AUSTIN, Texas (August 15, 2017) — The American Botanical Council (ABC) recognizes the adoption of helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) by Nature’s Gift, Inc., an essential oils and aromatherapy products company based Madison, Tennessee, through ABC’s Adopt-an-Herb Program. Through its adoption, Nature’s Gift helps ABC expand its nonprofit educational mission and keep its unique HerbMedPro database updated with the latest scientific and clinical research on this traditionally used medicinal plant.
HerbMedPro is a comprehensive, interactive online database that provides access to important scientific and clinical research data on the uses and health effects of approximately 250 medicinal and aromatic plants.
“The Adopt-an-Herb program is an invaluable educational opportunity from a highly trusted source. We appreciate the opportunity to help make more information available about Helichrysum italicum,” said Marge Clark, founder of Nature’s Gift. “There is not nearly enough research done about this remarkable plant and [its] amazing healing essential oil. Perhaps by our adopting it, more researchers will be inspired to study what we already know to be true: that the essential oil of Helichrysum italicum is an invaluable addition to a practitioner’s repertoire.”
ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal expressed his appreciation for Nature’s Gift’s adoption. “ABC deeply appreciates this adoption of helichrysum by Nature’s Gift,” he said. “Helichrysum is an important medicinal and aromatic plant of the Mediterranean region, and it is becoming more popular in the marketplace, particularly in the area of essential oils and aromatherapy. Nature’s Gift’s adoption of helichrysum on the ABC HerbMedPro website will greatly assist ABC in maintaining up-to-date records on the growing scientific research on this traditional medicinal and aromatic plant.”
About Helichrysum italicum
Helichrysum italicum, also known as immortelle, is a member of the daisy (Asteraceae) family. The small shrub, which is sometimes referred to as curry plant due to its aroma, has yellow flowers and grows to 30-70 centimeters (11.8-27.6 inches) in height. Helichrysum italicum contains essential oil and a variety of phytochemicals, including flavonoids, triterpenes, acetophenone derivatives, and phloroglucinols. Both the flowers and leaves of H. italicum have been used traditionally in the Mediterranean and surrounding regions for respiratory, digestive, and skin conditions. Various preparations of the plant have also been used historically for their anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which are supported by data from in vitro studies.
About Nature’s Gift
Providing pure authentic essential oils for therapeutic purposes and offering information on their safe and effective use is at the heart of the Nature's Gift mission. With an online presence for well over two decades, Nature’s Gift works with hospitals, hospices, pharmacies, clinical nursing programs, and educational institutions as a supplier of essential oils and aromatherapy products and accessories. The company offers retail, bulk, and wholesale options to meet nearly any aromatherapy need. Professional discounts are also available for health care practitioners. Learn more at www.naturesgift.com.
About Adopt-an-Herb and HerbMedPro
Nature’s Gift is one of 45 companies that have supported ABC’s educational efforts to collect, organize, and disseminate reliable, traditional, science-based, and clinical information on herbs, medicinal plants, and other botanical- and fungal-based ingredients through the Adopt-an-Herb Program. This program encourages companies, organizations, and individuals to “adopt” one or more specific herbs for inclusion and ongoing maintenance in the HerbMedPro database. To date, 50 herbs have been adopted.
Each adopted herb is continuously researched for new articles and studies, ensuring that its HerbMedPro record stays current and robust. The result is an unparalleled resource not only for researchers, health professionals, industry, and consumers, but for all members of the herbal and dietary supplements community.
HerbMedPro is available to ABC members at the Academic level and higher. Its “sister” site, HerbMed, is free and available to the general public. In keeping with the ABC’s position as an independent research and education organization, herb adopters do not influence the scientific information that is compiled for their respective adopted herbs.