June 2017 research update: Bio-active compounds in southern California medicinal plants This project serves as a capstone senior project for Grant Johnson, a University of San Diego undergraduate student. The project is overseen by Dr. Kevin Curran, a member of the USD Biology Department. Summary of project: Plants used [...]
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This post was contributed by Ben Gardner, an EthnoHerbalist reader and nootropics enthusiast. Ben writes over at BrainProTips. Why Do We Sleep? It's surprisingly difficult to pin down the biological purpose of sleep. We know that sleep is conserved across nearly all animals (even nematodes have periods of quiescence). [...]
The June 2016 update for Acaté. Acaté is an ethnobotany organization that is focused on supporting the struggling indigenous people of the Peruvian Amazon. As most folks are aware, indigenous people living in the Amazon rain-forest are pressured and threatened by extraction industries such as petroleum, timber, and bio-piracy. Acaté seeks to provide sustainable [...]
The botanical research arm of EthnoHerbalist has settled into a new laboratory space in downtown San Diego. In an attempt to foster new relationships with other local scientists and engineers, we have moved our research program into the FabLab (Fabrication laboratory) over in the East Village of San Diego. This is predominantly a non-profit, [...]
Mongabay is an outstanding environmental website. They do an excellent job of communicating where things stand with the natural world. They expose those that are destroying fragile wildlife and they celebrate the beauty of the wilderness that remains. The EthnoHerbalist is really proud to contribute this article about the fragile [...]
Here at EthnoHerbalist, we are big fans of the white mulberry fruit. I, personally, have been adding this dried fruit to my morning breakfast routine just about every day. We have heard people talk about this fruit as possibly being a superfood. This begs the semantic question, 'What qualifies a food as a [...]
The following paper was recently published in the Journal of Functional Foods (Jan, 2015) Phytochemical evaluation of white (Morus alba L.) and black (Morus nigra L.) mulberry fruits, a starting point for the assessment of their beneficial properties The authors: Eva M. Sánchez-Salcedo, Pedro Mena, Cristina García-Viguera, Juan José Martínez, Francisca Hernández [...]
There appears to be some forward motion on the recent efforts to clean up the herbal supplement industry. Here is an excerpt from Anahad O'Conner's report in the NY Times GNC, the country’s largest specialty retailer of dietary supplements, has agreed to institute sweeping new testing procedures on its herbal products that far exceed [...]