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Is the Saw Palmetto Supply Sustainable?

By Steven Foster
In this article for the Sustainable Herbs Program, author, herbalist, and photographer Steven Foster relates the history of saw palmetto fruit’s use as food and medicine from the beginning of European contact in the Americas to modern times. Saw palmetto’s past informs its future with regard to its continued, sustainable harvest. Read more >>



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American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Publishes Belleric Myrobalan Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium — First of Triphala Fruit Monographs

By Connor Yearsley
In January, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia announced the release of a monograph containing quality control standards and a therapeutic compendium for belleric myrobalan fruit, which has a long history of medicinal use in its native India and Southeast Asia. Read more >>



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Food as Medicine: Hazelnut (Corylus avellana and C. maxima, Betulaceae)

By Jenny Perez
Many species of hazel have been used in protection rituals to ward off evil spirits across many ancient civilizations. In modern times, the hazelnut offers a different kind of protection with its robust antioxidant, vitamin, and mineral contents, and as a source of anti-cancer drug taxol and other beneficial compounds. Read more >>


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Featured Book
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Herbal Adventures: Backyard Excursions and Kitchen Creations for Kids and Their Families was written by Rachel Jepson Wolf and published in 2018 by Young Voyageur. The excerpt includes the title page, table of contents, foreword by Amanda Blake Soule, and a selection from Chapter 1, “Getting Started.”

This book aims to introduce children to the world of wildcrafting and natural healing through accessible recipes and clear, authoritative text. The recipes range from classic formulations like elderberry syrup to creative crafts such as homemade soda, flower pancakes, and salves for splinters and stings. The book includes beautiful photos to aid in plant identification, contraindications where applicable, and basic instructions for safe and fun foraging.

Herbal Adventures can be purchased from the publisher’s website. Reprinted with permission. ©2019, Young Voyageur Press.
Media Watch

Bay Area Entrepreneur Wants to Make Asian Herbs ‘Fun and Enjoyable’ for US Consumers. NutraIngredients-USA. February 6, 2019. The California-based company Supherb celebrates the herbal tradition of Asia and aims to make it accessible for people who did not grow up with these botanicals.

FDA Focuses on Food Safety Education, EnforcementNatural Products INSIDER. February 6, 2019. Eight years on, enforcement of the Food Safety Modernization Act aims to protect consumers and ensure the quality of products at every step along the global supply chain.

New York City Cracks Down on CBD Edibles, Saying the Cannabis Derivative is UnsafeThe New York Times. February 5, 2019. As CBD has not been recognized as a safe food additive, New York City is ordering restaurants to desist selling food products containing CBD.

Chinese Research Links Schisandra Extract to Reduced Risk of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver. NutraIngredients-USA. February 5, 2019. An extract of dried schisandra berries may slow down the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in mice.

The Secrets Inside the C.O. Bigelow Apothecary (Est. 1838)The New York Times. February 1, 2019. The treasure trove of artifacts in the Bigelow Apothecary tells the history of the company, medicine, and the City of New York.

Turmeric Polyherbal Supplement May Help Reduce Facial Erythema. Dermatology Advisor. February 1, 2019. A polyherbal formulation with turmeric was found to be superior to turmeric by itself and placebo in improving facial redness.

Can a Sports Nutrition Product Be Too Good? NutraIngredients-USA. February 1, 2019. Dietary supplements and the ingredients that go into them have to walk a careful line to avoid being labeled a “drug” instead of a “supplement.”

The Rosewood Trade: An Illicit Trail from Forest to Furniture. Yale Environment 360. January 29, 2019. Despite international efforts to stem illegal trafficking, the harvest of valuable rosewood trees continues in Madagascar, with potentially disastrous outcomes for the environment.

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Community And Industry Releases

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.

SupplySide East. April 9-10, 2019. Secaucus, New Jersey.

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

In the language of flowers, this sunny blossom means “joy.” Have you experienced the joy of this gentle flower’s anti-inflammatory and wound-healing benefits? Find out here!