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American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Publishes Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium on Motherwort

By Karen Raterman
ABC guest contributor Karen Raterman delves into the history of one of the United States’ oldest natural products companies. Founded in 1847 by Henry Thayer, MD, Thayers Natural Remedies has used indigenous knowledge of native American plants such as witch hazel and slippery elm to manufacture natural care products. Currently, the 171-year-old company continues Dr. Thayer’s legacy of providing care from the natural world. Read more >>




American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Publishes Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium on Motherwort

By Hannah Bauman
Best known as a tonic for those giving birth, motherwort has also been investigated for its potential effects on cardiac health and anxiety. The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia recently published a monograph and therapeutic compendium for this herb in order to establish authenticity, purity, and quality standards, as well as provide background information on taxonomy and other subjects of importance to members of the herbal community. Read more >>



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Food as Medicine Update: Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana, Brassicaceae)

By Hannah Bauman and Natalie Ebrom
Like many plants in the Brassicaceae family, horseradish contains fiery and pungent sulphurous compounds prized for their cytotoxic and anti-microbial properties. The medicinal use of horseradish long predates its popularity as a condiment and spice, with both internal and external uses recorded by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Read more >>


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Wildcrafting Brewer cover  
The Wildcrafting Brewer: Creating Unique Drinks and Boozy Concoctions from Nature’s Ingredients, was written by Pascal Baudar and published in 2018 by Chelsea Green Publishing. The excerpt includes the title page, table of contents, introduction, and Chapter 1: Rediscovering the Past.

Wild plant expert Pascal Baudar strays further afield from the usual brewing ingredients such as barley, hops, and yeast to explore the possibilities in the reader’s backyard. Baudar explains basic rustic brewing techniques and their underlying philosophies for making fermented sodas, herbal beers, meads, grape-free “country wines,” and traditional drinks like kvass. The text offers basic recipes with suggestions on different combinations of herbs for flavor, encouraging the reader to explore their own tastes and terroir in their brewing. The Wildcrafting Brewer allows herbalists, foragers, and wild food fans to take the beauty of nature and brew it into homemade natural drinks.

This excerpt is adapted from Pascal Baudar’s book The Wildcrafting Brewer: Creating Unique Drinks and Boozy Concoctions from Nature’s Ingredients (Chelsea Green, ©2018) and is reprinted with permission from the publisher.
Media Watch

Women Shaping the Cannabis IndustryChemical & Engineering News. April 30, 2018. The percentage of women in executive positions within the US cannabis industry remains higher than the national average for all US businesses, and these leaders offer their advice and perspectives.

5 Green Superfood and Grass Supplement Trends to Watch in 2018Nutritional Outlook. April 30, 2018. Supplements derived from cereals are predicted to experience significant growth in 2018, and innovative new products are meeting this demand.

New York Museum Exhibition Traces Complex Story of Chinese Medicine in America. Xinhua. April 28, 2018. The exhibition tells a cross-cultural story of Chinese medicine and practices in America through historical medical artifacts, contemporary art, and profiles on notable figures in Chinese medicine history.

This Genetically Modified Herb Could Help Save Millions Of Lives. IFL Science. April 25, 2018. Chinese scientists announced the creation of a genetically modified strain of sweet wormwood that could potentially increase the world’s supply of antimalarial medicine.

Sonoran Desert: An Oasis for New Medicines? GCU News. April 19, 2018. The harsh climate of the Arizona desert could be an untapped source of natural therapeutics.

Green Digitization: Botanical Collections Data Answer Real-World Questions. EurekAlert! April 18, 2018. Efforts are underway to digitize herbarium collections around the world and make these data easily accessible for analysis.

Herbal Beauty Products Market Could Top $140 Billion by 2025WholeFoods Magazine. April 16, 2018. Established commercial brands are adding botanicals to their product lines as consumer awareness of natural products grows.

Leading Scientists Say Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Kratom May Be Side-Effect of FDA Crackdown & Underscores Need For Regulation … Not A Ban. PR Newswire. April 25, 2018. The US Food and Drug Administration may have inadvertently contributed to the kratom-associated salmonella cases through import restrictions, according to leading kratom scientists.

Community And Industry Releases

AHPA Endorses the Hemp Farming Act of 2018. American Herbal Products Association. May 4, 2018.

ODS Director Announces His Retirement. Office of Dietary Supplements. May 1, 2018.

Leading Senate Democrat to Introduce Marijuana Descheduling Bill. NORML. April 26, 2018.

AHPA Recommends CBD Not Be Scheduled under Any International Drug Control Convention. American Herbal Products Association. April 24, 2018.

The Supplement OWL Turns One. Council for Responsible Nutrition. April 24, 2018.

USP Announces Updated Ingredient Verification Program. US Pharmacopoeia. April 23, 2018.

Botanical Experts Gather in Oxford for International Conference. University of Mississippi. April 12, 2018.

Art Exhibit Celebrates American Native Plants as Part of International Collaboration. United States Botanic Garden. April 2018.

NHPRS Annual Conference. May 14-18, 2018. Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

5th Annual Traditional Roots Conference. May 18-20, 2018. Portland, Oregon.
ASP 2018 Annual Meeting. July 21-25, 2018. Lexington, Kentucky.

International Horticultural Congress. August 12-16, 2018. Istanbul, Turkey.

Navajo Nation Clinical Week. September 17-21, 2018. Navajo Nation, Arizona.

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

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Herbal IQ

Indulge in some Maywine on May Day? You might have experienced this herb’s stomach-easing and liver-enhancing actions. Find out what it was here!