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In It for the Long Haul: Herbal Companies Reflect on Lessons from the COVID-19 Crisis
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Prickly Pear Predicament: Cactus Moth Arrives in Texas
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Spice Apothecary: Blending and Using Common Spices for Everyday Health was written by Bevin Clare, RH (AHG), LDN, and published by Storey Publishing in 2020. The excerpt includes the title page, table of contents, preface, and a selection from Chapter 2: How Medicinal Spices Work.
American Herbalists Guild President Bevin Clare embraces the ordinary in Spice Apothecary. Featuring 19 spices that are widely available and may already be in readers’ pantries, Clare explains the properties and traditional uses of these spices, how they can be used to support specific health goals, and how they can be incorporated in therapeutic amounts in delicious recipes. Hobby herbalists and beginners can turn their kitchens into home apothecaries and create their own blends to support kidney health, immunity, digestion, and more.
Spice Apothecary is available for purchase from a variety of retailers. Excerpted from Spice Apothecary, ©2020 Bevin Clare. Photography ©2020 Michael Piazza. Used with permission from Storey Publishing.
The Sorghum Solution? The Salk Institute’s Plant-based Research to Battle Climate Change Gets a Boost. The San Diego Union-Tribune. November 10, 2020. The Salk Institute recently received a grant for a project to develop varieties of six crop plants, including sorghum, with an improved ability to capture and sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Better Health — for People and the Planet — Grows on Trees. EurekAlert! November 5, 2020. An increased focus on tree-sourced foods could help food insecurity, malnourishment, and climate change indicators around the world, according to a recent paper.
Change Species Names to Honor Indigenous Peoples, Not Colonizers, Researchers Say. Scientific American. November 3, 2020. Though scientists are working closely with indigenous communities while documenting species, a professor in New Zealand argues that the outreach should go further and include changes to existing species names.
Bacterial Metabolism of Dietary Soy May Lower Risk Factor for Dementia. ScienceDaily. October 22, 2020. A metabolite produced following consumption of dietary soy may decrease a key risk factor for dementia — with the help of the right bacteria.
Ashwagandha Supports Sleep Quality, Says Recent Study. Nutritional Outlook. October 20, 2020. A recent double-blind, randomized, parallel-group, placebo-controlled study found that supplementation with ashwagandha supports sleep quality in subjects with and without insomnia.
FDA, Consumer Groups in Favor of Mandatory Listing of Dietary Supplement Products. Natural Products Insider. October 12, 2020. An FDA proposal that would require manufacturers of dietary supplements list their products with the agency has gained support among several consumer advocacy groups and industry associations.
Exploring Fig Trees’ Chemical Tricks and Reviving Ancient Date Palms. Chemical and Engineering News. October 10, 2020. The speedy photosynthesis in Ficus leaves and the resurrection of an ancient date palm from 2,000-year-old seeds exemplify the amazing internal chemistry of plants.
Sage Advice: The Ecological and Ethical Problems of ‘Smudging.’ High Country News. October 1, 2020. The popularity of white sage commonly used in “smudge sticks” is beginning to strain wild populations, and its commodification tends to erase its roots in indigenous cultures.
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EPA Accepts AHPA’s Requests, Adds over 200 Herbal Commodities to Crop Groups. American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). November 12, 2020.
NYBG Online Symposium Featuring International Experts Will Focus on Extinction of Plants and Strategies to Save an Ever-Increasing Number of Imperiled Species. New York Botanical Garden. November 12, 2020.
Gallup: Record Percentage of Americans Say “Marijuana Should Be Made Legal”. NORML. November 12, 2020.
Senate Appropriations Committee Requests USDA Ease Devastating Rules on Hemp Industry. Natural Products Association. November 10, 2020.
EPA Issues Final Rule on Pesticide Tolerance Crop Groups for Herbs, Spices. AHPA. November 9, 2020.
Clinical Trial: Plant-Derived Cannabis Oil Effective for Patients with Fibromyalgia. NORML. November 5, 2020.
Combining Eastern Medicine with Western to Improve Cancer Therapy. University of Houston. November 4, 2020.
Call for Comments: Draft Laboratory Guidance for Drying Field-fresh Hemp Plant Samples in Preparation for Determination of Total THC on a Dry-weight Basis. AOAC International. November 3, 2020.
AOAC Standard Method Performance Requirements Now Available on AOAC.org. AOAC International. October 27, 2020.
Review: Medical Cannabis Shows Promise as an Adjunctive Treatment for Patients with Huntington Disease. NORML. October 22, 2020.
FDA Issues Proposed Rule on Traceability for “Certain Foods”. AHPA. October 19, 2020.
Mental Health: Maintaining Stability on a Rocky Road. December 8, 2020. Online.
European Congress for Integrative Medicine. February 26-28, 2021. London, UK.
Ethnopharmacology 2021. April 18-21, 2021. Thessaloniki, Greece.
Integrative Healthcare Symposium. May 2-4, 2021. New York, New York.
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