Plants, People, and Places: Goji Harvest in Ningxia
Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, have grown in popularity due to their reputation as a “superfood,” and their cultivation and harvest in China is a hot, labor intensive, multiple-generation affair. In this pictorial, “Medicine Hunter” Chris Kilham has provided intimate and unique images of the goji berry harvest in the Ningxia province of China. Read more >>
Food as Medicine Update: Grape (Vitis vinifera, Vitaceae)
In vino veritas: “In wine, there is truth.” Truthfully, the grape offers many benefits beyond the art of winemaking. The fruit, juice (fermented or otherwise), seed, and leaf of the grape plant have all been used medicinally throughout the world as cultivation spread from its native Mediterranean and eastern European birthplace. Modern research has identified multiple compounds in grape, including resveratrol, proanthocyanidins, and flavonoids, that may offer therapeutic benefits for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other inflammatory conditions. Read more >>
ABC Debuts New Conservation and Sustainability Award in Memory of Herbal Expert Steven Foster
Following the death of Steven Foster in January 2022, the American Botanical Council has honored his memory with the creation of a new award: the ABC Steven Foster Botanical Conservation and Sustainability Award. This latest award, which was presented at the ABC Celebration and Botanical Excellence Award Ceremony on March 9, 2022, honors an individual or an organization committed to sustainable and regenerative practices in the medicinal and aromatic plant industry. In addition, ABC posthumously granted Foster the ABC Champion Award in recognition of his many contributions to the organization's nonprofit educational mission. Read more >>
Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program News:
Bulletin on Adulteration of Saffron and Saffron Extracts Published by ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program. March 14, 2022.
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This field guide covers more than 70 common medicinal plants that grow in California. These profiles include photos and descriptions to help with positive identification, common and scientific names, conservation status, modern and traditional uses, and scientific explanations for the natural phytochemicals each plant contains. In addition to these plant profiles, herbal educator Lanny Kaufer describes the principles of herbal remedies, their uses by Native American tribes, and best practices for safe and sustainable plant collection.
Medicinal Herbs of California can be purchased from the publisher. ©2022 Rowman & Littlefield. This material is reprinted with permission from the publisher and may not be used for any other purpose.
Six Key Supplement Trends from Expo West 2022. NutraIngredients-USA. March 15, 2022. The editors of NutraIngredients-USA share their takeaways from the recent Natural Products Expo West trade show, including which ingredients are falling out of the limelight and which are stepping into it.
These Tiny Succulents Are Under Siege from International Crime Rings. National Geographic. March 8, 2022. International demand for endangered succulents from South Africa has fueled escalating violence between poachers and landowners and cases for the police.
USDA Releases Results of 2021 Hemp Acreage Survey. WholeFoods Magazine. March 1, 2022. The acreage, market sectors, and grower demographic information of hemp grown in the United States was the subject of a recent report released by the US Department of Agriculture and shows an overall view of who and what the domestic hemp market serves.
Combination of Hibiscus and Lemon Verbena Extracts May Support Satiety, According to Recent Study. Nutritional Outlook. February 25, 2022. Overweight or obese subjects taking hibiscus and lemon verbena extracts showed a decrease in appetite and higher satiety quotients according to the results of a controlled, double-blind, randomized crossover trial.
Two Studies Show Potential Benefits of Mango Consumption. WholeFoods Magazine. February 25, 2022. Two recent studies found that mango consumption was associated with an overall increase in diet quality and nutrient intake as well as improved glucose control and reduced inflammation markers.
Medicago’s Homegrown, Plant-based COVID-19 Vaccine Approved by Health Canada. CBC News. February 24, 2022. Canada has become the first country to approve a plant-derived vaccine against COVID-19 based on virus-like particles grown in Nicotiana benthamiana.
Personal Care Ingredient Trends. Natural Products Insider. February 24, 2022. Beauty and personal care supplements are a growing market area, and natural products with moisturizing and antioxidant properties are becoming increasingly sought after as ingredients.
Digging Deeper into Cannabis Research. EurekAlert! February 23, 2022. As more states legalize cannabis use, research into its usage and effects, particularly among different racial and ethnic groups, has lagged behind.
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2022 AHPA Awards Recognize Those Making a Difference in the Herbal Community. American Herbal Products Association. March 9, 2022.
Working with the Rainforest Alliance and CARE to Advance Gender Equality. Rainforest Alliance. March 9, 2022.
Industry Organizations Weigh In on Cannabis Trademark Issues Fighting for Consumer Safety. Americans for Safe Access (ASA). March 8, 2022.
NSF Partners with BeVeg to Launch Vegan Certification Program. NSF International. March 8, 2022.
San Diego Botanic Garden to Create a National Medicinal Plants Collection and Research Consortium. San Diego Botanic Garden. March 8, 2022.
A Humanitarian Appeal: Help Ukrainian Refugees in Poland. Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research. March 5, 2022.
Treasury Report: Uptick in Total Number of Financial Institutions Banking with Licensed Marijuana Providers. NORML. March 3, 2022.
Black Naturopathic Opportunity Scholarship Recipients Share Advice for Students of Color Considering Naturopathic Medicine. National University of Health Sciences. March 1, 2022.
NPA Announces New SVP of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs. Natural Products Association (NPA). March 1, 2022.
Study: Older Patients Experience Improvements in Their Quality of Life Following Medical Cannabis Treatment. NORML. February 24, 2022.
Nation’s Largest Medical Cannabis Patient Organization Releases Report on Efficacy of State Medical Cannabis Laws. ASA. February 23, 2022.
NPA Files Citizen’s Petition with FDA. NPA. February 22, 2022.
SupplySide East. Secaucus, New Jersey. April 12–13, 2022. This event will feature more than 175 exhibitors with innovative ingredients and formulation techniques. Participants will gain insight and network with leading health and nutrition industry professionals from across the globe. Register here.
International Conference on the Science of Botanicals. Oxford, Mississippi. March 28–31, 2022.
Spring Women’s Herbal Retreat. Ellijay, Georgia. April 28–May 1, 2022.
Cannabis Science Conference. Long Beach, California. May 18–20, 2022.
Integrative and Personalized Medicine. London, United Kingdom. June 16–18, 2022.
NBJ Summit. Carlsbad, California. July 25–28, 2022.
More event listings can be found on ABC’s website.
Birds love it, bees love it — perhaps educated fleas love it: This fragrant North American blossom attracts pollinators of all sorts in addition to being a longstanding Native American medicine for relieving headaches, colds, and bronchial infections. Learn more here.