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Coffee is good for bees too

Fascinating news from Kew scientists that caffeine, the most widely used naturally occurring drug used by humans, is also pretty important for bees. It improves their memory and makes them more likely to return to the plant which secretes it in its floral nectar, thus making the bees more efficient and the plant more prolific….

Monsanto

Further to my previous posts about Monsanto and Nestle attempting to patent plants, it would seem that cyber communications containing the words “Monsanto” and “Donald Rumsfeld” are now being censored. I sent emails five days ago to the four herbal email groups to which I regularly send posts, about the hundreds of “Marches against Monsanto”…

Worrying news about toxins in vitamin supplements

Worrying news about toxins in vitamin supplements

It seems that even when we think we are doing something good for our health, that we need to examine the small print on the label: http://www.the-cma.org.uk/Articles/Toxins-in-Vitamins-Supplements-and-Health-Foods-4937/?utm_source=Sign-Up.to&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=14306-156752-e-Newsletter+EASTER+2013

Monsanto -v- Mother Earth

Monsanto -v- Mother Earth

On May 6th the wonderful EU Parliament (where would we be without it) is voting on new legislation which will stop people using old varieties of seeds, or even swapping seeds with each other, so that farmers and everyone else are forced to use the output of Monsanto and their ilk. As with my Nestle posting…

20 year-old popcorn unlikely to be genetically modified

20 year-old popcorn unlikely to be genetically modified

I recently discovered a sealed packet of popcorn in my larder with a sell-by date of 1992. I think I had some idea at the time that you needed a special piece of equipment to actually pop the corn and so it lingered. Anyway, being desperate for a quick snack, I put some in a…

Nestle attempting to patent a plant!

Nestle attempting to patent a plant!

We just cannot let this happen. Nestle are attempting to patent the medicinal action of Nigella sativa – a plant which has a history of traditional use in many cultures going back thousands of years. This is the thin end of a very large wedge. Before we know it we won’t be able to make…

Cinnamon the wonder spice

Cinnamon the wonder spice

I always remember when I was learning herbal medicine that one of our teachers told us that cinnamon was his favourite herb. And with good reason as this plant is a potent medicine as well as being a delicious and warming spice. It is especially useful at this time of year when everyone seems to…

An evolutionary view of Herbal Medicine

For herbalists it seems self-evident that plant medicine works. After all it has been in use for many thousands of years and provides the basis for most modern drugs. However, in an age where we are expected to provide evidence for large-scale efficacy it is heartening to know that a team of researchers from Kew,…

The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric

The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric

  From Medscape Medical News Specific Plants Protect Against Specific, Not All, Cancers Pam Harrison August 29, 2012 (Montreal, Quebec) — Not all fruits and vegetables protect against cancer; rather, specific plants — mostly vegetables — protect against specific cancers, according to research presented here at the Union for International Cancer Control World Cancer Congress…

Even the government thinks we aren’t getting enough Vitamin D

Even the government thinks we aren’t getting enough Vitamin D

Apparently the chief medical officer for England, Dame Sally Davies, is contacting medical staff because there has been an increase in childhood rickets over the past 15 years and there is evidence that some health professionals are unaware of the new government guidelines which can be seen at: http://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/1122.aspx?categoryid=51&subcategoryid=168 According to the National Diet and…