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|Rowan Robinson (See book keywords and concepts)|
Department of Agriculture encouraged domestic hemp production and in 1913 published its classic report "Hemp" by botanist Lyster H. Dewey.19 Although the American hemp industry was virtually destroyed by the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, farmers in China, India, Russia, Romania, Hungary, a modern hemp farm in spain. photograph Paper Company. and France have continued to grow hemp for fiber. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported that 260,000 hectares of hemp were cultivated in 1992. Cultivars have been developed that produce less than the legal limit of 0.
|Philip Yam (See book keywords and concepts)|
Gregor Mendel (1822-1884), the nineteenth-century botanist and Augustinian monk from what is now the Czech Republic, is often referred to as the father of genetics. His classic experiments with pea plants and how traits of the plant's seeds, such as being wrinkled or smooth, were passed on laid the foundation for modern genetic analysis. In particular, Mendelian genetics indicate the probabilities for the dominant and recessive traits that emerge in offspring.
To see how Mendelian genetics works, consider cystic fibrosis.
|Rupert Sheldrake (See book keywords and concepts)|
But forms cannot be measured on a quantitative scale, nor do they need to be, even by scientists. A botanist does not measure the difference between two species on the dial of an instrument; nor does an entomologist recognise butterflies by means of a machine, nor an anatomist bones, nor a histologist cells. All these forms are recognised directly. Then specimens of plants are preserved in herbaria, butterflies and bones in cabinets, and cells on microscope slides. As forms they are simply themselves; they cannot be reduced to anything else.
|Lesley Tierra (See book keywords and concepts)|
Box 7426, Capitola, CA 95010 Very informative booklets written on chaste berries, ginkgo, intestinal flora, immune system and many others by author, researcher and outstanding medical botanist, Christopher Hobbs.
American Herb Association Quarterly Newsletter
P.O. Box 353W, Rescue, CA 95672 This is the official newsletter of The American Herbalists Guild.
Business of Herbs P.O. Box 559W, Madison, VA 22727 Reaches out to those involved with growing or marketing herbs.
|Robert Becker, M.D., and Gary Selden (See book keywords and concepts)|
The companies had hired two microwave researchers, Herman Schwan and Solomon Michaelson, both of whom did most of their work for the Department of Defense, and University of Rochester botanist Mort Miller. Carefully prepared by rhese three, the company lawyers cross-examined us for seventeen days in December 1975, attacking not only our methods and results but our scientific competence and honesty as well. Michaelson strenuously denied that our rodents had shown signs of stress, even though the biological markers were clear.
|Mark Bricklin (See book keywords and concepts)|
The famous botanist Linnaeus was reportedly cured of gout by eating almost nothing but large quantities of strawberries morning and evening, which led him to call these berries a "blessing of the gods." The French herbalist Messegue also recommends that a "strawberry cure" of several days' duration "will bring great relief to people with gout or kidney stones."
The Merck Manual advises that the tendency to form kidney stones in gout may be diminished by drinking at least three quarts of fluids a day. Those fluids should definitely not be alcoholic.
|Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D. (See book keywords and concepts)|
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BURDOCK ROOT is the herb of which the American Medical botanist Millspaugh wrote, ".. .is so rank that man, the jackass, and caterpillar are the only animals that will eat of it." But it is included here to help cleanse the blood of toxins during the weight loss regimen. It markedly enhances liver and gall/bile functions as shown clinically (12) and experimentally (13). Though the ingestion of Burdock root probably will not lead to weight loss, any good weight loss program should incorporate an herb to strengthen and purify the blOOd.
John Lloyd, a famous early American medicinal botanist, observed that animals fed on these berries grew sleek and fat. When the word got around, many settlers began feeding them to their stock with the same remarkable results. Soon, medical researchers were investigating the berries and verifying the claims. Especially in the 1870's, many articles were published reporting experimental verification of Saw Palmetto berry's effects on body weight, general health and disposition, tranquilization, appetite stimulation, and reproductive health.
|Robert S. McCaleb, Evelyn Leigh, and Krista Morien (See book keywords and concepts)|
Marketers of "real" ginseng tried in vain to banish the common name Siberian ginseng, which has been in use since the 1960s. One botanist suggested "Ussurian thorny pepper -bush," which, to nobody's surprise, did not catch on. The name Siberian ginseng stuck, although some refer to the plant as eleu-thero, and at least one company calls it by its Chinese name, ciwujia.
The Chinese have taken the herb for at least 2,000 years to increase longevity and to improve general health, appetite, and memory.
|Rebecca Wood (See book keywords and concepts)|
What Zea mays is to a botanist, and maize to most of the world, is corn in North America. Corn, the most widely used native grain in the western hemisphere, originated nearly eight thousand years ago when the Indians of Mexico began selectively breeding a wild grass called teosinte. The early ears ranged in size from half an inch to two inches long. Columbus returned to Spain with seeds of Indian corn in 1493, and corn quickly spread around the world, following the trade . routes of the early Portu-_^%Aw guese navigators.
|Frantisek Stary (See book keywords and concepts)|
The genus Alchemilla includes a great number of described species and lower taxons, difficult to differentiate even for an experienced botanist, let alone for a person gathering medicinal plants. Lady's Mantle is considered to be an aggregate of species native to the temperate regions of Europe, western Asia, north Africa and southeastern Canada. Elsewhere it is an introduced species. The flowering stems and the basal leaves only are used for medicinal purposes. Undamaged paper sacks, protected from light, are used to store the drug. If overdried, Lady's Mantle readily crumbles.
|Patricia Hausman & Judith Benn Hurley (See book keywords and concepts)|
To the botanist, that's no surprise; both are members of the same family.
Apricot on the Half-Shell
10 fresh apricots
Yz cup orange juice and pulp pinch of ground cinnamon 2 drops almond extract
2 teaspoons maple syrup
3 tablespoons low-fat cottage cheese, pressed through a sieve orange peel for garnish
Use a sharp paring knife to slice apricots in half, then remove the pits and stems.
In a large bowl, combine orange juice, cinnamon, almond extract, and maple syrup. Add apricots and toss until they're well coated. Then let them marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.
|Rebecca Wood (See book keywords and concepts)|
In the early 1900s, botanist George Washington Carver mechanized peanut cultivation and developed more than three hundred ways to use peanuts in food. Since his pioneering work, peanuts have become an important crop in the United States.
Technically a legume, the peanut is unusual in two ways. After the flower is pollinated, the flower-bearing stalk elongates, forcing the young pod down into the soil, where it matures. This explains the English name for peanuts, groundnuts.
|James A. Duke, Ph.D. (See book keywords and concepts)|
As a botanist, I have the highest respect for coffee, America's favorite stimulant. My point is that I prefer to have my life—not an herb or a drug—create my vitality.
Once I've been up and around for a while, then I enjoy my cup of coffee, usually around 7:00 a.m. At that hour, enough time has passed that I don't have to worry about certain compounds in the coffee, called phenolics, interfering with the herbs that I would have taken earlier.
I don't drink as much coffee as I used to.
REPPED: At the ripe young age of 72, after a career as a botanist with the USDA—much of it spent as chief of the Medicinal Plant Resources Laboratory—I have finally created my very own fountain of youth. Not a fountain, really, but a garden.
Originally, as I planned it, I called it the Green Farmacy Garden after a book I'd written, The Green Pharmacy. At the time, the play on words—-farm&cy—seemed fitting. My garden is a farm, actually a 6-acre farmette on a sunny hillside bordering a tree-lined brook in rural Fulton, Maryland.
As with black cohosh, some experts believe that dong quai is estrogenic, while others insist that it isn't. As a botanist, I find the controversy fascinating. It shows how much we still have to learn about herbal medicines that have been in use for centuries.
Based on what women have told me, I'm convinced that dong quai is effective for hot flashes. I suggest buying a commercial preparation and taking it according to the label directions. licorice (glycyrrhiza glabra). The experts agree on this one:
Of course, as a botanist, I like to stay as close to the plant as possible. This is why I grow red peppers in my garden. cinnamon (cinnamomum verum). In tea or on toast, cinnamon has a warming, mildly spicy flavor. The herb also contains a number of pain-relieving compounds, including ascorbic acid, borneol, caffeic acid, camphor, eugenol, myrcene, p-cymene, and thiamin. My wife, Peggy, likes to take cinnamon for temporary relief of mild stomach pain. You can make a tea by adding 1 teaspoon of powdered cinnamon to 1 cup of freshly boiled water.
|Ruth Winter, M.S. (See book keywords and concepts)|
A genus of North American and Asian shrubs and trees named after the French botanist Pierre Magnol. The plants have evergreen or deciduous leaves and usually snowy white, yellow, rose or purple flowers appearing in early spring. The dried bark is used in folk medicine to induce sweating and as a bitter tonic. No known toxicity. MAIDEN HAIR FERN EXTRACT • Venus Hair. Extract of the leaves of the fern Adiantum capillus veneris. Used in herbal creams to soothe irritated skin.
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|Christian Ratsch (See book keywords and concepts)|
Richard Evans Schultes, is a rare shamanic plant.
Top left: The beautiful Brunfelsia maliformis from Jamaica is one of the rarest members of the genus.
Bottom left: Fruits and seeds of Brunfelsia grandiflora ssp. schultesii.
Right, from top to bottom: The prostrate shamanic plant Brunfelsia mire is almost unknown and has been little studied.
Brunfelsia pauciflora var. calycina is a popular ornamental from Brazil.
Brunfelsia pauciflora cv. Floribunda compacta, a plant found in tropical gardens.
The green fruit of Brunfelsia plicata, from Jamaica.
|Adrian Forsyth and Kenneth Miyata (See book keywords and concepts)|
Richard Spruce Notes of a botanist on the Amazon and Andes
It is the epiphytes that tell you you're in a rain forest. Those ferns, mosses, orchids, bromeliads, cacti, and even trees that live suspended on other plants are largely responsible for the impression of luxuriance a tropical rain forest gives. The epiphytic lifestyle reaches its zenith in the warm lowland rain forests and the cool cloud forests of the tropics, where sometimes it seems as though every bit of plant surface is a substrate for other plants.
The epiphytic habit is not unique to tropical forests.
|James A. Duke, Ph.D. (See book keywords and concepts)|
Born to Garden
Being a botanist, I've gardened almost my entire life. I inherited the interest and gift from my grandmother and mother back in Alabama, where I was born, and in North Carolina, where I spent most of my youth.
Just as it takes many years of adulthood to appreciate the gift of youth, it has taken me quite a few years, almost 30, to develop my Garden of Youth. That's longer than my wife, Peggy, and I have lived anywhere else. We bought our farmette in 1972 from a man who kept sheep and cattle on the property.
|Michael Talbot (See book keywords and concepts)|
William Tufts Brigham, the curator of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu and a noted botanist who devoted much of his private life to investigating the paranormal, recorded an incident in which a broken bone was instantaneously healed by a native Hawaiian shaman, or kahuna. The incident was witnessed by a friend of Brigham's named J. A. K. Combs. Combs's grandmother-in-law was considered one of the most powerful women kahunas in the islands, and once, while attending a party at the woman's home, Combs observed her abilities firsthand.
|Thomas Bartram (See book keywords and concepts)|
Ellingwood, June 1920) Thomas Nuttall, botanist. In 1819, when on tour in Arkansus, relieved a malarial attack with decoction of Boneset.
David Hoffman, MNIMH. 1 teaspoon Peruvian bark in each cup boiling water; infuse 30 minutes. Thrice daily. Diet. 3-day fast.
Treatment by or in liaison with a general medical practitioner.
MALE FERN. Dryopteris fdix-mas. L. German: Wurm-Schildfarn. French: Fougere male. Spanish: Polypodio. Italian: Felche maschia. Frond bases and buds of the rhizome, collected in the autumn.
Constituents: filicin, triterpenes, resins, volatile oil.
|Christian Ratsch (See book keywords and concepts)|
Cannabis sativa Linnaeus
Cannabaceae (= Cannabinaceae) (Hemp Family) Forms and Subspecies
In the mid-nineteenth century, the renowned botanist Alphonse-Louis-Pierre Pyramus de Candolle (1806-1893) attempted to standardize the taxonomy of Cannabis and proposed the following varieties:
Cannabis sativa var. a Kif DC. (Moroccan hemp) Cannabis sativa var. pi vulgaris DC. (fiber hemp) Cannabis sativavar. y pedemontana DC. (wild hemp)
Cannabis sativa var. 8 chinensis DC. (Chinese hemp, giant hemp) [= C. chinensis (Del.) A. DC, C. gigantea Del. ex Vilm. = C. sativa cv.
The name sassafras is apparently a corruption of the Spanish word for the genus Saxifraga, which the Spanish botanist Monardes coined in the sixteenth century. Even into the twentieth century, a sassafras tea with milk and sugar known as saloop was sold on many London street corners in the early mornings (Grieve 1982, 715*).
During the American Civil War, the root cortex was used as a substitute for Chinese tea (Camellia sinensis) (Havard 1896, 45*). Until recently, it was also used in the United States as a flavoring agent in root beer, a nonalcoholic soft drink (Bremness 1995, 83*).
The botanist William Emboden has suggested that certain floral elements in the Mayan hieroglyphic manuscripts may represent Salvia divinorum (cf. Nymphaea ampla). This interpretation is difficult to imagine, for the plant is entirely unknown in the Yucatan Peninsula.
The American artist Brigid C. Meier has produced several paintings inspired by her own Salvia divinorum visions.
A riotous novel titled Nice Guys Finish Dead (Debin 1992) features Salvia divinorum and a "super drug" called NICE made from the plant.
In 1894, the North American botanist John Merle Coulter (1851-1928) assigned the cactus to the genus Lophophora. The first chemical analyses were published by Louis Lewin (1888) and Arthur Heffter (1894).
Peyote is one of the best studied of all psychoactive plants (Bruhn and Holmstedt 1974). The mescaline that was isolated from it at the end of the nineteenth century revolutionized European psychiatry. At the beginning of the twentieth century, peyote became a drug of fashion in artistic and occult circles (Rouhier 1996).
The plant was first described by the Spanish botanist Don Hipolito Ruiz, who encountered it on a 1777-1788 expedition to Peru and Chile. He reported that the leaves have a sour-astringent taste and, when chewed, stick to the teeth as a result of their resin content. Rubbed between the fingers, they exude a scent reminiscent of that of rosemary and turpentine. "The beautiful fruits are as large as small chicken eggs, are shiny, have a yellow color, and invite one to eat them. But you will get a headache if you eat too many of them" (Schultes 1980,97*).
The first botanical description of the psychoactive cactus was made by the Berlin physician and botanist Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg (1795-1876). A powder of the cactus was formerly sold in Paris under the name poudre de peyote, "peyote powder."
This cactus occurs only in northern Mexico (San Luis Potosi) (Preston-Mafham 1995, 167*; Zander 1994, 422*).
The plant is propagated from seeds, which are planted in the same manner as those of Lophophora williamsii.
This solitary cactus can grow to a height of 10 cm.
|Andrew Chevallier (See book keywords and concepts)|
The Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus (1707—1778) considered common nightshade to be a valuable remedy for fever and also for inflammatory disorders. Medicinal Actions & Uses This plant has stimulant, expectorant, diuretic, and detoxifying properties.
Common nightshade treats skin problems.
It appears to be most effective taken internally to treat skin problems such as eczema, itchiness, psoriasis, and warts. A decoction of the twigs, applied as a wash, may also help to lessen the severity of these conditions.
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