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Adulterants Prevention Program Releases Best Practices SOP on Disposal/Destruction of ‘Irreparably Defective Articles’
By ABC Staff
These voluntary guidelines are an initiative by the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) designed to assist commercial herb buyers in removing ingredients that have been deemed irreparably defective from the supply chain. The best practices have been an ongoing, evolving project with contributions from experts in industry regulations, manufacturing, suppliers, and others, and were informed by two rounds of public comment. BAPP leadership hopes that this historic initiative will result in products of increased quality for consumers. Read more >>

Melissa officinalis
Melissa officinalis
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American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Publishes Lemon Balm Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium
By Connor Yearsley
In October 2022, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) released a monograph and therapeutic compendium for lemon balm (Melissa officinalis, Lamiaceae), a member of the mint family and common garden herb that is used as an anxiolytic, calmative, mood enhancer, sleep aid, and more. Recent research has focused on its antiviral properties. This is the first monograph in AHP’s Monographs Without Borders initiative, which aims to build friendships in countries where international relations are challenged. AHP also hopes the monograph will increase knowledge about this underused and widely available herb, as well as clarify distinctions among lemon balm subspecies. Read more >>



Book Review: The Plant Hunter: A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines
By Nancy J. Turner, PhD
The Plant Hunter combines important knowledge about plant-based medicines and healing traditions of Indigenous and local peoples with the personal experiences of the author, ethnobotanist Cassandra Leah Quave, PhD. Nancy J. Turner, PhD, praised the book, which received the American Botanical Council’s 2022 James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award in the consumer/popular category, as “a wonderful introduction to the field of ethnobotany but equally captivating for people who are well acquainted with the field.” Read more >>

Sustainable Herbs Program News

Changing the System Begins with Listening. September 27, 2022.


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SHP News:
Regenerative Turmeric in Nicaragua

Research Reviews:
Ginkgo and Alzheimer’s

Saffron and Diabetes

In Memoriam:
Bill Swail: 1942–2022

Did you know? HerbalGram is available in three digital formats: PDF, page-flip, and HTML. Check them out!

Featured Book
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Secrets from a Herbalist’s Garden: A Magical Year of Plant Remedies was written by Jo Dunbar and published by Watkins Publishing in 2022. The excerpt includes the title page, table of contents, introduction, and a selection from Chapter 8, “Samhain.”

British herbalist Jo Dunbar encourages readers to reconnect with the rhythms of nature and discover the healing properties of plants in Secrets from a Herbalist’s Garden. The book’s chapters are divided by time of year and offer simple home remedies for seasonal tinctures, teas, and other preparations. This illustrated guide for beginners seeks to empower readers to rediscover a connection to the plants around them and address common conditions including stress and anxiety, cold and flu, and more.

Secrets from a Herbalist’s Garden can be ordered from the publisher. ©2022 Watkins Publishing. This material is reprinted with permission from the publisher and may not be used for any other purpose.
Media Watch
Zinc? Honey? Ginger? What Actually Helps When You Have a Cold or the Flu? The New York Times. October 20, 2022. Traditional medicine experts weigh in on the efficacy of some common home remedies for cold and flu season.

AgriLife Research to Investigate ‘Mechanics’ of Botanical Compounds and Human Microbiota. AgriLife Today. October 11, 2022. A grant from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health will fund a research project to investigate the role of dietary phenols in reducing intestinal inflammation.

Goji Berries: The Underappreciated Superfood You Should Be Eating. Tasting Table. October 11, 2022. Native to China, goji berries are a “superfood” that is growing in popularity in the United States due to their impressive amino acid profile as well as high amounts of protein and antioxidants like vitamin C and zeaxanthin.

Climate Change Threatens Native Plants That Are Valuable Source of Food, Medicine. CBS News. October 10, 2022. Local plant experts and foragers have noted changes in the ripening and availability of wild plants as a response to warmer temperatures and extreme weather, which could have larger impacts on the ecosystem at large.

Grape Seed and Chocolate as Prescriptions for Pain? MSU Research Looks at ‘Nutraceuticals.’ Springfield News-Leader. October 7, 2022. A professor at the Center of Biomedical and Life Sciences at Missouri State University, is researching the anti-inflammatory effects of common plants and food items as an alternative pain management method.

Maple Syrup Is a ‘Hero Ingredient.’ University of Rhode Island News. October 6, 2022. A collaboration between the URI College of Pharmacy and Johnson and Wales University seeks to promote maple syrup and raise public awareness of its health-promoting properties and culinary versatility.

2023 Farm Bill: Potential Savior for Hemp-Derived Cannabinoids? Natural Products Insider. October 5, 2022. Following the legalization of hemp production in 2018, the next farm bill in 2023 could further expand offerings and opportunities in the hemp and cannabinoid markets.

Beetroot Juice Improves Running Time During Concurrent Training: Study. NutraIngredients. October 4, 2022. Acute beetroot juice consumption decreased running time independently of intra-session exercise sequences during concurrent training sessions, a recent study shows.

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Community and Industry Releases
Call for Articles & Member Contributions to the 2023 Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation. United Plant Savers. October 17, 2022.

CRN Reveals Survey Data from 2022 Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements. Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). October 13, 2022.

New National Survey Shows Strong Public Support for Natural Health Options. Natural Products Association (NPA). October 13, 2022.

Analysis: Marijuana Excise Taxes Yield Nearly $3 Billion in Revenue in Fiscal Year 2022. NORML. October 13, 2022.

Addressing the Coffee Supply Chain Disruptions. Rainforest Alliance. October 13, 2022.

Tropics in Crisis: Kew Scientists Call for Preservation of Guinea’s Indigenous Plants in WWF’s Alarming Living Planet Report. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. October 13, 2022.

CRN Responds to Wall Street Journal Article Criticizing Gummies/Supplements. CRN. October 12, 2022.

Endangered Plants Unlike Anything Else on Earth Prioritised for Conservation Action. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. October 7, 2022.

AHPA Updates White Mulberry Leaf Entry in Online Botanical Safety Handbook. American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). October 6, 2022.

President Biden Announces Intent to Pardon Those with Low-Level Marijuana Convictions. NORML. October 6, 2022.

Introducing Herbs in History. AHPA. October 5, 2022.

AHPA Submits Comments on Proposed Methods of Analysis Rule Revocation. AHPA. September 29, 2022.

CA Governor Concurs with NPA and Vetoes Legislation Restricting Access to Supplements. NPA. September 29, 2022.

Review: Available Data Supports the Use of CBD for Treatment of Social Anxiety. NORML. September 29, 2022.

FDA Proposes Updated Definition of ‘Healthy’ Claim on Food Packages to Help Improve Diet, Reduce Chronic Disease. US Food & Drug Administration. September 28, 2022.

CRN Disappointed, but Remains Committed to Product Listing for Dietary Supplements. CRN. September 27, 2022.

‘Iconic’ Plant Family at Risk: Scientists Estimate More than Half of Palm Species May Be Threatened with Extinction. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. September 26, 2022.

Proposed Cannabis Monograph Open for Public Comment in USP Herbal Medicines Compendium. United States Pharmacopeial Convention. September 26, 2022.

Analytical Science Leaders Honored at AOAC International Annual Meeting. AOAC International. September 23, 2022.

ESCOP Webinar: New Insights on the Pharmacological Potential of Echinacea sp. ESCOP. September 21, 2022.

Featured Event
SupplySide West 2022 HEG

SupplySide West. Las Vegas, Nevada. October 31 – November 4, 2022. This annual trade show will bring together leading professionals from the dietary supplement, food, beverage, personal care, and sports nutrition industries to interact and exchange insights on the science and strategy that drive the development of finished products. Use promo code “SSW22PARTNER” when registering before Nov. 4 to receive $50 off an Expo Hall Pass. Register here.

33rd Annual American Herbalists Guild Symposium. Bethesda, Maryland, and Online. October 21–24, 2022.

Ninth Annual Traditional Roots Herbal Conference. Online. November 12–13, 2022.

Medicinal Trees. Online. November 15, 2022.

SHP Webinar: Sourcing Medicinal Plants in Nepal. Online. November 17, 2022.

Mexican Healthy Products Summit. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. January 26–28, 2023.

More event listings can be found on ABC’s website.

Herbal IQ
Part of the pumpkin spice blend, this plant has two distinct parts: the aril and the seed. The lesser-known aril can aid in reducing inflammation, stress hormones, and gastrointestinal distress. Learn more here.