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American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Publishes Oshá Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium

By Hannah Bauman
In December 2018, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia announced the publication of its oshá root monograph and therapeutic compendium. According to AHP, this monograph includes the first published pharmacopeial standards for this relatively unknown North American botanical. Though oshá has yet to gain widespread market appeal, Native American tribes have used the root extensively in a variety of ways, most notably for upper respiratory infections. Read more >>



Brian Keating


Remembering Brian Keating: 1956-2018

By Hannah Bauman
Tea industry giant Brian Keating died unexpectedly in September 2018 from a heart attack. Friends and colleagues remember him as a kind, dynamic, and driven man with many talents. The industry will remember him and his consulting company, Sage Group, as forces that drove the popularity of high-quality tea in the United States. 




The Top 10 HerbalEGram Stories of 2018

By ABC Staff
The HerbalEGram editors take a look back at the most popular stories of 2018, as determined by the readers. Revisit the top stories of the year, which cover a diverse range of topics from industry research initiatives and controversial psychoactive botanicals to several installments from HerbalEGram’s ongoing Food as Medicine article series. Read more >>


Featured Book
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Healing Herbal Infusions: Simple and Effective Home Remedies for Colds, Muscle Pain, Upset Stomach, Stress, Skin Issues, and More was written by Colleen Codekas and published in 2018 by Page Street Publishing. The excerpt includes the table of contents, introduction, and a selection of recipes from “Infusions to Embrace Your Inner Well-being.”

Aimed at those just beginning their herbal journey, Healing Herbal Infusions offers 75 recipes for natural, plant-based remedies to treat a variety of common ailments and illnesses. Through Codekas’s photography and straightforward writing style, readers can learn the proper techniques for acquiring materials, the different types of herbal infusions, tips for making products such as salves and butters, safety considerations, and information on each botanical used in the book. According to herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, Codekas “shares her passion for nature, herbs and herbal healing in a wonderfully clear and accessible way.”

Learn more about Healing Herbal Infusions and find links to purchase the book at the author’s website. Reprinted with permission from Healing Herbal Infusions by Colleen Codekas, Page Street Publishing ©2018. Photo credit: Colleen Codekas.
Media Watch

2018’s Biggest Ingredient Sales SurprisesNutritional Outlook. January 8, 2019. These natural ingredients surprised market analysts with their growth — or lack thereof — in 2018.

‘Christmas Berry’ Plant Compound Could Fight Uveal Melanoma. EurekAlert! January 3, 2019. A molecule derived from a primrose species could inhibit metastatic growth for a rare and aggressive eye cancer.

The Matsés Are Revitalizing a Living Healthcare System. Intercontinental Cry. December 31, 2018. Following the publication of an encyclopedia of medicinal plants in their native language, Matsés healers continue their quest to preserve traditional knowledge through the creation and maintenance of “healing forests.”

How to Promote Winter Health with Traditional Chinese Medicine. Organic Authority. December 23, 2018. These traditional remedies focus on holistic health to support the immune system during cold and flu season.

One of the Most Common and Dangerous Allergens Doesn’t Appear on Food Labels in the US. The FDA Should Move Fast to Change That. Business Insider. December 22, 2018. Sesame allergies are becoming increasingly common in the United States but food manufacturers are not required to add a warning label to products containing sesame, the ninth most common food allergen.

8 Nutrients for Better Brain FunctioningPsychology Today. December 22, 2018. Researchers have taken a closer look at 32 nutrients associated with the Mediterranean diet to find a link to healthier cognitive performance in older adults.

The Secret Life of Plants: Ten New Species Found this Year. BBC News. December 21, 2018. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, identified and named more than 100 new plants in 2018, including a carnivorous pitcher plant, a member of the coffee family with possible anti-cancer properties, and a new slipper orchid.

Explore the Inventive Flavors of Herb BeersWine Enthusiast. December 21, 2018. Many breweries are reviving an ancient technique of flavoring beer with different combinations of herbs.

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Community And Industry Releases

Integrative Healthcare Symposium. February 20-23, 2019. New York, New York.

Natural Products Expo West. March 5-9, 2019. Anaheim, California. Find ABC at booth #4121!

Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine. March 29-31, 2019. Tempe, Arizona.

Dietary Supplement Good Manufacturing Practices Compliance Seminar. April 2-3, 2019. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

International Garlic Symposium. May 28-30, 2019. Hiroshima, Japan.

19th International Congress of the International Society for Ethnopharmacology. June 12-14, 2019. Dresden, Germany.

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

Herbal IQ

Stop and smell the roses: can you name some of the many benefits of the rose hip? Check your answers here!