Gabriel Howearth. ©2021 Jan Mangan
Remembering Gabriel Howearth: Gardener Extraordinaire and Seed Saver
On August 6, 2021, Gabriel Howearth, a master gardener, pioneer of the organic farming movement, and co-founder of the company Seeds of Change, was a passenger in a truck that was swept away during a flash flood. The truck was found later but Gabriel was not, and he is presumed dead. His family has given permission to go forward with tributes to Gabriel. Some of his many friends and colleagues have provided detailed remembrances of him. They describe his prodigious green thumb, caring nature, optimism in the face of adversity, and more. Read more >>
Domingo Choc Che. Image courtesy of Mónica Berger Gonzalez
Three people who were accused of the 2020 murder of Guatemalan Maya healer Domingo Choc Che each were sentenced to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay reparations. However, members of the Maya community, who hoped the ruling would deter future crimes against Maya people, are upset, partly because the tribunal did not consider Choc Che’s murder to be a hate crime. According to a Maya anthropologist who testified during the trial, the tribunal was not secular, did not respect religious plurality, and had no intention of dignifying Choc Che’s role as a Maya healer and traditional medicine expert. Read more >>
Food as Medicine: Black Currant (Ribes nigrum, Grossulariaceae)
The history of black currant in the United States and abroad is an interesting mix of war, industry, and traditional use. Banned in the United States in the early 20th century, black currant plummeted in availability and popularity; however, in its native range across Europe and the United Kingdom, black currant remains a popular culinary and medicinal ingredient. The berries, which contain high levels of vitamin C, anthocyanins, and fiber, have been investigated for their potential benefits for a variety of inflammatory conditions. Read more >>
Sustainable Herbs Program News:
Listen to SHP Director Ann Armbrecht’s conversation with Angela McElwee, former CEO of Gaia Herbs, in episode 28 of the “Regenerative Rising” podcast. September 21, 2021.
This final volume in Jill Stansbury’s Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals series focuses on autoimmune and allergic conditions. Both acute and chronic conditions are addressed, with suggested formulas for eye conditions such as glaucoma and eye infections; hay fever, asthma, and sinus infections; and fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and bruising, among many others. Each chapter also includes a materia medica section for the individual herbs listed. These formulas and the science behind them are aimed at practicing herbalists seeking to refine their own formulations according to an individual patient’s needs.
Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, Volume 5, can be purchased from the publisher. ©2021 Chelsea Green Publishing. This material is reprinted with permission from the publisher and may not be used for any other purpose.
UCI-Led Study Finds Medicinal Plant Extract to Prevent Morphine Addiction. EurekAlert! October 12, 2021. The extract of the plant Corydalis yanhusuo prevents morphine tolerance and dependence while also reversing opioid addiction in animals, according to a recent study led by the University of California, Irvine.
A Global Fight Looms over Kratom, A Possible Opioid Alternative. Politico. October 9, 2021. A World Health Organization meeting in October could determine the future of kratom, a widely available herbal supplement that is used as an opioid alternative.
cbdMD Announces Research Partnership with the University of Mississippi, to Identify Novel Cannabinoids. Business Wire. October 7, 2021. The National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi has finalized a partnership with a leading CBD research organization to explore the chemistry and biology of minor cannabinoids.
It’s Official: California Legalizes CBD (But Not Delta-8 THC). Natural Products Insider. October 7, 2021. Hemp-derived CBD, which is nonintoxicating, is now a legal ingredient for dietary supplements, foods, beverages, and cosmetics in the state of California.
Tanzania’s Zanzibar Launches Research Project on Herbal Medicines. CGTN. September 26, 2021. A new project seeks to enhance the use of herbal medicines in non-communicable conditions and add value to these products through marketing and research.
Japanese Knotweed May Lower Cancer Risk of Processed Meat, Find Researchers. NutraIngredients. September 24, 2021. Replacing the carcinogenic compound nitrite in processed meat with an extract taken from Japanese knotweed could reduce cancer risk, according to a research project.
Staying Relevant: Can CBD Sales Remain Buoyant Post-Pandemic? Nutritional Outlook. September 13, 2021. Market analysts are studying CBD sales after a year and a half of the pandemic to see if its momentum can be maintained.
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Advisory to Refrain from Use of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) Leaves. Government of India, Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa and Homoeopathy. October 11, 2021.
Lawsuit Aimed at Self-affirmed GRAS Dismissed by Federal Court. American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). October 6, 2021.
Solving a Five-Decade-Old Botanical Mystery, NYBG Scientist and Colleagues Identify a New Species of Amazonian Rain Forest Tree Using DNA Analysis. New York Botanical Garden. October 6, 2021.
Use of CBD-Dominant Cannabis Products Is Associated with Decreases in Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms. NORML. September 30, 2021.
AHPA Releases New Brochures Highlighting Sustainability and Good Harvesting Practices. AHPA. September 28, 2021.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Launches New Science Strategy to Stop Biodiversity Loss in Crucial Decade for the Planet. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. September 28, 2021.
AHPA Releases Four Updated Entries to the Online Botanical Safety Handbook 2nd Ed. AHPA. September 23, 2021.
SupplySide West 2021. Las Vegas, Nevada. October 25-28, 2021. This annual trade show will bring together leading professionals from the dietary supplement, food, beverage, personal care, and sports nutrition industries to interact and exchange insights on the science and strategy that drive the development of finished products. Visit ABC at booth #6626! American Botanical Council members receive $50 off an Expo Hall Pass when registering. Use code ABC50. Promo code not valid on existing registrations. Offer expires 10/28/21. Register here.
American Herbalists Guild’s 32nd Annual Symposium. Online. October 15-17, 2021.
Now, New, Next. Online. October 20-22, 2021.
Canadian Herb Conference. Online. November 4-7, 2021.
Plant-Based World Conference and Expo. New York, New York. December 9-10, 2021.
World Tea Conference and Expo. Las Vegas, NV. March 21-23, 2022.
More event listings can be found on ABC’s website.