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Image source This article from The Epicurean Digest lays out some great practical information about using turmeric as an anti-inflammatory. We love seeing this kind of science-based dosage and usage info that helps people get the most out of herbal health care. How:  Always with fresh ground black pepper (see below why) and some fat or oil as it is lipophilic (oil soluble).  I use coconut oil. How much:  For adults the official recommendation is up to 1.5 [...]
Thu, Mar 10, 2016 1:50:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
A new look at research on African medicinal plants (Journal of Ethnopharmacology, December 2015) takes a long look at the plants garnering the most attention and the deficit of research focused on African plants. More research is needed, they conclude, “…to promote the commercialization of African plants.”  The focus was on international commerce (not necessarily local popularity) researchers found that The inventory and review is strongly focussed to cover all or most of the medicinal plant raw materials [...]
Wed, Jan 27, 2016 9:41:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Here’s an important new resource on toxic plants in the home and garden. This is a well-researched online source of information that can help you keep your children and pets safe while enjoying the dozens of house plants and garden plants that are known to be safe. From the guide: While plants and flowers are a great way to decorate, not every plant is safe for your home. We know poison oak shouldn’t be touched, and to keep poinsettias [...]
Tue, Jan 26, 2016 7:10:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Briefly noted. An article about mycotoxins in herbs and spices lists some of the top spices of 2013 Spices and herbs have been used since ancient times as flavour and aroma enhancers, colourants, preservatives and traditional medicines. There are more than thirty spices and herbs of global economic and culinary importance. Among the spices, black pepper, capsicums, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric, saffron, coriander, cloves, dill, mint, thyme, sesame seed, mustard seed and curry powder are [...]
Mon, Jan 18, 2016 5:03:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
This scientific article is about the health protective effects of some common spices. The abstract below is a great reminder of the overall subject of health benefits in food beyond nutrition. Clin Nutr Res. 2015 Oct;4(4):209-15. doi: 10.7762/cnr.2015.4.4.209. Epub 2015 Oct 31.Anti-carcinogenic and Anti-bacterial Properties of Selected Spices: Implications in Oral Health.Ganjre A1, Kathariya R2, Bagul N1, Pawar V3.Author informationAbstract”Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”, as said by the father of medicine, [...]
Mon, Jan 18, 2016 5:01:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
The Scientific World Journal recently published a review article addressing the two ‘faces’ of the Madagascar Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus or vinca rosea): lovely garden ornamental and important medicinal plant. With a long history of both ornamental use in gardens and medicinal use in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, the periwinkle exemplifies the advantages of exploring herbal traditions for important modern health benefits.  The plant now is considered endangered in some areas, and has also been controversial [...]
Wed, Mar 18, 2015 3:49:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
We are currently reviewing research on Crila, (Crinum latifolium). The plant, in the Amaryllis family, occurs in Vietnam, India, China, Thailand and other nearby Asian countries. In Traditional Medicine, it has been used for urinary and gynecological conditions. The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has reported on two studies, for which we received official Ministry of Health translations. We’ll be reporting on both after review. The study translations are available at the links below. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Clinical Results  Uterine [...]
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 8:22:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
A new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association notes the somewhat alarming increase in opiate overdose mortality, mostly from legal, prescription opiates such as OxyContin. A group of medical doctors and scientists led by Marcus Bachhuber, MD from the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center looked at the association between opioid (synthetic opiates) overdose fatalities and state laws legalizing medical marijuana (Cannabis spp). All 50 states were included in the comparison. The results are [...]
Tue, Sep 09, 2014 10:01:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Discovery of 3 New Penicillin Compounds with Clinically Relevant Antibacterial Activity According to a recent study from Germany, researchers have isolated three new penicillin-like compounds with clinically relevant antibacterial activity – known as penialidins 1-3 – from the fungus Penicillium growing within the leaves of a medicinal plant from Cameroon. The plant, Garcinia nobilis (syn. Garcinia lucida) is related to the well known garcinias in commerce, mangosteen and Garcinia cambogia, common in weight loss products. [...]
Mon, Sep 01, 2014 9:47:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
nettle walnut
According to a recent study from Iran, stinging nettle leaves (Urtica dioica) and walnut leaves (Juglans regia) may have potential in antidiabetic therapy. Diabetes affects over 100 million people worldwide. This disease condition causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise, because people with diabetes either do not make enough insulin or are unable to use insulin properly. Normally, Insulin helps glucose from blood enter muscle, brain and liver cells where it is used to generate [...]
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 5:50:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
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