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Committed to Higher Standards: Natural Product Companies Turn to B Corp Certification

By Karen Raterman
Consumer demand is growing for ethical companies with transparency in their sourcing, processing, and manufacturing of ingredients. Companies are responding with improved ingredients, traceable supply chains, and the adoption of social and environmental causes. Many companies are also turning to B Corporation certification to demonstrate their commitment to higher standards. Read more >>



D. Gary Young


Remembering Donald Gary Young: 1949-2018

By Hannah Bauman
D. Gary Young, founder of essential oil giant Young Living Essential Oils, leaves behind a legacy of hard work, dedication to quality, and philanthropy. Following an accident in his youth, Young began studying the healing properties of essential oils and founded a company that is currently worth over $1 billion, revolutionizing the US essential oils market. Read more >>



Cucurbita moschata
©2018 Missouri Botanical Garden


Food as Medicine Update: Butternut Squash (Cucurbita moschata, Cucurbitaceae)

By Hannah Bauman and Sarah Edwards
This sturdy winter squash contains a bounty of vitamin A, complex carbohydrates, and fatty acids. Though modern research for butternut squash is still in trial phases, this native American fruit has been adopted as medicinal plant and naturalized throughout Europe, Asia, and India. Read more >>






Herb Profile:
Devil's Claw

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Featured Book
Mountain States Medicinal Plants cover  
Mountain States Medicinal Plants: Identify, Harvest, and Use 100 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness was written by Briana Wiles and published in 2018 by Timber Press. The excerpt includes the title page, table of contents, introduction, and a selection of herb profiles.

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.
Media Watch

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 GardenCampbelltown-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 PillsTIME. 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 CookingThe 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.

8th Annual IM4US. June 21-23, 2018. Washington DC.

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.
SupplySide West. November 6-10, 2018. Las Vegas, Nevada.

More event listings can be found on ABC’s website.

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