to prevent devastation by oil exploration companies.
Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice Lowered Blood Pressure and LDL Cholesterol in Older Adults. EurekAlert! June 5, 2018. A recent study suggests that the potassium and polyphenols in tart cherry juice may have cardiovascular benefits for healthy adults.
$60 Million Herbarium Coming to Botanic Garden. Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser. June 4, 2018. The Australian Botanic Garden will start construction in 2019 on a new facility that will house 1.4 million specimens worth AU$200 million.
The Art of Healing: Five Medicinal Plants Used by Aboriginal Australians. The Conversation. June 4, 2018. People have lived in Australia for at least 65,000 years, using plants unique to the continent for food and medicine.
Capsaicin, Green Tea Have Strong Body of Science Supporting Weight Management Benefits. NutraIngredients-USA. May 29, 2018. According to a meta-analysis, capsaicin and green tea have strong bodies of science supporting their potential weight management benefits.
London’s Indigenous Medicine and Teaching Garden Opens. CBC. May 26, 2018. Native American culture comes to the United Kingdom as a garden dedicated to ritual and medicinal plants opens in south London.
The FDA Is Warning People to Steer Clear of Sunscreen Pills. TIME. May 23, 2018. The FDA sent warning letters to four companies that claimed their dietary supplements can protect consumers from sun damage.
The Doctor is Cooking. The New York Times. May 22, 2018. More doctors around the United States are embracing “culinary medicine,” a new field that blends the art of food and cooking with the science of evidence-based medicine.
NIH Launches HerbList, a Mobile App on Herbal Products. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. June 12, 2018.
NPA Recognizes Outstanding Contributions to the Natural Products Industry. Natural Products Association (NPA). June 7, 2018.
Vietnamese School Children Plant the Seeds of a Bear Bile Farm Free Future. Animals Asia. June 6, 2018.
AHPA Recommends Oshá Harvest Permitting in GMUG National Forests. American Herbal Products Association. June 5, 2018.
NPA’s Natural Seal Program Celebrates 10 Years. NPA. June 5, 2018.
The World Health Organization Takes First Steps to Reschedule Cannabis. Americans for Safe Access. June 5, 2018.
FDA Warns Companies to Stop Selling Dangerous and Illegal Pure and Highly Concentrated Caffeine Products. US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). June 5, 2018.
Survey: Oncologists Believe Medical Cannabis to Be Equally or More Effective than Conventional Treatments. NORML. May 24, 2018.
FDA Warns Companies Selling Illegal, Unapproved Kratom Products Marketed for Opioid Cessation, Pain Treatment and Other Medical Uses. FDA. May 22, 2018.
Tea Fest PDX. July 31, 2018. Portland, Oregon.
International Horticultural Congress. August 12-16, 2018. Istanbul, Turkey.
Natural Products Expo East. September 12-15, 2018. Baltimore, Maryland.
29th Annual American Herbalists Guild Symposium. October 25-29, 2018. Helen, Georgia.
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