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By Hannah Bauman and Maili Huck
The sunny fruit of the mango contains copious amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, and beneficial phytochemicals, but the plant itself offers much, much more. Every part of the mango tree, including the peel, bark, leaves, wood, and roots, has been used in traditional medicinal preparations. Discover the surprising uses of mango in human and animal medicine, but beware: mango can cause allergic reactions in some individuals due to the presence of certain chemicals found in the peel. Read more>>

By ABC Staff
The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program has released its latest bulletin on the adulteration of goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis). The bulletin includes general information about goldenseal, data about its cultivation, harvest, and market size, as well as known adulterants, safety issues related to the adulterating species, and analytical approaches to detect adulteration. Read more>>

By Connor Yearsley
Three members of the ABC Advisory Board have recently received recognition for their outstanding work in the fields of herbal medicine, medicinal plant research, botanical analysis, conservation and sustainability, and public and regulatory policy. Learn about their achievements. Read more>>

By Connor Yearsley
At some point during his career, Jerry Cott, PhD, realized that the drugs being developed in mainstream psychiatry are just more and more of the same, and often have severe, debilitating adverse side effects. It was this realization that led Cott on a mission to integrate natural products research into mainstream psychiatry. Learn about his work and his personality. Read more>>

Jerry Cott, PhD


Herb Profile:
Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)

Artemisinin: A Nobel Prize-Winning Antimalarial from TCM

Research Review:
Ashwagandha & Muscle Strength

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Schultes' Amazonian Travels Map

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Featured Book




A Handful of Herbs was written by Barbara Segall, Louise Pickford, and Rose Hammick and Pepper was written by Valerie Aikman-Smith. Both were published in 2016 by Ryland Peters and Small/CICO Books.

The excerpt for A Handful of Herbs includes the table of contents, introduction, and pages 90-91. The excerpt for Pepper includes the table of contents, introduction, and pages 52-53.

In June, herb gardens begin to show a bounty of healing and therapeutic plants at their finest. Both books featured this month offer many different ideas on taking advantage of an abundance of herbs with recipes, aromatherapeutic applications, and home decorating ideas. The authors explore the culinary and curative powers of herbs in A Handful of Herbs and the “king of spices” gives a powerful boost to spice blends in Pepper.

A Handful of Herbs and Pepper can be purchased from the publisher’s website. ©2016 Ryland Peters and Small. Reprinted with permission. This material may not be reproduced for any other use without permission. Photo credit for Pepper: Erin Kunkel. Photo credit for A Handful of Herbs: Caroline Arber and William Lingwood.

Media Watch

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Ginger Linked to Healthier Hearts: Study. NutraIngredients-USA. June 8, 2016. A recent study of more than 4,600 individuals found that increased ginger intake correlated to reduced risks of developing hypertension and coronary heart disease.

CRN: Dietary Supplements Industry Contributes $122 Billion, 750K Jobs to US Economy. NutraIngredients-USA. June 8, 2016. According to a report from the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the dietary supplements industry helps reduce health care costs and contributes billions of dollars and thousands of jobs to the economy.

Consumer Confidence, Transparency & Innovation: What's Going on in the Dietary Supplements Industry? NutraIngredients-USA. June 7, 2016. Despite recent negative press surrounding supplements, consumer confidence and retail sales remain strong.

Tea Journey Successfully CrowdfundedWorld Tea News. June 6, 2016. The digital magazine Tea Journey recently exceeded its fundraising goal, raising more than $100,000 on Kickstarter.

The Mushroom Farmer Versus Drug-Resistant SuperbugsThe Atlantic. June 3, 2016. With antibiotic resistance a growing concern, one researcher hopes to use mushrooms to create "tailor-made" antibiotics.

Dietary Supplement May Prevent and Reverse Severe Damage to Aging Brain, Research Suggests. EurekAlert! June 2, 2016. A combination product that includes green tea extract, vitamins, and other ingredients has shown potential anti-aging benefits in animal studies.

Pets on Pot: Is Medical Marijuana Giving Sick Animals a Necessary Dose of Relief? The Guardian. May 23, 2016. Some owners are turning to medicinal marijuana for their sick pets, but questions remain about proper dosage and the legality of pot for pets.

Are Herbs Useful for Chronic Pain? Dynamic Chiropractor. May 15, 2016. Botanicals have shown promise in mitigating various types of pain, from inflammatory to neuralgic.
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Herbal IQ

With summer comes insect bites. Besides Aloe vera, what other herbs have been shown to help relieve itchy skin? Find the answer here!