Tuesday, June 15

Botanicals

Foods and botanicals for inflammation: Expert recommendations
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Foods and botanicals for inflammation: Expert recommendations

Inflammation is a critical element of human survival. It’s the body’s defense against infection and damaged tissue, and yet chronic inflammation can damage cells and organs, creating many of today’s common health problems. In the aging population, finding ways of slowing down inflammation becomes all the more important. David Foreman, RPh, popularly known as “The Herbal Pharmacist” and president of Herbal Pharmacist Media LLC, discusses the need to curb inflammation in aging populations and in all stages of life. As consumers become more aware of the harmful effects of inflammation and its impact on different parts of the body, he says, the number of nutritional ingredients to consider grows. From diet to supplementation, researchers are increasingly learning about how the ingredients we...
These New Sensitive-Skin Friendly Launches Prove Botanicals Can Work for All Complexions
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These New Sensitive-Skin Friendly Launches Prove Botanicals Can Work for All Complexions

For people with sensitive skin, botanical ingredients have long been considered a big no-no. Because many of the most commonly used plants and flowers on the market can cause irritation, those with reactive complexions have been conditioned to simply stay away from them. “Botanicals have gotten a bad rap for a very long time,” says Tata Harper, founder of Tata Harper Skincare. “But what I’ve come to realize is that people with reactive skin are afraid to try anything that they consider too powerful, and they end up with a very simple routine that tends to be quite synthetic.” Thanks to innovation from Harper and others in the skin-care space, though, there’s a new crop of sensitive-skin friendly botanicals that are about to turn that “bad rap” around.  First up, let’s address why botanica...
Zero-proof drinks movement spurs botanicals usage, says Kerry
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Zero-proof drinks movement spurs botanicals usage, says Kerry

As last year’s sober-curious, zero-proof alcohol movement took off, with some consumers seeking to cut down their alcohol consumption, global ingredient supplier Kerry experienced a surge in demand for its Botanical Collection ZERO portfolio of distillate, ethanol-free botanical extracts. Kerry, which over the years has sourced over 900 raw botanicals to develop a wide variety of extracts for use in food and beverage products (its current Simply Nature portfolio includes more than 120 botanical extracts available for commercial use), says its Botanicals Collection Zero portfolio (launched in June 2020), has captured a growing number of consumers seeking to cut down on alcohol consumption, but who were also craving the same taste profile of their favorite libation. According to Kerr...
Botanical infusions are natural blends for your health
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Botanical infusions are natural blends for your health

Botanical infusions are often referred to as tea –which isn’t surprising since it’s what most of us are familiar with. Technically speaking though, true teas are made from the leaves of a specific plant, Camellia sinensis, and only include black, green, white, oolong, and pu-erh in its roster. Using other plants and plant parts then takes us to the domain of botanical or herbal infusions. Containing leaves, barks, roots, seeds, flowers, and fruits of different plants that are valued for their therapeutic properties, botanical infusions have a long history that dates back to ancient China and Egypt where they were served as drinks for both enjoyment and medicinal purposes. Popular for its signature Botanic Infusions, Filipino plant-based brand Sekaya, helps breakdown what botanical in...
The Positive Uses of Natural Herb Kratom
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The Positive Uses of Natural Herb Kratom

A survey of Kratom users is conducted around the U.S. of more than 2,700 people has self-reported. The natural herb is sold in the market, and even online by which is treated as a supplement because of its therapeutic effects. John Hopkins Medicine researchers had concluded that the herb contains a psychoactive compound similar to opioids which can treat anxiety, depression, pain, and addiction. However, those self-reporting surveys are not confirmed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) thus suggests drug agencies seek further studies of Kratom potential as an alternative for opioid use. Users of Kratom these days have reached over 10 million people in the U.S, as estimated by the American Kratom Association (AKA). They consume its ground leaves or brew as tea. In other words, ...
Herbs for a cure: How bronchitis led to a beauty company’s creation
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Herbs for a cure: How bronchitis led to a beauty company’s creation

When Lynn Kirkland started her skincare company, The Herb Farm, (initially called Herbal Harmony when it was in the “cupboard” stages) her son Craig was suffering from consistent, painful bronchitis. Nothing seemed to stop it from returning. “Mum says the pivotal turning point for her was when she went back again to the doctor and said ‘what else can we do, because this isn’t working?’ and the doctor shrugged his shoulders and said ‘I don’t know,’” says Lynn’s daughter, The Herb Farm managing director Sarah Cowan. “She thought, ‘that’s not good enough. There must be something else.’ And she had always been interested in nature, so that was her first port of call. What can nature offer?” Kirkland began studying a herbal medicine diploma through correspondence, from the Australasian Coll...
Can Kratom Boost My Energy Levels?
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Can Kratom Boost My Energy Levels?

Everyone has their daily list of tasks that they need to complete by the time the day is over. But when you’ve had a terrible night’s sleep prior, it makes waking up and getting all the things you need to do done very hard to do. Coffee and caffeine can only do so much. You may be wondering, is there another alternative? If you find yourself desperate for a solution then you came to the right place! Today we’re going to be talking about a plant called Kratom, what it is and how it affects your energy. We’ll also be discussing other potential benefits this herb may possess. What Is Kratom? Kratom, or Mitragyna Speciosa, is an evergreen tree that is a part of the coffee family. It is native throughout Southeast Asia, and it is commonly found in countries such as Thailand, Myanmar, and ...
Health Benefits of Kratom
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Health Benefits of Kratom

Kratom is the name of a tree from the coffee family native to Southeast Asia. Also known as mitragyna speciosa, it is grown in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Its leaves are dried and used to make tea or encapsulated and sold as a supplement or kratom capsules. Kratom leaves can also be smoked like tobacco. You can find kratom leaves, powder, and capsules in some health food stores, vape shops, and online specialty stores.  The most common uses of it are to relieve pain, depression, and opioid addiction. The two most active compounds found in kratom, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, work on opioid receptors, but with fewer side effects. Kratom has been used for hundreds of years in Asia as a natural home remedy.  Traditionally, it has been used to treat: Fatigue Pain ...
Report: UC Santa Cruz leads research center on botanical dietary supplements
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Report: UC Santa Cruz leads research center on botanical dietary supplements

Although millions of people take plant-based dietary supplements or herbal medicines, understanding the effects of these natural products on human health has proven to be extremely challenging. Clinical trials like those used to evaluate drugs have largely failed to show efficacy for botanical natural products. A new research center led by UC Santa Cruz and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will focus on understanding how botanicals work on the molecular and cellular levels to provide a better foundation for clinical trials of these complex natural products. “We’re trying to put a scientific foundation behind the use of botanical natural products, so that people can make informed decisions about what botanicals might be helpful to an individual,” said principal inves...
Secrets of Scandinavian Beauty
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Secrets of Scandinavian Beauty

The resilient botanicals found in Nordic countries can teach us a lot about skincare. From the concept of hygge (well-being achieved through “being cozy”) and a celebration of hyper-seasonal organic ingredients to a cultural and political dedication to sustainability ( just ask Greta Thunberg), there are a lot of lessons to be learned from the nations of far northern Europe. Now, they’re helping to reinvent your skincare regimens, too. Born of the extreme climates and the unique ecosystems of countries like Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland, a host of resilient natural ingredients is increasingly being used in products to help increase cell turnover, boost hydration, calm rosacea, revive collagen production and more. Read more...